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Sequins

“And now, I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time.” – Lady Gaga

On days when I am feeling ho-hum – a lot of my mood can be changed by throwing on a metallic, sequined dress. No longer just for New Year’s Eve and special occasion, I slip into a bedazzled frock, or blinged out blazer, often. Sequins, often thought of as “cheap” or “trashy” actually have quite the classy origins. The word “sequin” a loose translation into French of the Italian word zecchino, which was a gold coin that was issued in the medieval centuries in Republic of Venice and Ottoman Empire Era Turkey.

Image via Pugly Pixel

Vintage pre-war Belgian, Czechoslovakian, and Japanese sequins thanks to Pugly Pixel.

This doesn’t seem so far fetched when you think of gypsy scarves with stitched on coins (ala Esmerelda in Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame). At one point in history, many nomadic peoples had to travel with their possessions – thus attaching coins to outfits!  Some people argue that the word “sequin” might also comes from the Arabic word sikka, meaning “coin”. Both words of origin mean represent a type of currency – so maybe the etymology happened simultaneously?

Sequin Dresses, Pillows, Napkin Rings, Manicures and Loaders.

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Most sequins today are made of plastic, but they used to be made of metals. In the United Kingdom sequins are known as “spangles” – I actually cannot say the word “spangle” aloud without an English accent…

Sequins are having resurgence with the advent of the Great Gatsby-meets-Jazz Age-cum-1920’s-Flapper fashion craze or because of Liberace’s return to the spotlight! Although I associate these decorative, glittering discs with Art Deco style (and some others with The Golden Girls), there is evidence of the adornment dating back to 2500BC!

Shine On You Crazy Diamond, just don’t confuse the classic sheen for glitter! 

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The Great Gatsby

Opulent, decadent, grandiose, modern, symmetrical and drenched in deco inspired geometric flourishes. Welcome to Mr. Gatsby’s world ala Baz Luhrmann’s new period cinema.

“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Home Decor Inspired by Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby

ChandelierMirror / Decanter / Pen / Side Table / Chair 

Home Decor Inspired by Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby

Art Deco Ad / Tea Kettle / Napkin / Cutlery Set / Dinnerware

“The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and beauty in the world.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Inspired by a post found via Fabulous K Style.

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Art Deco(ration)

Art Deco is a type of decorative style originating in the 1920s and 1930s, marked by precise and boldly delineated geometric shapes and strong colors. According to Patricia Bayer, author of “Art Deco Architecture: design, decoration and detail from the twenties and thirties”, the term “art deco” was coined in 1966, after an exhibition in Paris, ‘Les Années 25’ sub-titled Art Deco, celebrating the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts). Art Deco was particularly popular in the United States, Latin America and in the countries of France and Germany.

During the summer, a very particular form of tropical, palm-leaf flecked art deco enters my mind – that of the parrot feather colors of Miami’s art deco district. In 1979 Miami Beach’s Art Deco Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Art Deco District is the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the world and comprises hundreds of hotels, apartments and other structures erected between 1923 and 1943.

Image found HERE.

Image found HERE.

I was reminded of my love for this district on a suburban jaunt to South Jersey for my nephew’s third birthday party! While picking up his Star Wars themed gifts, my boyfriend and I ran to the local Target! Target has a new promotion going on called “The Shops” which are curated collections from favorite small boutiques found all over America. One shop that particularly drew my attention was The Webster! The collection included apparel and accessories for women, men, kids and baby with a Miami, FL vibe. Taking inspiration from The Webster’s décor, the shop’s iconic wallpaper is reinterpreted into the banana leaf print found throughout the collection, while the two-way deco print pays homage to the Miami Beach Art Deco district. How perfect are these styles for a day in the sun and surf?

The Webster is a 20,000 square foot luxury multi-brand boutique located in the heart of Miami Beach, in a historical Art Deco building designed in 1939 by famed architect Henry Hohauser. The three-level boutique is devoted to fashion (men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and luxury accessories such as shoes, bags, jewelry and watches), photography and entertainment. n the former hotel lobby, you can sit and have an afternoon coffee, tea or simply a glass of Champagne. The Webster was started by two friends from the Paris fashion industry, Laure Heriard-Dubreuil and Milan Vukmirovic who dreamt of running their own boutique!

Image from Avram Rusu Interiors.

Miami Art Deco by Squiz Hamilton & Sabrina Bangladesh, found HERE. 

Image found HERE.

Image found HERE. 

Image found via The Glamorai.

Robert Courturier’s beachside villa entitled, ‘Tropical House by the Sea, HERE.

Another Robert Courturier house, this time on Vero Beach with an Egyptian Nile meets Miami Beach vibe.

The famous “Martinique” Banana Leaf wallpaper, found at Indochine, NYC.

What place reminds you of the vibrant colors of summer? What equatorial cities leave you reaching for the SPF and donning a floppy straw hat?