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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Today is my SEVENTH blogversary!

I started this blog on July 23, 2007, by warning that I wouldn’t be blogging much. Two days later, I discovered Britney Spears had “borrowed” one of my rings without permission. I simply had to share that online, and after that, I was unstoppable.  Since then, I’ve written over 2,600 posts (and I’ve got 269 drafts of posts, which I really should sort through one of these days). I’ve also changed my URL, my company name, my blog motto and I certainly don’t use the MySpace account that I mentioned in my introduction.

Let’s all stand on a subway grate to celebrate!

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Photo from 2009. Click for original post.




Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My designing friend Zang Toi says his lucky number is 13. I am going to adopt that policy, at least for a year, because today marks the 13th wedding anniversary for MrB and me. We’re traveling today, so we celebrated early, with friends, in the town of Fiskado on the Greek island of Kefalonia.

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At Tassia Restaurant in Fiskado.

Thanks for putting up with me for all these years, MrB!

Click the wedding-cake photo for a few more pictures from 2001.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

When I was hanging out with my designing friend Zang Toi on July 4th, I showed him some old pictures of us together. One of the photos was in this post from 2008 and, as I looked at it, I decided another picture in the same post captured one of my favorite fashion moments evah.

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In the picture, I’m wearing one of my most-loved Versace dresses — you know I’m a major fan of neon colors. I like how it’s fluttering in the breeze, but the image is still sharp.  You can’t beat the beautiful background, which is St. Tropez, where I was attending a wedding. (Zang designed the bride’s gown.) But the best part, for me, is the giant dog sleeping at my feet and what he did after the photo was taken. I didn’t know this dog at all. He was just hanging out with the guests, and we were never formally introduced. But, after he woke up from his nap, he strolled over to me and calmly ate the cocktail napkin I was holding. He was friendly about it, but determined. I’m generally against dogs eating cocktail napkins, but considering this dog’s size, I decided I wouldn’t argue with him.

Special dress + beautiful scenery + ginormous cocktail-napkin-eating dog = a “what I wore” photo to treasure.

I brought the same dress on vacation this month. I asked my designing friend Stacy Lomman how to transport a chiffon dress without carrying it in the cabin on a hanger like I did for St. Tropez. She advised me to roll it up like a “burrito.” I did, and put it in my carry-on bag and was very pleased with the results. I wore it twice in Greece: in Athens …

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and in Kefalonia.

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What Wendy Wore
Dress: Versace (I suspect this is from Spring 2003, which had a lot of neon.)
Shoes: Guiseppe Zanotti (2014)
Purse: Diane von Furstenberg (Possibly from 2008)
Jewelry: My own designs

A Jack Russell puppy friend, Irma, found the hem of the dress very compelling. She kept trying to catch it in her teeth.

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She wasn’t that interested in taking a proper photo, but I got a good grip on her and made it happen.

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Apparently, this dress has a certain animal magnetism. That’s definitely a plus!




Sunday, July 20, 2014

Here’s what was on the blog this week:

Don’t forget that I’m offering a last chance to order one of my sterling silver Chicken on Nest necklaces. You have until August 7 to pre-order via Kickstarter. I won’t be doing this design again, so act now!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR CHICKEN.

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Chicken necklace shown closed on left, open on right.




Friday, July 18, 2014

As legend has it, Cape Sounion in Greece is the spot where the Aegeus, the king of Athens, leaped to his death from a cliff. He was awaiting news of his son Theseus’s fight against the Minotaur, a vicious half-man/half-bull monster that lived in the Labrynith on the island of Crete. If Theseus was successful and killed the Minotaur, his ship was supposed to hoist a white sail on its way back. If he was killed by the Minotaur, the sail would be black. Theseus was successful, but he forgot about the white sail, so his father despaired and jumped. He wound up giving his name to the Aegean Sea.

The moral of this story: Attention to detail is everything!

There are no sad kings at Sounion now, but there is the ruin of an ancient temple of Poseidon, god of the sea. It’s a good place to go to watch the sun set.

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Me and MrB at the temple of Poseidon.

 




Thursday, July 17, 2014

I have a new obsession: collages of the same outfit in different years. I’ve always shown the outfit photos on my blog, but last month I decided to make some into collages and now I can’t stop!

Here is my beloved Patrick Kelly leopard gown, from the late designer’s Fall/Winter 1989 collection, photographed in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014. It appears I skipped 2012 and 2013! What was I thinking?

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And here’s the history of the photos, clockwise from left: The first time I wore the dress was in 2008, the day it arrived in the mail. (I bought it on eBay.) I really fell in love with this dress after the fact, when it landed on WWD’s “Disaster Area” page. It’s not every day that one gets on a worst-dressed page. I was so proud. No, really, I was! I was only sad that my name didn’t make it into print.

In 2009, I wore the dress to an Independent Fashion Bloggers fashion-week event, where it made a much better impression. The 2010 outing was to the Committee to Protect Journalists annual awards dinner. In 2011, the dress hit the big time and went to the Vanity Fair Oscars party.  And this year, I naturally chose it for the opening of a Patrick Kelly exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (The show, “Runway of Love,” will be on display until November 30, so, if you’re in the area, check it out.)

In my opinion, the only leopard outfit that can top my Kelly dress is Shania Twain’s head-to-toe spotted costume from her 1998 video for “That Don’t Impress Me Much.” I’ve always wanted Shania’s leopard coat with matching bra top, pants, boots, gloves and bag.

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“That Don’t Impress Me Much” screen cap.

My favorite part is the hood.

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Shania’s video costume on display in Vegas. Photo courtesy Vice. Click for source.

I think unexpected hoods are very sex-ay, especially if you’re baring a lot of skin elsewhere.

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“That Don’t Impress Me Much” screen cap.

I’d wear this outfit in a hot second.

Another hooded outfit that I’ve long coveted is the baaaaarely-there white jumpsuit designed by Fee Doran, aka Mrs. Jones, for Kylie Minogue’s 2001 “Can’t Get You Outta My Head” video.

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This outfit definitely helped make the song a hit.

If, by some stroke of good fortune, this jumpsuit came into my possession, I’d probably make some very minor alterations to the front.

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I’d probably sew up the front just a teeny, tiny bit.

This has to be one of the kinkiest music-video outfits of all time. (I like the silver mini dress and black boots at the end of the video too.)

And now this song will be stuck in my head the rest of the day. Sing along with me! “La la la, la la la la la, la la la, la la la la la.”




Wednesday, July 16, 2014

If you follow my personal Instagram, you know that I’ve been doing a bit of traveling lately. I’m currently in Athens, where I admired the Acropolis from a rooftop restaurant last night.

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View from a rooftop restaurant.

I wore a vintage tiger-striped Clovis Ruffin dress that I got in 2008. (It was a maxi but I hemmed it.) I often bring it when traveling because it’s easy to pack.

tigerresizeWhat Wendy Wore
Dress: Vintage Clovis Ruffin (2008)
Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti (2014)
Jewelry: My own designs
Lip color: So Chaud by MAC

Here are some older pictures of the dress.

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Click to enlarge.

I didn’t actually wear it out in that 2008 photo in Los Angeles because I’d packed the wrong tights, but I tried it on for size. I wore it out and about in L.A. in 2010. The first 2011 photo was taken in New York; the second 2011 photo was taken in Miami. That was the year I decided the dress looked good with my onyx Queen of Scots necklace. If you take another look at this Athens photo, you’ll see that I still like that necklace with this dress!

In 2010, in Sex and the City 2, Samantha (Kim Cattrall) wore a one-shoulder version of this dress. I don’t have a screen shot of that, but Posh Vintage carried the same style, which is now on hold for a customer.

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Click to view on the Posh Vintage website.

If Wilma Flintstone ever wanted to change out of that white dress of hers …

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… the Clovis would be perfect!

I have several other Clovis dresses. You can see three of them here, here and here.




Monday, July 14, 2014

I’m excited to say that my WENDYB by Wendy Brandes emoji earrings were included in trend-forecasting company WGSN‘s July 2 report!

The story, “Emoji jewellery: US emerging trend” by Jaime Cohn-Barr, said, “Fine and fashion emoji icon jewellery ranging from smiley faces and lips to cats and monkeys have an elevated look when created in diamonds and gold.”  (“Jewelry” is being spelled the English way here.) I had the only hand-gesture emoji jewelry on the front page of the report. Woot!

WGSN used the photo from a story Style.com did on my emoji jewelry in April 2013, so here’s what that looked like.

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Click for the original Style.com story.

Damn, I’ve been doing these emoji pieces for a while already! I’ve got some fun new ones coming up, so stay tuned for those. In the meantime, you can shop for emoji stud earrings in silver and gold here. Any of them can be custom-ordered in ring or necklace form. Holla at me at wbjewelry at hotmail dot com if you have a special request.




Sunday, July 13, 2014

In case you missed anything on the blog this week, here’s what happened:

You definitely want to check out that Jewel of the Month post, because I’m bringing back my sterling-silver Chicken on Nest necklace for a limited time. That’s the one where the little chicken opens up so you can see her three gold-plated eggs.

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Shown closed on the left, and open on the right. Click to enlarge.

I’m doing a pre-order on Kickstarter, where one either makes one’s minimum funding target or doesn’t get any money at all. That means that I have to get pre-orders for my minimum order of 100 chickens or I don’t produce any! If you want a chicken, it is now or never, because this is my final production of this design.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER.




Friday, July 11, 2014

Tom Ford’s kimono-inspired Spring/Summer 2003 collection for Gucci was so sex-ay! I always wanted one of the printed mini dresses. In case you’re looking for a gift for me, one of the dresses has turned up on 1stdibs.com.

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Isn’t it pretty? Click to shop.

The cut-out back reminds me of back of the Fiorucci dress I loved so much in the ’80s.

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Here’s how the Gucci dress looked on the runway.

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Another shot.

That dress looks VERY mini on model Frankie Rayder, but I’m 6″ shorter than her so I’m confident the dress would cover my panties, which is a quality I like in a dress these days. I didn’t always care about that kind of thing. Some of my old skirts didn’t even show up in photos.

There was a controversial ad associated with this Gucci collection. Remember what NSFW means?

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My Not Safe for Work necklace. Click to purchase.

The ad showed model Carmen Kass pulling her panties down to reveal Gucci’s trademark “G” shaved into her pubic hair.

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Click for source.

The image, shot by Mario Testino and published in the February 2003 issue of British Vogue, drew the ire of the tabloid press (gotta love how the sleaziest publications suddenly cry “offensive” and “sexist” when it suits them), but the advertising watchdog organization declined to ban the ad. I can’t remember what I thought of it at the time, but looking at it now, I think, “Meh. It’s just hair. I’ve seen worse on USAir’s Twitter feed.” That’s not to say that Tom Ford has never bothered me with unnecessary nudity. He has, though still not as much as the naked man I saw on the street one winter night. Read all about that in this 2009 post.

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