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Dripping in Daphne

With the recent weather shifting from sun dress hot to rain jacket down poor, everyone in the showroom has been discussing ways to stay busy indoors while still enjoying the outdoor elements. The MoMA of course has our answer! The Rain Room exhibit created by Random International located at the MoMA PS1, allows viewers to control the rain themselves by simply walking around the room.  Perfect for a scorching hot day in the New York sun! This new exhibit got us thinking, how else can we incorporate this months unexpected downpours into our summer wardrobe? Continue below to see how these recent rainy days are inspiring us to incorporate rain boots with my newest collection Daphne. Don’t be left out to dry this summer! Stay dripping in green-gold chains and gems!

xoxo,

Susanna

Follow this link to view a short video on the Rain Room http://youtu.be/EkvazIZx-F0

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Greek god Apollo

 

 

APOLLO

“Nothing in excess” Apollo

 


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APOLLO, one of the twelve deities of Olympus is the favorite son of god Zeus and Leto  – a Titan goddess who was impregnated by Zeus during one of his numerous love affairs. He is the twin brother of goddess Artemis.

He is known as the God of Light or the God of Sun- Helios, The Archer, the God of Prophecy, the Far-shooter, the Lawgiver or the God of Order, the God of Healing, the God of Music, the God of Plague, the Gold-bladed Apollo and the God of Arts and Muses.

His main iconic identifiers are the laurel wreath around his head, the lyre, the bow, the sun and the chariot (which as the sun god, drives across the sky daily-according to the myths). God Apollo is usually described  as the “most Greek” of the Greek Gods because he is THE idealized form of KOUROS, a young man in perfected beauty and grace.

EARLY YEARS

His story begins with his mother Leto and her attempt to give birth to him and Artemis. Hera ( the official wife of God Zeus), in her jealousy had pursued Leto relentlessly. Leto searched for a place where she could give birth to the children without Hera finding her. She convinced the island of Delos to be the home of Apollo, saying that a temple would be build there. Leto waited nine days and nights to give birth to Apollo, because due to Hera’s rage, Eilithyia, the goddess of childbirth, was not able to come to Leto’s aid. Finally Iris, the messenger goddess, was send to Hera, offering her a necklace fifteen feet long. Well, jewelrey always works (even back in the Ancient world of Greece ), Eilithya was able to come to Delos, and when she did, Leto gave birth to Apollo – full grown. Apollo immediately claimed, “The lyre and the curved bow are dear to me, and I shall prophesy to men the unerring will of Zeus” (according to Homeric Hymn to Apollo.

At the tender age of four days old, Apollo showed incredible talent in archery by killing the gigantic serpent named Python (at the city of Delphi) who had been harassing his mother during pregnancy (again, according to the myths and the legends.) When Goddess Hera found our that Zeus had had another affair, she send Python to follow Leto day and night so she could not have any peace to have her children.  The monstrous Python who was said to measure several acres in length was terrorizing the city and the citizens of Delphi were glad to be rid of of her and were grateful to Apollo – later Delphi was established as the center of Apollo’s worship.

Image above, Temple of Apollo at Delphi 

Delphi was the first oracle of Greece and the district where it was located was considered the navel of the world at the time.

“Know thyself.” Apollo (written at the entrance at the Temple of Apollo at Delphi).

Following his dramatic debut with the Python, Apollo went on to become not only an unerring archer, but the best musician, poet, philosopher, law-maker and creator of legal institutions, a masterful physician, the god of prophecy and a great scholar who always spoke the truth.

More about Apollo coming soon…there is so much more to tell…

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Coco Chanel – Quotes

 

COCO CHANEL – The “goddess” patron of fashion, style, perfume, jewelry and Paris! The original mother of all designers past and present, Karl Lagerfeld’s mother as well…

 

 

When the immortal COCO CHANEL, the original “goddess of Parisian fashion” speaks, we mortal fashion people/worshipers listen:

“I don’t do fashion. I am fashion.” This is a fact!

“Adornment, what a science. Beauty, what a weapon. Modesty, what elegance.” Fashion rule No one.

Every word counts to me, its like Ancient Greek philosophy, but in this case, its “Chanel” philosophy. The “fashion goddess” has spoken in her lifetime with her major accomplishments and some wise words of wisdom:

” A girl should be two things: Classy and glamorous.” How wise!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” How true!



“Iam not young but I feel young. The day I feel old, I will go to bed and stay there. J’aime la vie. I feel that to live is a wonderful thing.” I totally agree with this one…

“How many cares does one looses when one  decides not to be something, but someone.” How very true…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And its best to be pretty as possible with destiny.” Coco is right again…it happened to me…I met the love of my life feeling great…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.” Yes! I agree with this one as well. Who needs fakes? [That includes people as well.]

“There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work and there is time for love. That leaves no other time.” Must I say more? Fashion rule No two!

“Great love too must be endured.” I know…it must…We all need a great love. Fashion rule No three!

“If a man talks bad about all women it really means he was burned by one woman.” Yes. It makes total sense…however, not all women are alike…

“A woman who does not wear perfume has no future.” A very true statement. Take it from Coco. That is Coco Chanel, the creator of Chanel No 5! Do not question this statement. Just take the chic advice! From a French woman…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.” Yes. There has to be more depth, more substance…a personality… Coco was right… Fashion rule No four!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Fashion is made to become unfashionable.” Unless it is CHANEL…

“One cannot be forever innovative. I wanted to create classics.” Yes, timeless CHANEL! Always in fashion. 

“The best color in the world is the one that looks good on you.” Yes! Black!

“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it’s not luxury.” A very famous Italian fashion editor said recently, “If it’s not uncomfortable, you don’t get the look.” This is a topic for debate…

“Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.” I get it…the woman creates “the look!” 

“There have been several duchesses of Westminster, but there is one Coco Chanel.” I get it! Coco chose fame and glory…eternal fashion glory…

“Elegance is refusal.”…in order to become unforgettable…

“It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure.” My philosophy as well and the reason I work in the glamorous, enchanting, seductive world of fashion.

“My friends, there are no friends.” I disagree…

“As soon as you set foot on a yacht you belong to some man, not to yourself, and you die of boredom.” I don’t know about that. As far as I know, you always have yourself…it can not be taken away from you, unless, you give it away…and you don’t want to do that!

“As long as you know men are like children, you know everything.” This one is cute! [No disrespect to men.]

“A woman has the age she deserves.” My favorite!

“My life didn’t please me, so I created my life.” My absolute favorite and fashion rule No five! [like CHANEL No5]

I will be back with more Coco Chanel “CC” stories…

next…

xoxoS

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Temple of Artemis at Ephesus – Alexander the Great (continued)

 

 

Ephesus was an Ancient Greek city located on the west coast  of Asia Minor, modern-day Turkey. Its history stretches back to 1,000 BC.

Being one of the largest cities in antiquity, it was the center of travel and commerce. Stretched on the Aegean Sea the city of Ephesus  was one of the  greatest seaports of the ancient world and it was famed for its cult for the Goddess Artemis in a Temple whose magnificence permit it to be classified among the seven wonders of the ancient world.

 

 

 

 

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Thanks to the Temple of Artemis the bustling port of the city grew large and wealthy. Beautiful stone buildings lined its streets and a huge amphitheater/stadium for gladiatorial games kept the populus entertained. At its height, some 250 thousand lived in Ephesus making it one of the largest cities of the ancient world.

Following his conquest of the Greek city of Ephesus and several other Greek cities on the Asian coast, King Croesus [King of Lydia, an ancient kingdom in Asia Minor] build the temple to honor its Goddess Artemis. Completed around 550 BC, the temple was designed by the Greek architect, Chersiphron and it was  revolutionary in design – was said to have rivaled the Parthenon in size and fame.  This ancient wonder made of marble with a cedar roof, and ornamented inside and outside with gold, was overflowing with treasures.

Image (suggestion) of  The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

The temple of Artemis had 127 columns (each around 66 feet tall)  with the front rows decorated with intricate sculpture. A statue of the Goddess Artemis — an  Anatolian Mother Goddess, with its enormous power and influence associated with, stood in the middle.

Image Map of Asia Minor (Modern-day Turkey)

Artemis was the Hellenic goddess of the hunt, wild animals, wilderness, childbirth,  virginity, and young girls and twin of Apollo. At Ephesus, a goddess whom the Greeks associated with Artemis was passionately venerated in an archaic icon. She was worshiped primarily as the “Mother Goddess. This was the Artemis of Ephesus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Artemis of Ephesus was carved of wood, with many breast-like  protuberances apparently emphasizing fertility over the virginity traditionally associated with the Greek Artemis. The statute of the many-breasted Artemis was the symbol of the temple as well the symbol of abundance, hunting and wild life. The temple became an important attraction visited by merchants, kings,and sightseers, many of whom paid homage to the goddess in form of jewelry and various other treasures. It also offered sanctuary to those fleeing persecution or punishment, a tradition linked to the myth of the Amazons who twice fled these seeking the goddesses’ protection from punishment firstly by Dionysus and later by Heracles (more about the Amazons on a later post).

The wealth and splendour of the temple and the city of Ephesus were taken as evidence of Artemis Ephesian’s power, and were the basis of her local and international prestige – a gift and honor to the goddess brought prosperity. The splendor and beauty of the temple at the time is  described by a visitor, Antipater of Sidon who commented:  …But when I saw the sacred house of Artemis that towers to the clouds, the [other of the seven wonders of the ancient world] were places in the shade, for the Sun himself has never looked upon its equal outside Olympus.

On the night of July 21, 356 BC a man named Herostratus set fire to the temple in an attempt to immortalize his name. According to historian Plutarch, the burning of the temple coincided with the birth of Alexander – Artemis was too preoccupied with Alexander’s delivery to save her temple from its fiery destruction. This destruction was considered a very bad omen by the Persian magi who interpreted this as the destruction of the Persian empire. 

 Alexander the Grea –  King of Macedonia statue

When Alexander the Great defeated the Persian forces [who at that point had conquered the Lydians], in the battle of Granicus in 334 BC, the Greek cities of Asia Minor were liberated – Alexander was greeted warmly when he entered Ephesus in triumph. Legend has it that Alexander offered to rebuild  the destroyed temple, after all the Goddess Artemis was overseeing the safe delivery of his birth and was not able to save her temple. He was told however, that it was not fit for a God such as himself [as he was considered by many] to build a temple honoring another God. Alexander gave the city of Ephesus special privileges. A different version of the story is, that the Temple was restored with the help of Alexander.

In 262 AD the temple was destroyed again, it was restored but this great monument eventually began to lose its importance as many began switching to Christianity and the town of Ephesus was eventually deserted. In recent years, archeologists have discovered and excavated the town. The British Museum in London counts some of the temples sculptures among its treasures.

…more about Alexander the Great and the cult of Artemis of Ephesus [which I find incredibly fascinating] coming up soon…

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