3.9.09

Our Winter Holiday Collection


Photo Credit - GBZ
Debut date is October, kiddos.

Mark your calendars and come round for a visit.

You'll find wonderful and glamorous in our stores!

Sparkle Rocks - Art Jewelry

Sinfully Decadent Accessories
Elegant Party Couture


Photo Credit - GBZ
This year we are releasing a limited edition Couture Perfume
with our Winter Holiday Collection.

le enchantement
SHIMMER
Perfume Oil


Hand blended with all natural essential oils, botanic tinctures and jojoba oil.
(You will never find synthetic scent chemicals in our perfumes.)
Perfume oils are long lasting and so smoothing good for your skin.
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Our Holiday Collections are all about glamour, sparkle and shine. We're shimmering with loveliness! Your holiday wearables and gifts do not have to be boring. They also don't have to be bought at a discount store.

Because of tight personal and gift shopping budgets, we've decided to offer as a part of our regular holiday collection, a special collection of very affordable trinkets, treasures and wearable beauties.

Everything in this collection is priced at $50 and under, with many pieces falling in the $25 range. Very affordable designer items - quite unique, all hand created in the seasonable hot, haute fashion colors! Let us help you trounce your Christmas shopping 'light in the pocket book' dilemma.

14.8.09

Wild Rose Tatters - Demoiselle Couture Collection

Photo Credits - GBZ
Tatters wild rose - Waspie with separate cake layer skirt.
Teaser Images - New collection to soon debut at Tattered Rouge


Black velvet lycra stretch fabric wraps around the hip for wearing comfort.
Layers of sheer fabrics fall from pale lavender pink underskirt. Cake layers are
embroidered black netlace and black sheers with vintage pink pleated
lingerie textile and a sheer pink georgette side flounce.




Front zip waspie (easy to get in and out of) with multi-layers of over-sewn textile strips that fall in a tattered uneven bottom edge. Boned under layer wasp with elastic hook belt to nip in waist.
Guimpure frog closure at waspie center top between breasts.

Wild Rose Tatters
Sexy, sweet, tempting and tart g
lamour dressing!

5.8.09

August Moon


Graphic Credit - Gbz
Excerpt from Wikipedia
The Moon Festival is a long lived festival celebrated by Chinese people and Vietnamese people (even though they celebrate it differently), dating back over 3,000 years to moon worship in China's Shang Dynasty.

Ch'ang-O, according to Chinese legend is the moon goddess who resides on the moon. On Mid-Autumn day, the full moon night of the 8th lunar month, an altar is set up on the open air facing the moon to worship her. New pastries are put on the altar for Her to bless. She endows her worshipers with beauty.

It is a date that parallels the autumn and spring Equinoxes of the solar calendar, when the moon is supposedly at its fullest and roundest. The traditional food of this festival are the many different varieties of mooncake, which are given as gifts during this time.

The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is one of the two most important holidays in the Chinese calendar, the other being the Chinese New Year, and is a legal holiday in several countries. Farmers celebrate the end of the summer harvesting season on this date. Traditionally, on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat moon cakes and pomeloes together.


Moon cakes may have lotus cream filings or fruit jam fillings, even nuts.


Modern Moon Cake Gift Box


Traditional Moon Cake Gift Container
Photo Credits: aveoree, Popoever, pphaomtom, Prettydaisie, Bret Arnett

29.7.09

A Study of Ice Roses


Rose en Hiver
Photo credit - Raphael Goetter
CC BY 2.0
While searching for an image of a perfect pink rose, I found myself mesmerized by the beauty of these ice roses. The above crystaline pink rose was dusted by first frost. Photographer, Raphael Goetter caught this suspended moment in early morning light before the heat of the sun melted away the delicate ice layer. A spectacular beauty!

Photo Credit - Somerslea
As I continued my image search, more ice roses appeared in my browser and I thought, "why not?" What better time to post a study of ice roses...in the deep hot days of summer when we all need a cool-down.

Rose Petal Ice Cream
Photo Credit - Quintana Roo
CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Delicato rime.
Photo Credit - sramses177

CC BY-NC-SA 2.0



Asleep Sweet Briar
Photo Credit - Andrew Stenning


Rose Shape Amuse
Photo Credit - Spushnik
CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Beauty's Last Breath
Photo Credit -AndreaTX

Rose Room at the Ice Hotel, Sweden
Photo Credit - Findfado

CC BY-ND 2.0

Pinks on ice.
Photo Credit - T Chays




Iced white rose snow.
Photo credit - kidron rids



Photo Credit - Alchemilka

27.6.09

Flourish - Client Highlights

We're delighted to bring to you our first client highlight featuring Dev, who's shown wearing our Black Countess Fringe Earrings. Thank you, Dev, you look absolutely stunning in your new earrings.



"What attracted me to these earrings was their design. Lace has historically been an elegant touch for women and to see that could be mixed in with a modern edge is great and definitely a new take on an old tradition.

There is something very glamorous about the shape of the earrings that Gale makes. I wanted to purchase something with modern elegance and also a bit of flair. I tend to go to many gallery openings and receptions and am always looking for accessories that stand out. When I came across these I knew they would be very unique and different from anything anyone else would be wearing. I had to have them!"




"I'm an artist who resides in Baltimore. I constantly attend different functions, gallery exhibitions and openings so its always important for me to look my best. I look for unique little finds like the earrings seen here. I'm also currently a student and do some modeling on the side. I'm always on the move, traveling from coast to coast, seeing what's new in the art scene. During my travels, I collect curiosities."

29.5.09

The Whisper of Love Wedding Neck Piece

After a very busy few weeks, I've finally completed my "Villeta Inspirations" piece. A neck piece created with layers of Venice Lace, freshwater pearls and sheer rose color chiffon. Romantic enough for a bride and elegant enough for a fancy dress ball




16.5.09

Villeta Masterpieces and Inspirations

Adrian Villeta, artist, photographer, visual poet has a profound understanding of elegant romanticism. His exquisite portraiture reflects a refined visual sensibility and the eye of a connoisseur. His work is an elegant, romantic celebration of women. Read about Adrian and view selections of his artwork at
The New Romantic Market


Click on image to see the Villeta inspired artworks of the NRM artists.



24.2.09

Floating in a Sea of Crimson Roses



This week my workspace is covered with yardages and cuttings and snippets of rose color fabrics. Pearls, beads and gorgeous silky fiber strands wait in the wings to become added fine adornments for this blossoming swell of crimson fleur. I am surrounded by a floating sea of roses, resplendent as any Princess Briar Rose fairytale love bower.

I find myself in a romance bewitched mood. The shimmering crimson satins and sheer organzas forming into open red roses offer a visual voice of love. Once again, I am seduced by my materials...this particular hue of deep rose red is irresistable, immensely pleasing to my eye. The blue/red color glows, evocative of the life blood coursing through of our body. This color is complete, radiant.

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17.2.09

Scheherezade

Scheherezade...most precious pearl of the hareem, storyteller of One Thousand and One Nights, adored Sultane of Persia.

This is her cuff, created in royal colors of purple and gold. Available at le Enchantement.


11.2.09

Bling Find of the Month

For all you Dark Queens...how about this gorgeous tiara? Vintage and unique!, it's either black cut glass beadwork on the wire frame or real jet. It will eventually be up for sale in my Tattered Rouge shop once I've repaired and re-designed it into a very wearable piece.


10.2.09

Under The Influence


She was under the influence... a beautiful, noir, decadent influence. Her expressionist stylings were strange and exotic, original in a fateful way. Her inclinations coalesced, dreamlike within her splendid night on night persona. With sloe eyed allure, she tossed off the judgement of society, resonating only to the call of her exquisite femme fatale mystique. She was under the influence...an irresistible indulgence of sublime dark repletion.

This noir styled piece is created with new and vintage materials. Long tying ribbons allow you to wear this piece as an enticing wrist cuff or at the throat as a glamour jabot. Primarily hand sewn, it is created in black and old gold colors. It's noir vintage charm is paired with a modern fashionista style vibe.
Available at Tattered Rouge

31.1.09

She Was a Black Eyed Bumper Car

Had a bit of fun with this beauty.....

She had her elegance, she had a verve, her innocent come-hither enticed. But her vibe? It was glorious train wreck, all the way.

She was irresistible, rigged out in full torn and tattered beauty...princess of midnight swag, queen of the temptress hush. She was a black eyed bumper car, who's hot mess impact would crash fire your well-gamed desire.


Long double black ribbons tie in pretty twin bows, giving wear versatility.
You may tie on this piece as a cuff or as a choker jabot.



Available at Tattered Rouge

25.1.09

Lady Sarah Textile Cuff



Muse to artists and writers, darling of Paris stage and theatre. Night after night, Lady Sarah brought the world to her feet. Fearless in her affections, she enchanted her adoring lovers. In an age of feminine repression, she was a dauntless free spirit, true only to her glorious self.

There has only been one Lady Sarah Bernhardt. We dedicate this wristlet to her and her legendary life. Available at le enchantement


21.1.09

She Was The Toast of Paris


Josephine Baker.
(Text cited from Wikipedia)

She was born Freda Josephine McDonald on 3 June, 1906 in East St. Louis, the daughter of Carrie McDonald. Baker's true ethnic background is unknown. Her father's identity is debated among historians. Nevertheless her estate credits vaudeville drummer Eddie Carson as her natural father, but according to a biography written by her foster son Jean-Claude Baker: "… (Josephine Baker's) father was identified (on the birth certificate) simply as "Edw" … I think Josephine's father was white — so did Josephine, so did her family … people in St. Louis say that (Josephine's mother) had worked for a German family (around the time she became pregnant). (Carrie) let people think Eddie Carson was the father, and Carson played along … (but) Josephine knew better."

Her mother, Carrie, was adopted in Little Rock, AK in 1886 by Richard and Elvira McDonald, both of whom were former slaves of both African and Native American descent. When Josephine was 8 she was sent to work for a white woman who abused her and burned Josephine's hands when she put to much soap in the laundry. She later went to work for another woman who treated her fairly.

Baker dropped out of school at the age of 12, and started her career as a dancer and street performer by the age of 13. She entered vaudeville joining the St. Louis Chorus at 15. She then headed to New York City during the Harlem Renaissance, performing at the Plantation Club and in the chorus of the popular Broadway revues Shuffle Along (1921) and The Chocolate Dandies (1924). She performed as the last dancer in a chorus line, a position in which the dancer traditionally performed in a comic manner, as if they were unable to remember the dance, until the encore, at which point they would not only perform it correctly, but with additional complexity. She was then billed as "the highest-paid chorus girl in vaudeville."


On October 2, 1925, she opened in Paris at the Théatre des Champs-Élysées, where she became an instant success for her erotic dancing and for appearing practically nude on stage. After a successful tour of Europe, she reneged on her contract and returned to France to star at the Folies Bergères, setting the standard for her future acts. She performed the Danse sauvage, wearing a costume consisting of a skirt made of a string of artificial bananas. Baker's success coincided (1925) with the Exposition des Arts Décoratifs, which gave us the term "Art Deco", and also with a renewal of interest in ethnic forms of art, including African. Baker represented one aspect of this fashion.

In later shows in Paris she was often accompanied on stage by her pet cheetah, Chiquita, who was adorned with a diamond collar. The cheetah frequently escaped into the orchestra pit, where it terrorized the musicians, adding another element of excitement to the show.

After a short while she was the most successful American entertainer working in France. Ernest Hemingway called her "… the most sensational woman anyone ever saw." In addition to being a musical star, Baker also starred in three films which found success only in Europe: the silent film Siren of the Tropics (1927), Zouzou (1934) and Princesse Tam Tam (1935). Although Baker is often credited as a movie star, her starring roles ended with Princesse Tamtam in 1935.

At this time she also scored her greatest song hit, "J'ai deux amours" (1931) and became a muse for contemporary authors, painters, designers, and sculptors including Langston Hughes, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, and Christian Dior.

Under the management of Giuseppe Pepito Abatino — a Sicilian former stonemason who passed himself off as a Sicilian count — Baker's stage and public persona, as well as her singing voice, went through a significant transformation. In 1934 she took the lead in a revival of Jacques Offenbach's 1875 opera La créole at the Théâtre Marigny in the Champs-Élysées of Paris, which premiered in December of that year for a six month run. In preparation for her performances she went through months of training with a vocal coach.

In the words of Shirley Bassey, who has cited Baker as her primary influence, "… she went from a 'petite danseuse sauvage' with a decent voice to 'la grande diva magnifique' … I swear in all my life I have never seen, and probably never shall see again, such a spectacular singer and performer."