Earlier this week the grand dame of fashion, Carolina Herrera, stepped down as creative director of her eponymous fashion house. After 37 years at the helm, during which she had built a billion dollar brand with notable fans such as Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis, Lady Diana, Michelle Obama and Renee Zellweger, Mrs. Herrera handed over the creative reins to Wes Gordon and the news has rippled through the fashion world as the end of an era. She will still be involved with brand diplomacy but the 79 years old Venezuelan designer is ready to worry less about skirt lengths  and spend more time with her family. She will be missed but it’s also a new beginning and I look forward to Gordon’s first solo show with an exited Carolina Herrera in the front row! Thank you for all the beauty!

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If you’ve been keeping an eye on spring fashions, you might recognize one collection that is not only utterly feminine and pretty, but immediately transports to warmer days spent on exotic islands. The American fashion label Badgley Mishka released its Spring 2018 ready-to-wear collection and I love and want every piece of it! Inspired by the Italian island of Capri, the collection covers the needs of every girl spending a luxurious day on the island. Fun daytime dresses, bathing suits and cocktail wear to fabulous ball gowns, they’ve got you covered. The vibrant colors and floral prints were inspired by Capri’s landscape – abundant in fragrant gardenias, bougainvillea and fields of poppies… What a wonderful summer dream!


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Happy New Year, dear friends! I wish you all a great 2018, filled with blessings!

I took a longer break from blogging than I originally intended to but after two years of almost continuous posting I felt the need to rethink the whole process and come up with a new schedule. So from now on I’ll try to blog three times a week, four if I find something great that I want to share with you right away. Also, if there’s anything design-related that you’d like to read about, don’t hesitate to let me know in your comments below.

As for today’s post, I had something else in mind but last night’s Golden Globe Awards were too good not too talk about. The atmosphere was charged with the politics of sexual harassment and discrimination revealed by the scandals that Hollywood has been facing over the past months. Most attendees at the Globes showed solidarity with victims of sexual assault and harassment in the entertainment industry by following the black dress code. This produced not only the united Time’s Up front but also great fashion, one of the best we’ve seen in recent years. Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Diane Kruger, Viola Davis, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Margot Robbie were among my favorites last night.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (9307691gh) Angelina Jolie 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 07 Jan 2018

Angelina Jolie

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Happy Friday! I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving with family and friends! It’s fall break in our little town so everything is more quiet than usual and I love that. After a trip to Home Depot and some Black Friday shopping, one of the things I’m looking forward to this weekend is rewatching  two of my favorite Hitchcock movies – Rear Window and Dial M for Murder – with the unforgettable Grace Kelly. What are your plans for the weekend?

Grace is one of the most beautiful women of all time and her style endures and inspires to this day.  Her acting career was short-lived due to her marriage to Prince Rainier III of Monaco but nevertheless extremely fruitful. She had leading roles in five films, three of them directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Her television work earned her two Golden Globes while her role in The Country Girl earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress. Beauty, talent and a great heart… Here are some of my favorite images with Grace.

Cafe Design | Grace Kelly 19

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Now that baby girl is not a baby anymore, mom gets to watch the Emmy’s uninterrupted (sort of). Wooohooo! Such was the case last night – for the first time in years, Ivan and I could watch the entire ceremony (and enjoy a glass of red) laughing at how clueless we are about current shows (not a bad thing). House of Cards is the only one we have watched but I’m pretty curious about Big Little Lies so will try that one soon. Our preference and time availability have changed so much over the years that we’ve become more careful about what and how much we watch. Many nights we’d rather spend our time laughing and having a good time, so vintage sitcoms are a current favorite. Hubby has been watching Walking Dead behind my back and I can’t say I mind! Give me Frasier any day…

Fortunately, there were plenty of beautiful gowns to keep things interesting last night.  There was color like never before, different styles and shapes. I’m very much over the mermaid dress so was happy to see a variety in cuts. I loved Elizabeth Moss in custom Pragal Gurung, although I can’t help but thinking a darker hue would have been even better on her. I adored Robin Wright’s choice of a black strapless sequin, Mrs. Underwood would certainly approve!

Reese Witherspoon looked fabulous as always, Viola Davis is enchanting in an orange silk dress. Jessica Biel, Laverne Cox, Debra Messing and Nicole Kidman were all stunning as usual. As for Jane Fonda, if that is what being 80 looks like, then I’ll have what she’s having!!! She looks incredible!

So here’s my best dressed list of this year’s Emmy, saving the best for last.  Let me know what you think!

Cafe Design | Emmy Recap | Jessica Biel

12 / Jessica Biel in Ralph & Russo

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