~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

Saturday, January 29, 2011

TOY SOLDIER ~ Playing dressup with Ashley Smith - Part II

Epaulets, YAY!

Ashley Smith takes a spin at a beauty and jewelry story for Vogue Italia "Gioiello".
Photographed by David Dunan, Ashley wearing military inspired designs from labels such as
D&G, Etro and Others. Fashion Editor: Giovanna Battaglia.

A spray of deep red blush feathers high atop a brimmed hat with bejeweled broaches around it’s band ~ala: her majesty the majorette~

The detail of the belt is incredible. This toy soldier "fit" is

marvelous…. simply marvelous.

Jewels everywhere... neclaces, broaches and
The immense ring on her left hand is to die for!

Oh where to start. Feathers as hair – wonderful.

Wrapped in strands and strands of pearls

buttons fringed with chains – want want want!!

Joan Crawford-esque shouldered black jacket with

Red leather pants to match her red feather bangs, now that, is accessorizing

Friday, January 14, 2011


Veiled crown - Elizabethan "ruff" collar and cuffs. Double-breasted military jacket with gold piping with a ruffled under dress and gold buckled pumps. Worth Couture Giovanni Bedin, Roger Vivier - Mikimoto

Pearl studded crown - Deep blush spagetti strap rusched bodice with full length
tulle ballerina skirt. ~Atelier Versache/Mikimoto/David Yurman

Dior Haute Couture - vivid blue ballooned coat with blue leaf appliqué collar
Agent Provocateur lingerie - and perfectly matched shoes.

On the left - a stunning costume in diamond patterned fabric with exquisite tailoring reminiscent of a harlequin fanned cupcake.... and atop her head, a darling tipsy crown.
On the right- full length peek-a -boo, bowed gloves surrounded by a matching sheer birdcage cloak with matching ties. "Oh darling, is that your petticoat up around your neck:"

Superb braid and knotted detail. A most brilliant design!

A hat of beads and veiled bat wings. Simply divine.

Regal Decadence Ashley transforms into opulent royalty for photographer Sharif Hamza
in a mix of haute couture and lingerie for this baroque inspired shoot for Vogue Russia.

**I wouldn't be true to myself if I failed to point out the deep green and gold damask fabric background... that could be a wall in my house.

Thursday, January 6, 2011


Model Marcelina Sowa is photographed by Sinsong.

Styled by Emily Bess and makeup by Misha Shahzada

The Urban Edge of Glamor for Fashion Gone Rogue

Luxury fashions from the likes of Dolce and Gabbana, Kathy Cherry and Adrienne Landau.

Fabulous fur coats and sumptuous feather wraps

covering a sensuous collection of lingerie

I particularly love this black dress coat with a 1950's inspired collar and
the magnificent candelabra earrings;I want them both to be mine all mine!

The Ensemble -
Long voluminous coat for cold days over garter, stockings and thigh high boots for a hot night.
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