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Spotlight On: Christophe de Menil

Christophe de Menil is a unique woman with much to offer. She was born into an aristocratic family in France and later raised in Houston, Texas. Since her youth, Ms. de Menil has been known for her sense of style and detailed knowledge of the arts.

Christophe de Manil pendant

Christophe de Menil had had a long and colorful life. She studied religion, married (and later divorced) a Buddhist scholar and subsequently became a women’s fashion designer. While her first line of clothes did not last long, they earned the admiration of many people who could not help but notice her great talent for style. However, Ms. de Menil only jumped into designing jewelry after the death of her grandson, Dash.

Christophe de Menil Jewelry

Ms. de Menil makes no secret of the fact that her jewelry is inspired by the ocean and its teeming wildlife. This inspiration is clearly apparent to those who purchase her rings, earrings, pendants and necklaces. The jewelry items are cast in sterling silver and then plated in either gold or rhodium. However, Ms. de Menil does create solid gold items on request.

Christophe de Manil Seaweed Rings

Christophe de Manil Seaweed Rings

The beauty of Ms. de Menil’s jewelry lies in its simple yet classic sense of style. While some jewelry items are certainly intricate, they are not overly ostentatious and most of them do not contain a single gemstone. This helps to bring out the style of the piece itself and women who wear this jewelry stand out for their stylish demeanor without appearing overly rich or flashy.

Christophe de Menil Apparel

Ms. de Menil’s T-shirts are far from formal. They are plain in color yet each shirt features an exotic animal. The style of the shirts is simple yet classy and there are various color options to pick from. The women’s outfits, on the other hand, are completely black and can be worn for a variety of occasions. Some outfits are informal enough to wear while out and about while others are clearly meant for those attending a formal event.

Christophe de Manil T Shirts

Like Ms. de Meni’s jewelry line, the clothing line is not overly ostentatious. Instead of adding flashy colors and outlandish design styles, Ms. de Menil has given her clothes a classy yet very feminine feel. The clothing is sleek, sexy and suggestive without exposing much of a woman’s body. There are many fabric options to pick from, including Italian wool crepe, rayon stretch, barathea, mohair and silk taffeta. All outfits match particularly well with Christophe de Menil’s jewelry line and a woman who appreciates the jewelry she offers is sure to appreciate one or more of her outfits as well.

Wool Crepe Jumpsuit

Christophe de Menil is a talented woman who has much to offer the world of jewelry design. While many well known jewelers leave their mark by creating large, colorful jewelry items that are impossible not to notice, Ms. de Menil has instead opted to create simple, classy, feminine jewelry that inspires awe and admiration from those who see it. Her inspiring works of art are extremely versatile and can be worn not just for formal occasions but also while out and about town.

Bargainistas Rejoice: Saks Off 5th Launches e-Commerce

Anyone who has made a special trip to the Sawgrass outlets just to check out the bargains at Off 5th will be thrilled to know that Saks Fifth Avenue recently launched Off 5th’s first e-commerce site. The Saks Off 5th website, http://www.saksoff5th.com/, offers high-end luxury goods, including apparel, shoes, accessories and fine jewelry, at huge discounts in comparison to their retail prices. True bargain hunters can get their fix of all their favorite luxury brands, from Gucci to Prada, at a fraction of the original cost.

David Yurman Two Tone Onyx Cable Bracelet

What’s our favorite kind of David Yurman? Any cable bracelet less than retail! David Yurman Two Tone Onyx Cable Bracelet

The Off 5th e-commerce site will make these discounted goods available for the first time to consumers that do not live close a brick-and-mortar location. The company hopes that the brand will attract new consumers to the luxury market, who may not have access to a local store or may not be able to afford full price for high-end goods.

E-commerce Exclusives

Even longtime devotees will want to check out the new e-commerce site. There will be some overlap between the store brands and the online marketplace, but there will also be brands that are exclusively available online. Shoppers looking for that one special piece will be able to search the website for items that have sold out in stores. Customers looking for a certain size can check the website as well. Items that are sold in limited quantities or only in certain locations will also be available on the website, making them available to more consumers. Many shoppers will be excited to see Salon Z, the Saks Fifth Avenue’s plus-size line of apparel, available online. This line is not available at retail Off 5th locations.

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Luxury brand shoppers expect a high-end shopping experience. Saks Fifth Avenue has sought to recreate the sleek, clean lines of the in-store experience with the user interface of the e-commerce site for Off 5th.The website is easy to use and is logically divided into categories and subcategories that simplify the shopping process. Customers can now shop at their convenience, day or night, without ever leaving their home. They also have access to customer service for returns, exchanges or questions.

Something for Everyone

The website is divided into five categories:

  • Designers
  • Women
  • Men
  • Clearance
  • FashionFix

Within the Women’s and Men’s categories, you will find subcategories for all the items you have come to expect from Saks Fifth Avenue, including apparel, shoes, accessories, handbags and jewelry and watches. Shoppers can also peruse items by designer. The Clearance category is the best place to find rock-bottom deals. Off 5th offers the “More!” shopping reward card, which gives shoppers access to special discounts and offers in addition to the sizable discounts already offered. Joining the club is free.

Last, but not least, the FashionFix category offers flash sales and specials that mirror the in-store sale experience. There is usually a featured category, for example, men’s accessories or women’s shoes. Then there is an additional discount offered for a limited amount of time. The launch of Off 5th’s e-commerce site will be a welcome new shopping opportunity for bargainistas everywhere.

Adorable and Affordable Navy Bridesmaids Dresses

Navy is one of the most classic wedding colors. It anchors a beautiful, elegant palette of ivory and navy with silver accents. Pair it with vibrant coral for a perfectly preppy summer wedding. Navy with pale yellow is gorgeous in spring. Navy and antique gold is rich and opulent for fall. It’s the perfect addition to a wedding palette and it has the advantage of being stunning on virtually any skin tone. This makes for happy bridesmaids, should you choose it as their dress color. And because it’s such a fashionable color, chances are you and your girls will be able to find something you love off the rack (rather than at a specialty bridal shop). All your girls will need is fun accessories (we like a nude or metallic shoe) and some fabulous jewelry to complete their look. Check out a few of our favorite navy bridesmaids dresses below!

Short & Chic

ML Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids V-Neck Ruched Chiffon Sheath Dress

ML Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids V-Neck Ruched Chiffon Sheath Dress $268 at Nordstrom

Eliza J Side Pleat Sheath Dress navy bridesmaid dress

Eliza J Side Pleat Sheath Dress navy bridesmaid dress $79.50 at Nordstrom

Adriana Papell navy lace dress bridesmaids

Adrianna Papell Boatneck Lace Sheath Dress $148 at Nordstrom

Short navy bridesmaid dress Asos Lipsy Gathered dress

Lipsy Gathered Dress with Embellished Shoulder $101.82 at Asos

Trendy & Flirty

Short navy bridesmaid dress lace skater dress by Asos

ASOS Scalloped Lace Skater Dress $64.49

Navy Polka Dot Bridesmaid Dress by Eliza J

Eliza J Metallic Polka Dot Fit & Flare Dress $178 at Nordstom

one shoulder navy bridesmaid dress at Asos

ASOS Cami Strap Wrap Dress With Bar Belt $76.37

Long & Glam

Adrianna Papell Lace Yoke Drape Gown

Adrianna Papell Lace Yoke Drape Gown $188 at Nordstrom

Long navy bridesmaid dress with sequins TFNC at ASOS

TFNC Maxi Dress With Sequin Bandeau $118.79 at Asos

Donna Morgan 'Amy' Crinkled Silk Chiffon Dress

Donna Morgan ‘Amy’ Crinkled Silk Chiffon Dress $230 at Nordstrom

JS Collections Beaded Mesh Gown

JS Collections Beaded Mesh Gown $198 at Nordstrom

Aisle Style: Halter Wedding Dresses

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A halter style wedding dress shows off your shoulders, arms and décolletage, while also elongating your body for a flattering look, and who doesn’t want that on her wedding day? There are thousands of halter styles on the market, but here are a few of the best of the modern choices that will make you look and feel like a princess on your big day.

Valentini Spose

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This unique, empire waisted halter-top wedding dress is certainly dramatic. The wrap-around collar adds an additional element of glamor that the halter only begins to suggest. The pink, jeweled brooch on the side is feminine and luxurious, for a dress befitting a queen or oil magnate.

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Gown features beading and high-halter neck.

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This Fortuni-pleated chiffon stunner has a diaphanous look to it, almost like a Greek Goddess. This is the perfect dress for a beach wedding. The sea breezes will catch the fabric and send it floating ethereally around you as you walk down the boardwalk aisle.

Simone Carvalli

Simone Carvalli wedding dresses

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The halter is only the beginning with this mermaid silhouette and sweetheart gown. A ruched, fitted bodice hugs curves before exploding in frothy ruffles. The ruffled halter straps mirror the dramatic skirt and train on this stunning wedding dress.

Winnie Couture

A-line ball gown with plunging halter neckline, fitted ruched bodice and soft tulle skirt.

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Considerably more classic than the previous entries, this silk ball gown is reminiscent of something a Disney princess would wear, though the neckline is a bit risqué for children’s movies. The ruching at the waist defines the hourglass figure for a very flattering silhouette.

David’s Bridal

Davids bridal wedding dresses with halter tops

David’s Bridal Collection Style WG3260 via The Knot

Like something straight out of West Egg, this 20s inspired vision is a sweeping endorsement for the glamor of the past. The layered chiffon skirt is pinned up high on the hip, while the ruched bodice creates volume and dimension for a feminine appeal.

Spotlight on: Emilio Pucci Jewelry

After Emilio Pucci’s death in 1992, his daughter Laudomia continued the design business he had established in Florence during the middle of the century. By the turn of the century, the Louis-Vuitton-Moet-Hennessy Group had acquired over half of the company. Laudomia was made image director, and a team of creative and talented designers began carrying on the tradition of design began so unexpectedly by Emilio. The nuances of Emilio’s designs can subtly be seen in today’s Emilio Pucci jewelry.

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The collections are stylish bracelets fashioned of colored patterned metal and wide cuffs of gold metal with colorful polished stones. The cuffs have highly polished effects and details of contrasting application.

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Drop earrings are embellished with crystal beads in colors such as lava orange, petroleum blue and teal green. A necklace of black beads holds a polished onyx cross. A plated brass bracelet has an attached ring with mixed stones.

Emilio Pucci brass star cross and wing earrings

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Impressive earrings of 100% brass are star-shapes with an eagle and tiny cross dangling from them. A brass pyramid ring has an Ancient Egyptian feel.

Emilio Pucci was a very scholarly gentleman who at one point even came to America to study agriculture at the University of Georgia in Athens. He later attended Reed College in Oregon on a skiing scholarship. In 1937, he earned his doctorate in political science. He served in the Italian Air Force in World War II rising to the rank of captain.

His first venture into the world of design was by designing ski wear for the Reed college ski team. His designs got attention when a friend was photographed by a Harper’s Bazaar photographer. His designing career snowballed later with a line of swimwear in stretch fabric and bold, bright patterns on silk scarves. His haute couture fashions caught on with celebrities of that era such as Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy. In fact, Miss Monroe was buried in a dress designed by Emilio Pucci.