Maleficent is my inspiration

Maleficent
Perfect Natural Labradorite gemstone Gold Wire crochet Bracelet Cuff by Zegna Aston
Labradorite is also the most powerful protector of the mineral kingdom, creating a shielding force throughout the aura and strengthening natural energies from within. It protects against the negativity and misfortunes of this world, and provides safe exploration into alternate levels of consciousness and in facilitating visionary experiences from the past or the future.
 
Beautiful, mystery and stylish handmade bracelet.
One of a kind. A lovely, lacy lattice pattern gives this cuff bracelet a cool modernism.
Materials:
– 14K Gold Filled wire
– Natural Labradrite Gemstone (approx. 2″ x 1″)
– Gold Pleated slide clasp

Bracelet size 6 1/3″ x 2″
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Elegant a’la Russe style with collar by Zegna Aston

Black Gold

Black Crochet Collar Necklace   by Zegna Aston

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With each passing day the Russian culture has an increasing influence on the world of fashion. We are going crazy about Style Icons like Miroslava Duma, Ulyana Sergeenko, Elena Perminava and many others. But in today’s post I decided to show you my favorite pieces inspired by most popular wool or silk scarves   😉


Ever since Dolce & Gabbana showed their SS collections packed with Russian motives on printed mini dresses, and models wearing printed silky scarves of both Russian & Italian inspiration wrapped around their heads – the fashion world was hooked on Russian inspired everything.

A farewell kiss from the Sicilian summer

Black Crochet Collar Necklace
Black Crochet Collar Necklace by Zegna Aston and D&G)

The magic and majesty of the Dolce & Gabbana Fall Winter 2013 – 2014 collection was my inspiration for stylish and unique handmade collar necklace.

The stories and passions of women, who turn the country youths’ heads; queens adorned with golden mosaics and filigree crowns that shine in the sun; distinguished ladies in impeccable suits who lose their minds in front of rugged young men with skin kissed by the Sicilian summer.

This is one of my favorite necklaces!
Crocheted of fine waxed cotton yarn over gold tone chunky chain and featured with Mona Lisa printed Natural Agate cabochon bead.
This Collar necklace will bring Style and Elegance to any outfit.

Gold and malachite green trend colors

Gold and malachite

Large Malachite Slice and 14K Gold pleated Wire Crochet Bracelet by Zegna Aston

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For the new cold season, colors are more muted and softer, this way highlighting the idea of elegance and femininity. Although in fall and winter nature isn’t particularly happy with bright shades, the fall/ winter 2013-2014 color trends are vibrant, varied, exciting and rich, promising to make your fall styling a whole lot more inspirational than you can imagine.

The marvelous malachite green trend makes a flawless transition from summer to fall, bringing a touch of elegance and refinement to our wardrobes. Appropriate both for everyday wear and for special occasions, malachite green fascinates and sparkles any time of the year. It makes the best combination with white, gold and black, and when combined with bold and vibrant colors.

Very Stylish and Unique bracelet is crocheted of fine 14 K Gold Pleated wire (Made in USA) and featured with rare Natural Malachite Slice.
Malachite size approx. 5 x 3 1\2″
Bracelet
– Length: Approx. 6 1\2 ”
– Width: Approx. 2″
– Closure: Gold Pleated 5-strand slide clasp.
– Material: 14 K Gold Pleated wire, Natural malachite Slice

Dolce and Gabbana Convicted of Tax Evasion, Sentenced to 20 Months in Jail

 

A Milan court has convicted Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of tax evasion and sentenced the designers to one year and eight months in jail.

MILAN, Italy — Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were handed a 20-month suspended prison sentence and a heavy fine on Wednesday for hiding hundreds of millions of euros from the Italian tax authorities.

The design duo, who are nearly as famous as the stars they dress, were not present in court in Milan and will lodge an appeal against their conviction on charges that they have always denied.

“We will read the reasons for the verdict, and we will appeal,” said Massimo di Noia, one of the pair’s defence lawyers after the hearing.

Public prosecutor Gaetano Ruta had asked for a two and a half year jail term. However, the two designers will have to pay 500,000 euros as a first instalment of a fine that could reach 10 million euros ($13.4 million).

A spokesman for their Dolce and Gabbana company declined to make an immediate comment.

The success of Dolce and Gabbana’s sexy corset dresses and sharply tailored suits favoured by celebrities such as Kylie Minogue, Kate Moss and Bryan Ferry have earned them a glamorous lifestyle. In 2009 they hosted popstar Madonna, a friend and client, for her birthday at their villa perched above the chic Mediterranean resort of Portofino.

The case involves an investigation that began in 2008, when authorities tried to crack down on tax evasion as the financial crisis began to bite. But the Dolce and Gabbana inquiry is one of the few high-profile cases to come to trial so far.

The judge ruled that the pair sold their brand to Luxembourg-based holding company Gado in 2004 to avoid declaring taxes on royalties of about 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion).

Public prosecutor Laura Pedio told the court in her closing arguments that the designers were “well aware that they would reap a tax advantage from this transaction.”

Gado is nothing but a shell company that took no administrative or financial decisions, said Pedio. “Gado is a radio relay station,” she said. “The orders originated in Milan, and bounced from Luxembourg back to the Milan offices where the decisions regarding the brands were made.”

DESIGNERS SAY THEY ARE INNOCENT

The pair’s flamboyant designs are inspired by the island of Sicily, where Dolce was born in 1958. They showed their first collection in 1985 in Milan, the home city of Gabbana who is now 50. The brand took hold internationally in the 1990s and global revenues hit just under 1.5 billion euros in 2011.

The designers have always said they are innocent. “Everyone knows that we haven’t done anything,” Gabbana tweeted in June 2012 after the trial was ordered.

Gabbana’s only immediate reaction on Wednesday was to tweet a photograph of the branch of a citrus tree, a symbol of Sicily which is the duo’s signature, just seconds after the verdict was announced. A strand #freedolceandgabbana also appeared on Twitter.

BoF UPDATE: Wednesday 19 June, 10:30pm GMT: Lawyers for Messieurs Dolce and Gabbana have released a detailed statement: “Frankly speaking, we were astonished that our thesis on the regularity of everyone’s behaviour related to the taxes omission payment by Gado, was not accepted. In fact, the CEO of this Company together with other people including the designers, were found guilty of having contributed in a violation of the said taxes declaration omission. We will strongly appeal this part of the verdict, certain that the result will be over-turned in appeal. The absolution of the designers for the declarations related to their individual earnings is at the same time blatant and dramatic, because, notwithstanding the same fact was ruled as non-existent by today’s Court, the Internal Revenue Service might proceed with their operations against them, fining them for the excessive and surreal amount of money of more than 400 million Euros.”

Christian Dior Resort 2014

Cobalt blu
My favorite color – cobalt Blue

Blue is the coolest color – the color of the sky, ocean, sleep, twilight. Blue symbolizes the Virgin Mary. A pure blue is the color of inspiration, sincerity and spirituality.

Silver and Gold

Silver and Gold

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Stunning handmade jewelry set made of fine silver and 14K gold filled wire. Chrocheted technique made this set very light, elegant and chic. Picture isn’t show all the beaty and shine. Perfect for wedding and other happy moment if your life!

– Length: Necklace Approx. 10″, earrings Approx 2.5″
– Width: Approx. 1.6″
– Color: Silver, Gold
– Closure: sterling silver clasp and earwire.
– Material: Silver filled wire, 14K gold filled wire, sterling silver clasp. sterling silver earwire. leather cord.