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Bottega Veneta (Gucci Group)

Bottega Veneta (Gucci Group)

This article is from 2003

Bottega Veneta citrus-colored sandal trimmed with antique handblown glass beads.
Bottega Veneta citrus-colored sandal trimmed with antique handblown glass beads.

The bright, sand, and aquatic colors of the Adriatic Coast inspired Bottega‘s designers in their latest collections. The power of the tempting Adriatic waters can be seen throughout their latest offerings. Bottega designers have unearthed a treasure trove of antique hand blown glass beads. These were used to trim the bars of (limited-edition) high-heeled sandals, picking up the citrus and sky-blue or scarlet and gold tones of the brocades.

Bottega Veneta sandals trimmed with antique handblown glass beads.

Bottega Veneta is a leading Italian designer, producer and distributor of luxury leather goods, shoes and ready-to-wear. Bottega Veneta’s principal product lines include women’s handbags and sacks, of which the woven intrecciato is the most well-known. Bottega Veneta was purchased by the Gucci Group in 2001

“I was inspired by the Adriatic Coast,” said Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Meier of his luxurious collection, a mix of hand-painted, printed, and woven pieces in a palette of bright, sand, and aquatic colors.

The influence of those inviting Adriatic waters can be felt throughout. Perforated gold discs are scattered like water droplets on a suede pumpkin purse. Python is hand-painted in watercolor splashes of scarlet, lemon, and purple for a bag with the look of a Victorian guinea purse (cinched with a silver ring). Meier created a similar splash effect in the cotton and jersey prints used for a capacious beach bag, a bikini, and a puckered one-piece swimsuit with a forties flavor. And, in the most lavish variation of all, a lamé brocade looks as though it has been sprinkled with water or iridescent oils.

For spring (2003), Meier applied the company’s trademark weaving technique to strips of hand-painted leather, for a subtle ombré effect that shows up in a simple low-heeled mule and a purse with the easy feel of a straw bag picked up on an island holiday. Also simply chic is a high-heeled fifties stiletto in bone, sky, or biscuit alligator. Elsewhere the organic modernist forms of Jean Arp’s mid-century sculpture inspired a round-toe pump, overlaid with a fine cotton-tulle mesh.

While working in Venice on the new Bottega Veneta crystal tableware collection, Meier unearthed a treasure trove of antique handblown glass beads. These were used to trim the bars of (limited-edition) high-heeled sandals, picking up the citrus and sky-blue or scarlet and gold tones of the brocades. Bottega’s new jewelry, meanwhile, has a harder edge, as chunky bangles are woven with strips of leather or sterling silver. The designer also created a terry-cloth mule and a sheared-mink “toweling” robe—just the thing for those poolside movie-star moments.

Hamish Bowles

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Barefoot Sandals

Barefoot Sandals Beaded and Embellished

Barefoot Sandal - Heart Shaped Swarovski 8mm Pearl Foot Jewelry At
Barefoot Sandal – Heart Shaped Swarovski 8mm Pearl Foot Jewelry At

These look like something out of I-Dream-Of-Jeannie. Are you tired of wearing flip-flops? Why not start a trend by wearing beaded barefoot sandals. A barefoot sandal (slave anklet, foot-piece or foot-flower) is jewelry designed to adorn the foot as if wearing fancy sandals with all the comfort of bare feet.

Tammy calls these Bare Foot Sandals, and she says believe it or not, I’ve sold a good number of these down here in Florida. But, I don’t think you have to live in hot weather to enjoy making these cool sandals. In fact, my sister also made a pair of these for a friend of hers who was having a beach wedding in North Carolina. She used silver chain with mother-of-pearl beads and also made matching anklets for the female members of the wedding

  • Ladybead –  home of the “Barefoot Sandal”. These are more like foot floss than anything else. “The sexy sandals are unique gift items, and the perfect beach sandal.”
  • Anklets & Barefoot Sandals –  Chainmail and Slave anklets. They also make longer anklets for boot chains. This site does a lot of work with Chain-Mail.
  • ETSY – Popular items for barefoot sandals – Head on over to ETSY and see what is available
  • Bare Foot Sandals – A step-by-step guide to making Barefoot Sandals” From Tammy Powley at
  • More – Bare Foot Sandals – Another step-by-step guide to making “Barefoot Sandals”. These sandals are a fast and fun project that you can complete in about an hour. Then head outside to the pool or beach to show them off!
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Face Shape

These pages are not to set down rules, but to offer general guidelines for designing jewelry that flatters you and your customers!


  1.  Pull hair back and secure with pins or a headband so hair is completely off the face.
  2.  Stand 12″ from a mirror and look straight into it — or have someone take a picture of you facing straight into the camera with your hairline showing.
  3. Outline your face with a marker on the mirror with tracing paper, or on the photo.
  4.  Now look at your face shape in the mirror or photo drawing. Choose the shape that most closely resembles your own. If your face is a combination of shapes, choose styles based on the following criteria, which most flatter your particular shape.

Face Shapes

Now let us combine the information pertaining to height and bone structure with the shape of the face. There are four basic shapes: oval, round, heart-shaped and rectangular. Analyze your face shape, and determine the fashions that will best complement it. Remember to select jewelry that is in proportion to the size of your face.

the Oval Facethe Oval Face
The oval face is considered the perfect shape. The proportions at the forehead are not too wide, and the line from the forehead flows into high cheekbones, then narrows slightly to a rounded chin.

Necklaces – Any shape necklace will work with the oval. A choker looks just as good as opera-length pearls or any necklace that comes to a “V.”

Earrings – Round shapes, button or hoop earrings look well on the oval face, but triangular shapes are especially flattering. Dangling earrings look well, if they are not too long. Earrings that move up the ear or have wings that sweep up minimize a too-thin face or long nose.

Hair – Hair pulled back or worn in an updo shows off the oval face the most. In long styles, a great classic look is a center or side part with hair touching shoulders. The short-layered looks with curls and a close extended nape focus on this oval.

  • FASHION TIP: Wide-open necklines or close-necked collars emphasize the oval face.

faceroundthe Round Face
This shape is round at the cheeks and a has a circular form.There is more of the face near the ears and gradually less curving upward and downward. The goal: to slim your face.

Necklaces – To give a dimension of length, look for long necklaces, 28″ to 32″.

Earrings – Squares, oblongs, rectangles work well as do dangling and angular designs. Elongated styles also go well because they draw attention down instead of around.

Hair – Hair below the chin line should be worn with a face-lengthening center part; for hair above chin line, wear an off-center part to interrupt the roundness. Height at the crown and a bare forehead lengthen and slim the face. It’s best to avoid short and sleeked-back hairstyles. In short-angled styles, you are best seen with hair brushed away from the face, building extra crown height to narrow the roundness of your features. Though bangs shorten the face, you can wear curly, tousled bangs or a soft wispy fringe . Always avoid full, straight-falling bangs. Wear longer styles closer to the face to give length.

  • FASHION TIP: Avoid rounded, scoop necklines. Use vertical clothing lines and v-neck lines to add angles to the roundness.

faceoblongthe Rectangular or Oblong Face
The rectangular face has more length than width and it has distinguishable angles. The width of the face at the forehead is the same as the chin. This face needs jewelry that adds width and camouflages the length of the face.

Necklaces – A high choker reduces the length of the face, particularly if the neck is too long. In addition, a 16″ or 18″ necklace that ends in a “U” flatters this face.facepear

Hair – Hairstyles should add width and fullness to the sides of the face and around the eyes, cheekbones and ears. This shape benefits from a low side part, with a sweep of hair brushed across the forehead and secured with a comb. The look of volume with an asymmetric flow of hair to one side widens your face and reduces length. Straight-falling bangs or bangs blended with the sides of your hair, shorten the overall face length. Your best hair length reaches to the middle of the neck. Favor volume with curly or wavy styles that are very becoming, giving you the illusion of balanced width. Wide curly bob styles are ideal for this shape.

  • CLOTHING TIP: Avoid long V-necked and vertical lines at the neckline. Use high necklines to shorten the length of the face.
  • MAKEUP TIP: To shorten the face a bit, use darker foundation, powder or blusher to darken the chin.

faceheartthe Heart-Shaped Face
This face is wide at the forehead and cheeks, and then narrows sharply to a point at the chin. Think of this face as a triangle. It likes jewelry that adds width to the chin to draw the eye away from the point.

Necklaces – A choker necklace is a favorite style because it softens and diminishes the sharp angle of the chin.
Earrings – Look for earrings that are wider at the bottom than the top. Dangling earrings that form a triangle are especially flattering.

Hair – The goal: diminish forehead width and create a wider, fuller jaw effect. Soft bangs flatter this shape, whether curly or smoother. Or wear a side part with soft three-quarter bangs swept over one side to balance your forehead width. The styles should be fuller at the jaw line. Upswept at the sides and off the forehead further emphasize your feminine appeal . A medium length to mid-neck is your best look. Fullness at the bottom, with hair directed forward onto the cheeks gives you the appearance of a wide chin. The soft layered bob styles are ideal. Or if you prefer, curls or loose waves, shaped from the ears down, add width and fullness to your chin.

  • CLOTHING TIP: Use V-neck and “Sweetheart” neck lines to repeat and emphasize the heart shape.
  • MAKEUP TIP: Highlight the temples if you are not wearing bangs to broaden the forehead.
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Body Styles and Hands

The first and most important factor for you to consider is overall body size and shape.

Height and bone structure

Remember that the most important rule for making jewelry is to design and buy what you like because its beauty will last a lifetime.

The first and most important factor for you to consider is overall body size and shape. To help you apply the fashion guidelines to a specific type, I have divided height into three separate categories, with discussions of pertinent bone structure.

Petite (Under 5’4″)

Necklaces – Petite women best wear collar-length or longer necklaces. Styles with “V” shapes and ones that fall below the breast but above the waist elongate the figure.
Bracelets – Bangles flatter petite women. Several narrow ones are more flattering than one wide one because they are more in proportion to the petite’s overall size.
Earrings – Concentrate on styles that sweep upward, pulling the viewer’s eye up. Full-figured petites look especially well in sharp geometric shapes.

Average (5’4″- 5’7″)

Necklaces – The average-height woman can wear necklaces of any length unless she is full-figured. In that case, she should avoid necklaces that rest on the breast line.
Bracelets – Wide bracelets are more in proportion to the average-height woman than very narrow ones.
Earrings – Earring choices are unlimited and should be considered in connection with face shape and, of course, hairstyles. Feel free to select exciting geometric shapes such as triangles, squares and ovals.

Tall (Over 5’7″)

Necklaces – Almost any length goes well. The thin tall woman may select chokers which cut the line of the neck and de-emphasize height. Necklaces made of stones or pearls of the same size are especially flattering to the tall woman.
Bracelets – The tall woman has a wide range of bracelet choices as long as she stays away from too-delicate pieces. The full-figured tall woman should wear several thin bracelets together to give a more balanced feeling, or a couple of wide bracelets.
Earrings – Long dangling earrings are especially flattering to tall women. Because there is plenty of space between the ear lobe and shoulder, she can wear any shape earrings except tiny buttons that look lost.

The Hands

An area to take into account when designing jewelry is the hand. This body area attracts a great deal of attention because people “talk” with their hands or otherwise bring attention to them. It is important to select your ring with the same attention as other jewelry, striving to have a ring that flatters your hand.

The length of the fingers is the determining factor when sizing rings. Women with long fingers, like tall women, can handle almost any style. In all cases, rings, like all jewelry, must be selected in proportion to the size of the hand.

For example, if the long-fingered hand is also overly thin, oval or round settings are best because they soften the look. In addition, wider bands are more flattering than thin ones.

The hands with short fingers look best with settings that remain within the knuckle. The setting or stone that extends past the knuckle only accentuates the hand’s shortness and makes it look less elegant. Oval or marquise shape stones elongate the hand and make good choices for short fingers. Round solitaire settings are also good because of their simplicity. If you want a large ring, opt for a dome shape of a high setting that won’t overpower the short hand.

Finally, when working with rings, it is most important to keep comfort in mind. The hand is a working, functioning body area, as opposed to the earlobe, which doesn’t put forth any effort. Do not forsake comfort for looks.

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Common Necklace Lengths and Their Names

When designing a necklace or pendant, consider that the length will determine where it will lie on the chest.  Remember that longer lengths accentuate the bust while shorter lengths feature the beautiful lines of her neck.

How Many Beads do You Need? Check out this Measuring Scale

Collar — 12/13 inches
Collars are usually made up of three or more strands and lie snugly on the middle of the neck. Very Victorian and luxurious, collars go best with elegant V-neck, boat neck or off the shoulder fashions.

Choker — 14/16 inches
A choker is perhaps the most classic and yet versatile of all the single strand lengths. A simple choker can go with virtually any outfit from casual to fancy evening wear, and just about any neckline imaginable.

This is a good necklace length for a child. This way the necklace has “growth room”.

Princess — 17/19 inches
The princess length necklace is best suited for crew and high necklines. It also complements low plunging necklines.

Hint : it is a perfect support for a pendant.

Matinee — 20/24 inches
Longer than the choker, and just a bit shorter than an opera length, the matinee necklace is the right choice for casual or business dressing.

Opera — 28/34 inches
The opera necklace is the queen of all the lengths. When worn as a single strand, it is refined and perfect for high or crew necklines. When doubled upon itself, it serves as a versatile two strand choker.

This is the most common length for a necklace.

Rope or Lariat — Over 45 inches
Dripping with elegance and sensuously sexy, the pearl rope was a favorite of Coco Chanel.

Clasps placed in strategic locations around the necklace will enable you to break it down into multi-strand necklace and bracelet combinations.

For those looking for the complete wardrobe, this length is a must.

Lariats are at last 48 inches long, with the ends left unattached for knotting or wrapping around the neck.