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“Freshen Up” this Spring Trunk Show with Beauty Company

 Sasha Maks Vintage Spring Trunk Show

Sasha Maks Vintage Spring Trunk Show

Fashion blogger Alisa of, Xoxo Alyssa, looks gorg in vintage faux agate YSL earrings.

Sasha Maks Vintage Spring Trunk Show

French vanilla cupcakes by Will Bake For Shoes

Sasha Maks Vintage Spring Trunk Show

Alix is putting the finishing touches on Sherri Ziesche of Beauty Company

Sasha Maks Vintage Spring Trunk Show

Keily Hernandez of LiveLoveModa looking boho chic in a faux coral necklace and elephant pendant.

Sasha Maks Vintage Spring Trunk Show

Blogger Witty Fashionista,Victoria Shchepakina, looking fierce in a Givenchy hammered collar necklace and convertible open link chain necklace

Sasha Maks Vintage Spring Trunk Show

KatWalkSF, blogger Kathleen, rocking a Greek goddess braided updo by Alix

 Sasha Maks Vintage Spring Trunk ShowSasha Maks Vintage Spring Trunk ShowSasha Maks Vintage Spring Trunk ShowSasha Maks Vintage Spring Trunk ShowSasha Maks Vintage Spring Trunk ShowGuests updated their wardrobes by shopping one of a kind vintage baubles while sipping bubbly and nibbling on Will Bake For Shoes custom cupcakes, Wednesday, April 2nd at the Beauty Company + Salon in Russian Hill. Their tresses where braided in fresh spring styles by top stylists Alix Garcia and Katey Smith and enjoyed goody bags from Ziesche Modern Apothecary.
Photographed by J.Villarete Photography.

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Three Ways To Wear: Breton Stripes

Breton stripe shirt

Breton stripes, for me, conjure up images of 60s European film stars, such as the ultimate sex symbol Brigitte Bardot and her brunette antithesis, the gamine Anna Karina. Picasso, Audrey Hepburn, and Coco Chanel where also partial to the iconic stripe design.
The original navy and white knitted, boat neckline stripe shirt, aka as marinière, was introduced in 1858 as a uniform for seamen in Britanny.

The Breton tee is at the top of my wardrobe essentials list, this infinitely versatile design lends itself to a myriad of interpretations and moods. While the navy/cream is the original classic design, these versions by Marc Jacobs in burgundy sequin patch front and Être Cécile in white/red horizontal stripe and cheetah print put amp up the glam and fun of the wardrobe staple. But you don’t have to limit yourself to a sailor-stripe shirt alone. The très chic design lends itself to all garments and accessories.

 Breton stripe shirt for evening

While decidedly casual the Breton tee can be found in variety of fabrics that can go from day to night seamlessly. Wear the on trend cropped tee with a pleated chiffon skirt and the “It” shoe of the moment, a white or black mule. Layered beaded strands necklaces and a mesh statement clutch with a flick of midnight-blue liquid eyeliner for a dramatic cat eye will have you set for the night.

Breton stripe skirt for the office

Look smart in the office and clash prints for a fresh  look with a modern floral print top  and a sleek striped pencil skirt. A polished pump with a gold accent heel and a sleek architectural hardware bag will help you make climb up the corporate ladder in shipshape style. Coco would approve.

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Breton stripes for the weekend
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A cotton moto jacket and lace-up peep-toe wedges lend a touch of edge to a preppy Breton stripe boat neck tee and powder blue trousers. Wear to a bottomless mimosas brunch with the girls for laid-back chic appeal.

Jacket: HELMUT Helmut Lang(similar here)
Top: Alice and Olivia (here)
Pants: Phillilp Lim x Target (similar here and  here)
Belt: Barneys New York  (similar here)
Bag: Vintage clutch (similar here and here )
Shoes: Martha Davis (similar here and here)
Jewelry: Sasha Maks Vintage, shop online or contact info@sashmaksvintage.com

How do you rock Breton stripes? Share your favorite look in the comments below.

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Layered Jackets + Patch Jeans

Layered jackets and patch jeans

Layered jackets and patch jeans

Layered jackets and patch jeans

Layered jackets and patch jeans

Layering in San Francisco is an essential styling skill. Light layers will assure your look is still stylish and you’re not freezing in the shade and the wind as the temps shift throughout the day and neighborhoods. Here I’ve paired, a fashion essential,  moto jacket in a lightweight cotton khaki with an oversized men’s style inspired blazer (another must-have wardrobe item). The neutral outer layers get a punch of color and pattern from a plaid shirt. Faux leather patch skinny jeans and wedge heel peep toe booties keep the look casual and cool.

Blazer: Vintage (similar here) / Moto Jacket: HELMUT Helmut Lang (similar here) / Shirt: Uniqlo (similar here and here) / Jeans: Guess  (similar here) / Shoes: Martha Davis (similar here and  here) / Bag: Vintage Celine (similar here and here) / Panther Bracelet: Sasha Maks Vintage (similar here) /Goldp-tone Link Bracelet: Sasha Maks Vintage (similar here) / Boucher Ring: Sasha Maks Vintage (similar here) / Brass Ring: Sasha Maks Vintage (similar here)

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Wardrobe Staples & Style Tips: Denim { An American Classic }

denim wardrobe staples

Denim is a ubiquitous wardrobe staple to be found in every woman’s closet. Whether it’s jeans, overalls, a skirt, a denim jacket, or a vest, denim embodies classic American culture and style.

Skinny jeans
These Guess jeans with faux leather patches lend an edge to an oversized blazer.
denim jacket
Maria is a study in jewel tones. The classic Levi’s denim jacket brings street style cred.
Maria Photographed by J.Villarete Photography

A myriad of styles and washes assures that every figure can find it’s perfect denim match in jeans.
The mid-rise cropped skinny is flattering style that shows off the skinniest part of the leg and can be worn casually with flats or elevated with a sleek pump. A ripped skinny version paired with a statement bag keeps the vibe from being too studied.

The slouchy fit of the boyfriend jeans is comfort personified. Elevate the androgynous look with strappy heels and a leather top, or wear a distressed version with a tank top  for festival season.
A faded denim jacket is cool way to top off anything. A slim version will flatter a ladylike floral skirt and can be worn as a shirt. An oversized style is ideal for layering with chunky knits.
denim jacket

Whether you prefer your jeans in a stovepipe silhouette and a classic blue wash, or express your sartorial sensibility by donning a distressed denim pencil skirt, grab your favorite piece of denim and rock your best look.

What denim trends are you wearing? Share in the comments below.

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“Freshen Up” this Spring with Sasha Maks Vintage and Beauty Company

Trunk Show InvitationSasha Maks Vintage cordially invites you to cure your spring fever and brighten your brights this season…

RSVP: here

Spring clean and update your wardrobe with fresh, one of a kind vintage jewelry pieces to compliment this season’s trending florals, pastels and patterns.

Special sneak peek of Ziesche Modern Apothecary new floral skincare line blooming into Beauty Company this summer!

Join us for signature bubbly cocktails from Food & Wine sommelier of the year Ceri Smith and receive exclusive, new product samples from Ziesche Modern Apothecary to keep you fresh this spring.

Wednesday, April 2nd
6:00 pm  – 9:00 pm
2325 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

>Take part in a stellar raffle: with prizes of 1 month of free manis from The Beauty Company AND a personal, virtual styling session by Styled by Sasha Maks

> Fancy and Fresh Braid Bar: Fancy looking fancy? Enjoy our complimentary braid style services by Beauty Company’s top talent
>Get glam snaps in a photo booth by J.Villarete Photography
>the first 50 guests who RSVP will receive exclusive, new product samples from Ziesche Modern Apothecary

We look forward to seeing you there, Gorgeous!
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Navy Dress + Faux Leather Leggings

Navy dress and faux leather leggings

Navy dress and Sasha Maks Vintage jewelry

 Navy dress and faux leather leggings

This vintage door knocker ring of coral and lapis lazuli is by Jomaz.

 Navy dress and faux leather leggings and Sasha Maks Vintage necklaces

Long layered necklace add a a bohemian flair.

 Navy dress and Sasha Maks Vintage jewelryThis vintage navy dress with full sleeves is from I.Magnin. Originally it was below the knee and since it’s already so covered up, I had it shortened for a more updated look. Pairing it here with faux leather leggings, for one my fave trends that’s circled back around, dress-over-pants. Emma Watson showed us how to rock this look on the red carpet at the Golden Globes.
And was a popular look on the runway, seen at Pre-Fall 2014 Elizabeth and James, J.Brand, and McQ Alexaner McQueen.

Dress: Vintage (similar here) / Leggings (similar here) / Booties: Martha Davis (similar here) / Bag: Vintage (similar here and here) /Kenneth Jay Double Pendant Necklace: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com/ Vendome Agate Necklace (similar here) / Bracelet: Sasha Maks Vintage (similar here) /  Ring: Sasha Maks Vintage (similar here)
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Photographed by J.Villarete Photography

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Styled by Sasha Maks: Vintage Style

My personal style is deeply steeped in my interest in vintage clothes and jewelry. For day I love a tailored 1960s sheath or a loose fitting gauzy cotton maxi dress from the 1970s. For evening, I look for 1920s drop waist gowns, and 1930s bias cut satiny dresses. Of course I rarely wear head to toe vintage, I find it best to find one special piece and build a look around it.

I think it all began with film, in particular the French New Wave’s heroines like the enchanting Ana Karina’s gamine style in a Bande à part and Jeanne Moreau’s borrowed from the boys ensembles in Jules et Jim. And I was equally drawn to Hitchcock’s icy, classic blonde heroines, like Tippi Hedren, in Marni and Eva Marie Saint in North by Northwest, dressed in buttoned up prim suits and impeccably coiffed. And one of the most swoon-worthy wardrobes in film is Audrey Hepburn’s Parisian chic Givenchy gowns and more casual looks (capri pants and a snug top with v-neck back) in Sabrina. In the mid 60s in Two for the Road Hepburn is ultra-modern in a swirly Pucci-esque  print mini and a Space Age Paco Rabanne acrylic disk and metal chain dress.

There are countless other iconic muses that I can list that inspire my imagination, but I will wrap up here with Catherine Deneuve’s bourgeois housewife in Belle du Jour, costumed by Yves Saint Laurent in trim princess line cuts, and Roger Vivier’s Pilgrim buckle, patent leather, mid-heel shoes that became a runaway hit. What unites all these iconic women is how their wardrobes were an integral part of the film’s story and also informed their identity and expressed their sartorial style on the screen and off.

Here are a few  my fave vintage finds. I’m always on the look out for the next treasure!
What are some your favorite vintage pieces?

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A sleek, 1970s aubergine knit dress and a 90s gray tuxedo Krizia coat, dressed up with an oversized Victorian agate necklace (converted from a brooch) and a 70s faux coral bead necklace.

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Rocking a 1960s suede skirt with leather side panels.

Vintage gold slip dress

A 90s, pale gold gold lamé, bias cut slip dress, a staple in my wardrobe, dressed down for a day on Moss Beach.

Vintage velvet trench and 1970 flower dress

Vintage velvet trench and a 1970s chiffon, ruffle flower dress.

Vintage maxi dress sasha maks vintage-bracelets

80s multicolor knit maxi dress and an arm party dominated by a 70s turquoise and sterling bracelet.

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Styled by Sasha Maks: Leopard Print Blouse + Pencil Skirt

Maria has a been a long time jewelry client of mine and has since become a dear friend. We met at a vintage boutique in San Francisco where I consigned jewelry. We bonded over our love for vintage clothes and all things fashion. Maria has an amazing collection of evening gowns and cocktail dresses from the 50s and 60s that are ideal for her petite frame and are perfect for the opening night at the ballet she attends every year. When I started styling, Maria was one of my first clients, and her enthusiasm for fashion and sophisticated taste has made our sessions extremely fun and creative.Leopard print blouse pencil skirt

For this look, Maria asked me to style her for a cocktail party from items in her closet. She wanted something sexy but not too dressy. The look was built around a leopard print pussy bow blouse she had recently purchased and was not sure how to wear.  The rust brown color of the blouse flattered Maria’s fair complexion and strawberry blond tresses. The classic animal print and pussy bow inspired me to give her look a retro twist. A touch of Lauren Bacall and drop of Veronica Lake–sultry, glam, and polished. She had also recently acquired a black pencil skirt with a revealing mid-thigh slit.Leopard print blouse pencil skirtPairing a bow tie blouse with a pencil skirt may seem obvious, but both of these pieces had so much personality! Maria does not shy away from transparency and since this was an evening look we decided not to cover up the sheerness of the fabric, and she has the legs to carry off the sexy side slit. To temper the skirt’s sex appeal, I chose tall rust colored suede boots and light gray hose with ribbing to add subtle coverage.Leopard print blouse pencil- sasha maks vintage vintage braceletsFor jewelry, I selected a slinky snake motif bangle with rich enamel detailing layered with a gold tone, mixed texture, plaited link bracelet. A high dome green cocktail ring in faux jade picked up the colors in the snake bracelet and the horseshoe drop earrings. I had just seen the Golden Globes, and loved Cate Blanchett’s faux bob! We decided to give it a try. I think the sleek, controlled style suited this look to a T, and a pink red pout added a glam finishing touch.
Maria looks provocatively chic in this classic but naughty ensemble. She was thrilled with the results!Leopard print blouse pencil skirt Styled by Sasha MaksTo book a  personal styling session, contact info@styledbysashamaks.com.
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Top: Dolce & Gabbana (similar here) / Skirt: L’Agence (similar here) / Boots: Christian Louboutin (similar here) / Snake Bracelet: Sasha Maks Vintage (here) / Gold Tone Bracelet: Sasha Maks Vintage (here) / Ring: Sasha Maks Vintage (here) / Earrings: Sasha Maks Vintage (similar here)

Photographed by J.Villarete Photography

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Moto Jacket + Maxi Skirt

moto jacket and maxi skirt

moto jacket and maxi skirt

moto jacket and maxi skirt

moto jacket and maxi skirt

moto jacket and maxi skirt

moto jacket and maxi skirt

I’m head over heels for moto jackets! It’s a big, but not a fleeting, trend. They can be styled with just about anything, and there are so many colors (I would love to get my hands on a blush pink version from A.L.C.) and fabrics (felt anyone?) to choose from. My vegan leather version from Zara has a great texture that looks like the real thing. I love the contrast of a tough-chic biker jacket with an elegant sweater and skirt ensemble.

Here I chose a peach wool sweater and added a punchy, periwinkle blue pleated maxi. The blush studded pumps combine the same tough but elegant vibe as the outfit. For jewelry, I picked chunky, tailored, gold-tone necklaces in graduated sizes (easy pieces for everyday wear) and the arm party is a stack of bracelets in mixed metals and styles.

How would you style your moto jacket?
xx

Jacket: Zara  (here)
Top: A.P.C. (similar here)
Skirt: Cut 25 (similar here)
Bag: See by Chloe (similar here)
Shoes: DVF (similar here)
Studded Chain Necklace: Sasha Maks Vintage ( here)
Chunky Gold Tone Necklace: Sasha Maks Vintage ( here )
Bracelets (personal collection)

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Vintage Jewelry Spotlight: Fabulously Faux

 About seven  years ago, as a vintage furniture dealer on the lookout for mid-century designs, I began to notice vintage costume jewelry at flea markets and estate sales. What drew me, were the over the top pieces that were all about fashion not preciousness and intrinsic value. It was fun to discover the pieces I had only seen in movies and magazines from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.  Extravagant rhinestone bibs in colors that nature never intended, Op Art plastics,  snake motif bangles pulled me in with their exuberance and quality of materials. There was so much to choose from, glitzy 80s enamel and rhinestone designs, earthy 70s beads, fantastic plastic 60s pendants.

The possibilities for changing up one’s look just by donning  a few well-chosen  pieces proved irresistible. I was hooked and added another category to my weekend treasure hunts. I got to play dress up and share my newfound obsession with clients who appreciated this well-crafted eye candy, from well know designers such as Chanel, Lanvin, Dior, Weiss, and a myriad of unsigned bijou that stood out  in its design and craftsmanship.

Vintage Kenneth Lane Koi Neckalce and Vintage Trifari Red Rhinestone Necklace Sasha Maks VintageLeft: Kenneth Lane Faux Jade  Koi Necklace; Right: Trifari Red Glass Necklace

A little background about costume jewelry. It all started with two influential French style icons – Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli. By treating costume jewelry as essential aspects of their clothing collections, they legitimized and popularized the idea of jewelry as pure fashion, while being at complete opposite ends stylistically. Chanel based her pieces on historical precedents, her influences ranged from Byzantine, Anglo-Saxon and Renaissance  examples, Schiap traded on shock value, influenced by the Dada and Surrealist art movements, her designs were playful and whimsical.

While the French made fake jewelry more fashionable then its precious counterpart, America, fully industrialized after WW I, produced the majority of it. With the influx of European immigrants escaping the threat of Nazism in the 1930s,  many skilled fine jewelry designers and craftsmen provided an inexpensive, highly specialized workforce for the factories in Providence, Rhode Island, where most costume jewelry was manufactured.

Firms like Miriam Haskell, Eisenberg, Hobé, Trifari, Napier, and Ciner produced high quality, inventive designs that have become sought after and highly collectible. Haskell, founded in 1926, like her European counterparts Chanel and Schiaparelli, elevated costume jewelry to an art form. Her unique, complex, feminine designs based on forms in nature are some of the finest examples of costume jewelry ever made. Founded in 1918, Trifari’s  diverse output in style and superb craftsmanship established it as one of the most renowned costume jewelry firms. The tone was set early by their chief designer from 1930-1968, Alfred Phillipe, a Frenchman who previously worked for Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels.  He introduced fine jewelry techniques into production and used high quality Austrian rhinestones to create convincing imitations of fine jewelry.
Ciner, a proponent of the “Real Look” jewelry, started out as fine jewelry manufacturer in 1892 and in the 1930s switched production to costume jewelry. Made of the finest materials, Ciner designs, display fine enamel work with high quality pavé-set rhinestones.

Vintage Schiaparelli set and Christian Dior Necklace Sasha Maks VintageLeft: Schiaparelli Watermelon Rhinestone Demi-Parure;   Right: Christian Dior Ball Link Necklace

Another manufacture of note is Kenneth Jay Lane, founded in 1962. Known for outfitting celebrities of the day like Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, and Duchess of Windsor. Championed by Diana Vreeland, the renowned editor of American Vogue, his career was successfully launched. His cheeky reworkings of important jewels, and bold exuberant designs based on historical pieces, proved enormously popular.

There are thousands of designers to choose from when looking for costume jewelry, signed and unsigned, this jewelry was meant to be ephemeral reflecting the latest whim of fashion. The lower cost of production allowed for greater experimentation and produced more daring creations than fine jewelry could afford.

Sasha Maks Vintage layered necklaces

Sasha Maks Vintage layered necklaces
Looks from The Factory’s Voyage to Marrakesh Spring ’13 Collection featuring Sasha Maks Vintage jewelry

Costume jewelry is a playful attention grabber that communicates the luxury of style, a unique and personal point of view, and  offers endless experimentation.  Go ahead and let a glitzy rhinestone bib mingle with a tough-chic chain. Rock a mixed arm party with rhinestones, gold bangles, and a silver cuff.  You can find faux bijou to express whatever mood strikes you and easily update your look.

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