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November 2009

A Victorian Obsession

11/19/09

A Victorian Obsession

I’ve had the 1890s on my mind lately. Not long ago, I read an interview with comedienne Margaret Cho about how she and her husband considered themselves to be “steampunks": a subcultural movement that includes wearing Victorian and Edwardian garb (such as corsets, waistcoats, pocket watches) and a gothic fascination with machinery of yore.  Then, about a month ago while working on a fashion shoot for Orlando magazine, Lisa Smith of Orlando Vintage brought out some Victorian clothing she had aquired. She was smitten with its edgy incorporation into artsy kids’ wardrobes. Well, gosh darn it: The New York Times published something about all this the other day. Turns out New York hipsters are so on this.©The New York TimesBut there seems to be a similar...

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Jewels in Our Midst

09/08/09

Jewels in Our Midst

I am constantly impressed by the amount of talent and creativity Orlando holds. Two local jewelry designers I recently came across are perfect examples. The first is Italian-born fashion designer Consuelo Bellini. You may have seen her work as the costume designer for the “Education Is In” campaign for Valencia College but she also makes killer jewelry. You can find her wares at Tuni’s (301 S Park Ave. Winter Park) and at Obsession Boutique downtown. New on the scene from New York is Michal Yakar. Her gorgeous line made with Swarovski crystals and semi-precious stones in girly constructions have been sold at Henri Bendel’s in New York and featured in Elle magazine. Now based in Winter Park, Yakar’s jewelry will be available at local boutiques soon.

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