Wrong, wrong, wrong – but wouldn’t it be fun?

Right about now, dievca should be attending the final fundraiser of the year.
Not happening for obvious reasons…

Its dievca’s habit to keep a lookout for outfits that fit the Gala bill.
she ran into this Riasa & Vanessa outfit that made her look twice and smile.

Then shake her head for the many ways it is just wrong for her build:

  • Crop top at this age for formal wear?
  • Pants that sweeping and long on a short body? (hard to hem)
  • Short torso and curves trying to drape those sequins?

 

Well, this is what she had planned:

Her Black Halo Lucy Dress in Jellybean with these:


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  • Stuart Weitzman Axis Sandals Black
  • Chandelier Earrings
  • Subversive +Target ribbon bracelet
  • Garay vintage black fabric clutch
  • French Luxe hair combs in black
  • Bobbi Brown Art Stick Harlow red

presentation outfits VIA Paris Fashion Week 2020

Dominatrix moving to Ladylike:

Balmain Photo: Victor Virgile/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images

Warrior Queen

  • Flowing Satin with hints of skin
  • Commanding boots
  • Leather Belt with locking hardware
  • Arm length leather gloves

Balenciaga Photo: Estrop/Getty Images

Elegant Gothic

  • Sleek black shimmer
  • Form-fitting style
  • Sharpened talons

Rochas Photo: Kristy Sparow/GettyImages

For Master or Mistress’ Eyes Only

  • Posture turtleneck collar
  • 1980’s shoulders
  • Mobile shimmer
  • Statuesque Heels

Chanel Photo: Victor Virgile/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images

Pirate’s Booty

  • Plunging Neckline
  • Statement jewels pointing to the bodily jewels
  • Easy access to reveal whimsical stockings
  • Pirate Boots

Saks Potts Photo: Saks Potts

Ladylike

  • Elegant simplicity
  • Easy access
  • Statement boots

 


“This old thing?”

Midwestern weather in February calls for winter dressing.

dievca dug into her closet and came up with older items that still generated a couple of compliments.
she was astounded.

A whole discussion on fashion and Bricks & Mortar VS. Online Shopping occurred in an airport restaurant because of her coat. The discussion continued because her flight seatmate worked for ShopBop.

Two adorable Millennials noticing the exhausted Generation X-er’s style – a shocker.
Who said that women over 50 are marginalized?


British Elegance: Myla Lingerie

Click photos for a closer look!
Something for presenting on Valentine’s Day?

About Myla Lingerie
Myla London was born in the ’90s in Notting Hill. Based on craftsmanship and luxury, the brand built a loyal customer base. The brand was then reinvented and relaunched in August 2017 with the CEO (Garry Hogarth) COO (Leila Habibi) and the Senior Designer (Jess Thompson) from Agent Provocateur.

Myla has only been back in the market trading again since July 2018. We have had a fabulous reception for the new collection by both press and retail. We started trading again by joining Selfridges with an exclusive retail launch in the UK. In the USA we partnered with Bergdorf Goodman. On-line, we joined with Net a Porter and launched our own website in October 2018. We also opened our stunning flagship store in Brook Street, London which is available for personal fittings. Since our launch last year, we have continued our growth and are to building exciting new relationships with Harrods, Far Fetch, Neiman Marcus, Matches and KaDeWe.


Happy Chinese Lunar New Year’s Eve 2020 – Year of the Rat!

“Heavy Metal Rat” (Click photo to buy on eBay.)

Welcome to the year of the Rat!

When a Rat Year comes, it generally delivers new experiences with favorable outcomes for all of the signs. The Metal element aspect also indicates success, as this is the element of production. Metal is strong, determined, and resolute.

click on photos for brand


David Samuel Menkes = leather god.

;Boy Meets Girl’ W Magazine David Samuel Menkes Collar

Jennifer Lopez Elle Magazine Cap, $125, DAVID SAMUEL MENKES

Dominique-Hollington-Louis-Daniel-Botha robe TRIPLE Err Pants David Samuel Menkes

Anna Ewers by Inez and Vioodh for Self Service FW 2017 – Calvin Klein leather shirt and pants, David Samuel Menkes leather skullcap, Lacrasia leather gloves

Lady Gaga Riffle Bra custom David Samuel Menkes

Cap DAVID SAMUEL MENKES PHOTOGRAPHY MARIO TESTINO FASHION ANDREW RICHARDSON MODEL SKY FERREIRA FASHION’S FAVORITE NEW M

Living in NYC you have a good chance of finding someone who can reweave a hole in a cashmere Missoni sweater or create a stunning one-of-a-kind dress.

David Samuel Menkes sounds like the gentleman to connect with for custom leather pieces. dievca offered a blog post which had photos using his work: BDSM in Haute Couture – Strict Magazine

If she ever becomes brave enough – she might stroll into his studio and ask if he can make a leather ‘Day Dress’ for her to wear presenting for Master.

 

Spirit And Flesh Magazine

DAVID SAMUEL MENKES
Interview by CYNTHIA ALTORISO
photography by DAVID CARLO

CYNTHIA ALTORISO: I met David Samuel Menkes by serendipity. I had gone to his building to visit the atelier of a neighboring bespoke tailor on his floor. When I noticed the wonderful quilted leather and studded door, I stopped in my tracks. Beyond the door was a pleasant-faced, blue-eyed and nosed-ringed man, who invited me in. To step inside David’s studio was akin to visiting Ali Baba’s cave of treasures!

There was David, at his heroic wooden work table, covered with beautiful leathers and interesting findings and tools. Behind him were steps leading to an outdoor Victorian quadrangle encompassing a secret garden unique for its exotic specimens and random classical statuary. This was only the beginning…
Appreciating my joy for his aesthetic, David pointed out the ‘walking stick corner’ which held a vast collection of wondrous vintage walking sticks, many of which I have had the good fortune to borrow for shoots.

Close by, above the wardrobe is a collection of marvelous old hats and hat boxes. Next, we moved into his bedroom with its’s centrally positioned canopy bed, draped with fine old paisley shawls.

One wall was covered in shelves holding antique sewing implements. Another wall held a vast collection of classical music covers, the many spines proudly proclaiming impressive works. And then there are the 2 drawers full of the bone button collection, the pleasure of which is to run one’s hands through. And there are the charming vintage children’s chairs. There’s more, much more, and, after these many years of knowing David, it has become a custom for me to bring visitors to experience this creative field trip.

David’s skills are not limited to the demimonde. For a project I was doing with Amy Arbus, he made a Picasso clown suit, for a shoot with Alan Cumming he made a spy’s binocular case, and for a shoot with Ellen von Unwerth, he crafted a lovely muzzle. I also arranged for a custom-made leather jacket, with the Union Jack, for Zombie, Rod Argent. Too many to list here, David has made or lent me many cunning pieces and accessories…the random eyepatch, the leather corset, the riding crops, etc., etc.

David is an old school artisan lovingly plying his trade, making up one of New York’s living, creative treasures.
I call him ‘The Leather Master’.

David Samuel Menkes Spirit and Flesh Magazine

David Samuel Menkes established Custom Leatherwear in 1980. After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon University/ BA Costume and Scenic Design, he arrived in NY with theater dreams but soon found the Leather Scene more interesting. Applying a certain theatrical flair allowed for a wide range of designs within a strict code of dress. Developing a specialty in leathercraft also brought Fashion and Theater projects, as well as crafting for Artists, Interior Designers, Performers, and private customers, with projects ranging from Dog Muzzles to covering a giant head of Stalin with a hood!

Fashion Fetish: The Leather of David Samuel Menkes

Interview Magazine David Samuel Menkes


Feeling Cozy

The Thanksgiving Holiday is running late this year and that makes the ramp-up to Christmas/Hanukkah very short. With Global Warming in NYC, the whole of Autumn has disappeared. Some good news is that if you haven’t bought your cool weather gear, yet, you can do so with the Black Friday sales in your favor!

Here’s what dievca has been watching:

    • Diamond Quilted Down Coats
    • Cashmere Mittens
    • Chunky Hats
    • Cashmere Scarves
    • Cashmere Sweaters

Click on the Gallery Photo to find the designer name:

dievca bought:

Max Mara Camel Cashmere and Wool Reversible Sweater $795 on sale $330


Missoni Orange Label 100% Cashmere Sweater $800 on sale for $70 with repairs needed.


Garnet Hill 100% Cashmere chunky Sweater in Port Wine $299 on sale for $209


Donna Karan New York Reversible Down Puffer Coat $450 on sale for $160


Modal and Cashmere unbranded lightweight scarf $149 on sale for $80

On a side note: dievca has taken 33 sweaters to resale or Goodwill, 5 scarves, 3 hats, 4 pairs of mittens/gloves, and 4 down coats/jackets. You may be astounded by the numbers, but the lot was from years of collection and were well-loved and used. The replacement pieces are less in number and classics that will last.
Yes, friends and Master are astounded by dievca’s closet.