Dive in head first: Head accessories and jewellery
Girls, get ready to be inspired. Lacy opulence, sumptuous velvets and gold jewels are my prescription for a flight of fantasy into the wonderful world of head accessories and jewellery.
Since forever, I have been obsessed with turbans and I was happy to see the 'SATC' girls jump on the bandwagon and flaunt theirs in the desert.
I came across beautiful turbans at Wigwam in the St Stephen's Green Centre. They drape, knot and dangle and are available in fabulous colours -- chocolate brown, cream, gold and, of course, eternal black. Prices range from €40-€80 and Linda is always on hand to show you how to wear them.
Vintage store Harlequin stocks a basic draped turban à la Madame Grès in lots of colours. They mould the head and are wonderful for a bad hair day. Tie your hair into a ponytail, put on your turban, stick a brooch in the centre... et voilà: instant glamour.
I also loved the silk corsages which came in colours so beautiful I was stuck for choice. Then I thought, "Why limit myself?" At a mere €12, I decided to have them all. Attach them to turbans, hats or a foulard, or simply pin lots on to a T-shirt.
To really impress, think Silvana Mangano's dramatic entrance in Visconti's 'Death In Venice'. Head to Jenny Vander, where Marion is my all-time accessory sweetheart. She opens drawers and I squeal with delight at lace mantillas, veils and antique ivory laces that you can add to a back-combed hair-do. With cabinets full of sparkly jewels, I am in my element. What more can a girl ask for? Cute, velvet, draped 1920s hats, netted voiles, feather boas... I love them all.
I also visited Coze Di Roze in Cabinteely recently and, to my delight, I spotted Absolutely Audrey shoe clips. They are perfect if you want to revamp your favourite heels, but become extraordinary if clipped on to a turban or ribbon and worn as a head embellishment. The clips are sold in pairs and cost €25.
At this point, I must salute Rebecca Davis in the Westbury Mall, because each time I pass her threshold I am greeted by the most exquisite costume jewels that even Italian heiress Marchesa Casati would covet. La Marchesa's famous eccentricities delighted European society for nearly three decades. She astonished Venetian society by parading with a pair of cheetahs (on diamond-studded leashes, of course). She also wore live snakes as jewellery: a woman after my own heart.
So, ladies, let's dive head-first into a season of glamorous indulgence.