“Holidays”, a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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The end of year festive season looms

and with it consideration of the year soon to end:

the loud noises of life which vie constantly for attention

is for a moment stilled

by the need for quiet inner reflection-

“kept by ourselves in silence and apart”.


(image from landrethstudios.com)


by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882)

celebrated American poet who penned, among others-

Paul Revere’s Ride and The Song of Hiawatha.







The holiest of all holidays are those
Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
The secret anniversaries of the heart,
When the full river of feeling overflows;–
The happy days unclouded to their close;
The sudden joys that out of darkness start
As flames from ashes; swift desires that dart
Like swallows singing down each wind that blows!
White as the gleam of a receding sail,
White as a cloud that floats and fades in air,
White as the whitest lily on a stream,
These tender memories are;–a fairy tale
Of some enchanted land we know not where,
But lovely as a landscape in a dream.




From the studio of Italian designer Isabel Benenato : gender neutral knitwear and leather pieces, easy-wear / easy-fit


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Italian designer Isabel Benenato

has had a life-long association with fashion.

Born in Naples, Italy

her love of design was nurtured by her mother-

a tailor in the industry.


isabel benenato, portrait, blast bologna it-schermata

designer, Isabel Benenato

(image from blast-bologna.it)

Her eponymous label

launched in Milan, 2008

is platform for her design focus-

loose fit clothing of

lightweight knitwear and fine leather finishes.

S / S 2014  menswear collection:

isabel_benenato_ss_2014_mens, lacomercial.info

(image from lacommercial)

Of particular interest is the design directive of her creations:

gender neutrality, a definite guy / gal perspective

a colour story of muted hues

geometric aspects

thin layering

gentle oversizing

asymmetric points

casual dress attitude

From the studio of designer, Isabel Benenato

isabel benenato, men, jacket with drawstring detail to back f 12, noovoeditions.com 6

Fall 2012

black, sleeve-less leather cover

 hood and arch cut out to back

with drawstring detail

isabel benenato, dress, knit, cut out, noovoeditions

knit dress in charcoal grey

easy fit to body

high neck

deep cut out to one shoulder

styled with speckled grey finger-less gloves to elbow

(images from noovoeditions.com)

isabel benenato, mens knit jacket, from daad-dantone, Jacket-Isabel-Benenato-B1181-51-FANGO-1_big

oatmeal hue knit wear jacket 

single tab leather closure

layered over deep cowl collar, soft-grey jumper with thumb hole

(image from daad dantone)

isabel benenato, men draped jacket, farfetch

men’s draped black jacket

pin-clasped at shoulder

at front: inverted- V  hem and

diagonal cut pockets

(image from farfetch)

sabel benenato, aubergine jumper over leather jacket, blast-bologna.it 1

aubergine hue cardi

rolled cowl-neck collar / lapel

double button hem closure

bell sleeves

styled over black leather zip front jacket

(image from blast-bologna.it)

sabel benenato, hoodie, f2012 noovoedition.com

cathedral grey knit

monk-style hoodie

(image from noovoeditions.com)

isabel benenato, womens, jumper, cowl neck culdeparis.isabel benenato, womens, sweater, cul de paris

Sweater Scene

(t)  lava stone grey jumper

exaggerated cowl neck top

low slit arm opening

deep ribbed hem

(b)  coal grey cardigan


super length sleeves

button panel in contrast black

(images from culdeparis)

sabel benenato, patchwork cardi, oversize, allotmentstore.com large

patchwork cardigan

tarnished- silver grey body 

coral pink patches / blue yarn stitching

off-centre button closure

(image from allotmentstore.com)

Isabel-Benenato, womens, coat, back -IB2878-01-BLACK-4_big

cocoon shape black overcoat

geometric point hem

drop shoulders

slashed sleeves

Mark your diary! A holiday viewing at The Costume Institute (Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC) : Into the wardrobe of style icon Countess Jacqueline de Ribes


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Stylista extraordinaire

Fashion muse

Clothing designer

Hall of Fame inductee, International Best Dressed List  (1962)


French television producer

and much more …


all describe the many facets of life which is that of

Countess Jacqueline de Ribes


Photographic portrait of Countess Jacqueline de Ribes

by American fashion and portrait photographer, Richard Avedon

countess, jacqueline de ribes, portrait by richard avedon,

(image by liveauctioneers.com)



Nèe Jacqueline Bonnin de La Bonninière de Beaumont (1929)

into a French aristocratic family

the Countess Jacqueline de Ribes, now 85 years old

is being honoured by

The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC)

with a show highlighting her fashion and style vision

which for decades,  has graced the international scene.


In her own design

A pink creation, a / w  1983

now on view at The Costume Institute

countess de ribes, own design, a 83, 1983,

Wearing Dior,  1959

countess de ribes, in dior, 1959,

(images from nymag.com)

The exhibition titled

Jacqueline de Ribes:  The Art of Style

features 60 pieces, chronicled from the early ’60s to present-

from Countess de Ribes’ personal wardrobe.

Some are of her own creation,

others the work of designers she admired.

Truly a show worth the visit as it encapsules the aesthetics of a by-gone era

while attesting to a definition of ultimate style as a intricate statement of self.

Jacqueline de Ribes:

The Art of Style


The Costume Institute,

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

until 21 February 2016


For further details visit:



Borse! Borse! e Borse! dall’Italia da disegnatore Tommaso Cecchi de’Rossi. Translation: bags from Italy by designer Tommaso Cecchi de’Rossi. Molto belle!


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Meet fine leather accessories designer

Tommaso Cecchi de’Rossi-


(image from cisiamobcc.it):

cecchi de rossi, handbag designer, portrait, cisiamobcc.it, portrait, tommaso-cecchi-de-rossi_borse

In studio

accessories designer,  Tommaso Cecchi de’Rossi

Born in the Tuscan commune of Pistoia-

Sr. de’Rossi innovates in creating stand out handbag pieces of


exceptional quality leather

innovative shapes

singular characteristics

vintage vision

staple colours of grey, stone, sage green

natural tints from wine infusion

limited quantity

agender sensibilities


The finished product gives new meaning to the term “arm candy”-

delectably worth the indulgence.

“The morphic plisse bag”

rectangular shape when flat

domed when filled with pleats pronounced

cecchi de rossi, stone morphic plisse bag, archivesf.com

(image from archivesf.com)


cecchi de rossi, rectangular backpack, farfetch

(image from farfetch)

“Tri-zip back pack”

zipper detail

soft grey hue outer shell

interior of bright orange contrast colour

bucket-esque shape with over flap


cecchi de rossi, tri zip back pack archivesf.comcecchi de rossi, tri zip backpack, top, archivesf

“L – shopping armour bag”

grey shadings

circle cutout

worn at shoulder or carry in hand

cecchi de rossi, L-shopping armor bag, archivesf.com 2

Totally S – factor

A spacious and stylish carry-all

cecchi de rossi, shoulder bag , archivesf.com

(images from archivesf.com)

Bag with geometric cut out handle

quiet quirky element

in steel grey and in red finish overtones

cecchi de rossi, medium handle bag, pnp firenze.com

cecchi de rossi, bag, pnp-firenze.com

cecchi de rossi, small handle bag, pnp-firneze.com

(images from pnp-firenze.com)

Reference:  vintage inspiration

medicine bag zip-top opening

worn-look effect

straps for shoulder carry

cecchi de rossi, a_w 2013, vogue.it

(image from vogue italia)

Cross body bag

draw string pleat detail at sides

cecchi de rossi, , bag, cross body, pnp-firenze.com

(image from pnp-firenze.com)



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German born

London trained

(at the prestigious art / design school Central Saint Martins, CSM )

Paris based-

the designer, Lutz Huelle

launched his eponymous label in 2000.


Known for his ‘metamorphic’ aesthetics in

re-interpreting familiar silhouette, fabrication, styling-

his collections are greatly anticipated for their

‘what’s next’ fashion factor.


For a / w  2015,

his leather pieces with gold / silver metallic finishes

shimmered on the runway.



by designer, Lutz Huelle

for a / w  2015


Leather metallics


Leather dress with gold metallic, veined finish

knee-length, high neck

lutz_huelle_aw15_, gold metallic dress, 0

Crackled gold effect leather cover

asymmetric hem,  textile sleeves

lutz_huelle_aw15, gold vest,

In silver metallic

leather skirt with hem on the diagonal and side train

lutz_huelle_aw15, silver, asymmetric skirt

Crisp colour combo

stark white roll neck top

deep sapphire blue textural bomber jacket

silver metallic mid length dress

lutz_huelle_aw15, metallic leather, silver skirt, lutzhuelle.com _03



A denim dimension definition


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From its humble origins as sturdy clothing

to its use as high fashion material

denim wear has been elevated to a whole new plane.



As evidenced in several Renaissance paintings-

denim wear has its fashion roots grounded in

Western European.


Today, in partically every corner of the world-

denim wear garments

are solidly de rigueur, agender attire.


Denim wear:

a fashion global phenomenon

a fashion common denominator

a fashion unifying element.



Denim wear on the runway



Seoul Fashion Week

for s / s 2016

from Rocket  X  Lunch

It’s in the details

  ombre effect, multiple button rows, fringe to trousers

denim wear, tiered, rough edge, ombre effect, ladies, korea, rocket

denim wear rocket_lunch

from Supercomma B

Agender agenda

denim wear, agender, supercomma B, s16

from  R.  Shemiste

denim suiting

jacket with asymmetric lapel

wide leg trousers with frayed hem

denim wear, r. shemiste s16

high waist skirt with front slit

denim wear, r. shemiste, skirt s16

Tokyo Fashion Week

For S / S 2016



boiler suit, window pane pattern, bleach effect

denim wear, men, s16, boiler suit, window pane, bleach effect, dressedundressed_ss16_

from Aula

maxi length cover with textural effect yoke

 buttery sleeeves, large pockets

frayed ends to sleeve and cover hem

denim wear, tokyo fashion week, aula_ss16_



London Fashion Week

For S / S  2016

from Ashish

culotte with train

denim wear, ashish, s 2016_

Colour burst set

jacket / bucket hat / oversized, wide leg trouser

denim wear, ashish, s16

Marques ‘ Almeida

‘Taking it to the max’

maxi – length trench

denim wear, marques almeida, trench, lady, s 16 _ALM0480_426x639_1

“Japanese Denim” a made in Japan, inspired by the U.S. , styled in Japan fashion story line


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From its humble beginnings as durable material for work-wear

to its evolution as high status fabrication for designer clothing

denim is lauded for its versatility:

for use in the creation of

an array of garments from head to toe (hats to shoes)

to a symbol of fashion democratisation, accessibility for all.



Then … workers’ wear

levi strauss, RR workers in strass overall, levistrausshd.yolasite.com

Denim overalls

working on the railroad

(image from yolastie.com)



Now … worn by all

jeans, democratization, hands up in the air, urbandarlin

Denim democratization

hands up in the air for denim!

(image from urbandarling.com)

With its appearance on the American clothing scene

in the mid-19th century



(thanks to the entrepreneur Levi Strauss

who established the first company to manufacture jeans

Levi Strauss & Co, San Francisco, California)



denim wear has been long associated with American fashion

until now.


Iconic denim brand

levi strauss, label. news,nd.edu

Levi Strauss & Co

company label illustrating denim wear as work wear

(image from new.nd.edu)



Creating singular denim wear has become a particular strength

of a few Japanese design labels

who have become expert in producing denim fabrication

of a vintage quality as inspired by classic Levi Strauss clothing.

The effect is achieved by adhering to traditional denim manufacturing:

producing a raw finish that softens over time as well as using

shuttle looms to produce “selvedge” denim-

tightly woven edges which  prevent fraying.

The look is classic denim.


Selvedge “edge”

in orange stitching

apanese denim, selvage denim, nudiejeans.com orange

(image from nudiejean.com)

The characteristic features of denim wear produced in Japan

have revived much interest in the

aesthetics of traditional denim attire .

This fashion phenomenon has evolved over the past decade plus and

is sometimes refered to as “Japanese denim”

and by the term more industry-wide recognised-

selvage denim.

The finished garments are wonderfully “old school” in look and feel.

A few “Japanese denim” brands

made in Japan, influenced by the U. S.

Traditional look

           Traditonal cut

                                   Traditional fabrication

by Samauri Jeans, Japan

apanese denim, samura jeans, global.rakuten.com

by John Bull, Japan

japanese denim by john bull, global.rakuten.com

by Oni Jeans

no fuss, no frills denim jacket

apanese denim, oni jeans, jean jacket, global.rakuten.com

(images by global.rakuten.com)

by Blue Blue Japan

worker-wear inspired

patchwork jacket

japanese denim by john bull, global.rakuten.com

(image from mrporter.com)

Some “Japanese denim” labels, such as

Visvim by designer Hiroki Nakamura-

imprint a local stamp on vintage effect denim

creating singular pieces, which integrate

elements of Japanese dress aesthetics

into the finished design.

The resulting look is of intricate detail and silhouette.

Some added extras

from Visvim

by designer Hiroki Nakamura

modelled by Hiroki Nakamura

japanese denim, visvim, denim shawl worn by visvim creative director, wgsn.com

Denim shawl of print and pattern

(image from wgsn.com)

japanese denim, visvim, padded jacket, mens Stylesight

Blue padded jacket with tan lining

(image from stylesight)

The price tag?

Not exactly a “democratizing” feature of this brand of denim wear.

However, the finished pieces are special garments warmly welcomed by

denim wear enthusiasts.



“I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul”: ‘Invictus’ a poem by William Ernest Henley


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Life is wrought with adversities

many of manageable proportions-

one plows through, and is left relatively unscathed.

A few-

sadly, wretchedly

are of the extreme, are atrocities

over which happiness at once seems ever unobtainable.

Yet,  that which brings sorrow, grief

need not permanently define-

if with every molecule of being

one strives to ‘invictus’-

to be unconquerable, unconquered

by that which seeks to destroy.


by William Ernest Henley (1849 – 1903)

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

(sourced from familyfriendspoems.com)

A bit of a walk about! – Stockholm, Sweden


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capital city of Sweden

an archipelago positioned on the Baltic Sea

spread over 14 islands connected by a system of bridges

(image from cruisingstockholm.com):

stockholm, map under magnifying glass, cruisingfromstockholmcom

first written account, which referenced the city dates back to the 13th century

its Gamla Stan ( Old Town) is of medieval origins,  lined with cobblestone roads

picturesque vistas:

sea scenary-    tranquil waters, boats, sail ships

stately architectural structures-   public buildings and royal palaces

exteriors of residential dwellings painted in muted hues of orange and yellow

city of the Nobel Prize awards ceremony

monetary unit is the krona (kr)

shopping areas of vintage shops, designer boutiques and

Swedish labels-  Acne Studios, Flippa K., Cheap Monday,

Tiger of Sweden and others

a java lover’s paradise!:

an abundance of excellent coffee houses

delicious pasteries:

there’s even a “Chewy Cake Day”, celebrated on 7 November-

the chocolate chewy cake is the best,  yum!

rich in galleries and museums

Nationalmuseum (the national gallery), presently closed for renovative works,

is home to a permanent collection of works dating from the medieval era to

modern / contemporary pieces

Stockholm,  Sweden

A Walk About

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(slide show photos by meappropriatestyle)

Mark your diary ! : Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) presents a new exhibition on the history of denim- ” Denim: Fashion Frontier”


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The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), NYC

is a state school of higher education.

Founded in 1944, it remains one of the premier centres for

study in fashion and design.

Renown alumni include, among others-

the designers Michael Kors, Francisco Costa, Nanette Lepore.


The Museum at FIT is recognised for its informative and innovative exhibitions-

well worth a visit for all interested in fashion design-

highlighting historical perspectives and future vision.

The upcoming show

Denim:  Fashion Frontier

(1 December 2015 – 7 May 2016)

will examine the import of denim wear

from its origins as labour apparel for its sturdy quality

to high-fashion attire and mainstay fabrication for its versatility.

Denim as work-wear

American miners, 19th century

denim history, 1800 MINERS, urbanoutfitters, co.uk

(image from urbanoutfitters uk)


Denim as fashion / style statement maker

denim on denim ensemble

jacket / wide leg trousers wtih fringe details

denim wear, fringe hem to jacket pocket and trouser hem, ladies, vogue uk


(image from vogue uk)


Denim:  Fashion Frontier

Museum at the Fashion Institue of Technology (FIT) – NYC

1 December 2015 – 7 May 2016




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