KRIS Likes… Bounkit

“These gems have life in them:  their colors speak, say what words fail of.”  ~George Eliot


I  first discovered Bounkit on my never-ending and seemingly impossible quest for the stylish and modern clip on earring.  (Yes, I might be the only woman under the age of 80 who does not have her ears pierced.)  When I finally stumbled upon this treasure trove of gorgeous semi-precious gemstones (that offered all of their earrings with a clip-on option),  I thought I had died and gone to heaven! A native of Morocco, founder Hassan Bounkit launched his jewelery line in 2006.  His inspiration derived from his Mediterranean background, ancient Moroccan designs, art deco and his love of nature.  Each piece is handmade in the label’s New York atelier from crystal, wood and organically cut stones.  Below are just a few of my favorite creations.  I hope you enjoy these elegant and exotic creations as much as I do!  xx Kris

All items seen below can be purchased on their website

Ring with Green Amethyst and Lemon Quartz
Ring with Green Amethyst and Lemon Quartz
Earrings with Rutilated Quartz and Smoky Topaz
Earrings with Rutilated Quartz and Smoky Topaz
Earrings with Amethyst and Green Amethyst
Earrings with Amethyst and Green Amethyst
Earrings with Blue Quartz and Garnet
Earrings with Blue Quartz and Garnet
Earrings with Moonstone, White Topaz, Button Pearl and White Cat's Eye
Earrings with Moonstone, White Topaz, Button Pearl and White Cat’s Eye
Earrings with Green Onyx, Green Amethyst and Black Onyx
Earrings with Green Onyx, Green Amethyst and Black Onyx
Bracelet with Green Onyx Beads and Clear Quartz
Bracelet with Green Onyx Beads and Clear Quartz
Cuff with Black Onyx and Carved Labradorite
Cuff with Black Onyx and Carved Labradorite
Cuff with Lapis and Turquoise
Cuff with Lapis and Turquoise
Necklace with Melon Lapis and Multi Strand Peridot
Necklace with Melon Lapis and Multi Strand Peridot
Necklace with Rutilated Quartz and Smoky Topaz
Necklace with Rutilated Quartz and Smoky Topaz

*** All photos taken from Bounkit website.

KRIS Likes… The 2012 CFDA Awards

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” – Coco Chanel

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (otherwise known as the CFDA), celebrated 50’s years at this years award show held at Lincoln Center.  Often called the “Oscars of Fashion”,  the cities fashion elite gather each year for the CFDA Awards and for this reason, it is often one of my favorite red carpets of the year.  The photos below were taken from Photographer Jamie Beck’s blog From Me to You.  I love the intimate shots she takes.  They give you the feeling of attending an intimate party among close friends.  Her detail shots are also fabulous.  All around I find her photos edgy, artistic, classic and fresh!


The dress above worn by Doutzen Kroes may be my personal favorite of the night

Padma Lakshmi wearing Naeem Khan

Diane Von Furstenburg is the President of the CFDA

Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen won this years Womenswear Designer of the Year

Of course — I am obsessed with anything remotely related to Mad Men!

Another favorite dress from the evening was a Altuzarra dress worn by Kate Bosworth above

Anna Wintour wearing a dress by Marc Jacobs

Love the Cap Sleeves and Unexpected Hairdo from Mandi Moore (Photo on the Left)

The profile of Karolina Kurkova blows the front view of this outfit out of the water, HOWEVER…. I am still obsessed with these shoes!

All photos are by Jamie Beck’s blog From Me To You

KRIS Likes… The Words of Coco Chanel

I have always been inspired by the modernist philosophy and musings of the pioneering french fashion designer, Coco Chanel.  And I could think of no better way to start this new year than by revisiting some of my favorites.  I hope they inspire you as much as they inspire me!  Enjoy!

“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.”

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”

“I stay true to myself and my style, and I am always pushing myself to be aware of that and be original.”

“Elegance does not consist of putting on a new dress.”

“Fashion is Architecture; it is a matter of proportions.”

“If the end does not justify the means – what can?”

“Life’s but short; you might as well be amusing.”

“You must pass your days in song.  Let your whole life be a song.”

“There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted.”

“I Invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.”

“Since everything is in our heads, we better not lose them.”

“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”

“Luxury must be comfortable.  Otherwise, it is not luxury.”

“There is no time for cut and dry monotony.  There is time for work, and a time for love.  That leaves no other time.”

“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know failure is inevitable.”

“The Most courageous act is still to think for yourself.  Aloud.”

“A drink a day keeps the shrink away.”

“Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but those who have already taken possession of their future.”

“You have to love what you do to do it everyday.”

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”

“A house must be built on solid foundations if it is to last.  The same principle applies to man, otherwise he too will sink back into the soft ground and becomes swallowed up by the world of illusion.”

“There are times I can’t even figure myself out.”

“Look for the woman in the dress.  If there is no woman, there is no dress.”

“What matters is to live in the present, live now, for every moment is now.  It is your thoughts and acts of the moment that create your future.  The outline of your future path already exists, for you created its pattern by your past.”

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.  May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.”

Happy New Year & Best Wishes for 2011!  xoxo Kris

KRIS Likes… Resurrection Vintage

: The act of rising from the dead.

Original New York Store on Mott Street, 1998

Images from Photo Shoot for Christie’s Auction

Founded by Mark Haddaway and Katy Rodrigez, RESURRECTION is an upscale boutique in LA, New York and Tokyo.  One of the worlds première stops for vintage and historic clothing, New York Magazine wrote, “it feels like the long-lost link between the iconic designer wardrobes of Twiggy and Jackie O.”  These clothes are fabulous enough to raise any fashion victim from the dead!  Happy Halloween!!!

Martin Margiela 1980’s jersey 2pc. dress with sequin print

Halston iconic royal blue jersey asymmetrical gown with side cut-out

Versace Black Suite

Pierre Cardin 1960’s/1970’s Cardin wool jacket

Large Chanel Navy Shopper

Yves Saint Laurent 1970’s cream white felt hat with chain and zip detail


Ted Lapidus 1970’s sunglasses.  The inspiration behind Chloe’s hit sunglasses of 2007

Yves Saint Laurent black and gold leather gloves

Hermes Gold Tone Anchor Alarm Clock

Vintage Velvet Pucci Pillow


Hermes deck of playing cards c.1948


KRIS Likes… Korcula/Kora Collaboration

After my post about jewelry line Kora, I had a lot of readers email me to ask where they could purchase the Korcula/Kora collaboration bangles.  To answer your question, the new link to purchase the bracelet is now online.  Simply click here!

Kora joined forces with Houston-based jewelry company Korcula and its creator/designer Lindley Bertin.  The gold lattice overlay (seen on the bracelet above) is vermeil gold-plating, designed by Lindley.  The bracelet, as I am sure you all know by now, is Kora’s lovely rescued/recycled Ankole cow horn, handmade in Kenya.  The result is simply stunning!

To see other pieces made by Korcula, go to the Korcula Website.  To shop online for Kora items go to

KRIS Likes… New Designs by Kora

Kora Designs is currently attending a trade show in New York City at the AKA Hotel on 58th street between 5th and 6th ave.  I stopped by yesterday to say hi to Maxandra (and possibly do a little shopping of my own)… I simply LOVED everything they had to show me! Below are a few photos of some of their fantastic new introductions.   If you like some of the new items you see below please email me at to inquire about how to purchase them.  Enjoy!

These are the new Diana Vreeland meets Wonder Woman cuffs I talked about in my last post!

Some new necklaces have been added to the line.  Very boho chic!  I even love the rattan display stands they use to showcase them! Bravo girls!

KRIS Likes… The Prince of Prints Emilio Pucci

Classic Pucci prints were wild, hot and madly stylised; a grab-bag of sinuous Art Nouveau blooms, Op Art graphics and Arabian exotica. The designer’s bold colour clashes were always brilliant. But the shapes were the last word in ease: shift dresses, pyjama pants, tunic tops and billowing djellabas. Pucci had the soul of a modernist: there was never a superfluous seam or fastening. – James Sherwood The Independent

Cotton velveteen capes by Emilio Pucci from 60’s and 70’s at the new archive devoted to his work at the palazzo pucci in Florence.

“I revolutionized fashion because of Intuition.  Certain things were in the air.” –  Emilio Pucci

New York Fashion Week has come to an end and my favorite fashion designers have been on my mind.  Ranking top on this list is Emilio Pucci. A master at using explosive colors in geometric and organic shapes, Emilio Pucci has been a long time favorite fashion designer of mine.  Sometimes featuring as many as 15 different colors in one design, wearing Pucci can make you feel like a walking canvas.  For me, there is nothing quite compares to a Pucci Print!

Marchese Emilio Pucci was born on November 20th 1914 to one of Florence’s oldest nobel families with a lineage that dates back to thirteenth-century Florence.  His ancestors were painted by such artists as Botticelli and Leonardo Da Vinci.  It was Emilio Pucci’s passion for skiing that brought him into the world of fashion.  As a member of the 1934 Italian Olympic ski team, Pucci designed his own uniform, along with the uniforms for his entire ski team at Reed College.  Eventually, this new streamlined ski outfit was featured in Harper’s Bazaar and landed him a position designing women’s ski clothing for Lord and Taylor under the White Stag label in 1948.  Two years later, with his visionary sense of style, and eye for color and design, Pucci opened a fashion house unlike any other.  Marilyn Monroe was even buried in one of his dresses!

Above Pucci photographed by Toni Frissel – a photographer for Harper’s Bazaar.

Pucci remains true to its roots – in 2007 they designed a line of skis and ski gear for Rossignol.

Emilio Pucci Rossignol Ski Uniform

2007 line of skis for Rossignol designed by Pucci

Pucci’s clothing was designed for the natural more active woman of the post-war era.  In the 1950’s Pucci made pants a way of life for women.  He was one of the first designers of his time to develop his own logo and actively expanded his line to incorporate new ventures.  A perfect example of this is from 1967 -1977 Pucci was hired by Braniff International Airways to design new and updated uniforms for their flight attendants.

Inspired by the natural landscapes of the Mediterranean and exotic cultures, Pucci brought luscious, bright colour to his design.

Picture montage above from the book Emilio Pucci by Vanesssa Friedman.  An amazing book.  The cover is made from Vintage Pucci Fabrics!

Below are two of my current favorite Pucci finds on the market….

Emilio Pucci Coral Satin High Heels.

I love these 196o’s Pucci Cotton Velvet High Waist Shorts sold by Coquette on 1st Dibs.

KRIS Likes… OMBRÉ in Autumn

Defenition of Ombré:  Having colors and tones that shade into each other – used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark.

Origin of Ombré: French, past participle of ombrer to shade, from Italian ombrare, from ombra shade, from Latin umbra. First Known Use: 1893

– Merriam Webster Dictionary

The Ombre trend in fashion really started to gain momentum in the Summer of 2008 but there is something about it that keeps me coming back for more!  When done correctly, it gives off that ethereal bohemian vibe while still being sophisticated, crisp and clean. It adds instant dimension wherever it’s applied.  It’s the solid that is not a solid and nothing gets better than that!  Typically, when people think of Ombre they think summer.  Luckily, for Ombre freaks like me the trend translates nicely into fall as well.  Below are just a few of my Ombre favorites to carry you into Autumn.  Enjoy!

Alexis Bittar Mercury Ombre Hinge Bangles

Oscar De La Renta Jeweled Snakeskin Peep-Toe Pumps

Alice + Olivia Voula Sequin Dress

Missoni Chevrom Stripe Belted Boiled Wool Sweater in Pink Degrade

Papyrus – Orange Purple Ombre Thank You Notes

Anthropologie Smoldering Hues Shower Curtain

Shock and Wave Velvet Fabric in Sand and Sable Colorway by Schumacher & Co

KRIS Likes… Kora Designs

Merging the world of beautiful jewelry & sustainable economic development.

An emerging jewelry line, Kora Designs produces unique, one of a kind pieces that are not only beautiful, but also promote sustainable business development in places like Rwanda and Kenya.  All of Kora’s jewelry is handmade by skilled artisans in Africa and highlights the integrity of the materials, the value of authenticity, and the rewards of being conscientious.  Sophisticated, confident, chic, and timeless; these handsome designs of rare distinction never disappoint.  I have a hard time taking off the few pieces that I own and wish I owned more of them!

A result of the collective vision of Amy Walker, Maxandra Short and Mary Boies; Kora’s founders are not only humanitarians and tastemakers with impeccable style, but they also happen very dear friends of mine.  Enjoy!

All of the horn jewelry in the line comes from the Ankole cow, a breed that is indigenous to East Africa. Rescued from local butcheries that would otherwise throw the horn away, the material is sculpted into jewelry for Kora by various local artisans.

The photographs seen here and on Kora’s website have an undeniably unique flair and a seemingly vintage LA aesthetic that perfectly captures the essence of Kora as wearable art.

A favorite element of mine is the way that the pieces are both sculptural and remarkably graceful at the same time.

Kora is all about cooperation and collaboration, making a great effort to bring together their different artisans.  The bone and brass wrapped bangles (as seen above) are a perfect example of this.  The workshop that does the horn is different from the one that does the brass wrapping and so the two artisans were brought together by Kora to bring this vision to life.

Featured above Gabo, Kora’s Rwandan mascot.

Kora’s aluminum pieces (like the single notch bangles photographed above), are cast from old car parts and cooking pots in a workshop outside of Nairobi.

There is often an antique collectible influence incorporated into their designs (like the brooches shown above) that I really like.

This is one of Kora’s collaborations called korcula/kora.  An absolutely stunning juxtaposition, this is the only accessory you would need to pull together almost any outfit.

One of their many beautiful horn cuffs.  I just worship the natural pattern and texture of the horn in all of the pieces they make.  So unique and visually striking!

One of Kora’s newest designs is wide brass cuffs, meant to be worn as a pair, one on each arm.  Its sort of Diana Vreeland meets wonder woman.  They are currently in production and soon to be released.  I have seen the prototype and trust me, this is something you will want to keep an eye out for.

Also in the works for Kora is the incorporation of recycled glass into their new line.  In fact, Maxandra is currently in Africa (this time Nairobi), managing the production of Kora’s most recent orders and taking a closer look at this new potential material.  Looking forward to seeing what she comes back with!

To purchase any of Kora’s jewelry click this link to Kora’s online store.