When it comes to jewelry that effortlessly blends art, luxury, and innovation, one name stands out above the rest: Alexis Bittar. With a career spanning over three decades, Alexis Bittar has carved his niche in the world of high-end jewelry, and his creations continue to captivate fashion enthusiasts worldwide.
Most fashion shows take months to plan and execute so when Adin Smith, our social media manager, suggested we put one together to show off some of the amazing pieces we had in the shop in under a week, I was a bit skeptical. I didn't think that there would be enough time to pull it all together but then decided, "What the heck. Let's just make it happen!
Everything started coming together quickly as soon as we began our planning. We managed to find enough women in a short space of time to "walk", largely due to the efforts of Taylor Powell, (featured above), whom I have known since she was four years old. She reached out on her various social media channels to find willing participants to strut their stuff on the runway. I also asked two young women that just happened to be shopping in the boutique the day before the show and they said they'd love to model as well.
We invited Lemon Lane Children's Consignment, lemonlaneconsignment.com to join in and, owner, Megan Laboy, was 100% up for it.
We decided to have the fashion show in between our two shops in Mr. Brown's Park. This seemed like the perfect place as Brown's Hardware has been in the Little City of Falls Church since 1883, right on the corner of Lee Highway and Route 7 (Broad Street)
Ben Powell, of PowellMediaConcepts.com , had his very own daughter modeling for Lemon Lane and graciously shared the photos he took of our models with us.
Here are some highlights from the catwalk.
Lia is wearing a Chanel tweed sleeveless linen blend dress, size 34. Ropes of real and faux pearls blend together perfectly, just as Coco would have done it.
Gabriella is wearing a pink and black stripe fleur du mal metallic dress. A vintage pink rhinestone butterfly pin is sassily affixed to the lower back of the knit dress. Crystal vintage necklaces pick up the light and create a delightful sparkle.
Victoria is wearing a 1960's pink, green and yellow gown. In case it gets chilly a vintage yellow mohair cardigan is ready to be thrown over her shoulders. A Miriam Haskell vintage faux pearl, three strand choker finishes the look.
Kathryn is wearing an Eva Franco plaid halter dress in navy and white in size 4. This dress is perfect for the daytime and when the weather turns chilly all you'll need is a jean jacket. Her sandals are by Prada.
Cat looks elegant in a flowing navy silk dress by Valentina Kova. Black ankle boots, leather gloves and a triple strand, faux pearl and crystal Vendome necklace bring it all together.
Jewel prowls like a tiger in Cavalli knit - Meow cat! Dress is size medium. The cadet blue suede jacket with black curly fur by L'Agence size s/m
Noelle wears the vintage brown halter dress as if they had her in mind when this little number was made. There is a self belt, and a rope tie down the side that finishes in a bow. Stuart Weitzman beige patent sandals are the perfect match for any dress.
Beth is stunning in a ruffled blue denim jacket, strapless blue, red, metallic Anthropologie dress, bakelite bangles and Givenchy vintage choker. Born fringe leather ankle boots make this outfit go for hours and hours with happy feet.
Taylor shone in a black metallic, cropped top by Elliatt in small. A pleated wool skirt and calf black boots gives an updated modern look to a time-honored British Isle classic.
As the summer days wind down, it's time to turn our attention to a new chapter – the back-to-school season! Whether you're heading back to the classroom or embracing the virtual learning environment, your style speaks volumes about your personality and confidence.
Luxury items are not only symbols of elegance and sophistication but also investments that deserve proper care and attention. Whether it's a designer handbag, a fine timepiece, or a delicate piece of jewelry, understanding how to maintain these treasures is essential to ensure their longevity and value. We will delve into the world of luxury item care, sharing expert tips and guidelines to help you preserve and protect your cherished possessions.
- Know Your Materials: Different luxury items require specific care techniques due to variations in materials. Dive into the nuances of caring for various materials such as leather, silk, metals, gemstones, and more.
- Research and familiarize yourself with the materials used in your luxury items.
- Follow the care instructions provided by the manufacturer or consult reputable sources for specific care guidelines.
- Use appropriate cleaning agents and techniques for each material to avoid damage or discoloration.
- Cleaning Dos and Don'ts: Maintaining the cleanliness of your luxury items is crucial for their long-term durability.
- Use a soft, lint-free cloth or a soft-bristled brush to remove dust and debris from the surface of your luxury items.
- Spot clean stains using mild detergents or specialized cleaners suitable for the specific material.
- Test any cleaning products on a small, inconspicuous area before applying them to the entire item.
- Avoid excessive moisture and always allow the item to air dry naturally.
- Storage Solutions: Proper storage is key to preventing damage and preserving the pristine condition of luxury items. We'll share smart storage solutions tailored to different types of goods, including suggestions for storing handbags, shoes, clothing, accessories, and jewelry.
- Store luxury items in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent fading or discoloration.
- Use dust bags or individual cloth pouches to protect handbags, shoes, and accessories from scratches and dust.
- For jewelry, store pieces separately to prevent tangling and protect delicate gemstones from scratching.
- Consider using acid-free tissue paper to stuff handbags or maintain the shape of delicate items.
- Handling and Wearing Guidelines: Luxury items are meant to be enjoyed, but understanding how to handle and wear them correctly can significantly extend their lifespan.
- Avoid placing luxury items on rough or abrasive surfaces to prevent scratches or scuffs.
- When wearing jewelry, remove pieces before engaging in activities that may expose them to chemicals, excessive heat, or impact.
- Use a gentle touch when handling delicate fabrics or materials to avoid tears or snags.
- Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for watches, including avoiding exposure to strong magnetic fields or extreme temperature changes.
- Professional Maintenance: Sometimes, professional maintenance is necessary to keep your luxury items in pristine shape.
- Schedule regular professional maintenance for luxury items that require specialized care, such as leather conditioning, jewelry cleaning, or watch servicing.
- Seek reputable experts who specialize in luxury item maintenance and follow their recommended service intervals.
- Keep a record of maintenance and repairs to track the history and care of your valuable items.
- Seasonal Considerations: Seasonal considerations for luxury items involve adapting care routines to protect them from the harsh elements of winter and excessive heat of summer.
- Protect leather items from excessive moisture or winter elements by using appropriate leather protectants or waterproofing sprays.
- Store seasonal items in breathable garment bags or containers during off-seasons.
- Avoid exposing delicate fabrics to direct sunlight for extended periods, as it can cause fading or discoloration.
Caring for and maintaining luxury items is an art that combines knowledge, attention to detail, and a genuine love for your treasures. By following the tips and guidelines we suggest, you'll be equipped to protect and preserve your investments for years to come. Embrace the journey of caring for your luxury items, and revel in the joy of owning and cherishing these remarkable pieces of craftsmanship.