Latest Asian-inspired fashions

September 25, 2008 1:19:21 PM PDT
East meets West. Audrey Mansfield brings you hot new fashions!

Featured in this segment:

Outfit # 1

Clothing: Backless Mermaid Gown featuring a dramatically low plunge back with chiffon draping and classic Mandarin collar with ornate floral handmade Chinese toggle closure embellishment- $1,598

Jewelry: Maribelle Daisy Chain necklace with removable pendant
Extended opera-length necklace (90" long) in sterling silver chain with daisy accents crafted in Thai silver, accompanied by lustrous mother-of-pearl and delicate pink shell. The removable pink shell pendant can be attached to the necklace via the sterling silver lobster clasp, enhancing the drama of this versatile piece. Retail cost for the set-$275

Outfit # 2

Clothing: Hand Embroidered Tweed Coat, $1,800 with matching Hand Embroidered Asymmetrically cut Tweed Mini-skirt, $598

Jewelry: Aurora necklace
Princess length (18") necklace handwoven of sterling silver in a succession of flower links. The simple pattern makes a bold, yet elegant fashion statement. Retail cost-$295

Outfit # 3

Clothing: Peony Printed Silk Kimono Wrap Blouse-$398

Jewelry: Helena crystal pendant
This handwoven sterling silver pendant ends in a Swarovski crystal accent, and hangs on a Thai silver ornamental bail from an elegant figaro necklace. Retail cost for the set-$115

Outfit #4

Clothing: Peacocks on Magnolia Branches Silk Brocade & Wool Boucle Prosperity Jacket featuring a fun contrast in textures, dramatically high classic Mandarin collar and shoulder-less sleeve styling dating back to the Ming Dynasty. I am particularly fond of this silk brocade pattern because it depicts the scenery in the West Lake Region in China where you'll actually find these magnificent peacocks and watch them leap 20 feet in the air to perch on top of giant magnolia tree branches-$598

Jewelry: Stella floral accents set
The set includes earrings and pendant designed in the same style, in floral-inspired focal pieces with overlapping petals, accented by Swarovski crystal dangles. The matching bracelet is designed with four flowers accented with Swarovski crystals and a handcrafted box clasp set with a light amethyst stone. The clasp is from Southeast Asia, but the flowers in this set were woven together by jewelry artist Eileen Yen in San Jose.

Retail cost
Earrings-$145
Necklace-$85
Bracelet- $295

Outfit # 5

Clothing: Peacocks on Magnolias Silk Brocade Jacket, $498 and Embroidered Slacks $398 - Another example of my favorite silk brocade pattern because it depicts the scenery in the West Lake Region in China where you'll actually find these magnificent peacocks and watch them leap 20 feet in the air to perch on top of giant magnolia tree branches.

Jewelry: Cassandra ensemble
The pieces in this set are crafted from an original design, inspired by ancient Japanese chain mail techniques. Woven of sterling silver and accented with a faceted garnet drop, the pendant hangs on a silver collar, and the earrings on elegant French hooks. Retail cost:
Necklace-$135
Earrings- $175

NOTE: Jewelry artist Eileen Yen originally created this pattern for a bracelet custom-made for Oprah.

Outfit #6

Clothing: Belted Kimono Cape with Chrysanthemum Cutout on left shoulder, dramatic Kimono sleeves and removable collar-$598

Jewelry: Jacqueline ensemble
This dramatic set features Swarovski crystals prominently - a clear crystal pendant and mirror-backed faceted squares - hanging on a sterling silver chain of elongated links. The necklace is adjustable from 16" - 20" Retail cost
Necklace- $145
Earrings-$95

Ama Compass Points bracelet
The mini Mahjong tiles in this bracelet evoke the compass points of North, East, South, and West. They are connected with segments of sterling silver links in overlapping parallel chains. The bracelet closes securely with a strong magnetic clasp. Retail cost- $145

Outfit #7, As worn by Esther

Clothing: Hand Embroidered Silk Trench, $1,298 and Gold Cocktail Dress with Handmade Floral Chinese Toggle Closure Embellishments, $498

Jewelry: Elise crystal set
The sterling silver choker closes in front, in the heart of the flower, which is accented by iridescent Swarovski crystals. The matching earrings are designed with silverplated clips and a linear drop of Swarovski crystals that end in an iridescent faceted heart. Retail cost for the set-$105

Outfit #8 - As worn by Audrey

Clothing: Blooming Peony Silk Brocade Jacket featuring a low, Mandarin-inspired collar with organza trim at the collar and cuffs-$498

Items available at the following locations:

Far East Living Boutique & Gallery
540 University Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Tel: (650) 328-0880
www.fareastliving.com

Acc'sentials
520 Main Street
Pleasanton, CA 94568
Tel: (925) 931-9130
www.accsentials.com

For more information, please visit www.fareastliving.com

For more information on jewelry, please visit www.3esdesigns.com

Items available at the following locations:
Union Square Show Room
Cicada Design by Monique

Outfit #1 Tangerine brocade Legacy mini dress with fancy organza applique and piping; $ 2885, paired with mini tulle skirts. carved jade tussle necklace $ 685

Outfit #2 Ice pink brocade Legacy mini dress with fancy organza applique and piping; $ 2885, paired with mini tulle skirts. carved jade tussle necklace $ 685

Outfit #3 Mauve brushpleat Lantern chiffon dress $1285, topped with crushpleat double-layer bolero $895. beaded tussle necklace $ 585

Outfit #4 Violet hand painted La Charme organza duster $ 1285, paired with charmeuse bias gown $ 985 and Tatami pleated top $ 435. beaded tussle necklace $ 585

Outfit #5 Rose duppioni applique Jewel jacket $ 895 paired with charmeuse bias gown $985, carved jade tussle necklace $ 685

Union Square showroom
Cicada Design by Monique
535 Powell street, 2nd floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
415-398-4000 Website: www.moniquesense.com

Items available at the following locations:
Mabel Chong

Uncivilized Elegance
Fire Cracker Earrings-$480
The Power of Now -$325
Paros Nights earrings -$250
Muse necklace-$290

Mabel Chong
Uncivilized Elegance
1311 Church Street
San Francisco,CA 94114
415.341.6309

Guest information:

Esther Shih, fashion designer and owner of Far East Living Boutique & Gallery
Handcrafted jewelry provided by artist Eileen Sandoc Yen of 3E's Designs in San Jose, CA
Website:www.3esdesigns.com

Special thanks to the Asian Art Museum for providing the field location for this segment.

Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-581-3500
www.asianart.org

Asian Art Museum's special exhibit
FINAL WEEKS! Don't miss "Power & Glory: Court Arts of China's Ming Dynasty," the critically-acclaimed exhibition of rare Chinese treasures on view at the Asian Art Museum through September 21. Details: www.asianart.org


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