A Day at the Beach

Two of the best and most highly praised and talked about lines seem, to me, so perfectly matched to one another and fitting for a swanky, boho beach soirée. I’ve chosen a few key jewelry pieces by Bay Area designers to go with these looks. Like check out these out-in-nature appropriate, “weirdly beautiful” earrings. They’d be great with any of these looks and I’d kind of wear them with everything really. Beetles are awesome.

Mermaiden Creations green beetles earrings in resin

So people (and by “people” I mean fashion bloggers) are losing their shit over Miu Miu’s Spring line.

Those are birds in flight on top and prancing cats below, at Miu Miu Spring 2010.

The prints in this collection are just insanely amazing.

The gorgeous Lara Stone in cheeky Miu Miu

On a clean and complimentary color palette of black, navy, baby blue, and pale pink–with punches of lipstick red–Miuccia Prada has placed repeating prints of cats, dogs, birds, hippie-esque daisies, and reclining nudes.

Sequin and mesh detailing at Miu Miu Spring 2010

After the sleek and slim pantsuits, Prada’s put dresses and tops of “nude” mesh overlain with gorgeous sequin detailing. For many of these, those great prints are used on the arms, giving the whole look an odd but alluring and backwards feel. “Backwards” because normally we’re fine baring arms but like to keep our torsos covered, and here you see the opposite: arms are covered and prim and the length of the body will be sheerly- and sequin- covered.

Tina Tarnoff Louis XVI Chair Brooch

Some of the looks in this collection can come off overly odd, but I would recommend looking through the detail shots where the from-afar-awkwardness can be seen for all its quirky but perfectly executed WOW.

A closer look at those I-want prints at Miu Miu, Spring 2010

I’m not even sure who these clothes are for or where I would wear them, but the innocence punched through with nudge-nudge, wink-wink charm is ultimately alluring. I totally get why everyone’s falling over themselves to praise this collection.

Sweetness and spunk at Miu Miu, Spring 2010

And how cool would that Tina Tarnoff Louis XVI Chair Brooch look against any one of these looks?

China Beach with Seafoam, Heath Orchard photography

And for my little imaginary beach party, we’ve got Christopher Kane next. I’ve already thrown in one killer Kane mini in my Esme/Emily post, but how great are these grown-up ginghams for spring?

Beaded floral bust and leggy picnic skirt at Christopher Kane, Spring 2010

His side-slitting skirts are so yummy, and the cutout factor is high. I think I need to find a way to DIY this beckoning, burgeoning trend.

The perfect, sexy sweater and skirt at Christopher Kane

Kane is quickly becoming one of my absolute favorite designers.

Ploust storm urchin ring in atomized metal-infused resin on acrylic band

He’s creative and seems to be pushing himself. His designs, in my humble opinion, are clever, quirkly, and yet totally wearable. Seriously, I’d take any one of these dresses and any one of his designs from previous (and even unseen future) lines. Remember this screaming chimpanzee dress? Everyone went wild over that one too.

Christopher Kane Spring 2010

I’ve been friends with the immensely talented Heath Orchard for years. He’s a great guy and a wonderful photographer. I mean, how gorgeous is that shot of China Beach? He specializes in portrait, wedding, and food photography but look out for future, fashion-focused collaborations between Heath and yours truly. Also, check out his blog for an image of the week.

Based in Oakland, Mermaiden Creations is the ecclectic, creative brainchild of a self-described ADD crafter. Her etsy shop is an eclectica of handmade unusual jewelry, bewitching hats and wickedly whimsical wonders. On top of featuring wildly different and wild creations, her prices are fantastically affordable. Those beetle earrings? They’re only $10! I know, crazy.

Tina Tarnoff is a San Francisco-based artist. Her jewelry is created using prints of her papercut images, which are set under a clear cabochon dome. They include necklaces, chokers and brooches in various styles. The jewelry comes beautifully packaged and makes the perfect present. That Louis XVI chair brooch is only $35. Most of her designs are similarly charming and reasonably priced.

Ploust creates alluring jewelry based of the sea. I absolutely love her sea urchin rings and necklaces. She also has an etsy shop where you can purchase her pieces. Cast directly from sea urchin shells collected from Pacific Ocean tide pools, this collection captures sensual nature as wearable art. All five of her hand-mixed colors try to capture the moods of the ocean and its beaches. The ring above, atomized metal-infused resin on an acrylic band, is $35.

Friends, readers, contrymen: Support local artists!

All fashion images taken from style.com.

3 thoughts on “A Day at the Beach

  1. wow… feeling wondered to the rich balancing your lines…
    really enjoyed the post…

    Outstanding…

    visit mine…& plz plz plz post your comments…

    Thank you…

    i’ll be in touch….

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