Archive for September, 2009


September 14, 2009

Before we even get started with New York Fashion Week, let’s take a quick look at one of the trends emerging from two of the events from this past weekend–the Creative Arts Emmys and the MTV VMAs. In addition to donning sparkly strapless minidresses, Selema Gomez, Pink and Kristin Cavallari all chose oversized sparkly earrings for the red carpet. These are not the hugely popular chandeliers of the past few years, but graphic geometric shapes studded with faceted diamonds and gemstones.

I’m really liking this evolution in earrings. While bold necklaces and cuffs were really getting all of the press last season, turning some attention back to the ears is fun and fresh. I am particularly liking the large, circular drops that feel just a bit mod. Want to shop something similar? Check out these finds at a few different prices and looks:

Jewel of Ocean 18k Yellow Gold Spessartite Garnet Convertible Drop Earrings

18k White Gold Diamond Double Circle Drop Earrings

M+J Savitt 14k Gold Plated Oval Drop Earrings

Hermes + Liberty

September 9, 2009

I’m going to be in London on Friday, and I want to pop by the brand new Hermès pop-up shop at department store Liberty. Featuring brand new ties and scarves from the upcoming season, this month-long special event is going to also include some cool fashion shows and tutorials on ways to tie the luxe scarves.

Even cooler: Hermès has created an exclusive limited edition range of scarves and ties, using the renowned Liberty Tana Lawn cottons. (These mini-florals are the hallmark of the high-fashion department store, two of the colorways are above.) Designed by Bali Barret, Creative Director of Hermès Silk, each one is screen printed with Hermès’ iconic ‘Ex Libris’ design.

If you can’t make it across the pond, you can still snag a gorgeous scarf from our collection. And you can always shop Hermès to own a piece of the iconic brand.

Book Club: 100 Years of Menswear

September 8, 2009

I’m excited to get my hands on a copy of Cally Blackman’s 100 Years of Menswear when it comes out later this month — its 347 illustrations apparently include an amazing selection of rock stars, A-listers, artists and men of style. Don’t you just love the cover image of David Bowie from the 1970s?

Men’s fashion has certainly evolved tremendously, just as women’s fashion has over the past century. It’s often easily overshadowed, but thoughtful dressing for men is working its way back into popular culture; just look at characters like Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl –his outfits are often the highlight of the show.

For me, nothing says more about a man than his timepiece. Luckily, we’ve got a huge selection to search on Portero.

Look of the Day: Madonna

September 7, 2009

I love Madonna’s travel-chic look as she visits the ancient city of Petra, Jordan last Thursday. Besides looking weather-appropriate in cream, she puts her own spin on a gorgeous oversized scarf and wears two vintage-looking bracelets; one for each wrist. She finishes the look off with a dangling ‘eye of protection’ Hamsa necklace, but you don’t need to invoke religious imagery to get the same vibe.

Here’s a few items that would recreate Madonna’s un-tourist look perfectly:

Handcrafted Sterling Silver & Gold 7.00 ctw Rough-Cut Diamond Hinged Bangle Bracelet

Handcrafted Sterling Silver & Gold 6.50 ctw Rough-Cut Diamond Hinged Bangle Bracelet

Hermès Yellow Cashmere Blend Navy Blue Silk Buckle Scarf

M+J Savitt Silver Plated Botanical Medallion Necklace

September 4, 2009

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As always, thanks for shopping with Portero.

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The New Stud

September 2, 2009

I like that when Diane Kruger and Alexa Chung wore the same Opening Ceremony dress, they both decided to pick a studded accent as an accessory. Diane chose a black handbag (check out the strap and you’ll see the gold stud hardware) while Alexa went with a skinny belt with silver studs.

“Biker chic” is a very hot trend come fall, and you’ll be seeing studs everywhere–mark my words. Get in on the look early with some of these great pieces:

Gianni Versace Medusa Medallion Black Leather Stud Belt

Celine Black Suede and Swarovski Crystal Bag

Jimmy Choo Cream Leather Studded Ross Satchel Bag

VC&A 70th

September 1, 2009

Did you know that this year marks the 70th anniversary of legendary French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels coming to the United States? In honor of the achievement, the company is producing two very limited edition Alhambra necklaces in malachite and lapis. (See above.)

If you can’t get your hands on one of those (there are only 100 of each available at VC&A boutiques), definitely make sure to keep your eyes on Portero’s collection. We often get Alhambra pieces, like this beautiful 18-karat gold women’s watch.

Want to know a bit more about Alhambra? Here’s what the company has to say:

An iconic embodiment of Van Cleef & Arpels’ most celebrated and coveted collections, the Vintage Alhambra design has become a timeless classic in the world of jewelry and fashion since its birth in 1968. The renowned quatrefoil is known to bring happiness and a joie de vivre to all who wear it. The famous clover motif is borne of nature and steeped in legend, as its four beaded petals symbolize health, wealth, luck and true love. Throughout the years, Vintage Alhambra has adorned members of the royal set, Hollywood starlets of the silver screen and well-heeled women throughout the world who have sought the ultimate in classicality and femininity when choosing their personal jewelry pieces.