We’re excited to have Bijou Van Ness featured in the Summer 2015 issue of The Knot Magazine.
By Bijou March 31, 2015, 10:20 am
When Amal Clooney came on the scene (as Amal Alamuddin), she was given instant fashion icon status. Amal is undeniably chic, confident and she has the brains to match! What really won us over about Amal though was her effortless ability to rock a hat. She’s been spotted around town (and on her wedding day!) incorporating the hat into her style.
Amal started out the weekend of her Venice wedding in a gorgeous black and white Dolce and Gabbana dress. She also happened to be toting around a Venezia hat box. The vintage feel of a hat box can almost make an outfit as glamorous as a hat itself-almost.
For the civil ceremony, Amal wore a Stella McCartney two piece Bespoke suit with black detail. She finished the look off with a wide brim hat with ribbon detail that matched her suit.
The newlywed was seen again sporting a ladylike red hat box with a navy gingham dress. Her attention to detail is impeccable-note the scarf tied to the hat box.
Amal is obviously a fan of the floppy hat. She was seen out shopping, wearing a floral jumpsuit, jean jacket and casual wide brim hat.
Finally, here’s Amal epitomizing airport style. She looks comfy and cute, with her huge hat box in tow. If only we could see what’s inside!
By Bijou March 26, 2015, 10:13 am
In the world of fashion, a hat can arguably be one of the most transformative pieces. A well-designed hat can make a statement in a way that no other accessory can. Styles may have transitioned through the eras, but there have been a few standout headpieces over time. We’ve complied some of the most iconic hats that, in their own way, are pieces of art.
Lady Gaga’s no stranger to head adornments, but this Philip Treacy Lobster hat was a fan favorite.
Before Lady Gaga was on the scene, Grace Jones was Philip Treacy’s biggest fan. Her famous styles run the gamut from surrealist headpieces to edgy mohawk head toppers.
At the height of the flapper era, Marlene Deitrich served as an empowering female role model in her androgynous get up and sleek top hat.
The bowler hat is often associated with Charlie Chaplin, as he used it as part of his famous “Charlie Chaplin Hat Trick”.
Coco Chanel, who got her start in fashion as a milliner, often kept her outfits sleek and modern by wearing a simple hat.
Jackie O.’s chic pillbox hats made a lasting impression, as the hat is seen in different variations today.
The variety of hats has made it so it’s an ever-changing art that is here to stay. Which style did you find the most interesting?
By Bijou March 24, 2015, 8:25 am
“I must be a mermaid, I have no fear of depths, and a great fear of shallow living.” – Anais Nin
By Bijou March 16, 2015, 3:33 pm
If fashion month is a race, consider Paris fashion week the final sprint. The famous faces that were missing from London and Milan resurfaced in Paris, ready to oogle the crème de la crème of fashion’s most iconic designers.
Dior, Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu’s shows blew us away with high fashion so gorgeous our hearts nearly stopped, but the celeb turnout was equally notable in our books.
Young starlet Selena Gomez was a vision in vintage-inspired prints at Louis Vuitton.
Lorde donned a softer-than-usual ensemble while front row at Chloe.
A platinum blonde Kim Kardashian oozed sex appeal at Givenchy.
By Bijou March 16, 2015, 11:17 am
“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” -Albert Einstein
By Bijou March 3, 2015, 12:02 pm
While the white gown has remained a staple in modern weddings, the beautiful detail and nostalgic touch of vintage gowns set them apart. We’ve pulled together some of the most famous celebrity vintage dresses that could serve as some inspiration or simply leave you in awe.
When Elizabeth Taylor got married (for the first time) to Conrad “Nicky” Hilton Jr. she wore this classic lace and ivory satin dress with pearl embroidery. The dress was made by MGM studios chief designer Helen Rose, who also created Grace Kelly’s wedding dress.
Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer married in 1954. Hepburn wore this amazing high collared and bouncy sleeved dress by French fashion designer Pierre Balmain. Her delicate flower crown completed the feminine wedding look.
Grace Kelly’s iconic gown worn in 1956 during her wedding to Prince Rainer III has been said to be the best remembered wedding dresses since the mid 20th century. The gown, also designed by MGM costume designer Helen Rose, featured a high neck, long sleeves, fitted torso and billowing skirt. The bust was made of 125-year-old Brussels rose pint lace. As if the gown wasn’t elegant enough, she dawned a gorgeous crown and lace veil.
Brigitte Bardot went down the less traditional path when she chose to wear a pink gingham mid length dress by Jacques Estrel to her 1959 wedding. The dress was flirty and fun, much like the actress herself.
In 1953, Anne Lowe designed Jackie Kennedy’s infamous gown worn during her marriage to John F. Kennedy. The voluminous gown featured off the shoulder sleeves, a bouffant style skirt and a fitted top. The detail throughout the dress was impeccable, with mini wax flowers adorning the skirt, and 50 yards of ivory silk taffeta.
By Bijou February 25, 2015, 11:37 am
So far, New York Fashion Week has been producing nail art as creative as some of the top designers’ looks on the runway. We’ve been spotting themes throughout, such as single stripes, negative space and three dimensional elements. Here are some of our favorite looks so far.
In this look, simplicity is key. A single stripe adds interest and can accompany any style. The following look featured in the Erin Fetherston show reflected the dainty style of her clothing, but added a pop with the metallic stripe.
This black and white, mod inspired design was a nice contrast to Kate Spade’s pops of color. This look was achieved using Deborah Lippmann’s “Amazing Grace” and “Fade to Black”.
Negative Space was also prevalent on the runway.The unexpected look has ultimate cool girl vibes and can be used for an everyday look. This metallic look was created using Zoya Ziv.
This neutral tone negative space look creates an unexpected gradient look. To get this look, use “Tomoko” and “Farah” by Zoya.
Nails with three dimensional elements were popping up all over the runway. These looks ranged from uber simplistic to over the top. This following look falls on the simplistic spectrum but it is anything but boring.
In contrast, this three dimensional style is far from practical but definitely a statement maker. This look was seen during the Libertine show, but we’re thinking you could’ve guessed that…