Posts Tagged ‘hats’

Betsey Johnson and fans headed to Sephora on 5th Ave. in NYC for the launch of her perfume Too Too.

An excited Betsey ready to go to Sephora.

A real ballerina in the store.

Fans in the store waiting to buy the fragrance.

The fragrance, available online & in stores.

Photos: Betsey Johnson, Twitter, Factory PR


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Patch NYC is a fantastic company started by designers Don Carney and John Ross in 1997. The company which originated as a hat company has grown into scarves, jewelry, home decor, and fashion accessories.

Swallow PlatterScissors PinFedora Candle

Double mixed Fabric Scarf

Paris Lock Pin

Skull Bowl

Clovers & Shamrocks Necklace

Paris Between the Wars

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Pantalettes were the undermost garment women wore. The length of the pantalette reached passed the knee (as you see on the child in the left photo). Often decorated with tucks and flounces, they were made of silk or linen.

Another undergarment was the chemise. the loose undergarment reached below the knees, had a drawstring on the neckline, and a button on the drawers.

Next, comes the infamous corset. A lady would put the corset over the chemise. The corset was designed to give shape to the hips and waist and lift the bust area with support, but history shows many used it for other reasons.

Entering the scene in the 1800’s, the corset seemed to be the answer to achieving the perfect body. Women had ribs surgically removed that kept them from coresting themselves into a smaller waist. The removal of the lower ribs resulted in dislocating the kidneys, liver and other organs, as well as causing other medical problems.

From the New York Medical Journal (1887), many physicians believed that tight-lacing corsets led to organ displacement, internal damage, digestive problems,  and possibly even forms of cancer.

After the corset came the petticoat. The number of petticoat’s a woman wore was determined by the temperature and season.

The crinoline or hoop skirt was popular in the 1800s. Some made with thin steel wire, would support the skirt.

Left: 1858 Round Cage Crinoline. Right: 1865 Elliptical Cage Crinoline.

Garment on sale at, circa 1894 antique jacket with the puffy sleeves at the shoulders; something that became a big trend at the time.

There was a proper dress code when it came to mourning apparel. In order to pay respects to a deceased one and their family, a lady would get out her black crepe dress. This period could last twelve to eighteen months. As the period continued on the individual could wear black silk, granadine and other, materials.

The Empire dress style.

Ball dresses, c. 1848.

Hats from the 1800s.

Pride and Prejudice.

Ohne Titel fall 2010 fashion show, inspired by 19th c. shapes.


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What’s the most important part of Kate’s and William’s trip to Canada and beyond? Her clothes obviously. Here’s a rundown of the gorgeous threads the Princess has graced us with thus far.

Boarding the plane to Canada, the Princess looked stunning in a dress by Roland Mouret, jacket by Canadian label Smythe, Manolo Blahnik pumps, and a Mulberry handbag.


Get off the plane in the same outfit...are you crazy? Kate stepped out in a form-fitting navy lace dress from Erdem’s resort collection. Keeping the focus on the dress, Kate accessorized with a nude clutch and nude patent leather L.K. Bennetts.


For an evening reception at the house of the Governor General of Canada, Kate wore Issa and L.K. Bennett.

Ever the modest outfit recycler, Kate pulled out the Reiss dress she wore in her engagement photo for Canada Day. Accessorized differently, Kate wore a maple leaf brooch (also worn by Princess Elizabeth when she visited Canada in 1951, see next picture), red pumps, and a red hat with maple leaves by Sylvia Fletcher for Lock and Co.

The Maple Leaf brooch on Princess Elizabeth in 1951.

On the day William and Kate celebrate Canada Day is also Princess Diana's 50th birthday.

For her fifth wardrobe change in 24 hours, Kate wore a Issa Jersey dress with black shoes and had her hair swept back in a chignon.

Wearing one of Diana's favorite designers, Catherine Walker, Kate meets veterans and their families at the Canadian War Museum

She even looks adorable cooking! Kate at a cooking demonstration at the Quebec Tourism and Hotel Institute.

Holy little waist batman! Kate looked dazzling in a cornflower blue dress by Canadian-bred/London-based designer Erdem.









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The Prince and Princess arrive on July 8 and while they always impress, designers have their opinions of what they want to see Kate and William in. Take a look at the sketches…

“We wanted to keep it light and breezy for summer by using chambray fabric for both pants, which will keep the royal newlyweds cool and casual for their visit to the West Coast.” — David Lim, designer of Kasil Workshop

"Her trip is the perfect excuse to throw a pair of cotton trousers, a soft linen jacket and a classic yet evocative silk blouse. The look reflects the balance of old Santa Barbara Style mixed with a new Los Feliz/Silver Lake chic." — Juan Carlos Obando

The prince’s California beach style must include O’Neill board shorts and walk shorts. — O’Neill

“Kate strolls Abbot Kinney in Venice in a slouchy doublebreasted blazer over an acid pastel Deco Palm print bikini top, and a grosgrain-tied paperbag waist short to show off her incredibly slender waistline.” — Trina Turk

“William and Catherine in Seven For All Mankind exude a natural, effortless off-duty California style with premium denim as the foundation." — Michele Manz creative director for Seven for All Mankind

Kate should wear pieces from my Hey Sailor collection as it’s the perfect jewelry for a nautical summertime look." — Tarina Tarantino

"The sweater-over-evening-skirt look is key for us — it adds an insouciant touch to a dressy ensemble. Shown here topped with a peak-lapel blazer, it is a perfect match for Kate’s approachable sense of style." — Jenni Kayne

"The sea blue color of this bandeau top and hipster bottom bikini from my cruise 2012 collection reminded me of Kate’s engagement dress and ring." — Rod Beattie of Bleu Rod Beattie

“With these shades, the couple will fit right in to the culture and enjoy the L.A. sun.” — Larry Leight, founder and creative director of Oliver Peoples

Vans' Beach Bungalo’s straw bag.

“At first glance, this look appears to be a dress, but it is actually two pieces — a maxiskirt and white blouse tucked in...beyond! It’s glamorous, Boho and sexy without being too revealing. Perfect for a beach party in Malibu. — Rachel Zoe

“I select my off-the-shoulder jersey bodice gown with an origami silk satin-faced organza skirt with a crystal baguette-encrusted jewel belt in a gorgeous shade of raspberry. This look is perfect for royalty walking the red carpet.” — Kevan Hall

"Both the cloche for Kate at $70 and the classic fedora for William at $70 are 100 percent wool for the harsh British winters.” — Anna Delis, designer of Goorin Bros.

“I think she should be wearing my silk and cotton sateen dress from resort. It is inspired by the kind of dress an English woman would wear to a garden party." — Gregory Parkinson

“We thought a relaxed strapless jumpsuit in royal blue would be great on her for a California evening and chose an easy yet beautiful tiered dress for day, with her favorite V-neck and a refined tea length.” — Max and Lubov Azria of BCBG Max Azria

Vans’ classic canvas summer shoe

Images: Hollywood Life

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Bad. ass. Sebastien Jondeau and Karl Lagerfeld

Giorgio Armani and guest.

Belgian King Albert II and Queen Paola

French president Nicolas Sarkozy

Roger Moore and his wife Kristina

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Sophie Countess of Wessex

Karolina Kurkova arrives with her fiancé Archie Drury

Naomi Campbell and boyfriend Vladislav Doronin

Swedish model/actress Victoria Silvstedt

Count of Paris with his wife Micaela Cousino Quinones de Leon

Duke of Savoia, and his wife Marina Doria and Prince Henri of Orleans

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, Prince Vittorio Emanuele

Belgium's Crown Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde

Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima of The Netherlands

Prince Carl-Philip and Princess Madeleine of Sweden

Norway's Crown Prince Haakon and his wife Crown Princess Mette-Marit

Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark

Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark

Princess Charlene's mother Lynette Wittstock with her brothers Sean (left) and Gareth

Prince Albert's sister Princess Stephanie and her three children Louis, Pauline (second right) and Camille (far right)

Princess Caroline of Hanover

Princess Caroline of Hanover's daughter Charlotte Casiraghi

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Yes kids, more hats.

Today marked the second day of the annual Royal Ascot horse racing event near Windsor. Races have been held at Berkshire since 1711 and the fashion is just as traditional as the racing.

Where did I put my Ipad?


You know what it is




Images: Today

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