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Knock your Socks off

In the post-holiday chill many of us are facing (blizzards and all, even in California), the thigh-high sock trend is still going strong.  And we love it to keep us cozy and warm until Spring actually arrives.  But finding the right shoes to wear with your woolies can sometimes be challenging.  Your footwear selection either makes or breaks the look. 

Take this school-girl trend and make it more sophisticated with the Nitrate, Poise or Clasp.  If the combination feels a bit daunting, may we suggest the Purl - a sock and bootie mix already made right. 

 

Street style photos courtesy of Fashionising.com

posted Fri, 01/07/2011 by Charles David

Blue Suede Shoes

In a recent blog post on one of our beloved fashion sources, Who What Wear featured Carey Mulligan's unexpected touch

If you resolve to be a little more daring in 2011, pair the Charles by Charles David blue suede Pompadours with an understated black dress.  It's a show-stopping look that will reveal your inner style confidence. 

 

ph: Nikki Nelson / WENN

posted Wed, 01/05/2011 by Charles David

Celebrating Sienna

Sienna Miller turns 29 today.  In honor of her birthday, we thought we'd pay tribute to her iconic, bohemian-chic style.  She makes everything look so effortless and cool. 

Take a peek at some of her most defining outfits + the shoes we'd suggest to capture your very own Sienna look.

*Photos courtesy of FabSugar, JustJared and other online style sources. 

posted Tue, 12/28/2010 by Charles David

We Love Dorothy Draper

Dorothy Draper (born Dorothy Tuckerman November 22, 1889, died March 11, 1969) was an influential and innovative American interior decorator of the early to mid 20th century.

She was born into the aristocratic Tuckerman family in the Tuxedo Park section of New York State. Her great-grandfather, Oliver Wolcott, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Dorothy stated later that she had "no schooling to speak of, except that I was brought up where I had the privilege of being constantly in touch with surroundings of pleasant good taste,".Extensive travel in Europe added to her observations; after she married Dr. George Draper in 1912 and continued to live in glamor, she redecorated her homes in such style that other high society friends were asking her to do the same for their homes. Soon, she was being hired by architects; Douglas Elliman then hired her to re-do New York's Hotel Carlyle. Over the years, she did makeovers for New York's Hampshire House, World's Fair Terrace Club, and Maison Coty; Chicago's Drake Hotel's Camelia House, Washington's Mayflower Hotel; and Hollywood's Arrowhead Springs Hotel; West Virginia's Greenbrier. Also, she designed the interiors of the famous Palácio Quintandinha in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1944.   Among decorators, it was said that these locations had been "Draperized".

She was one of the few early women to really delve into the male dominated construction industry. Her style was big, brash, bodacious, bold, and bordered on what some would consider gaudy, shocking both men and women of her day. She was a predecessor of Morris Lapidus, the architect that would redesign, stylistically as well as almost literally, all of Miami Beach. The two had similar styles and approaches, yet his was firmly modernistic, while she still used traditional elements and principles in her work, albeit grandiosely.

To learn more about Dorothy Draper go to www.dorothydraper.com.

posted Mon, 12/27/2010 by Charles David

We Love THE LOOK of Ossie Clark

Raymond "Ossie" Clark (9 June 1942–6 August 1996) was an English fashion designer who was a major figure in the Swinging Sixties scene in London and the fashion industry in that era. As a result, Ossie is now extremely well renowned for his vintage designs, the contemporary fashion era being characterised by past influences and a retro feel to design.

Clark is compared to the 1960s fashion greats Mary Quant and Biba. He is also known to be a great inspiration for many fashion designers, including Yves Saint Laurent, Anna Sui and Tom Ford. Manolo Blahnik has said of Ossie Clark's work: "He created an incredible magic with the body and achieved what fashion should do — produce desire." Ossie Clark and Ossie Clark for Radley clothes are highly sought after, and are worn by well known models like Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.

Ossie Clark staged a fashion show on the streets of London and meter maids famously crashed the show posing as models and hamming it up for the press.

Ossie and his wife Ceclia is featured in David Hockney's 1970 painting Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy[4]. It now hangs in the Tate Britain gallery on Millbank and is one of the most visited paintings in Britain.

To learn more about Ossie Clark click here.

 

posted Sun, 12/26/2010 by Charles David

Perfect Shades

Dress up your toes with Chanel's perfect shades of nail polish.  Khaki Brun by day/Gold lame at night.  Obsessed!

 

posted Thu, 12/16/2010 by Charles David

WE LOVE NUDE...

We LOVE all the nude tones of the upcoming summer season; whether it is true nude, blush nude, rosy nude, sheer nude, grey nude, nude nude...     Charles David did some amazing spring summer suedes in beautiful shades of nude, chiffon and atmosphere.  We cannot wait for them to hit the stores!

posted Thu, 12/16/2010 by Charles David

Color Blocking

Color Blocking:  One of the hottest trends of the upcoming spring summer 2011 season.  Expect to see some color blocking of grey/yellow, teal/purple, blue/lt blue, orange/brown combinations in our new collection.  Some photos to get inspired by... 

posted Fri, 12/10/2010 by Charles David

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