~an eccentric woman with extraordinarily memorable, often misunderstood but unmistakably distinctive style.

"It is my intent to showcase that which I consider wearable art.
Clothing that is whimsical, dramatic, avant-garde and on the
cutting edge of design - as seen through my eyes.
Brilliance and madness are interchangeable.
This is my style inspiration. I invite you into my world."
~Claudia Byrdine

Sunday, October 31, 2010

LITTLE EDIE BEAL ~ by definition a true Chicaboom!

Inspired by the documentary, film and Broadway show, GREY GARDENS; model Alana Zimmer posing as Little Edie Beal is photographed by Mark Seliger for Vogue Spain.

Edie Beal's life went from riches to squalor but she never lost her strong sense of self or her devotion to her idea of fashion

Through her life she remained fabulous, wrapping her head with anything from a scarf to a sweater always topped off with a large broach.

She saw herself as a starlet/fashion designer who seemed to be unaware that she lived in a condemned old house in the Hamptons with her aging mother and 50 plus cats.

She was an extraordinary creature who lived a very unconventional life.

She has been muse to many a designer.

And is without doubt,
one of my favorite Chic-a-booms!

Beauty amongst the ruins.....

Friday, October 22, 2010


Photographer Zhang Jingna shoots
Denise as a dark maiden of the sea
in her latest work.
With the help of talented stylist
Mildred von Hildegard creates
a story of haunting beauty....

Thick loops of leather create a dominant shoulder hovering over long, pleated sheer gloves tied at the top by leather cuffs.

Studded leather and a voluminous
and billowing skirt
dance about in the sand....


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

VOGUE - Into the woods

Autumn in the woods. The leaves are changing colors and
Little Red Riding Hood is changing outfits....

Yummy hooded capes, jackets, long coats perfect for fall...

Accented by thigh-high
shiny, black boots...

All in power red...
which gives a girl an edge when she finds a wolf in Grandma's bed

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