Before that film Sienna Miller starred in in 2006 (Factory Girl), there was the real Edie Sedgwick. Muse to Andy Warhol and Bob Dylan, now bona-fide style icon, the artist-model-actress-socialite, Edie had a mod style that lives in infamy, complete with charcoal, messy eyeliner and cute little shift dresses. Creating the Edie Sedgwick eye means breaking a couple make up rules, like severely lining under the eye, and doing that thing they did in the sixties – putting eyeliner in the crease of the eye, the darker the black eyeliner the better. When you spend your days haunting factories, ceiling lights aren’t always at your fingertips and that Tiffany lamp is the perfect updated version of the sixties decor staple. She was the girl in black tights, and she always paired those black tights with something equally as chic, this tribal beaded shift dress from Catherine Malandrino is emblematic of quintessential Edie Sedgwick style. One of the most enviable traits of Edie’s style was her jewelry collection, she had a thing for over-sized chandelier earrings, and she’d have definitely loved this pair of Jelani earrings from Dannijo. I don’t smoke, never have and never will but these colorful Fantasia cigarettes from Nat Sherman are so chic, so cute, and so Edie.
My Janet Jackson obsession lays somewhere between Control (1986) and Rhythm Nation (1989) when Janet was rocking keys looped onto hoop earrings and made military inspired pieces work for the ultra curvaceous female figure. Nevertheless, every now and again I get the Janet Jackson vibe and start mimicking Rhythm Nation dance moves and bellowing the lyrics to ‘Pleasure Principle’ at the top of my lungs, even when people are watching. While I lack access to an LP turntable I love LP records, and although it’s a little sacrilegious to purposely warp an LP; these bowls are ingenious for use in the office and home, and I can’t help but love the use of Janet’s single ‘Love Will Never Do Without You’. These broken key earrings from Husam El Odeh feature the cutest little stones, and adding a hoop through the keyhole is a lot less painful than putting actual keys on a hoop (take my word for it). The addition of leather sleeves to the classic Burberry Prorsum trench makes the ultimate statement, they’re almost military, almost biker chick, but somehow still manage to be polished and proper, Janet (circa Rhythm Nation) would be proud. These shearling military boots are perfect for the inner ‘Nasty’ girl who lives by the ‘Pleasure Principle’ and takes ‘Control’, their androgyny makes them uber sexy, especially when paired with a mini skirt or some other flirtatious femme pieces.
Between the land of Egypt and its rich history, there’s enough culture in this country to warrant a lot of fantasizing and a lifelong love affair. As Egypt forges ahead on a new path of hope and new freedoms it seems only right we take a minute to reflect and accessorize accordingly for both home and wardrobe. Nefertiti is said to be one of the most beautiful Pharaoh Queens in Egyptian history, her beauty was as astonishing as an Egyptian artifact. Adding a thick sweep of liquid eyeliner is almost a little too easy in any emulation of Nefertiti, but adding in phenomenal accessories like the 18 karat gold Anubis ring from Arosha Luigi Taglia and the Yellow and Crystal Ornate studs from Ben-Amun have just the right ode to her Majesty of Egypt. The Phillip Lim 3.1 tunic and its embellished inset works under a blazer with a pair jeans or trousers and makes any additional accessories optional. As for the beautiful urn, it is an example of spectacular Egyptian artistry, it’s mimicry of the eye of Horus is almost hypnotic and said to be a means of protection.
Josephine Baker had it all, she broke barriers, and danced her way through life with a glamor that is insurmountable. Fringe, feathers and chandelier earrings reigned over Josephine Baker’s look. Although I’m a little dismayed that I can’t find a decent modern interpretation of the iconic banana skirt (completely ignoring Beyonce’s attempt) these picks will definitely suffice. She made her mark in the civil rights movement, was the first black woman to star in a major motion picture, and her risque style was just the tip of the iceberg. As far as I’m concerned, I’d like to perfect my French by laying around with a gramophone belting the sweet vinyl melodies of Josephine Baker’s ‘J’ai deux amours’. If I were to decorate a room in my house a la Madame Josephine I’d jazz up the fringe on everything from tapestries to lampshades, and ensure there was an envy worthy vinyl record collection to accompany this beautiful gramophone. As for dressing the part: I’m thinking a fringe skirt like this one from Cynthia Rowley, a fringe-y feathered kiss-lock clutch like this one from Magid, and the best part is the set of purple-blue Swarovski crystal clip on Evelyn earrings from Dannijo.
I’m fully aware that ‘courtesan’ is just a nice way of saying prostitute, except courtesans seem to have more fun. Think Moulin Rouge, minus the perilous STD. or the fact that courtesans were supposed to be fairly well off in their own rite. From accessories to home decor, I’d like to imagine myself, if only for a moment, as an Indian Courtesan with the world as my oyster, and while the former may not be true, I like to believe the world is mine to shape as I see fit. I own my fair share of clutches, but something is so seductive about the grape hue and gold Hindi looking inscription on this particular clutch. As for my home, Indian tapestry is often handmade with beading that I’d die for whether its on clothing or curtains, and this artisan creation is just that and more. If you study Hindu scriptures there’s more to this decorated elephant than meets the eye, Ganesha is meant to bring joy, and enrich wisdom and knowledge so keeping this Jay Strongwater adorned figurine close is a sign of good luck. Last but not least, you can’t be a courtesan with out a few bangles and these facets of color would have a girl like me who loves color even more than sparkle in lust.