‘MY ElIZABETH’ By Firooz Zahedi-A Love Letter In Words + Pictures

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In celebration of World AIDS Day, book ‘My Elizabeth’ by Firooz Zahedi, published by Glitterati Incorporated, captures the late Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor, creator of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, one of AIDS research’s biggest crusaders up until her death, in all her majesty + inimitable sense of style. If you’ve ever been seduced by the allure of her beauty, her talent, her excess, her gossip-riddled life + career or all of the above, then you must add this to your personal library. Documenting a thirty-five-year friendship with Zahedi, this part memoir part homage, through words + photography, captures Liz with undeniable honesty, but all with the air of glamour only she knew how to serve.

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Started as a simple request a few years ago, Firooz had Liz’s permission to create a book of his photographs of her, but it never materialized until after her death in 2011. In light of this loss, Firooz expanded on his original concept by sharing some of the stories of their friendship, illuminating her humanity + compassion, accompanied by fantastic moments caught on film from the far reaches of Iran to her Bel Air home, often with her faithful companion Sugar, her cherished Shih Tzu.

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Firooz + Liz first met in 1976, when Firooz was a 27-year-old former diplomat + struggling photographer. This is when her generosity of spirit took hold of them both resulting in their longtime friendship + a type of mentorship which helped establish Firooz’s career while landing major assignments. Then again, upon gazing at each of the photos inside, you can’t help but agree with Liz about Firooz’s immense talent.

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From moments stolen while visiting the Lincoln Memorial in Washington to the shopping bazaars of Tehran, all of Liz’s pics reveal a sense of ease in her gaze. The photos shot by Firooz seemed to capture a Liz with her guard down, which couldn’t have been easy for Liz to do for just anyone, having been in the public eye since the age of eight, let alone for Firooz, who must’ve held his breath a few times before he too shed the shock of whom he was shooting at that moment. In fact, one of the photos from Iran where she is shot with the Taj Majal diamond pendant given to her by ex-husband Richard Burton, dangling from her forehead on top of a makeshift turban from ornate jewel-toned fabrics, Firooz had to smoke a joint to relax, which he recounts in great detail. Vanity Fair correspondent Bob Colacello thought, “These images were evocative of Matisse + Klimt, regal yet sensuous, + glamorous to the point of verging on camp, display the star in all her cinematic splendor.”

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Of course, behind all the celebrity that was Elizabeth Taylor, celebrity journalist Liz Smith said, “ Elizabeth’s AIDS work defined her, as if all the scandal, foolishness, and obsessive media interest had been simply a foundation upon which to make a point,” which truly imbued her sense of humanity, compassion + the selfless act of her unwavering generosity of spirit. Firooz said, “Most importantly, she saw the good in people + encouraged others to see it as well,” simply because she loved to laugh + she loved to live, without making excuses rather than just exist inside a gilded cage created by the media + fame.

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‘My Elizabeth’ by Firooz Zahedi, published by Glitterati Incorporated, certainly is a book Colacello referred to as a love letter in words + pictures: the culmination of a thirty-five-year friendship. It truly illuminates her humanity + compassion, just as Firooz intended to do with great success.

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For your very own copy of ‘My Elizabeth’ by Firooz Zahedi, published by Glitterati Incorporated go to Glitterati Incorporated.

‘Lyla’ Loves Your Neck With Leather Florals

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Leather, with its guaranteed sexy of skin on skin, not to mention its intoxicating smell, is all that + more with piece‘s ‘Lyla‘. Hand painted hand-made strips of 100% leather + custom-cut sequin sheets, become intricate shapes that resemble flowers + leaves to adorn your neck. A 1 ½’’ wide adjustable extension at the back neck closure, with 4 extra rows of hook + eye facets to fit each neck size of moldable felt + base fabric lining, set the stage for this dark beauty. Just look at the elaborate flowers carried all the way to the back of this neck accessory!

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Sequin sheets are cut, + arranged in a front-to-back sequence, creating a mix of shine + matte textures on each delicately sewn flower, with heightened detail + sparkle created by crystal studs + painted beads. Of course,  placing ‘Lyla’ over some evening confection of sorts is too predictable but if you paired it with a more lax look, below is the kind of magic that could be achieved.

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Piece’s ‘Lyla’ over Y Project’s BURGUNDY BALLOON SLEEVE SWEATSHIRT|AVENUE 32 with gathered balloon sleeves + burgundy bow ties with a golden almost orange underside through large grommets, worn with Veja’s dark straight fit denim CURVED CUFF PANTS|Opening Ceremony featuring a buttoned back waistband panel + buttoned ankle cuffs really make a statement. To marry both the colors of the balloon sleeves’ underside bow ties + the burgundy of the top, Kim Kwang’s METALLIC FINISH LEATHER SANDALS COPPER|WOLF + BADGER are the perfect shoe. Edie Parker‘s JEAN SOLID in pearlescent orange further highlights the harmonious color palette of this look while NASTY GAL‘s faux fur patchwork in wine, cream, black + gold of its RYE CAPE COAT, encapsulates the look into one to gag over. Of course, with hands being a point of interest with so much happening at the wrist, you’ll need to make your hands that much more captivating with talons colored Chanel‘s LE VERNIS in ÉMERAUDE, a metallic forest green while wearing this gorge BURNISHED GOLD-PLATED EBONY RING by Valentino|NET-A-PORTER on your favorite finger.

The ‘Bianca’ Bandana By piece Is Pure Fiya

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In adding ‘Bianca‘ by piece to any look is sure to add that delicate touch with its sheer delight. Embellished by ornate hibiscus + black hand-beaded custom frosted + shiny crystal sequins alongside hand-dyed beads, shine + matte textures get to play ‘nice’ with one another for added impact.

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Noted as a collection favorite for designer Bita Rad, the traditional bandana neck scarf’s contemporary appeal is achieved by its raw-edged mesh base while elevated with a luxe texture created by its unique intricate beadwork. Featuring a large snap button closure at the back neck for easy wear, ‘Bianca’ could make any outfit a sure knock-out as seen here.

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In adding this CLAIRE VELVET CHOKER NECKLACE|Urban Outfitters under ‘Bianca’, is sure to add more interest to your neck. Now wear that over this on-trend white chiffon FLUTE SLEEVE TOP|Topshop adorned with tie detail paired with these black KARLINA PANTS by Alexis|SHOPBOP highlighted by soft ruffles at the left side seam, you’re sure to start feeling special right about now. But when you add this black + silver SPIRAL ARCHITECT SUEDE HEEL by Kat Maconie|NASTY GAL , accessorized with the double sided crystal embellished CRYSTAL NEV ZIP CLUTCH|Opening Ceremony complete with its unique ball chain + fur straps, you’re sure to turn heads. Then finish your look with this cream shearling GENERE JACKET by Collina Strada|Need Supply Co. + black SMOOTH FELT EXTRA WIDE BRIM HAT by Borsalino|LUISAVIAROMA for real fiya, sparking that Seventies vibe!

‘Ivy’ Is Sure To Make Any Man Look Hot

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What’s most striking about piece‘s ‘Ivy‘ is how it looks like a bunch of genetically altered daisies captured in time by cans of gold spray paint which are in fact sprayed with a pearlized tarnished coating, for that antique finish. The flower petals, made of tarnished gold metal paillettes + metal caviar beads, have a hint of sparkle by the gold-tone crystals at the center, making this a perfect accessory for a man.

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I love how the flower motif continues all the way to the back, as seen here, featuring a 1 ½’’ wide adjustable extension at the back neck closure, with 4 extra rows of hook + eye facets to fit each neck size.

The way I would love to see my man wear ‘Ivy’ is over this square neck navy WIDE QUILTED SWEATSHIRT by Camo|NEED SUPPLY CO. with partial side seam zippers paired with these bright cropped PLAID PANTS by Comme des Garçons SHIRT Boy|Opening Ceremony with dropped crotch. To ‘up’ the texture game, why not wear black LATEX SOCKS by Just Latex|etsy with gold PANELED LACE-UP SNEAKERS by Les Hommes|farfetch. By adding this black LIGHT COTTON GABARDINE MILITARY PARKA by FAITH CONNEXION|luisaviaroma + PHILIP LIM GRADIENT MASK SUNGLASSES by Linda Farrow|luisaviaroma, this man will definitely look lit!

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How To Make A Guy Pretty + Sexy With ‘Lola’

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Lola‘ by piece is just as much pretty as it is sexy, especially when worn by a man, as seen in the outfit coming up?

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With the weight of chunky stones in iridescent pink, clusters of hand-dyed pearls + matte + shiny custom sequins creating almost flowers on top of soft lined felt, allows for this piece to lay flat on the wearer’s chest + shoulders. It has a 1 ½’’ wide adjustable extension at the back neck closure, with 4 extra rows of hook + eye facets to fit each neck size. But at first glance, for as easily as it was to visualize this piece being worn with a ball gown or luxe velvet tunic, why not turn the tables around + incorporate ‘Lola’s’ organic shapes, full of depth + richness, to a guy’s look as seen below?!

Imagine seeing a guy wearing this black DECONSTRUCTED ZIPPED DETAIL COAT by DSquared2|farfetch + seeing ‘Lola’ peeking from underneath, being worn over this SOLAR TOP by Acne Studios|Opening Ceremony. Now paired with CONTRASTING JACQUARD TROUSERS by Zara + BRUSHED DIAGONALS MID SNEAKER by Off-White|Need Supply Co., you have yourself a dream of black + white. And to finish things off, picture a hint of pink creeping its way out from the kicks with these MEN’S PINK COLOUR BLOCK SOCKS by Paul Smith, to tie in all of ‘Lola’s’ pinks above.

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‘Roxie’ Will Make ANY Man Stand Out

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Now if I haven’t mentioned it before, the neck accessories by piece recently posted are genderless but for argument’s sake, ‘Roxie‘ would look amazing with any look for guys. Featuring multiple layers of stacked sequin beading, creating tarnished metallic flower blooms with clusters of studded crystals at their center, opal cupped paillets add more intricacy to this piece’s unexpected dimension of color + texture.        roxiecydeetroxiebackcy

With an 1 ½’’ wide adjustable extension at the back neck closure, with 4 extra rows of hook + eye facets to fit each neck size, the same opulence is achieved in the back as in the front sure to delight even when you leave the room.

The best way to add ‘Roxie’ to this guy’s look is by wearing it over this black PANELLED SHIRT by COMME DES GARÇONS SHIRT|farfetch. Paired with VARNISHED PATTERN TROUSERS by DSquared2|farfetch, the play of pattern + texture is more than a minor flirtation. And to boost ‘Roxie’s’ intensity, why not add VELVET TRIM SOCK by SACAI|farfetch + METALLIC LACE-UP SHOES by MARSÈLL|farfetch to enhance its sparkle?! Throw in a navy QUILTED PARKA by Zara + you’re all set to make all others swoon wherever you go.

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‘Iris’ Knows How To Make Your Look Spectacular

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Now piece‘s ‘Iris‘ is a dream made up of iridescent mint florals in a smaller silhouette than their other neck accessories previously posted here. Depth + detail are accomplished by the many hand-beaded layers of custom textured sequins added to the petals of its silk chiffon flowers. Featuring a 1 ½’’ wide adjustable extension at the back neck closure, with 4 extra rows of hook + eye facets to fit each neck size, you’re granted the same drama in the back as in the front.                                                                                                                                                                                                              irisdetailcy

Novelty hand-dyed sequins are stacked to add dimension while crystal beads + iridescent pailletes create more interest, making ‘Iris’ truly spectacular. But how could one style this you ask, well what about this outfit below?

By wearing ‘Iris’ over this METALLIC HALTER NECK TOP|ZARA in blush, would allow the pinks of the iridescent sequins stand out. Worn with these OVERSIZE FLORAL CUFF TROUSERS by Rosie Assoulin|farfetch in navy, cuffed in same colored velvet, mimicking ‘Iris’s’ florals with their imprinted fabric, highlight this look’s sophistication. To accentuate this trouser’s luxe cuffs, having a metallic peek from underneath like these TEE METALLIC T-STRAP SANDALS by Rachel Zoe|SHOPBOP makes for the perfect shoe. Now to pull it all together, try adding these LONG NAPPA LEATHER GLOVES by Mario Portolano|luisaviaroma worn underneath this STERLING SILVER PLEXUS CUFF by Maria Daria Raj|Wolf + Badger. An EMBELLISHED CLUTCH by Serpui|farfetch with navy blue crystals + chain shoulder strap adds more sparkle to the look while this grey marl LONG OVERSIZED COAT by Zara offsets the whole ensemble with its masculine appeal.

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‘Lacey’ Makes Everything Sexy With Moving Metal

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Again, piece delivers Haute excellence with plenty of metal for your neck in the form of ‘Lacey‘. Comprised of thousands of metal caviar beads in silver + gunmetal, with bursts of multi-colored glass bugle + flat metal beads, this handcrafted neck piece is sure to make its rounds sans clothes because who doesn’t love metal on bare flesh?!

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What elevates ‘Lacey’ to high luxury is its 3D appeal + undeniable movement with so many hanging metal pieces.  Featuring a 1 ½’’ wide adjustable extension at the back neck closure, with 4 extra rows of hook + eye facets to fit each neck size, it has a super soft lining + thanks to its weight, ‘Lacey’s’ shape will always stay intact. And supposing you’re scared to shake too hard, have no fear as it comes with a pouch with extra beads.

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Now here’s a ‘Lacey’ look guaranteed to prompt many to ask, ‘Where did you get that?’

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More of a uniform colorway, why not lay ‘Lacey’ over this EMILIA JUMPSUIT by UKULELE|WOLF & BADGER, a monochrome fitted jumpsuit with polka dot body, trendy three-quarter length sleeves with ruffle cuff + fitted cropped flared trouser made to pop with high-low detail at hem. Elevate this jumpsuit’s simplicity by pairing it with this bronze HOT-STUFF PLATFORM BOOT|TOPSHOP because who doesn’t love to mix metals? Of course, to keep warm, why not opt for this olive hooded PANELLED COAT by Ava Adore|farfetch with large black racoon fur front panels? Then pull it all together with this gorgeous MURRAY CLUTCH by Nathalie Trad|VALERY DEMURE featuring a Mother of pearl, black tab polish shell + brass to form this textured clutch with a magnetic clasp. The pattern play here makes quite an impact!