Thursday, June 23, 2011

ShoeDazzle: Wear Your Patriotism Proudly

The Kimi sandal, Anisa wedge and Adara pump from ShoeDazzle. Photos from ShoeDazzle.

HAVEN’T you heard, patriotism is fashionable. There is a far more forward way to show it than flag-waving, and ShoeDazzle has discovered it.

Just in time for Independence Day, the self-proclaimed largest online fashion brand and styling service is offering a special promotion: it will donate part of the sales of the Adara pump, the Anisa wedge and Kimi sandal to the National Military Family Association (NMFA).

Don’t dither, because this promotion isn’t as lasting as patriotism. Until 30 June, buyers of the three styles will be able to show off new shoes and their patriotism. NMFA, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of officers and enlisted families in all seven uniformed services, gets $5 from the sale of each. ShoeDazzle’s patriotism doesn’t end there, however. It will also hand over to NMFA $5 from every bit of stock it moves on 4 July.

God bless America, land that we love!

Learn more about ShoeDazzle and the promotion at http:// and NMFA at

Try Tiaras & Trinkets With 'Set in Style' Facebook App
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Egyptian bracelet of emeralds, rubies, sapphires, diamonds, platinum. Photo by David Behl.

Either way, the tiara worn by Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco fits perfectly. Of course, the tiara is not literally available for one and all to try on. It is however, virtually available for doing so.

It is one of the trinkets on view in “Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels” at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Hurry, the exhibit shutters on 4 July. In this exploration of Van Cleef & Arpels’ place in 20th century jewelry design history, more than 350 objets d’art, jewels, fashion accessories and sundry exquisite things – many created for American consumption – are offered for consideration.

The tiara worn by Princess Grace is bedazzled with gold, platinum, diamonds. Photo by Patrick Gries/Van Cleef & Arpels.

Heretofore, visitors could only gawk at the pieces from the vantage point outside the enclosed display cases. That has changed a bit with the rollout of Cooper-Hewitt’s “Get Set in Style” Facebook Application. Through the app – a first for a Smithsonian Institution – users can try on more than 25 objects besides the tiara (zooming in/out of photos of objects to get the fit right for sharing) from “Set in Style.”

Lamartine bracelet owned by Elizabeth Taylor. Photo courtesy of John Bigelow Taylor.

These include Elizabeth Taylor’slamartine bracelet (yellow gold, platinum, diamonds, coral, an Egyptian bracelet of emeralds, rubies, sapphires, diamonds, platinum and a jarretière bracelet of diamonds, rubies and platinum that was owned by Marlene Dietrich.

To learn more about “Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels” and “Get Set in Style” Facebook Application, visit and, respectively.

Spring-Summer Trunk Show and Sales

Nigerian designer Wayne Illuyomade is among the growing ranks in the rag trade who are marrying African prints with nonAfrican shapes to create some supersharp snappy outfits with his House Rossil label. (See On Saturday in New York, House Rossil is having a trunk show for those in the market for a discount, starting at around 20 percent. Visit site at ...

At Diavolina’s in Los Angeles the spring/summer sale is on! Through the end of July, shoppers can have the likes of Alexander Wang, Helmut Lang, Chloe, 3.1 Phillip Lim and more for 30 percent to 50 percent off the full price (not the sale price). This sale is good instore and online. Visit site at

Matched by Diavolina is Madison Los Angeles with 30 percent to 50 percent off spring/summer full-priced merchandise. Instore and onlilne shoppers can add to their wardrobes Alexander, Helmut, Chloe and others, including Stella!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(McCartney). Visit site at

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