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VERSACE ATELIER – Haute Couture Autumn 2013





This is my favorite season fashionably speaking. The haute couture fashion shows for Fall 2013  in Paris are beginning.

This is when the best of the best in fashion design is happening.  All the couture houses are showing their major collections for the upcoming season  to their very exclusive clientele with million dollar tastes. This is when fashion is no longer just clothing, but wearable art and the clients are serious collectors.  This is when we can see all the drama, the fantasy, the art and the beauty of the fashion world.

This is what inspires me and keeps me going…

The first to show this year was Donatella Versace for the House Versace.





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Postcard – the classic bomber jacket





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At the recent Men’s fashion shows in London, Milan, Florence and Paris for Spring –  Summer 2014, one item kept on appearing and re appearing, collection after collection:  the classic, timeless bomber jacket. It was originally worn by the pilots during WW I and WW II and it hasn’t left the fashion scene. It’s one of my favorite looks and every man should have one…or two… or three or four…It is safe, smart and sexy!

Please remember to keep it simple.

Lets celebrate the bomber jacket as a staple of urban style.

Stay posted to receive details on my own men’s jewelry collection SG – AGE OF GODS coming out soon!



Note: For complete coverage for all the men’s fashion collections for Spring-Summer 2014 please visit



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Fendi and Armani and Missoni, Oh My!

With the debut of the new Spring 2014 Menswear collections all of the girls have been scouting the fashion blogs to see what the up and coming trends are for their gender counterparts. As “oh!” and “No!” come screaming from the other room I couldn’t help but to put the ladies to the task of picking out their favorite three collections and a few looks that stood out to them. Each young woman is so unique and has such different style I thought it would be fun to see who picked the bold prints versus the tailored suits. The ladies couldn’t wait to get started and have spent all morning drooling over their favorite models all while debating the feminine take on masculinity in some of  the new spring collections. The conversation is never dull around the showroom but throw in some male models wearing designer duds and you’re sure to never hear the girls stop gabbing!

Look below to see which looks my gorgeous gals picked for their designer dudes! Stay posted to see upcoming posts on the ladies and their favorite finds as well as more on the menswear collections!

Stay posted to receive details on my own menswear collection coming out soon!

Dreaming of muscles and neck ties today my loves!



Dimitra chose Etro, Gucci, and Vivienne Westwood as her to die for menswear collection picks. She loves the feminine touches mixed with the masculine aesthetics creating an overall eccentric vibe. Dimitra is often drawn to men who know how to rock a unique street style and her collection faves show us why!

Kat loves Calvin Klein, Brioni, and Fendi as her mens must haves. A man dressed as if he may be heading to the yacht club after work is exactly what Kat is drawn to and after looking at her picks it’s easy to see why! She loved the tailored yet preppy feel of these collections and thought her sailor would look nautically dapper in any of her choices!

Alexandria chose Missoni, Burberry, and Marc Jacobs for her designer dude. Loving the mixture between preppy and patterned, Alexandria couldn’t help but lust over the well-tailored collections. Nothing attracts Alexandria more than a man in a contoured and chic style ensemble!

Tricia chose Gucci, Ports, and Roberto Cavalli as her menswear faves. She just couldn’t seem to pick one style she loved more than the other so she went with an array of mens looks. From patterned pants to oversized jackets I can’t decide if it is the clothes she loves or the models! Her picks are fabulous either way you look at it!

Jillian chose both Armani collections as well as Bottega Veneta as her best menswear looks. It is pretty evident she loves a man in a tailored ensemble, then again who doesn’t? Loving both Armani collections was an instant for our girl as she couldn’t help but lust over the gorgeous men in their well fitted threads… can you blame her? I didn’t think so!

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Lusting over Lichtenstein

Looking to the past for future inspirations is key for a creative mind. The eyes, mind and soul are constantly wandering and lusting for new creative direction and recently I have found myself in search for a boost of creative energy. My recent rediscovering of Roy Lichtenstein has me falling in love all over again with his use of color.  I happened to stumble upon Liechtenstein’s art over the weekend and haven’t been able to get his retro take on pop art out of my head. With this hot summer heat radiating down upon the city I have been gravitating more and more towards bold colors, especially summer yellow. My recent Lichtenstein obsession has me spinning with ideas for future collections as well as how I can incorporate this new creative boost into my current wardrobe.

Many of the interns are art majors or minors so we’ve been having an ongoing discussion all day debating our favorite Lichtenstein pieces as well as how this pop art genre has inspired so many amazing looks throughout history. From 60’s flower child, to color blocking, and today’s ever popular youthful festival wear, it seems that pop art inspired style is constantly being recycled throughout the generations. I love looking back at how trends from the past have influenced popular looks today! It’s always so fun to take a trip down memory lane isn’t it?

To make this look work for you throw on your favorite summer colors in the forms of geometric shapes or free spirited patterns. Layer your look with Susanna Galanis chains featuring charms and gems finally, finish your look off with a gorgeous gold cuff from my collection. There are so many ways to make this look work for you so have fun with it my fashionistas/os!

Stay inspired my darlings!




To learn more about Roy Lichtenstein and his amazing work follow the follow the links below.

To inquire about the jewelry featured in today’s blog post please look at my website or to set up a private viewing of the showroom please call 212.759.9142.

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Dolce & Gabbana – Inspired by the Gods

As you already know, I am obsessed by the ancient Greek Gods…but, I am not the only one!

My favorite design duo Dolce & Gabbana was inspired this season as well. Well, the huge difference between us is that, I am always inspired…season after season…and… I will be obsessed with the Gods for… eternity! They are in my DNA… going back to D&G, the collection they presented recently in Milan was all about the glamour of ancient Greece – they managed to turn all these contemporary men into Greek Gods. Bravo!


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Basic Instincts

Today’s vibe in the showroom is simple and chic with a pop of hot in the form of colorful gems and chains. With all of the girls pulling out their favorite basics and neutrals it seems that my designs are coming into use as their bold statement piece to tie their outfits together. Wether it is black on white or beige on brown each intern has worked a jewel tone into their Monday style making for an overall sexily chic and yet basic look. With the New York sun beating down on us all it only makes sense to stay cool in a slimming tank paired with an elongated chain and gem necklace. Add a basic wedge and call it a day ladies!

As for you gentlemen looking to stay basic and bold all at the same time, pair a gorgeous white linen shirt with your favorite pair of preppy solid shorts and top off the look with an elegant chain from my men’s collection. There is nothing more eye catching than a sun tanned man in linen with the confidence to rock a chain… just ask the woman checking you out across the street! Trust me my fashionistos you wont have any problem scoring a date for tonights movie in the park with this style combo.

To see how this summer trend is inspiring us around the showroom continue scrolling to find an array of style options as well as other fun inspirations. Stay basic and bold today my darlings!



All jewelry found in the blog today is form my collection. Please visit my website to see more of my designs or contact the showroom to set up a time to personally view the collections 212.759.9142.

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God Hermes


Hermes, the herald of the Olympian gods, is the son of Zeus and the nymph Maia, daughter of Atlas and one of the Pleiades. Hermes is the god of shepherds, land travel, merchants, weights and measures, oratory, literature, athletics and thieves, and known for his cunning and shrewdness. Most importantly, he is the messenger of the gods. Besides that he was also a minor patron of poetry. He was worshiped throughout Greece — especially in Arcadia — and festivals in his honor were called Hermoea.











According to legend, Hermes was born in a cave on Mount Cyllene in Arcadia. Zeus had impregnated Maia at the dead of night while all other gods slept. When dawn broke amazingly he was born. Maia wrapped him in swaddling bands, then resting herself, fell fast asleep. Hermes, however, squirmed free and ran off to Thessaly. This is whereApollo, his brother, grazed his cattle. Hermes stole a number of the herd and drove them back to Greece. He hid them in a small grotto near to the city of Pylos and covered their tracks. Before returning to the cave he caught a tortoise, killed it and removed its entrails. Using the intestines from a cow stolen from Apollo and the hollow tortoise shell, he made the first lyre. When he reached the cave he wrapped himself back into the swaddling bands.

When Apollo realized he had been

2hermescondionisosdepraxc3adtelesrobbed he protested to Maia that it had been Hermes who had taken his cattle. Maia looked to Hermes and said it could not be, as he is still wrapped in swaddling bands. Zeus the all powerful intervened saying he had been watching and Hermes should return the cattle to Apollo. As the argument went on, Hermes began to play his lyre. The sweet music enchanted Apollo, and he offered Hermes to keep the cattle in exchange for the lyre. Apollo later became the grand master of the instrument, and it also became one of his symbols. Later while Hermes watched over his herd he invented the pipes known as a syrinx (pan-pipes), which he made from reeds. Hermes was also credited with inventing the flute. Apollo, also desired this instrument, so Hermes bartered with Apollo and received his golden wand which Hermes later used as his heralds staff. (In other versions Zeus gave Hermes his heralds staff).

Being the herald (messenger of the gods), it was his duty to guide the souls of the dead down to the underworld, which is known as a psychopomp. He was also closely connected with bringing dreams to mortals. Hermes is usually depicted with a broad-brimmed hat or a winged cap, winged sandals and the heralds staff (kerykeion in Greek, or Caduceus in Latin). It was often shown as a shaft with two white ribbons, although later they were represented by serpents intertwined in a figure of eight shape, and the shaft often had wings attached. The clothes he donned were usually that of a traveler, or that of a workman or shepherd. Other symbols of Hermes are the cock, tortoise and purse or pouch.

Originally Hermes was a phallic god, being attached to fertility and good fortune, and also a patron of roads and boundaries. His name coming from herma, the plural being hermaiherm was a square or rectangular pillar in either stone or bronze, with the head of Hermes (usually with a beard), which adorned the top of the pillar, and male genitals near to the base of the pillar. These were used for road and boundary markers. Also in Athens they stood outside houses to help fend off evil. In Athens of 415 BCE, shortly before the Athenian fleet set sail against Syracuse (during the Peloponnesian War), all the herms throughout Athens were defaced. This was attributed to people who were against the war. Their intentions were to cast bad omens on the expedition, by seeking to offend the god of travel. (This has never been proved as the true reason for the mutilation of the herms.)

345px-Hermes_Logios_Altemps_33The offspring of Hermes are believed to be PanAbderus and Hermaphroditus. Hermes as with the other gods had numerous affairs with goddesses, nymphs and mortals. In some legends even sheep and goats. Pan, the half man half goat, is believed to be the son of Hermes and Dryope, the daughter of king Dryops. Pan terrified his mother when he was born, so much so that she fled in horror at the sight of her new born son. Hermes took Pan to Mount Olympus were the gods reveled in his laughter and his appearance and became the patron of fields, woods, shepherds and flocks. Abderus, a companion of the hero Heracles, is also thought to be a son of Hermes, he was devoured by the Mares of Diomedes, after Heracles had left him in charge of the ferocious beasts. Hermaphroditus (also known as Aphroditus) was conceived after the union of Hermes and Aphrodite. He was born on Mount Ida but he was raised by the Naiads (nymphs of freshwater). He was a androgynous (having the characteristics of both sexes) deity, depicted as either a handsome young man but with female breasts, or as Aphrodite with male genitals.

Known for his swiftness and athleticism, Hermes was given credit for inventing foot-racing and boxing. At Olympia a statue of him stood at the entrance to the stadium and his statues where in every gymnasium throughout Greece. Apart from herms, Hermes was a popular subject for artists. Both painted pottery and statuary show him in various forms, but the most fashionable depicted him as a good-looking young man, with an athletic body, and winged sandals and his heralds staff.

More facts about Hermes (well facts according to the myths and the legends, but I believe them – I believe everything the ancient Greeks believed):

See below the recent birthday (May 25th)  gift I received from my two beautiful nephews George and Angelo. Thank you kids! I love you!


Family of Hermes

Parents: Hermes was the son of Zeus, the King of the Gods, and the mountain Nymph Maea, who was a daughter of the Titan Atlas. Hermes was born inside a cave on Mount Cyllene in Arcadia, southern Greece.
Famous ChildrenHermaphroditus and the Satyr Pan.

Hermes, the God’s Messenger and Conductor of Souls

Hermes was wearing wings on his sandals and therefore was the speediest of all Greek gods. Because of his speed, Hermes received the role of the messenger and conductor of souls to the Underworld. Hermes was the only Olympian god who was authorized to visit Heaven, Earth and also the Underworld and enjoyed this way popularity among all the Greek gods and spirits.article-new_ehow_images_a07_b9_dh_make-hermes-costume-800x800

Hermes, the God of the Thieves

It is well known that Ancient Greeks endowed their gods with human weaknesses. Hermes, for instance, felt an irresistible impulse of stealing ever since his infancy and quickly developed as the god of the cheaters and the thieves.

Hermes’ special Relation to Zeus

Hermes was a messenger of all gods, but mostly he was known for performing duties for his father Zeus with great pleasure. Zeus appreciated Hermes’ wits highly and always asked for Hermes’ assistance throughout his decisions, especially when it came to cheating on his wife Hera.

Appearance of Hermes

Hermes was a young man, wearing traveling clothes, a flat hat known as “petasus” and winged sandals on his feet. Oftentimes he was also considered to have wings attached to his shoulders and hat.
Hermes usually held a winged staff with snakes wrapped around it in his hands in order to gain access everywhere. This staff helped Hermes to charm the gods or to wake up those who were tamed by the god of sleep.

Symbols of Hermes

The caduceus (his staff), the purse (or leather pouch), the winged sandals, the ram and the petasus (his hat).

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