American Living Ruffled Dress (here) Vintage Emerald Green Earrings (similar here & here) Vintage Fox Fur Stole (Roberta Alexander, similar here) Vintage Brown Straw Pillowbox Hat (Old Towne Antiques Mall) Sugar Maple Paisley Pocket Square by Arnold Steiner Clothing Charles by Charles David Pumps
Can you think of a grander way to spend your afternoon than combing Arnold Steiner’s enriched designs? Steiner, CEO and Founder of Arnold Steiner Clothing has taken what no fashionable man left home without, the pocket square. Gaining praise in the 1900’s the men’s handkerchief has become a statement piece worth displaying. Such a traditional accessory could be presented on most any occasion. Today’s gentlemen display such an accessory presenting elegance through texture, pattern and fabric. Steiner, a visual artist by trade launched his career in 1996 after having studied Graphic Design at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. From his instrumental shaping within the graphic design aspect, Steiner has become one of the most diverse and sought after designers.
With a clear vision to create sophisticated men’s accessories, Steiner draws upon an adorned classic appearance which appeals to an upscale market as well as the classic gentlemen. “It all started as a child, growing up with parents who equally shared a love for fashion. My mother worked in textiles, while my father was a restaurant owner of two restaurants in Bal Harbor and was always ‘dressed to the nines’. This was the beginning of my interests in fashion,” explains Steiner. The 39-year old jazz listening, Ivy League gentleman sports a preppy attire merging his keen sense of style creating his own perspective on gentlemen’s apparel. Steiner’s clothing collection of acute designs can be seen to carry a man’s wardrobe to new heights, which only creates a story highlighted by the craftsmanship of his product. Today, Steiner’s label has expanded from an online boutique to a network of retailers in the United States, among them Austin Burke in Miami and exclusively online at arnoldsteinrclothing.com.
Connecting the consumer with the un-inhibiting knowledge for what the pocket square symbolizes. Steiner carries a tagline which states, “Carry me like the ones you love, close to your heart,” which largely comes from the love one shares in their life. Steiner explains in detail, “The pocket square is placed by the heart which to me represents the core of a gentleman’s character: everything he lives by, swears by, treasures, and adores. For these reasons a pocket square is a symbol of love in many forms and should be treated just the same as the ones he or she loves.”While Steiner’s brand approaches a demographic of males, these small square pieces of fabric may also be used as a woman’s neck scarf or loosely knotted around ones preferred purse handle, adding a subtle touch of color while altering a previous investment. Steiner encourages women to accent their wardrobe, as he clearly refers to an accessory as an article of clothing which he finds to be unisex in the world of fashion. Even though his label may be branded as a gentlemen’s brand, Steiner encourages all to wear his accessories close to the heart.
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The versatility of clean-lines which seem to be larger than normal reflects a prominent message or perhaps a trend of a past era. What better way to highlight your outerwear ensemble than with an oversized persona. In the form of a broad cocoon a feminine look resides beneath, displaying a conformed silhouette accented by texture and details.
Recalling the era of the 1950’s which marked a contrast to the “New Look” developed by Christian Dior in 1947, an influential trend of the fifties conformed both femininity and sensuality. This look demanded an appearance which in return revolutionized the average woman with an oversized voice. With the modernization of a current era, the embrace of an oversized silhouette brings shape to a minimal presence.
An iconic coat displaying such practicality and panache was known as a box coat. With a cut described as straight and wide as in the shape of a box, it generated an oversized persona. These coats typically hung open as many would wear it over the shoulder’s or shoulder robed, while a one button or eye hook closure presented a finished appearance. The box coat draped down to one’s mid hip, creating a light weight cover up for winter months or evening wear. They were often highlighted with trim made up of velvet or exotic fur. Often enough, I have recently found myself consumed by vintage rarity which rests upon my shoulders polishing each ensemble.
Blue Sapphire Lace Dress c/o Bitter Root Vintage Greenlawn New York Vintage Velvet Party Hat Garne Blue Rhinestone Earrings (similar here) ‘Doris’ Clutch Satin Velvet Bow Gloves (similar here) Kate Spade D Orsay Pumps
Vintage dresses possess such an elegant alluring image inspiring one to relive such an era of sophistication with the utmost grace. Finding a practical vintage-inspired dress for an upcoming social event or dinner for two, may present itself as a task until now. Bitter Root Vintage, founded in 2011 curates to a complete collection of women’s vintage-inspired dresses and accessories. I find there extended collection of dresses from an array of designer labels Tatyana, Lindy Bop & Lady Vintage to be appealing.
The sapphire, a gemstone known as the “blue stone” presented by such royalty throughout the ages as it symbolizes sincerity and faithfulness. Bitter Root Vintage presents an exquisite 50’s inspired sapphire hourglass lace wiggle dress which combines this royal hue with a subtle touch of black faux fur trim in addition to a delicate overlay of black floral lace. Featuring a design displaying a glamorous v-shaped backline, which attracts a watchful eye. The wiggle dress or as many refer to as a pencil or pinup dress designed to flatter the wearer accentuating ones curves, gifting a flattering presence of Hollywood’s golden years. With a hem that is narrower than the hips which in return creates a ‘wiggle’ noticeable while walking.With the unlacing of a blue, satin ribbon which held the beauty of lace and faux fur seamlessly collected. With delicate hands I begin to slowly remove the horizontal taupe Merci note card to view a sincere yet private message. Setting the conservative styled stationery to the side an uncontrollable smile arose from the corner of my ruby red lips, while unwrapping of what can only be described as exquisite beauty. Quickly making the gesture of pressing such beauty against my presently clothed body I couldn’t resist the temptation to garnish myself with this 50’s inspired sapphire dress.
Nonchalantly I began to vary my poses as I stared steadily at my reflection in a framed brass-toned antique mirror which hangs in my walk in. A concealed zipper extends from the waist to the plush black faux fur which surrounded the entire neckline. Gravitating towards the touch of lace which delicately overlays the brocade inspired dress; I subconsciously placed my hands on my hips grasping the well-crafted design. From contemporary fabric choices that contain slight stretch, resembles an era which possesses such class and poise for todays women looking to garnish such a presence.Include this 1950’s inspired sapphire lace dress to your private collection of daywear attire. With an appearance that can be seen as chic and glamourous that complements any special occasion, whether it’s for work or pleasure the style of the 1950s will never fade.
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