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The Height of Fashion...circa 1600

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It may not be a ‘look’ many can pull off today, but this jacket, now on exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, was the height of fashion…more than 400 years ago. Here are the details:


Woman's jacket about 1610–15, with later alterations

Object Place: England


Undyed linen embroidered with silver and gilt-silver yarns and spangles in daffodil scroll pattern, trimmed with metallic lace. Reconstructed with non-matching linen ground. Same embroidery pattern as 43.244a-b


Originally with a member of the Wodehouse family, Kimberley, Norfolk, England [see note 1]. Early 20th century, purchased at Acton Surrey, Bond Street, London by Elizabeth Day McCormick (b. 1873 - d. 1957), Chicago [see note 2]; 1943, gift of McCormick to the MFA. (Accession date: October 14, 1943)


[1] Possibly worn by Grizell Wodehouse (d. 1635), the wife of Sir Philip Wodehouse. According to family legend, the jacket belonged to Queen Elizabeth and was given as a gift when she visited the Kimberly estate in 1578 for the knighting of Roger Wodehouse (d. 1588), Phillip's father. (See the "Elizabethan Inventories" by Leonard G. Bolingbroke, pg. 93; also, G. Townsend, MFA Bulletin, vol. XL, no. 238, April 1942, pg. 25-36). There is no evidence, however, that this provenance is true, particularly since the garment probably dates to after the queen's death.


[2] According to a December 14th, 1941 letter from Elizabeth Day McCormick to Gertrude Townsend, the garment was said to be part of the "Kimberley Collection."



The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection

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At the Comic Opera in Berlin this evening, the German GQ Gentlemen's Quarterly style magazine handed out the 19th “GQ Men of the Year Awards.” At the festive gala, honors were awarded in ten categories to leading personalities in international and German show business and music, as well as in sports and fashion.

Some 850 invited guests enjoyed an awards ceremony full of high spots. Arnold Schwarzenegger accepted the GQ award as “Legend of the Century”. The 70-year-old actor and politician who came with his son Patrick to the event, was celebrated for his unique career. An emotional moment was provided by the award to Philipp Lahm, who was honored both for his distinguished sports' feats and his commitment to social issues. A touch of glamour was provided by the onstage appearance of models Johannes Huebl (“Influencer of the Year”) and David Gandy (“Style Icon”), as well as Thom Browne, who won “Designer of the Year.” One special highlight of the night was the award to the film “Welcome to Germany.” Actor Clemens Schick who presented the category praised the humane, funny, and yet profound way it dealt with the subject of refugees.

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The Face of Luxury

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Clé de Peau Beauté, Shiseido Group's high-end prestige brand, is honored to announce Academy Award-nominated actress Felicity Jones as the new face of its luxury skincare and cosmetics. Jones will make her first appearance in January 2018 in a campaign shot by renowned British photographer David Sims.


Yukari Suzuki, Brand Director of Clé de Peau Beauté says: “A crucial element of Clé de Peau Beauté is to help customers feel that our brand belongs in their lives. Felicity is aspirational, yet highly relatable, which makes her the ideal face of Clé de Peau Beauté. She embodies the brand’s DNA: intelligent, uncompromising and exquisite. Her passion and incredible dedication to her craft have allowed her to make an impact on the world and those around her.”


Jones is best known for her Academy Award, BAFTA, SAG and Golden Globe-nominated role opposite Eddie Redmayne in James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything. Most recently, she led the cast of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, directed by Gareth Edwards. The film was released worldwide on December 16, 2016 and surpassed the $1 billion mark globally. The Oxford-educated actress stars next in the title role of a Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic, On the Basis of Sex, focusing on the Supreme Court justice’s career struggles fighting for equal rights. Jones is also to star in the Luca Guadagnino directed Swan Lake, inspired by the classic ballet story.


“It’s important to me that my values align with any brand I’m affiliated with,” says Jones. “Clé de Peau Beauté made it clear that they approached me because of my principles and dedication. I’m so proud of the Spring/Summer 2018 campaign and cannot wait to unveil it to the world.”


The Spring/Summer 2018 campaign was shot over the course of two days in London. It will break globally in print and online media placements across Asia, the United States, Canada, Russia and Travel Retail. Jones will attend exclusive launch events around the world, beginning with a special event in Los Angeles in January 2018.


Clé de Peau Beauté means The Key to Skin’s Beauty. The philosophy of the brand is to unlock the power of a woman’s radiance by harnessing makeup technologies and some of the most advanced skincare in the world. When the most exquisite elements come together, everything is illuminated.

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Black Friday Fashion Shopping

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Simon Malls and Simon Premium Outlets in New England will have extended holiday hours beginning on Black Friday, November 24th.

In Massachusetts, Simon Malls will open at 12:31a.m. on Black Friday.  Exceptions include: Wrentham Village Premium Outlets will open at 12:01a.m. Liberty Tree Mall and Lee Premium Outlets will open at 6:00a.m., The Shops at Chestnut Hill will open at 7:00a.m., and Copley Place will open at 8:00a.m. on Black Friday.

In New Hampshire and Connecticut, Simon Malls and Simon Premium Outlets will open at 6:00p.m. on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23rd and will close at 1:00a.m. on Black Friday, and will then re-open at 6:00a.m. Merrimack Premium Outlets will close at 2:00a.m. on Black Friday, and will then re-open at 6:00a.m. It is anticipated that some stores, including major department stores like Macy’s and Sears may choose to remain open throughout the night.

Kittery Premium Outlets in Maine will open at 6:00a.m. on Black Friday.

Simon Malls and Simon Premium Outlets will close at 10:00p.m. on Black Friday, Friday, November 24th.  Exceptions include: Auburn Mall, Copley Place, Solomon Pond Mall, The Shops at Chestnut Hill, Crystal Mall and Kittery Premium Outlets will close at 9:00p.m.


To learn more about the additional extended hours, holiday events, and festive celebrations, visit

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Country Chic

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SESAC Inc., the nation’s only music rights organization in the country, celebrated its songwriters and music publishers behind the year’s most-performed country and Americana songs at the company’s Nashville Music Awards held Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.


Here are a few of our favorite (and least favorite) red carpet looks.

Hannah Mulholland, Naomi Cooke, and Jennifer Wayne of country music group Runaway June. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC)



Kristy Osmunson and Jon Stone of the musical duo American Young. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC) 



Musical artist Ed Jurdi. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC)



Musical artist Caroline Hobby. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESAC)

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Fashion or Flop: The Nightshirt

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Get ready sleep fans, the nightshirt is making a comeback.

Ok, that’s probably not the reaction that designers at the Sustainable Swedish Fashion Show had I mind when they sent this model out to strut his sandle-footed self down the runway, but what else can you think? The guy looks like he just got up at his beach house and is heading for the coffee before he begins his day of fun in the sun.

Sure, it looks extremely comfortable, but so do Mumus. That doesn’t make them fashionable.

Does it?


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How NOT to Dress for a Film Fest

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This would even leave Fashion Policewoman par excellence Joan Rivers speechless.

In case you don’t recognize the Hollywood slob in the photo, here’s the caption: Vince Vaughn attends a screening of "Brawl In Cell Blck H" during the 61st BFI London Film Festival on October 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for BFI)

Doesn’t he own a jacket? Does he even have a publicist to tell him how insultingly slovenly he looks at such a prestigious event dressed like he just got up after a hard night of drinking?

Or is that why Vince looks so disheveled?


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Name That Icon

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Before you read the actual caption, or jump on the IMDB to cheat, try to guess which Hollywood star has her back to the camera in this gorgeous photo taken during the 61st BFI London Film Festival on October 12, 2017 in London, England.

Think you know? Give up? Click HERE

(Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for BFI)

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Fashion or Flop: Street Styles

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The caption that came with this photo called the image Street Style.

Hours later, we still can’t image anyone other than a knockoff Boy George imitator (or drag queen) wearing any of these styles from the 66th edition of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid on the street.

Maybe it’s a European thing.  

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Fashion or Flop: A Fashion Game

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Let’s play a fashion game.

Close your eyes.

Open the and stare at this photo from the Lulu Chen Fashion Course featuring the Spring Summer 2018 collection by Wan Idrus during the Jakarta Fashion Week 2018 in Senayan City, Jakarta.

Close them again and describe what you saw.

Was it an orange pantsuit?

Did it the model have a bare midriff?

What color are the pants?

What color is the hair on her forearms?

Was it really hair or something else?

Was the model smiling? Why? Why not?

Repeat until you can remember the entire outfit without having to look twice.

For the bonus round, try to imagine someone you know…your sister, your mom your grandmother…maybe your dad or a famous person like Julia Roberts or President Trump … wearing the same outfit.

Hours of entertainment.



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