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Accessory Superstars Guiseppe Zanotti ~ Nancy Gonzalez THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA

Architecture In Fashion November 11, 2011 | Page A


GONZALEZ By Joanne Galey

A soft spoken, petite woman with an unfathomable determination and a genuine joie de vivre who knows firsthand what it takes to succeed. This is Nancy Gonzalez.

T his Columbian native, mother of two, draws her inspiration from the rich culture and natural beauty of her motherland. With a meticulous eye for detail and insurmountable conviction, she has carefully evolved her brand to be a leader in the prestigious world of luxury accessories. From her debut of a 7-piece collection in 1998 to her current line featuring 150 designs in 200 colors, that incorporates woven clutches, weekenders, satchels, hobo bags and her signature box clutches, every piece exudes an element that makes us smile, be it a color, a texture, or a surprising detail. Her aim is to convey a feeling of joy, benevolence and strength.

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edicated to improving social change in her country, Nancy is proud to declare that her collections are all handcrafted in Columbia by her almost all female artisan team. She is committed to her workforce, their wellbeing and that of their families. She provides daycare for her employees children and strives to create a rewarding working environment that is charged with dignity, optimism and structure.


elebrated for her innovative use of precious skins and distinctive application of color, it's easy to see how her collections become instant classics.














Tassel Bowler


Over Shoulder Satchel


Flap Briefcase


Handheld Lady Bag


Cage Tote


Box Clutch


Laser Cut Tote


Work Tote


Woven Handheld

10. Woven Hobo

11. Square Cutout Tote

12. Teardrop Hobo

Nancy Gonzalez handbags exclusively available at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills

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Fashion Director:

Tawny Sanders Photos by:

Tracey Morris

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Stylist: Nina Landers at Celestine

Make up: Alexis Ellen using Ellis Faas

Stylist Assistant: Hevyn Wutzke

Hair Stylist: Sienree at Celestine

Models: Olga and Katya of LA Models

Camera/Lighting Assistant: Jonathan Folds and Spencer Amon Digital Tech: Robert Morris

On this page: Dress: Celine, Barney’s New York, Beverly Hills • Tights: American Apparel, • Shoes: Aldo, Aldo, Beverly Hills • Clutch: Nancy Gonzales, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills • Ring: Aida Bergson, • Earrings: Art by Henri, Opposite Page: Dress: Bouchra Jarrar, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills • Earrings: Belle Noel, • Gloves: Stylists own

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This Page: Jacket: Thakoon, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills • Sweater: Michael Kors, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills • Pants: Stella McCartney, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills • Earrings: House of Harlow, • Ring: Yael Sonia Art Jewelry, Roseark, West Hollywood • Clutch: Nancy Gonzales, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills BEVERLY HILLS

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T he relationship between fashion and architecture revolves around a single commonality: the human body. Both disciplines are based on structure, shape, the organization of space and prettying up the details. Clothing and buildings protect and shelter the body, while providing a means to express personal and cultural identity. It's not surprising to learn that designers such as Pierre Cardin, Gianni Versace and Tom Ford all studied architecture, and their love of avantgarde style, clever use of geometric shapes and motifs, together with their unabashed use of bold color have consistently influenced their collections.

P erhaps one of the best examples of architecture's influence on contemporary fashion is the trend of color-blocking. After making a strong debut in the spring/summer seasons, the fall/winter collections continue to explode with strong, vibrant hues in an array of luxurious textiles. It's a trend that's reminiscent of the eighties. Bright, splashy, and playful, but with a more reserved, edited approach this time around. Color-blocking simply means pairing two or more blocks of colors in one ensemble. This could be a top, a bottom, a tunic, a dress, even makeup, a handbag or shoes.

T he key to successful blocking is to start out simple and keep this formula in mind - one bright, one bold and one neutral. Begin with a solid bright top and pair with a nude skirt or basic black pant. Once you've gotten the hang of it, you can add another bold color to the mix. Combinations that look particularly gorgeous together are cobalt blue, canary yellow and black, chocolate, neon pink and nude, and rich purple, teal and bright blue. For a softer look opt for coral, grey and ivory - ultra feminine. Too much color? Pairing black and white may be the classic, hall of fame color-blocking combination that never goes out of style.

W hen in doubt, cheat - and buy a color-blocked dress or invest in a two-tone clutch and just add lots of neutral. This seasons' offerings means you don't have to surrender to the exuberance of summer just yet - enjoy a bright fall.

Top of page: Jacket: Diane Von Furstenberg, Barney’s New York, Beverly Hills • Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills • Earrings: House of Harlow, • Bracelet: House of Harlow, • Handbag: Nancy Gonzales, Neiman Marcus ,Beverly Hills Right: Jacket: Mui Mui, Mui Mui Boutique, Beverly Hills • Tights: American Apparel, • Shoes: Aldo, Aldo Boutique, Beverly Hills • Earrings: House of Harlow, • Bracelet: House of Harlow, November 11, 2011 | Page G

On this page: Dress: Alexander McQueen, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills • Shawl Cardigan: Alexander McQueen, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills • Boots: Jimmy Choo, Jimmy Choo Boutique, Beverly Hills • Bracelets: Belle Noel, • Earrings: Low Luv, Opposite Page: Coat: Bottega Veneta, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills • Earrings: Belle Noel,

Coat: Prada, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills • Shirt: Barney’s New York, Barney’s New York, Beverly Hills • Pants: Alexander McQueen, Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills • Shoes: Jeffrey Camball, Urban Outfitters, Melrose • Earrings: House of Harlow,

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Sole of an

Artist By Tawny Sanders

Ftheantasy and Splendor! Two key concepts that much celebrated Italian shoe designer, Giuseppe Zanotti, strives to capture in all his designs.

A creative artist since early childhood, Zanotti's love affair with shoes (and women) began with a drawing of his mother's stiletto heels. Sketching has always been inherently vital to Zanotti, not only as a way to bring life to his inspirations, but as a balm that effectively soothes his perpetually active mind. Music plays another major role in his creative process, in fact he was a successful deejay before entering the world of design, and music features are omnipresent in his studio.

B eginning in the mid 1980's as a freelance designer for prominent fashion houses, Zanotti capitalized on his experience and success by opening his first factory in San Mauro Pascoli, Italy. More than 25 years later, he employs 450 craftsmen and produces 350,000 pairs of shoes per year with boutiques from the US to Russia, Bahrain to Singapore. His bejeweled footwear brand is synonymous with luxury and prestige and coveted by an illustrious client list, that boasts the likes of Demi Moore, Eva Mendes, Rhianna and undisputed shoe lover extraordinaire, Sarah Jessica Parker. Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Anja Rubik all turned to the Italian designer for their bridal creations and a swathe of international celebrities chose Zanotti to grace the red carpet on Cannes' famous Croisette earlier this year.

IBeverly was fortunate to catch up with Giuseppe on his recent visit to Hills where he exclusively premiered his 2012 Resort

shoes as part of a women's body, shoes are just an extension of the legs". Zanotti took great pride explaining how each pair of his shoes are entirely handmade in Italy and demonstrated how he creates a perfect fit by focusing on the last and architectural structure of each design. As he told his tale of architecture, fine leather and sparkling crystals he sketched flowers, landscapes, balloons, and even exotic cocktails which became his inspiration for his latest collections. As a result, the resort and spring/summer 2012 collections feature an explosive array of extreme contrasts in volume and shape. The Zanotti woman will be treated to surreal platforms, ultra-slim cigarette heels, color block wedges and crystal mosaic sandals. Every pair, is an exquisite piece of art. Of course, I couldn't resist the temptation to try on some of his sparkling seductions and easily surrendered my credit card for a pair of candy colored platforms. What's a girl to do in that position? I've worn Zanotti shoes for years, but when the man himself slipped one of his creations on my foot I did what any star struck fan would do. I asked him for his autograph on the bottom of my new shoe.

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ur venue for this month's photo shoot was the fabulous Paley Center for Media, located on N. Beverly Drive, where it meets the SW corner of S. Santa Monica Boulevard. Named in honor of William S. Paley, entertainment industry visionary and founder of CBS, the Paley Center for Media leads the discussion about the cultural, creative and social significance of television, radio and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. The Center was designed by world-renowned architect Richard Meier (who also designed the Getty Center) and enjoys wonderful transparent facades on each of its two public sides offering a view to both the visiting patron and pedestrians. This permeability and vibrant dialogue between the interior and exterior worlds are key hallmarks of Meier's designs and made it the perfect locale for our shoot this month - a collaboration of fashion and architecture.


t houses an enviable collection of 150,000 programs, spanning almost 100 years of television and radio history and featuring news footage, public affairs programs and documentaries, performing arts and children's programming, sports, comedy, variety shows and commercial advertising. The center also prides itself on its ability to recover "lost" television and radio programs, and counts Super Bowl III, a Rat Pack benefit variety show and James Dean performances among its treasured and preserved collection.


ffering an ideal venue for media professionals to engage in discussion and debate over the evolving media landscape, the center is also available for the general public to enjoy the collections and participate in events that explore and celebrate the personalities, innovations and creativity synonymous with the world of television and radio.

For more information contact (310) 786 1000

The Paley Center For Media

Cover: Coat, Pants & Sweater: Celine, Neiman Marcus – Beverly Hills • Shoes: Jeffrey Camball, Urban Outfitters – Melrose Earrings: Yael Sonia Art Jewelry, Roseark, West Hollywood • Ring: Belle Noel – This Page: Coat: YSL, YSL Boutique – Beverly Hills • Tights: American Apparel – • Boots: Jimmy Choo, Jimmy Choo Boutique – Beverly Hills • Clutch: Nancy Gonzalez, Neiman Marcus – Beverly Hills • Earrings: House of Harlow – BEVERLY HILLS

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