If ever there were a time to use the term "biker-chic," it would be in reference to Gene Gordon's limited-edition Gothrod Chopper Chair ($18,000). With hand-tooled leather saddles, flexible suspension-style legs, and a skull-topped shifter that folds out the foot rests, the luxe, bespoke seat, inspired by "the designer’s love for hot rods and hogs," is a motorcycle enthusiast's dream. But for those whose hearts don't race at the sound of a revving engine, I suspect it inspires more eyesore than product envy. How do you feel about it?
While I wait for the snow to thaw, I'll appease my shopping appetite with Vivre's down under Winter sale. Right now, select items are marked up to 75 percent off. Did you know this Alexis Bittar Bubble Ring ($49, originally $155) was inspired by sculptor Constantin Brancusi and Grace Jones? Très awesome.
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Eva Jeanbart Lorenzotti, founder of Vivre.com, and womenswear designer Douglas Hannant have collaborated on a costume jewelry collection for resort 2010. Sold exclusively at Vivre.com and in the Douglas Hannant boutique in New York's Plaza hotel through next March, the 15-piece line-up was inspired by "Gypset Style," according to Lorenzotti.
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The Fin Armchair ($7,000) by Tshuka is upholstered and tufted in velvet and adorned with aqua and green feathers on a walnut frame. Meticulously made by hand, it's available in a range of colors. While I appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into an extravagant piece like this, I think it's too eccentric and frou-frou for my home. What do you think?
Vintage modern jewels might sound like an oxymoron but let me explain. This new crop of adornments are all about emoting a throwback vibe with a contemporary, funky twist. The best thing? They look like they cost a million dollars, but really, they don't . . .
I've told you before about my guilty pleasure of spending big bucks on candles, and most of you said you wouldn't spend more than $25 on one. But would your opinion change if said candle came in an elegant porcelain jar you could use over and over again? The Vivre Elephant Porcelain Candle ($85) is quite pricey, but I'd almost buy it just for the textured black Limoges porcelain vessel it comes in. Its 14-karat gold painted elephant clasp is downright dashing. I'd love to use the jar to store cotton balls or Q-tips in the bathroom. I can't testify to the candle's aroma, Vetiver D'Orient, but for $85 I'm sure it smells a lot nicer than your Yankee Candle.
Vivre is currently holding its Early Spring Sale, offering sensational savings on décor, entertaining accessories, and gifts. The luxury retailer tends to run on the pricey side, so it's an occasion to see such fabulous discounts. I'm loving these owl motif Set of Four Taika Dinner Plates ($91, reduced from $152), which I might hang on my dining room wall as décor. The retailer also has some festive Peacock Eye Placemats ($57, reduced from $95) which would have been ideal for a Mardi Gras party — grab these placemats now and save them for next year's party!
All of the fiddly bits on display at Louis Vuitton's Spring 2009 show are liable to give minimalists a heart attack but for those that like a little ornamentation it was great inspiration for Fall. One of the best styling tricks was the incorporation of tassels in unexpected places. While you can't buy the collection for a few months you can certainly get a head start on the tassel trend right now. We have taken the liberty of suggestion a few options.