Faces of 5F: Shelly Pins it Vintage
Brooches, necklaces, rings, and bracelets! Any jewelry for that matter are as essential to me as is exercise (I am an exercise fiend). Buy and do what makes you feel good. I began collecting vintage brooches in my early 20’s and I am 50 now.
All of my brooches are costume but their design and craftsmanship make them like works of art, and I value them as much as I do my fine jewelry. Brooch design is really a lost art. In my opinion, the masters of the day were Eisenberg, Miriam Haskell, Hobe’ Cle, Weiss, Coro, and Monet. I end up always looking for pieces made in the 1920s through the 1950s.
I was actually carrying a very special Eisenberg brooch that was my Mom’s, pinned on the inside of my Tom Ford Gucci Dragon bag the day of the 5F interview and pinned it in my Bottega Veneta bag the day of the shoot (I guess I kind of collect handbags too…..ha!).
The interview and the shoot for Bergdorfs was such an amazing experience for me. During, I made sure I had my favorite things close at hand. The day of the interview I wore a pair of hand bent sterling earrings my son designed and a long necklace he also made of quartz and hematite that perfectly accessorized my simple black Calvin Klein sheath dress (seen above). I had to have my son Brady close to me on that day.
The day of the 5F shoot I paired a long sterling silver necklace of Brady’s with an heavy linked chain piece of his that worked wonderfully with my Tom Ford for YSL jacket, as well as my forever favorite Levi jeans and red Donald Pliner cowboy boots (can’t live without these) and lastly, a vintage Bottega Veneta bag that belonged to my mother-in-law. For me, clothes and jewelry can be as sentimental as a rare piece of art or family photograph. I feel like the people are right beside me when I wear cherished pieces.
- Shelly, Faces of 5F