Wednesday, October 7

Gray is the new black!
Charcoal, Gunmetal, Silver and Slate
...the runways are clouded
with shades of gray.
We're giving new meaning to Nantucket's "gray lady."
VANESSA NOEL (5 Chestnut Street/ corner of Centre Street) Vanessa Noel has become a celebrity in the fashion world with her couture footwear. Two examples of her paired perfection are shown here using charcoal gray snakeskin highlighted with silver. "Savoy" snakeskin slide with chinchilla (Regular $2,400) SALE $1,900. "Dandy" snakeskin pump with black satin bow (Regular $980) SALE $780.

DIANA KIM ENGLAND (56 Main Street) These beautiful freshwater pearl and grey sapphire earrings in 18k gold are only $380. The inventive 18k gold cuff bracelet with free rolling 15mm tahitian pearl is $5,600. The yellow gold eternity band with rough cut diamonds is truly unique with 3.62 ctw rough cut diamonds in the channel setting and 1.03 ctw G-H color, VS2 diamonds in the pavé setting, $4,500.00.

ZERO MAIN (Zero Main Street) This store has a great selection of everything ...from separates, dresses, scarves and handbags to shoes, umbrellas and jewelry... what else could a fashionista want? Oh yeah, they have coats and hats too! Shown here; Alexis Bittar "silver dust" adjustable length necklace with a warm gray lucite loop and autumn color Swarovski crystals, $175. Sweet Pea wrap tops and wrap dresses, available in gray animal print and peacock, $82(top) and $112(dress). Alexis Bittar "silver dust" long earrings $225. Two Star Dog slate gray suede car coat, $285.

CERI (25 Centre Street) The folks at Ceri do gray very well. Shown in top photo; Five strand choker of gray fresh water pearls and white keishi pearls, $885. Vintage inspired gray pleated raffia Kotur clutch handbag with silver snakeskin piping, $495. Shown in bottom photo; Bonnie Strauss dove gray knit cardigan with metallic beads and sequins, $750.

ADDISON CRAIG (2 Washington Street) This shop located just off the bottom of Main Street has unbelievable handbags and footwear. Take advantage of drastic price reductions this week on some of their high-end merchandise. Celine textured bronze leather boot (Regular $970) SALE 50% off. London by Anya Hindmarch pewter leather clutch with a crackled mirror texture (Regular $620) SALE 50% off.

LITTLE MISS DRAMA (12 Old South Wharf) This beautiful choker of deep gray fresh water pearls has an opalescent appearance with amethyst and 14k gold filled bugle beads. Hand made by store owner Pam Diem Willis. The four strands can be worn straight or twisted. $350

HEPBURN (3 Salem Street) Stunning and timeless are the two words I would use to describe the dresses at Hepburn. On the left, Max & Cleo's gunmetal gray sleeveless taffeta ruffled-hem dress, $148. The center photo features a Suzi Chin by Donna Morgan charcoal satin ruched dress with elbow length sleeves, $175. On the right is an elegant Vera Wang Lavender Label light gray sleeveless dress with embellished neckline, $495.

JOLA (29 Centre Street) Jola is known for creating large opulent gemstone and pearl cross pendants and recently she has also found inspiration from the sea with her collection of nautilus shells and mermaids. Show clockwise from top left; Seahorse sterling silver pendant, $240. Tahitian pearl enhancer with gemstones and diamonds. Prices vary depending on stone choice, estimate from $2,000-$4,000. Black tourmaline "charcoal" necklace, $700. Onyx drop earrings in 14k gold, $750. "Grey Lady" mermaid pendant in sterling silver, $320. Nautilus shell motif in silver with diamond center is available as earrings($500), cufflinks($500), ring($550) and pendant($240). Also available in gold.

LEGENDS (Zero Washington Street) This is the place to find trendsetting American, European and Asian bohemian chic fashions... and many are are on sale right now. Shown here, Another Important Culture sleeveless dress with gunmetal grey embellished neckline. Available in blush or black, $440. Converse by John Varvatos dove gray racer-back knit tunic with gold sequin edging (Regular $165) SALE $66. Converse by John Varvatos midnight knit tie-back vest with bronze sequin front (Regular $195) SALE $134.
PS- see video at right, featuring LEGENDS owner Azra Willmot-Smith >>>

Sunday, October 4

Fashionable Food UPDATE:

Nantucket Junior Chef

Stephanie Guzman & Cade Larrabee have been named the 2009 Nantucket Junior Chefs today at Cisco Brewery. The judges found the three teams' scores very close, but declared the preparation of an appetizer, entreé and dessert made by Guzman and Larrabee to be the winning combination. Both winners received a $500 scholarship.