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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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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.

Movado Artists’ Series

August 31, 2009

It’s a rainy Monday here in NYC, so I was looking for something bright to post this morning. These fun watches are were designed by the artist Kenny Scharf as part of the limited edition Movado Artists’ Series. I love that Movado does so much for the arts, and Scharf is just one of many artists that have collaborated with the brand to create special timepieces.

The Artists’ Series started in 1988 with Andy Warhol and has included Arman, James Rosenquist and Max Bill among others. Check out this calendar to see some of the unique, colorful watches that were born from the collaborations.

Even if you know little about Movado, you probably recognize the brand’s single dot at 12. It’s now called the “Museum Watch” because it was chosen, in 1960, as the first watch dial to be housed in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.

Shop Portero’s collection of Movado watches.

JIC’s Jewelry Trends

August 28, 2009

I would be crazy not to point you in the direction of one of the trend-savviest women in the jewelry industry, my friend and Jewelry Information Center maven Helena Krodel. She’s recently published her FALL 2009 FINE JEWELRY TRENDS and it’s a must-read if you’re into beautiful baubles.

According to Helena, these shapes were prominent on the Fall runways and will be big in the upcoming season:

U-Shape Necklaces
V-Shape Necklaces
Big Chandelier Earrings
Big Necklaces

Want to read all about the details? Definitely check out the JIC’s site for specifics.

Excited by the big necklace craze? I love this Xing Fei Gold Plated Crochet Wire Purple Green Pearl Iolite Purple Chalcedony Bib Necklace that’s pictured above. So chic and perfectly on trend for the season!

Newest Arrivals

August 27, 2009

I hope you’ve been taking some time to play around with the (relatively) new site–a lot of changes and updates have gone live and shopping is easier than ever now. One of my favorite tools is definitely the “Newest Arrivals” button that you can find under each category. This is absolutely the easiest way to see just what is new for sale on

That’s why this week’s homepage slides are all about the latest and the greatest via the Newest Arrivals search feature. It’s just a friendly reminder that shopping is easier than ever on Portero 2.0.

Runway shoes to reality

August 25, 2009

I had to share this fantastic video from New York magazine’s website–it’s the staff trying on and walking in some of Fall ’09s most gravity-defying shoes. How crazy are those Nina Ricci platforms?

If you’re looking for something a bit more manageable, these Jil Sander Slate Gray Leather Pointed-Toe Lace up Shoes are all the rage come fall, and they sure look more comfortable than those sky-high heels.

Shop our huge selection of shoes for a wide range of styles and brands for the upcoming season.

New Look for Hope Diamond?

August 24, 2009

This is pretty interesting: to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the donation of the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian, the museum will be putting the 45.52 carat blue diamond in an entirely new setting. The public gets to vote on and choose the winning design by jeweler Harry Winston, and it will be on exhibit starting May 2010. (You can vote through September 7, 2009.)

For now, the museum has created a page dedicated to the mysterious blue diamond, and you can learn a lot more about the gem, it’s myths and it’s science by checking it out.

I’m not personally sold on any of the HW designs–I find them a bit dated–but I do love all of the legend surrounding the Hope Diamond.

Want to shop Portero’s diamond jewelry? While we don’t have any blue diamonds, we are stocked with gorgeous pieces, including some lovely colored diamond options.

Find Fall Fashion

August 19, 2009

Yes, it’s still summer, but once the September fashion magazines are out, it’s time to start thinking about warm-weather gear. We’ve done the hard work for you and sussed out the trends that perfectly on point for late ’09.

If you want to get an inside peek of how the famous September issue of Vogue gets put together, definitely check out the aptly namedThe September Issue–I’ve heard it’s a fantastic glimpse into the world of high fashion and notorious editor Anna Wintour.

See what we’ve picked with our selection of exotic skin bags, rose-gold watches and bold statement jewelry.