Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Juicy Couture Loves World Wildlife

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When I learned of Juicy's $20,000 philanthropic contribution to WWF and promotion of their cause, I was absolutely ecstatic: two of the things I love most, coming together at last to benefit the most innocent and vulnerable that exist in our world. Below are the six limited edition charmed necklaces, available only at Juicy Couture.

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WWF turtle necklace, Juicy Couture $78

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WWF elephant necklace, Juicy Couture $78

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WWF tiger necklace, Juicy Couture $78

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WWF monkey necklace, Juicy Couture $78

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WWF panda necklace, Juicy Couture $78

***Love the Wild, Wear Couture***

While diminishing and healthy habitats are a problem for almost all of these six animals, the illegal wildlife trade is the largest threat to tigers and elephants. It is estimated that there are fewer than 3,500 tigers in the wild. Last year, an elephant was brutally killed so its tusks could be used for ivory, but this didn't happen once last year--it happened 25,000 times (National Geographic). There's so much we don't know about these animals. But what we do know is amazing: there's currently research that suggests elephants use the ground to communicate with each other through vibrations from stomping, they cooperate with each other to solve puzzles, and they've been observed mourning the loss of herd members by carrying around the bones or covering a body with grass. "Elephant Emotions" on PBS's website gives fascinating insight into these complex animals, from their tears upon being reunited with relatives to their celebration of newborns. For more information about illegal wildlife trade and to sign petitions urging stronger political action, go to WWF's panda.org. When you purchase jewelry, trinkets, or art, be sure to know what the material is, and avoid items that are ivory.

Domestically, you can help discourage the use of wild animals in entertainment by not attending circuses that use wild animals in their acts and supporting other circuses, such as Cirque du Soleil. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Bergdorf Goodman: 111 Years of Extraordinary

Bergdorf Goodman is one of my favorite stores. It's the only store I've been to that has the abundance of goodies of a department store with the ambiance of a quaint but illustrious boutique. Their windows are designed with the utmost creative perfection and showcase the objects of fantasies. Inside, with every step and every glance, a connoisseur is delighted by the most exquisite couture in the world.

BG 111th Anniversary "Extreme" pump by Christian Louboutin, Bergdorf Goodman $3,995

In honor of 111 years of extravagance and style, over a dozen designers--from J Brand to Jimmy Choo--have created items exclusively for BG. The 111th Anniversary Collection includes pieces for women, men, and the home. At the top of my list are the knockout Christian Louboutin pumps and the idyllic Charlotte Olympia wedges that channel the Bergdorf spirit.

BG 111th Anniversary "Bergdorf" wedge by Charlotte Olympia, Bergdorf Goodman $1,395

Below is a behind-the-scenes look at the photo shoot for BG's September magazine: the couture, the artists, the models, and the energy.


Bergdorf Goodman is constantly involved in philanthropy, from supporting the Humane Society of NY to Joan Hornig Jewelry, which donates 100% of profits to the customer's charity of choice. BG is truly a paragon of luxury retail. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Maison Martin Margiela with H&M

Maison Martin Margiela with H&M

Collaborations and diffusion lines are all the rage, and there's a solid queue of haute houses shacking up with H&M. Maison Martin Margiela is next on the list to team up with H&M for some runway worthy designs at a fraction of the cost, hitting stores November 15. Take advantage of this opportunity to snag one or two pieces of haute-style must-haves, but before you drop $800 at H&M, check out what MM6 (Maison Martin Margiela's diffusion label) has to offer; one investment piece can do much for a wardrobe.  

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Life's Comic Relief: Henri

Besides enriching my life by bingeing on Juicy jewelry this week (massive Juicy Couture sale alert!), my other obsession has been the French cat Henri, one who is stuck in an existential torment. I only wish Choupette Lagerfeld and Henri could converse, sharing their unique perspectives, and enlighten the world with their discourse. Without further delay, here is Henri to present the irony of life, as captured in great cinematic glory by Will Braden.

Much to my dismay, this first video, Henri, 
can only be viewed on YouTube here

Henri 2, Paw de Deux

Henri 3, Le Vet

Henri 4, L'Haunting
(note: Henri is wearing a cattle costume in the last frame,
while le White Idiot is dressed as a cowboy)