Announcing our New Stockist in San Diego: Eyes on Fifth!

Located in San Diego’s Gaslamp South, Eyes on Fifth is a beautiful optical boutique dedicated to helping each customer find unique, fashion-forward eyewear and sunglasses!. Visit them at 228 Fifth Avenue, San Diego!

Eyes on Fifth

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Announcing our New Stockist in Bogotá: La Casa de Greta!

La Casa de Greta is a gorgeous boutique, textile workshop, and experimental design atelier located in Chapinero Alto in Bogotá. Laura Laurens, one of Colombia’s most innovative fashion designers, is the owner and curator of this ultra-coquetish space where her designs, together with exclusive handmade accessories by other Colombian artists, are displayed amongst vintage furniture and artifacts. Entering La Casa de Greta is like arriving in a girl’s dreamhouse!

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Lumete is thrilled to be a part of La Casa de Greta’s accessories collection!

Visit La Casa de Greta at Calle 60A #3A-38, Bogotá, Colombia. And like them on facebook.

La Casa de Greta 1la-casa-de-greta-31La Casa de Greta frontLa Casa de Greta 2Photos Courstesy of La Casa de Greta

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Farewell Savage Beauty

A spine made of silver; bones and shells; an exquisite lace veil punctured by antlers; a coat of shiny black hair; gull feathers; peacock feathers; aigrette feathers; ostrich feathers; feathers; more feathers… Metallic masks; little taxidermied beauties; a silver nest with five gem eggs; butterflies suspended in flight; dead flowers alive in silk; the dangerous charm of sharp jewels; wings of wood; a bird’s ghost made of branches and coral… I was in heaven!
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I made it to Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Met the day before it closed! I was one of the 80,000 people who managed to catch the show during its final week. Despite walking up at 6:00 AM to stand in line for almost three hours, I walked out of the exhibit transfixed, reinvigorated and overwhelmingly inspired.
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After over three months of incessant lines and stellar reviews, Savage Beauty turned out to be the most successful show for the Met’s Costume Institute, surpassing the 2008 “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy.” The New York Times reported the final attendance count at 661,509 visitors since the show’s opening on May 4.
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As much as you can enjoy and relish McQueen’s work in photos and runway videos, nothing equals being able to walk up to a garment and appreciate the impeccable detail and craftsmanship in person. For instance while I’d seen images of the embroidered work in the Voss ensemble pieces, being able to study them up-close revealed details, color combinations and textures I hadn’t even imagined. I’m still dreaming about the piece with an overdress made out of panels from a nineteenth century Japanese screen over a dress of oyster shells, paired with a “dangerous” neckpiece of silver and Tahiti pearls. Ensembles like this one were shiver-inducing. And as an accessories lover, the luminous work of Shaun Leane and Phillip Treacy moved me to tears… such perfection!
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I’m so thankful for McQueen’s genius and his indelible contribution to the history of art and fashion. To bid adieu to the most spectacular exhibit I’ve seen in recent years, I gathered a sample of images of my favorite pieces. Enjoy!

Mc QueenEclect Dissect -Dress of black leather; collar of red pheasant feathers and resin vulture skulls; gloves of black leather

House of Givenchy Haute Couture. Eclect Dissect, autumn/winter 1997–98.
Dress of black leather; collar of red pheasant feathers and resin vulture skulls; gloves of black leather detail.

McQueen: Jacket of red silk velvet embroidered with gold bullion and trimmed with white shearling; dress of ivory silk tullemcqueen-voss-springsummer-2001

Left: Ensemble The Girl Who Lived in the Tree, autumn/winter 2008–9. Jacket of red silk velvet embroidered with gold bullion and trimmed with white shearling; dress of ivory silk tulle. Right: Ensemble VOSS, spring/summer 2001. Overdress of panels from a nineteenth-century Japanese silk screen; underdress of oyster shells; neckpiece of silver and Tahiti pearls. Neckpiece by Shaun Leane for Alexander McQueen.

McQueen Bird's Nest Headdress by Shaun Leane and Philip Treacy

Shaun Leane and Phillip Treacy for Alexander McQueen
Headpiece, Widows of Culloden, autumm/winter 2006-7. Silver, Swarovsky gemstones and gull feathers.

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Left: Alexander McQueen. The Horn of Plenty, autumn/winter 2009–10. Dress of Black duck feathers.

Right: Alexander McQueen. Widows of Culloden, autumn/winter 2006–7. Pheasant feathers dress.

Shaun Leane for Alexander McQueen “Spine” CorsetShaun Leane for Alexander McQueen “Spine” Corset. Untitled, spring/summer 1998. Aluminum and black leather

McQueen Eshu, Black synthetic hair coat.McQueen Deconstructed embroidered jacketLeft: Alexander McQueen. Eshu, autumn/winter 2000–2001. Black synthetic hair coat.

Right: Alexander McQueen. Dante, autumn/winter 1996–97. Black wool felt embroidered with gold bullion cord.

McQueen Antlers Veil detail Phillip Treacy for McQueen Wood & Coral Headpiece

Left: Alexander McQueen. Widows of Culloden, autumn/winter 2006–7. Cream silk tulle and lace with resin antlers, detail. Right: Phillip Treacy for Alexander McQueen. The Girl Who Lived in the Tree, autumn/winter 2008–9. Wood and coral headdress.

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Photographs © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce.

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Poolside at the Delano with LivLuxMag!

The lovely Donyale of LivLuxMag visited our presentation poolside at the Delano in Miami. Please watch her video below, and visit her fabulous publication at livluxmag.com!

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She was so pretty, Cavortress and I talked her into a mini-photoshoot by the pool:

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Cavortress shoot on SoBe with Ed Kavishe!

While we were in Miami for Swim Week, we had the great fortune of styling a Cavortress shoot by world-renowned fashion photographer, Ed Kavishe of Fashion Wire Press. Ed travels the world covering major fashion shows and other fashion events, and his work has been featured by every top publication you can name. The shoot took place on the south beach, near the Delano Hotel.

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Ed also LIVed up to his rockstar status by getting us into the hottest dance club in Miami ahead of the line, even though we had no makeup, crazy hair, a giant bag of sunglasses and we were wearing flats (gasp!) after getting stuck in an afternoon Miami monsoon. It helped that we were hidden behind a swimsuit model.

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It was wonderful of Ed to take time from his busy schedule to shoot a couple of emerging brands. We thank him, the lovely model Natalie Marchionni, and most of all Julie Wheat of Cavortress for including Lumete in the photoshoot for her stunning swimwear! Take a look at a few of the pics:

Lumete & Cavortress Ulula Blond Havana - Lumete & Cavortress Ulula Sunglasses by Ed Kavishe

Lumete & Cavortress Attic Safari - Smoky Taupe_ Ed KavisheLumete & Cavortress at the beach by Ed Kavishe

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Lumete Interview on BreakThru Radio

This week, Sew & Tell has all your summer style needs covered! Check out our interview with the lovely DJ Marie, where we talk about the start of our line, our production process and our aesthetic inspiration.
Listen now on Breakthru Radio!

Sew and Tell


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