Thursday, October 30, 2014

Waistcoats & Weaponry Teaser ~ Ombre



I kind of adore ombré. So much so that it becomes strangely entangled in Sophronia's adventures in Waistcoats & Weaponry.

Ombré cake Maggie Austin Cake
I don't use the actual word in the book, but essentially Sophronia wears a dress that involves ombré ~ lighter at the top, darker at the bottom. I'm not going to tell you any more because I want it to be a surprise but keep an eye out for it, Fashionable Reader? And in the meantime here's some inspirational images.


Here's more on decorating with Ombré.

Ombré Wall via Apartment Therapy How To
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Ombre-Rain-Chain
ombre patent leather Vernice Bowler by Prada
By Cakes By Kim
Pam Hiram Sparked agate collar at anthropologie.com

DIY Ombre Flowers

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ombré dresser

Jonathan-Saunders
Herve Leger ombre one-shoulder bandage dress, net-a-porter.com

1910-1912  Rijksmuseum

1925  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Bouquet to Art 2014 ombre flower cluster
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Waistcoats & Weaponry Cover Art Dresses Turquoise & Teal


So for today, Fashionable Reader, I have a retrospective on teal and turquoise as influenced by two of my covers:


Waistcoats & Weaponry and the German cover for Heartless (also used for the French pocket size).

1900 Fan  early 20th century  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

 

First something for Lord Akeldama.


1775-1889 Court Suit The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Now something for Dimity in the Finishing School books.


1850 Necklace  1850s  Sotheby’s

 
Day dress  1860s  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

 Something for Alexia in the Parasol Protectorate books.


1875 Afternoon Dress  Charles Fredrick Worth, 1875  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1870 Comb  Christie’s

 

Something for Ivy in the Parasol Protectorate books.


1875 Visiting Dress  c.1875  Kerry Taylor Auctions

1860s Brooch  Christie’s

 

Something for Primrose in the Custard Protocol books.


1900 "Flying Fish" Nacklace  James Cormer Watt, 1909  Tadema Galley

1900 early 20th century  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

1905  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

After the turn of the century...


 1909-1911  The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1910-1913 Georges Doeuillet, The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

 1910 Weeks  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Deco beauties!


1930 Ring  Cartier, 1930  1stdibs.com

1930s Bes-Ben  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

1940 Comb  Victorian  Bonham’s

Things I want in my wardrobe right NOW.

1950 Necklace and Ring  David Webb, 1950s  Sotheby’s

1957 Shoes  Roger Vivier for Dior, 1957  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1950s-1960s  Tourmaline Bangle  1stdibs.com

1960 Shoes  Roger Vivier for Dior, 1960  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1955 Necklace, Earrings and Bracelet  Van Cleef & Arpels, 1955  Sotheby’s

1960 Evening Shoes  Roger Vivier for Dior, 1960  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Modern takes on this color...


 2013 Duro-Olowu-for-JCP-Look-19; 2014 Ann Taylor 3_4 Sleeve Jersey Wrap Dress $41.99

2013 Sky-High-Finsk-Heels

2013 TURQUOISE SILK SCARF $225
2014 Giorgio Armani two-tone asymmetric T-strap sandal at barneys.com

2014 Lulu Frost crystal and resin spike earrings at lulufrost.com

2014 Ohne Titel pleated color combo skirt at intermixonline.com

2014 Prada earrings pictured via Harpers Bazaar on Pinterest

 2014 Wist List Wednesday _ Red Carpet Fashion Awards; 2014BLUMARINE-Fall-Winter-2014-10

Anya Hindmarch Crisp Packet clutch at shopbop.com

Sara Battaglia Lady Me two-tone silk clutch at modaoperandi.com

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Annabella Barber by Jamie Nelson for Madame Germany February 2012 via Glamorous❤Vintage❤Soul

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