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DRAGON QUEST

MODERN MEDIEVAL PARTY DRESSES

COUP BOSTON OCTOBER 2013


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SOCIETY /   THE FRONT ROW Who wore what, when, and why. And more importantly, how they made the party better for it.

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REIGN OF THRONES Party season’s most exquisite and festive dresses can only be described as Modern Medieval—ethereal and feminine one minute, hard-edged and rebellious the next. Shot on location at King Richard’s Faire.

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COUP D’ÉTAT / PRETT Y SIMPLE One of Boston’s bravest beauty pioneers has a new regimen afoot  —  and she’s poised to give the city a makeover.

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16 ON THE COVER: PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIC LEVIN ART DIRECTION BY ALEXANDRA HALL HAIR BY JILL COLWELL MAKEUP BY STACEY FRASCA FEATURING EMILY WILSON


COSTUME PARTY With Boston Fashion Week just wrapped up, it seems about the exact right time to do something a little off the regular sartorial map. Not that the local talent on runways wasn’t stunning. (Daniela Corte and Candice Wu both, in particular, killed.) And not that the city wasn’t up to meeting the challenge. (Crowds were thick at almost all of the events across town.) But here’s the thing: Fashion can be serious. Fashion can be art. But above all, I personally believe fashion should also be selfexpression. Which means it should also be joyful. Playful. And at the end of the day, less about judging one another for our respective faux pas, and more about evoking ideas, history, community, and a knowing smile. That’s precisely where we went in this issue in spotlighting the party dresses so many of us are about to pull on for the oncoming season of festivities. Fashion has always referenced (read: stolen) from past eras, and sometimes they just so happen to symbiotically, and aesthetically, overlap. The frocks on the following pages belong to several eras, what with their Renaissance-inspired Empire waists and their Gatsby-esque beading. But above all, they belong to the medieval years. And so what better setting than King Richard’s Faire—our own local enclave of ridiculousness fused with history—to showcase them in? Besides, I’m a Game of Thrones addict. It simply had to be done. If the shoot proves anything, it’s that fashion may be about how we look, but is also about how we feel. We want fun, color, and life in even the smallest things we do. And in that

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same vein, starting in this issue, you’ll notice incremental changes to both the way CB looks and how it feels. Our logo’s been tweaked; the pages are still clean in aesthetic, but we’ve filled them with more bright hues than usual. Again, something a little off our regular map. Because sometimes, the best coup is a revolution from within.

ALEXANDRA HALL Editor-in-Chief alex@coupboston.com


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THE  FRONT ROW It wasn’t just Boston Fashion Week that brought out the city’s sartorial enthusiasm this month; before the annual week of local designers’ shows even kicked off, National Jean Company hosted two nights honoring Oscar Adames, denim guru of J Brand. In sips of bubbly and blue (jeans-inspired) cocktails, a stream of Bostonians took turns having personal fittings under Adames’s fit expertise. The next week, the Museum of Fine Arts showed its support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month with an illumination ceremony, which saw wcvb-tv’s Heather Unruh lead a countdown—at the end of which the museum was lit up in pink. (It will stay that way every evening through October.) Following the ceremony, attendees filed in to view the exhibit Think Pink, which spotlit pink dresses, suits, jewelry, and accessories by designers like Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Christian Louboutin, and Oscar de la Renta. And in the center of fashion week, which this year was largely centered at The Langham Boston, guests gathered for an unusually genteel form of show in the hotel: a midday teatime presentation of designer Gregory Paul’s latest collection of meticulously crafted dresses.

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MFA Think Pink Exhibit ABOVE (LEFT TO RIGHT): Katie Getchell (Deputy Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), Heather Unruh (wcvb), and Karen Holmes Ward (wcvb Director of Public Affairs-Community Services and CityLine) BELOW: Visitors explore the exhibition Think Pink at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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National Jean Company Event CLOCKWISE (FROM TOP RIGHT): NJC Associates Oscar Adames & Steve Simon Andrea Starr & daughter Models wearing J Brand Jeans NJC Associates PHOTOS BY JOHNNY PHAM


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Gregory Paul Fashion Show at The Langham Boston

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PHOTOS BY MIKE DISKIN


Reign of Thrones Party season’s most exquisite and festive dresses can only be described as Modern Medieval—ethereal and feminine one minute, hard-edged and rebellious the next. Shot on location at King Richard’s Faire. produced by ALEXANDRA HALL photographed by ERIC LEVEN


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SWORD PL AY BL ACK LEATHER OHNE TITEL DRESS, $1,010, GRETTALUXE. BEADED CARDIGAN, $435, DANIEL A CORTE. CHAIN MAIL HEADDRESS, $145, MARDIGAN’S MAILE. MAKEUP BY STACEY FRASCA AND HAIR BY JILL COLWELL, BOTH OF STUDIO 28. BL ACKSMITH PL AYED BY JIM BEAUPRE; IVAN BEENABOUT PL AYED BY JEFF LUT Y.

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WOODL AND CREATURES GL AMOURPUSS NYC FUR VEST, $750, DANIEL A CORTE. BONNIE STRAUSS MEDALLION DRESS, $720; BONNIE STRAUSS FLOWER NECKL ACE, $345. BOTH AT CERI. CRYSTAL CUFF, $350, GYPSIES + DEBUTANTES. MAKEUP BY STACEY FRASCA AND HAIR BY JILL COLWELL, BOTH OF STUDIO 28. ACROBATS VICIOUS AND DELICIOUS PL AYED BY ETIENNE MCGINLEY AND LEAH ORLEANS.

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THIS PAGE: FAIRY MEETS PRINCESS ALEXANDER McQUEEN VELVET JACKET, $899, SECOND TIME AROUND. BONNIE STRAUSS BEADED TUNIC, $795; BONNIE STRAUSS FLOWER SKIRT, $645; CRYSTAL NECKL ACE, $550. ALL AT CERI. CHAIN MAIL HEADBAND, $40, MARDIGAN’S MAILE. MAKEUP BY STACEY FRASCA AND HAIR BY JILL COLWELL, BOTH OF STUDIO 28. PRINCESS PL AYED BY KELLEY FEETHAM. OPPOSITE: QUITE A GEM IVY KIRZHNER SNAKESKIN FL ATS, $325, MOXIE BOSTON.

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Produced by ALEXANDRA HALL Photographed by ERIC LEVIN Makeup by STACEY FRASCA of Studio 28 Hair by JILL COLWELL of Studio 28 Model: EMILY WILSON of Maggie, Inc. Shot on location at King Richard’s Faire Styling Assistant: KELSEY BEANDO GRETTALUXE, 94 Central St., Wellesley, 781-237-7010, grettaluxe.com. MOXIE BOSTON, 51 Charles St., Boston, 617-557-9991, moxieboston.com CERI, 31 Newbury St., Boston, 617-266-0031, ceriboutique.com DANIELA CORTE, 211 Newbury St., Boston, 617-608-4778, danielacorte.com NATIONAL JEAN COMPANY, 218 Newbury St., Boston, 857-233-4809, denimhabit.com MARDIGAN’S MAILE, mardigansmaile.com GYPSIES + DEBUTANTES, gypsiesanddebutantes.com

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THIS PAGE: SWEEPING STATEMENTS RALPH L AUREN CASHMERE GOWN, $799, SECOND TIME AROUND. FLORAL BEADED HEADBAND, $95, CERI. MAKEUP BY STACEY FRASCA AND HAIR BY JILL COLWELL, BOTH OF STUDIO 28. WENCHES PL AYED BY MARIAN BROCK AND ANDREA BEAUPRE. OPPOSITE: THE KING & I STRETTA MODA DRESS, $284; A.L.C. WOOL AND LEATHER JACKET, $1,195. BOTH AT NATIONAL JEAN COMPANY. CHAIN MAIL HEADBAND, $40, MARDIGAN’S MAILE. AGATE NECKL ACE, $98, CERI. CRYSTAL RING, $38, GYPSIES + DEBUTANTES. MAKEUP BY STACEY FRASCA AND HAIR BY JILL COLWELL, BOTH OF STUDIO 28. KING RICHARD X PL AYED BY TOM EPSTEIN.

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