Wednesday, July 20, 2005

‘Rock’ Star



About one year ago, on July 13th to be exact, I devoted a column to Marjorie Mortensen, a very interesting woman with a fascinating background, who can be found religiously every Sunday at the indoor/outdoor Greenflea Market located at Columbus Avenue between 76th and 77th streets (she has a booth inside the school building and is there from 10 am to 6 pm).

Marjorie originally caught my eye with her wonderfully stocked tables filled with a hard to resist assortment of necklaces, beads, bracelets, watches, gigantic pin on flowers, and of course pins, which I took note of last time since they were THE story last year. By the way, despite reports to the contrary, pins still have their place and STILL look good (Anna Sui used brooches and pins in addition to everything else, when she accessorized her fall/winter 2005 collection shown last February).

On a recent trip back to the flea market, I was not disappointed. I immediately gravitated to Marjorie’s eye catching, statement making and enormous cocktail rings which are made of Cubic Zirconia and set in either sterling silver or rhodium. They are available in small or large sizes (priced from $24 to $35), square or rectangular shapes -- some are faceted -- and come in an assortment of colored stones (lavender, topaz, pink, and peridot). My hands down favorite was the clear diamond like version.

Speaking of good buys other than boots, loafers have taken center stage as the footwear of choice for fall. But not the flat penny loafer from spring/summer but a mod inspired, high heeled version with a round toe which would look good with pants or skirts. Miuccia Prada and Nicolas Guesquiere are just a few highly influential designers who accessorized their collections with incarnations of a high heeled yet sturdy loafer.

One of the best ‘steals’ is Gap’s (www.gap.com) patent leather penny loafer which will be coming into their stores later on this week and are now available online. Available in duck green, very berry, sunshine, and camel (the chicest of the all), it features a stacked wooden heel and round toe and is a mere $54.

Marilyn Kirschner

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