Archive for October, 2008

Positively Picasso

October 29, 2008

In celebration of our new and expanded art category, this week’s homepage theme is dedicated to none other than Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). Portero has been lucky enough to secure more than a handful of signed and limited edition lithographs and etchings, and I thought that such beauty was worthy of notice on this little blog.

I particularly like that although Picasso had such a defined style, he went through an amazing number of “periods” that now distinguish his work. From the Blue to the Rose to Cubism and from sculpture back to painting, these works are now a part of art’s global lexicon.

Picasso also has another interesting tie-in to our site: his daughter, Paloma. As many of you know, she is a jewelry designer who has worked with Tiffany & Co. for many years. Her contemporary designs are mainstays at the storied jeweler.

If you want to learn more about how art sells in the marketplace, there are great sites like artnet that help you with resale value and art valuation. If you become a member, you can find out about specific artists at the click of a button, like right here with Picasso.

We’re pretty familiar with how Picasso saw the rest of the world, but if you’re not sure how he saw himself, just take a look at this Self-Portrait (1907) for an idea:

To view our collection of Picasso artwork, click right here.
To view our expanded Art category, click right here.

Top photo by André Villers

The Daily Deal: 10% Off

October 28, 2008

With the holidays just around the corner, Portero is offering a special 10% discount now through October 31, 2008. Forget tricky promotions: All you have to do is enter OCTTEN at checkout to receive valuable savings. Want even more incentive? Free shipping and insurance will be applied automatically upon checkout for orders over $1,000.*

*Click here to learn more about this special offer.

Chanel, Lipstick Jungle and SeenON

October 28, 2008


If you’re signed up for Portero’s emails, you’re already entered to win the fabulous Chanel special edition flap bag being worn on tomorrow nights’s episode of Lipstick Jungle (retail value $2,650!). If not, what are you waiting for? Click right here to read all about the sweepstakes and put your name in the running.

Can’t get enough of Chanel and Lipstick Jungle? We’re offering another chance to live like the ladies of the cast with a great new auction. This fabulous Chanel Shiny Brown Crocodile Clutch & Six Chain Strap Shoulder Bag (pictured above) will also be worn by Nico (Kim Raver) on tomorrow night’s episode (October 29 on NBC at 10/9 Central) and is up for auction right now through November 13.

Want more of the fabulous accessories and clothes seen on Lipstick Jungle? Every
week, SeenON combs the sets and stakes out the red carpet to find all the fabulous fashions seen on your favorite TV shows and stars. Never wonder who they’re wearing again – just visit SeenON.com and start shopping.

Good luck!

Portero on CNBC

October 27, 2008

The economy is obviously THE major issue right now, and it seems silly to even think about paying retail price in the face of such hard times. CNBC’s On the Money agrees, giving a great shout out to Portero last week during its Steals and Deals segment.

Want to check it out? Click right here to see exactly why Portero is making news and attracting savvy shoppers.

Go for the Gold

October 23, 2008

If you’ve chosen to invest in gold instead of stocks over the last decade or so, you’re probably in pretty good shape. But since most of us aren’t hording gold bricks in our basements, now might be the time to hop on the metallic bandwagon. Women’s Wear Daily titled their Tuesday front page “Shine Up” (above) and then praised the gold trend that ruled the runways at the recent fashion shows. Inside, they showed several looks and paired them with bold gold accessories like cuffs, belts and shoes.

Designers chose to play this up in a few different ways on the Spring ’09 runways: Some went for all-over gold shimmer like Monique Lhuillier (above), while others opted for accents, like Carolina Hererra (below) with her flower applique dress.

Duvall O’Steen of the World Gold Council says: “The Renaissance of gold in the fashion world shows no signs of slowing down. With the increasing value of gold, coupled with the economic concerns, gold has become a meaningful and safe investment for any jewelry wardrobe. Gold is one of the only luxury goods that never loses its beauty, its relevance, its emotional appeal or, most importantly, its value.”

Bold gold is back and bigger than ever. To start slowly, invest in pieces that will never go out of style, like these Talisman Unlimited 14k Yellow Gold Diamond Hoop Earrings or this Chanel One-of-a-Kind Quilted Gold Metallic Leather Evening Case Shoulder Bag.

Images via Women’s Wear Daily and Style.com.

Fall for Gemstones

October 22, 2008

This week’s homepage is not only an homage to Halloween, but also to gorgeous gemstone jewelry. With winter approaching, it seems like a nice time to inject some color into your wardrobe before the icy months hit. I think this is also a great time to wear autumnal hues like oranges, browns and yellows, so definitely take a look at the Stephen Webster cuff and Stephen Dweck necklace featured on the main site.

I couldn’t let this post pass, though, without mentioning the newly released Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra. I have a personal connection to the high-priced lingerie: I worked with one of the companies that used to design and manufacture the bra, so I have gotten to see the pieces up close and personal. I even acted as Gisele Bundchen’s liaison the year she wore the bra–-I accompanied her to TV appearances, dressed her for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and even appeared on the Tyra Banks Show to talk about the $12 million bling.

(Photos to come! I’ll post a few of me backstage at the big event.)

This year’s bra was produced by Martin Katz and is worn by Adriana Lima. It’s a departure from the norm because instead of the standard white diamonds, Katz created a daring black diamond and ruby look that fits in perfectly with the upcoming ode to ghosts and goblins. Set with 3,575 black diamonds (include two stunning black diamond drops totaling 100 carats), 117 one carat diamonds and 34 rubies, the fantasy undergarment is for sale for a cool $5 million.

A little shy of $5 million? Try our fantastic selection of gorgeous candy color gemstone jewelry. Shop by category to take a closer look. You’ll see our savings immediately: Just compare the retail value to the current bid, and you’ll see why Portero is the smarter way to buy.

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Image via Victoria’s Secret

Tabloid jewelers?

October 21, 2008

It seems that more and more celebrities are releasing jewelry lines every day. I worked with Heidi Klum on her line for about a year, and now the same company that produces her jewelry–Mouawad–is partnering with Nicole Richie on a collection called House of Harlow 1960. Targeted at ladies ranging from their teens to their 30s, the fashion jewelry ranges in price from $30 to $150.

Bohemian in style, the pieces feature leather, fabric, silk strings, chains, feathers, rivets and gold-plated metal. She posed above for this month’s InStyle in some of her jewels, including the huge African-inspired ring above.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are partnering with a big name in jewelry for their just-released collection: Robert Lee Morris. This line (pieces above) was made to go along with their Elizabeth and James fashion line, and prices range from $65 to $700. I recently interviewed the ladies themselves at Robert’s studio for a magazine (I’ll post that story when it comes out!), and their pieces definitely have the bold, tribal vibe of much of Robert’s designs. I particularly liked their sculptural cuffs, spiked necklaces (below) and bronze patina.

I’m glad that these women are partnering with experienced brands on their debut collections–it makes me think that they are respecting the craft and not just relying on random outsourcing. I also know that MK and Ashley are working directly with Robert on their pieces; it is in no way a collaboration just for show.

What do you think about this celebrity jewelry trend?

THINK PINK!

October 16, 2008

Sometimes shopping can be about more than just spending. Take our Think Pink Portero Specials this week–a percentage of proceeds goes directly to the Cancer Vixen Fund, started by breast cancer survivor Marisa Acocella Marchetto. Her story is inspirational: When she found out she was sick, depression took over. But empowering herself through fashion changed her spirits and gave her the strength to fight.

To explain a little further, Marisa created the cartoon above especially for Portero. I also talked to Marisa this week to find out a little bit more about what got her through the toughest days.

Portero: How did fashion change your emotional health?
Marisa: My mom was a shoe designer, so I always thought that well-designed accessories are great pieces of beauty. I also knew that you could feel really powerful just by wearing a heel. I was going through a lot of treatment, and I needed a way to bring my spirits up, and shoes did that. Whenever I had an IV in my hand, I always wore a fabulous pair of shoes. I went from victim to vixen. Fashion to me is very powerful, it can make you feel great about yourself, and the stronger your emotional health, the healthier you are.

Portero: Why did you start the Cancer Vixen Fund and what does it do?
Marisa: When I was diagnosed, I, like many people, didn’t have health insurance. Bad suddenly went to devastating. I realized that if you’re diagnosed with cancer, you have a 50 percent better chance of surviving if you have insurance, and there’s a 98 percent chance of survival if you find breast cancer early. I wanted to promote early detection among women and help those who don’t have health insurance, and the Cancer Vixen Fund directly promotes that.

Portero: What are some actual events Cancer Vixen supports?
Marisa: For example, we’re doing free mammograms for uninsured women this month at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan (see poster below).

To learn more about Cancer Vixen, log on to www.marisamarchetto.com. To
shop our Pink Items, click right here.

Want the Skinny?

October 15, 2008

I’m thrilled that Portero is featuring skinny watches this week because it’s a needed departure from the oversized, unisex timepieces that get a lot of the press. Sometimes it’s nice to just look like a lady, and these delicate styles do just that.

But, even if you don’t want to go around wearing super feminine clothes, these watches look equally as good with this fall’s minimal fashions, seen above as chosen by Style.com.”Minimal Tendency” was one of Vogue‘s big trends for this fall, and I think it would be a shame to break up the clean lines of these ensembles with clunky accessories.

A skinny bracelet watch is also great for women who like to wear their watches even at formal affairs. Choose a style with a metal strap that looks like a bracelet, and you have a piece that will take you from boardroom to ballroom.

Click right here to see all leather strap skinny watches.

Click right here to see all bracelet skinny watches.

Lipstick Jungle/Chanel Sweepstakes!

October 14, 2008

After giving away a fabulous Mikimoto necklace in the last sweepstakes, we’re back again, and this time we’re bringing handbags! The newest giveaway items is a gorgeous Chanel Special Edition 2.55 Reissue Dark Silver Classic Double Flap Bag, and all you have to do to win is enter now through November 13.

Besides being a timeless bag, you’ll also have the added bonus of seeing it on NBC’s Lipstick Jungle on October 29. The show, starring Brooke Shields, follows around three thirty-somethings as they navigate careers, romance and families in New York City. Watch closely and you’ll catch the purse on the arm of one of the leading ladies.

Click here to enter. I am totally smitten with this bag. The 2.55 is a classic, and the dark silver makes it totally modern.

You can also click right here to see our huge selection of authentic Chanel merchandise. Good luck!

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