In 1966, French clothing designer Yves Saint Laurent designed Le Smoking—the first tuxedo suit for women—a move so bold for the time that most restaurants did not allow women to wear the tuxedo suits, or any pants for that matter, when dining in their establishments. Le Smoking was just one of the designer’s memorable legacies. Saint Laurent’s influence on the industry is still seen today as his ingenuity lives on in modern fashion. In a rare opportunity, lovers of fashion can view Yves Saint Laurent’s most groundbreaking work on display at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) until August 27th.
The exhibit, Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style, features 100 examples of the designer’s garments and accessories, some of which have never been seen before. The VMFA is the only venue on the East Coast to house the exhibit, which has been organized by the Seattle Art Museum in partnership with the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent in Paris.
Yves Saint Laurent’s legacy is visible throughout the exhibit, starting from his first design as a teenager, including his work that challenged gender norms in the ’60s, and culminating with a runway of the icon’s most spectacular evening gowns sorted by color.
Local Charlottesville artisan, Liz Hanson created jewelry pieces honoring Yves Saint Laurent’s distinctive style for the exhibition’s gift shop. An artist who strives for “depth and simplicity” in her work, Liz Hanson created a beautiful and bold jewelry line that echoes one of the dresses on display from Saint Laurent’s Mondrian Collection. Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian Collection, an homage to the work of Piet Mondrian, featured what Mondrian called “The Trinity”—primary colors red, blue and yellow—and geometric shapes. Hanson created bangles, cuffs and chandelier earrings using those primary colors and the geometric shapes that were distinctive of Mondrian’s work and Saint Laurent’s following collection. In addition, she used hand-cut ovals to create necklaces featuring the primary colors that would add a softer element to her line.
Metalsmith Liz Hanson’s jewelry displayed at the VMFA and jewelry in her Yves Saint Laurent and Piet Mondrian inspired collection.
Another feature of the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition is the inclusion of sketches and notes that offer insight to the fashion designer’s creative process. On a wall display are color swatches from 40 years of pioneer work in the fashion industry.
Yves Saint Laurent officially retired in 2002 with his final runway show, just six years before his passing at the age of 71. His character and legacy live on today in the many designers he has inspired.
Once you have completed walking through the exhibition, be sure to browse the gift shop’s carefully selected items that speak to the exhibition and show the many ways in which Yves Saint Laurent’s style and work is still influencing new works today, including Liz Hanson‘s jewelry.
Are you still looking for that perfect Mother’s Day gift? Browse this chic selection from Keller & George highlighting the beautifully designed LAGOS jewelry. Founded in 1977 by Steven Lagos, LAGOS is inspired by the elegant, virtuous, passionate woman.
Classic pendants (below, top left) make for a timeless and fashionable gift idea. Or, consider a beloved White Caviar piece, like the bracelet, ring and earrings below (bottom left). Featuring the stunning caviar beading, a signature design of LAGOS, Caviar jewelry is bold and iconic.
Consider a stylish bracelet stack (below, top right). Mix and match some of the lovely LAGOS collections, like the Maya, Diamond or White Caviar styles for a unique look. For an eye-catching gift, browse the Caviar Spark collection for jewelry that fuses the classic diamond with the Caviar style (below, bottom right).
The diverse and unique patterns of the LAGOS collection at Keller & George ensure that you can find the perfect style for the mother(s) in your life, even yourself! The collection can be browsed online or in person at Keller & George’s Millmont Street location.
With Mother’s Day approaching, we partnered with Fink’s Jewelers to create a special gift guide perfect for a mother in your life, or for your own wish list! This guide showcases some of the stunning collections at Fink’s Jewelers, like Roberto Coin jewelry (below). From timeless jewelry to trendy or even environmentally friendly gifts, we think you will find something you love in the Fink’s Jewelers Mother’s Day Gift Guide.
The ASHOKA® Diamond Halo Stud Earrings (above), are a radiant and lavish gift. The diamonds, cut by the master cutters at William Goldberg, are held to the highest standards, creating a unique and unparalleled diamond. | $13,250
The Roberto Coin Diamond Princess Flower Mini Pendant Necklace (below, left) is an elegant piece, sure to be as timeless as the mother who wears it. Perfect for the feminine woman, this necklace beautifully exemplifies the Roberto Coin collection (above) as it fuses the classic diamond with a romantic flower pattern. | $1,400
However you choose to treat the mother in your life, or if you are the mother being honored on May 14, we wish you a lovely day celebrating all the amazing things that mothers do! You can find more jewelry on the Fink’s Jewelers website or in store at their Barracks Road Shopping Center location. Visit Fink’s Jewelers on Pinterest to create your own gift guide. You can also check out the CHO•ho section of our latest Charlottesville Wine & Country Living for other fashionable ideas!
It was an exciting Sunday, April 23, at the Historic Garden Week tours in Charlottesville and Albemarle, as Charlottesville Wine & Country Living launched some of our new products from our exclusive Wine & Country (W&C) Collection to rave reviews.
Our little pop-up shop of local artisan crafted pieces, including wine & cheese items, luxury bath products, jewelry and more, all blended perfectly. The collection also included our exclusive hat scarves, W&C wine & market bags and locally crafted picnic linens made from beautiful fabrics from France as well as from charming made-in-Virginia ginghams.
The new W&C Collection will soon include our complete Countryside Fetes Collection and more over the next few months. From steeplechases, polo matches and art exhibits to music festivals, vineyard tastings and farm-to-table events, we are so excited to embrace the season in Wine & Country style. We had such a wonderful time debuting our collection this weekend and cannot wait to see you at the next event.
Living in and visiting this stunning area of ours means having a plethora of activities at your fingertips all summer long. With fly fishing, horseback riding, wine tastings, live music and more, Charlottesville certainly is a bustling corner of the countryside. With all the wonderful features of our little slice of paradise, we also enjoy wonderful shopping, whether as a pursuit on its own or in preparation for another adventure.
One of the main shopping destinations for locals and visitors alike is the Barracks Road Shopping Center, which offers a remarkably well-curated selection of local boutiques and national retailers. In a town where nothing is untouched by history, it is now considered one of the oldest in the country at 57 years of age.
Even before it became a notable shopping center, the area was already steeped in history. It should be no surprise to any Virginia native to hear its roots date back to colonial times. The road itself actually takes its name from the military barracks west of town near Ivy Farms that used to house British and German prisoners during the Revolutionary War. If you look closely at the Barracks Road logo, you will notice a rider on a horse, which serves as an ode to the Cavalry soldiers who manned the “Barracks.”
This shopping center has become an intricate part of Charlottesville life year-round, hosting events such as the Annual Holiday Parade. Hundreds of locals partake in the festival each year, welcoming Santa Claus into town for the holiday season. This 40-year-old tradition includes colorful floats, costumed characters and horse-drawn carriages.
Not to be overlooked is the prominent fountain outside of the space now shared by Panera Bread and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Many locals have fond memories of tossing a coin and watching it ripple away. The enchanting fountain has recently been upgraded to provide a pleasant backdrop for the new, outdoor sitting area. Inviting, cozy sofas sit under a wooden trellis with twinkling lights overhead, making it the perfect place to sit and spend time with friends day or night.
The Barracks Road Shopping Center collection of stores specifically caters to the goings on around Charlottesville, whether you’re looking for sporty fishing gear, a Foxfield dress or just the right present for that UVA student.
Looking for some CHOho style? The Pink Palm is sure to fit the bill with their popular Lily Pulitzer collection or the many fashionable accessories. Kate Spade’s bold designs and crisp colors exude a sense of playful sophistication. Strappy espadrille wedges and delicate pearl earrings complement the wide selection of leather clutches, wallets and purses in this storefront. Or try the ever classic couture of White House, Black Market.
Charlottesville Wine & Country Living attended the opening of Design House 2016 last night. Located this year in Keswick, we enjoyed the amazing party complete with food, wine and an all-star list of the area’s top interior designers and professionals. Walking into the foyer, we were immediately impressed by the stunning black and white design of Heidi Brooks & Penny Crandall. This striking horse sculpture was offset by the dramatic black walls beneath the staircase, setting the stage for the amazing decor to come.
From the foyer we entered the dining room designed by Sheilah Michaels who brilliantly infused the traditional home with a touch of the exotic. Using a settee at the table in lieu of chairs added a cozy element to this otherwise formal space. When visiting, you’ll find the same travel-savvy feel in the adjacent library designed by Stedman House, complete with wood-clad walls. Also inspiring a bit of wanderlust is the truly glamorous living room just beyond designed by Andrea Gibson. Both are a must-see when you tour.
Entering the back of the home, we were struck by the warmth and elegance of the gorgeous kitchen and breakfast room designed by Victoria Pouncey& Beth Ann Kallen of Folly (seen below). We absolutely loved how this sophisticated room was touched by the whimsy of the adorable green leopard print bar stool cushions which matched the table’s chandelier shade. When visiting for yourself, be sure to study the amazing map Victoria found in London and artfully arranged on the large wall.
Just outside the breakfast room windows, the patio and garden were beautifully designed by the husband and wife team of Leslie Carter Gregg of the Market at Grelen and Dan Gregg of Grelen Nurseries. Wait until you see what fabulous work Leslie has done with the screened porch!
On the left side wing of the first floor don’t miss the absolutely stunning master suite designed by Moyanne Harding. The bathroom and the closet are “must see to believe” features which will give you a true wow moment.
Upstairs, you’ll find another master bedroom with a balcony patio both gorgeously designed in a Chinoiserie style by Michelle Willis Adams. We absolutely loved this bedside lamp (seen below right). Across the hall, the girl’s adorably chic country-style bedroom was designed by Tatiana Yavorska-Antrobius. This beautiful mural sized artwork (seen below left) adorning the room was also painted by Yavorska-Antrobius herself . This truly stunning painting is a must-see in person! In the boy’s room you’ll enjoy the modern, playful decor of designer Jennifer Greenhalgh who brings a fresh perspective to this traditional home that really works.
Not to be missed on your tour of Design House 2016 is the downstairs gallery. New this year, tour guests can view and shop nearly a dozen local artists and photographers featured among the multiple rooms and stunning marble-tiled hallway.
Of course visitors will also want to shop the on-site boutique located in the garage to find amazing decor items to inspire and freshen up your own home. Some of our favorites were the pillows we found! The best part is that 30% of the sales goes to support Shelter for Help in Emergency(SHE).
Design House 2016 is absolutely worth seeing, not only for the design ideas and inspiration you will surely find, but because you will help to support SHE, whose mission is to end domestic violence in our community. For over thirty years, SHE has committed to providing a safe, confidential, and respectful environment for survivors of domestic violence. The Shelter aims to empower survivors by providing knowledge as well as personal and community resources. These tools help survivors make informed decisions for themselves and for their families. This major fundraising event greatly helps sustain the Shelter’s residential facilities operations and outreach programs and is a very worthy cause.
Gather your friends, have lunch at nearby Keswick Hall and definitely visit Design House 2016. Tours run daily May 7–22, 2016 from 10am–4pm with extended hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays to 7pm. Tickets are only $20. Events and talks are scheduled throughout the next two weeks. Watch next week for Charlottesville Wine & Country Living’s blog post from designer Victoria Pouncey who will give us an inside designer’s perspective. Bravo to everyone who contributed to the amazing Design House this year. Don’t miss seeing it!
We joined local food experts and taste appreciators at The Happy Cook, our favorite kitchen boutique, to celebrate the release and signing of the newest volume of Our Local Commons. We enjoyed the evening with Our Local Commons co-founders and photographers, Sarah Cramer Shields, who also did the lovely photography for the story on the Underground Kitchen in our new issue of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, Andrea Hubbell, who did an amazing job on our artisan spread on local Jam Maker, Daniel Perry, and of course the adorable food author, Jenny Paurys. The Happy Cook has been a long-time supporter of the Our Local Commons project, not only carrying the book but also supporting local food in Charlottesville with high-end cookware, classes, events and more! We love their shop with our foodie community, and you can see some of their beautiful products in our latest edition.
Featured chefs were also present serving some of their amazing appetizers for us to melt over. Chef Melissa Close-Hart, currently working with her husband, Chef Matthew Hart at The Local and soon to open her own highly-anticipated restaurant Junction, heated things up with her empanadas. Lu-Mei Chang, known by locals for her exemplary Thai cuisine also shared delicious nibbles. Christian Kelly, co-owner and chef of Maya, talked about his Southern-inspired cuisine and brought some smoked baby back ribs with Maya BBQ sauce, while Mahabuba Akhter, one of the talented resident cooking class instructors at The Happy Cook, served us up some savory potato and pea cakes topped with an incredible mango chutney. You can find recipes from all these talented chefs in the new Our Local Commons book!
To tempt our palates further, a nearly impossible feat when considering the delicious variety of samplings provided, Cardinal Point Winery was present at the event offering tastings. Pourings featured their Petit Verdot, a 100 percent estate-grown Petit Verdot, dark colored, jammy and big fruit flavors, and their 2015 Green, a 50 percent Petit Manseng co-fermented with 50 percent Chardonnay with no oak aging or fermentation. The process ensures the wine has no residual sugar, giving it the tart green apple flavor of its namesake. Gearharts Fine Chocolates rounded off our evening with a sinfully delectable pistachio toffee confection.
We’re completing our set of Christmas shopping gift guides with some more CHO•ho style from Verdigris Clothier! Find gifts and ideas for that special guy or lovely lady in your life this holiday season!
With all the great stores in Charlottesville, it’s easy to shop local this holiday season. Get a little CHO•ho style with Verdigris Clothier on the Downtown Mall and our gift guides, just for you. Whether you need a present for that trendy sister or some new duds for your dapper hubby, give them something unique and support local! This week, we’ve made it easy with Gifts for Her and Him!
Back-Zipper Lace Sweater by Elan
Tied & True Mini Bow Necklace in Sterling Silver by Dogeared
Earring Cuffs with Staggered Pearls by Marcia Moran
Black Bag by Tosca
Faux Fur Fingerless Gloves in Desert Sand and Charcoal by Pandemonium Millinery
Cuffed Brown Faux Chinchilla Fur Pillbox Hat by Pandemonium Millinery
Round Stud Earrings by Hadas Shaham
Diamond Textured Navy Shirt by Stone Rose
Checkered Orange and Navy Shirt by Stone Rose
Quilted Twill Grey Shirt by Stone Rose
Diamond Textured Black Shirt by Stone Rose
Wallet by Alfred Statler
Dryden Belt by Brave
Men’s Gift Set by Stone Rose
Join us for a Pop-Up at Verdigris Clothier’s Friends and Family Sale on Saturday, December 19 from noon-4pm. Some of our staff will be there for a meet and greet from 2-4pm. From now until Christmas, our inaugural publication is Buy One Gift One Free! Swing by to pick up your copies and shop our gift guide in person!