Saturday, September 27, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The Wedding of the Divine Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy by Bridget Mora
Few Americans inspire more admiration than Jacqueline Kennedy. She was one of the most stylish women this country has ever known, and her influence on fashion has never waned. Her 1953 wedding to dashing Senator John F. Kennedy was the event of the season, and Jackie Kennedy's name tops every list of legendary brides.
Miss Jacqueline Bouvier met then-Congressman John Kennedy in 1952 through a mutual friend. A relationship began, and by the following summer, Jackie was wearing a stunning diamond and emerald engagement ring from Van Cleef & Arpel. The wedding was planned for September 12, 1953 at St. Mary's Church in Newport, RI, to be followed by a reception at Hammersmith Farm, where Miss Bouvier had summered with her family.
Most brides have to endure some input from their family during the wedding planning process; when Jackie was making her arrangements, she had to deal with both her mother and her very demanding father-in-law. It was extremely important to Joseph Kennedy that his son's wedding be used for political advantage, which would explain why over 1000 guests were invited to the affair. You can be sure that all of those people were not close personal friends of the bride's from her days at Miss Porter's or Vassar.
Interestingly enough, although Jacqueline Kennedy is revered as a fashion icon, she did not get to have the wedding gown of her choosing. Miss Bouvier was a Francophile, and preferred simple elegant dresses. For her wedding, she wanted a bridal gown that was similar to the sophisticated styles for which she became known. However, Joe Kennedy did not trust her taste (imagine!), and insisted on a very traditional wedding dress. Jackie's mother selected the dressmaker, Ann Lowe of New York, who created custom garments for families like the Rockefellers and the DuPonts.
There is no questioning the skill of the couturier, however, the finished bridal gown was certainly not reflective of Jacqueline Bouvier's taste. It was a beautiful gown, though, and very much in keeping with the look of 1950s wedding dresses. Jackie's ivory gown featured 50 yards of silk taffeta, which was fashioned into a portrait neckline with a very full bouffant skirt. The gown was heavily decorated with rows of tucking, circles of ruffles, and wax flowers. It was a very lovely, but very busy bridal gown.
The accessories were more to Jackie's liking. She wore her grandmother's exquisite rosepoint lace veil draped from a small lace cap decorated with orange blossoms. Miss Bouvier's pearl bridal jewelry included a classic strand of family pearls, and a one-of-a-kind bracelet. The stunning bangle style bracelet was a wedding gift from J.F.K., and featured alternating diamonds and pearls. The impressive bangle was truly pearl bridal jewelry at its finest. In addition, Jackie wore a diamond leaf pin, which was presented to her by her future in-laws.
Jackie Kennedy's wedding day ensemble was completed by a pair of wrist length gloves (de rigueur for a 1950s bride) and a pink and white bouquet with spray orchids and gardenias. Another things about the Kennedys' wedding that was very typical of the '50s was the menu. Weddings in those days did not feature serving stations offering exotic fare from around the globe. After the bride and groom cut their five tier wedding cake, the guests were served a luncheon of fruit cup, creamed chicken, and ice cream shaped like roses. That is one part of the Kennedy wedding that even the most ardent Jackie fans will probably not reproduce at their own reception!
After the wedding, the newlyweds spent one night in the Waldorf-Astoria before heading off for a two week honeymoon in Acapulco. That concluded the nuptials of Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy and began the glamorous Camelot era that was to enchant millions during the Presidency of J.F.K. The enduring legend of the charismatic young couple remains a symbol of style and grace around the world.
Ask Bridget for advice in areas of jewelry or weddings. She writes numerous articles providing information for the customers of Silverland Jewelry.com Come to SilverlandJewelry to find elegant pearl bridal jewelry for the bride and beautiful jewelry gifts for the bridesmaids.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Lorris Azzaro - The Master Designer by James Philips
Loris Azzaro set up his initial line in Paris in 1962 and by 1968 his business was a huge success. Born in Tunisia on February 9 1933, Azzaro was well known for the making of fascinating party dresses for the select few in the French society. His creations featured flamboyant beadwork and bold cutouts. Loris Azzaro’s collections are always named alphabetically named by season, he admitted to skipping the letters q, x and z as it was too hard to find names in favor of those letters.
The open sea became Loris Azzaro’s much-loved mode of expression and he forever and a day said that, “the blue color is the color that suits me”. Loris Azzaro found encouragement in the natural wonders of the world that is the Mediterranean, the love, the sun and the seduction. “I let myself carry by the atmosphere of the country of my childhood with his spiced odors, his colors, his flowers, his perfumes. It is the country where I become again really myself, the country where my preferred color is everywhere, azure of the sea and the sky”. His sources of inspiration were his love for the sea. He released male and female clothing lines and accessories as well as fragrances. In 1975 he created his first fragrance for woman, called ‘Couture’ this became his signature scent.
Over time Azzaro became well identified for his fragrances as much as his clothing line. In spite of his fame, Loris never designed haute fashion designer wear and was not an affiliate of the elite Chambre Syndicale - this groups the top designer’s presentation in France. In addition to Raquel Welch and Sophia Loren, Nicole Kidman, Azzaro’s creations were as well displayed via Marisa Berenson, Claudia Cardinale as well as Isabelle Adjani.
After his passing away at the age of 70 - November 20, 2003 in Paris, France - Vanessa Seward took over as head designer of the Azzaro label. The brand name continues to release clothing but is now better acknowledged for their fragrances line up. Original Loris Azzaro vintage pieces are still very much in demand.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Here's a few videos showing the 1960s Mod Style!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Barbie and Skipper - Two Famous Sisters by Christine Noe
I have to admit, I have great memories of playing Barbie while growing up. My sister and I must have easily had a couple dozen; toss in a couple Kens and you have hours of fun. We had a basket full of Barbie clothes and accessories and used to have to put our initials on the bottom of the furniture sets so we could tell who's was who's. The biggest rule was, never let our Labs near them! Some of the Barbies had made it out to the dog yard and wound up with half eaten legs.
These dolls got a whole lot of love, and hours upon hours of playtime. I used to dream 'if only' I could have one come to life like a fairy and carry it in my pocket. This was probably the influence of that book 'The Littles'. We would fool ourselves silly, putting 30 different pieces of paper into a basket with various games we could play; pet shop, restaurant, Barbies, Monopoly, etc.. We usually ended up picking games from the basket until Barbies came up.
To us the most fun was the event of choosing the Barbies. We would lay them out in a line and take turns; one by one, until all were all gone. Yes, this even included the hospitalized ones with the half eaten legs and the Miss America one who's hair got too unruly and had to have her head shaved. Then we would spend at least another hour or so, picking one by one through the clothes and accessories basket until we were satisfied. I am sure some outfits never made it out of the basket.
I remember going to Emporium and rushing to the Barbie aisle to find new outfits. It just seemed amazing how many new ones were constantly released. So many shoes! and somehow we had it all indexed what shoes we already had.
I don't really remember playing with the dolls so much as the enjoyment of selecting them, dressing them and setting them up on their furniture like structures. We never owned a Barbie Dream Home.. why? Because we were encouraged to use our imaginations. I never fully understood that, because we had all the furniture for it.. but so be it, a dish pan would be the pool, stacked crates would be the various rooms and horses would be the means of transportation.
Whether Barbie represented perfection or the impossible figure for a female to obtain, never really seemed to be a big deal. To us, it was just great fun and planted years upon years of memories.
On a recent visit, my mom rediscovered her old Barbies I had had out in my garage. She was like a kid in the candy shop, ooh'ng and ahh'ng over the home made clothes, the memories she and her sisters shared while growing up. It made me smile, seeing the memory was something we shared. How those silly Barbies ended up in my garage still remains a mystery!
Barbie has been full of longstanding controversy; saying everything from she is too sexy to her body type would look mutant in real life. Throughout the years several friends and relatives have been introduced to ride the wonderful wave of Barbie and her marketing. Barbie's most popular sister is Skipper (originally introduced in 1964). The Original Barbie was introduced in 1959.
The relationship between Barbie and her sister remains in the hearts of all the young girls around the world who played with them.
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