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special guest/JEAN SHAFIROFF: talks about her 4th outfit. #4 in twelve acts





What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
The outfit revolves around a silk multi-colored “gumdrop” dress designed by Fabiola Arias . The shoes are platform peep-toe brushed gold designed by Domenico Vacca. This jewel of a minaudiere was designed by Clara Kasavina and is constructed from faux-antique gold and faux-gems. It is designed with a beautiful flower motif. The charm bracelet was purchased at an antique fair in West Palm Beach. The earrings were purchased at Bergdorf Goodman in the 1980’s and are made of hammered faux-gold with faux aquamarine and faux peridot jewels.


How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
The New York designer Fabiola Arias had wanted to experiment with color. I trusted her judgment and believed in her concept. She decided to use multi-colored candy colored silk pieces to compose the dress. I was thrilled with the finished outcome. Accessories were chosen to compliment the playfulness and color tones on the dress.


Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
The accessories were planned ahead of time and the dress was designed in collaboration with Fabiola Arias. Fabiola wanted to create a dress with unique colors. I liked her concept and decided to work with her.


On a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
I rate the outfit a 9 because of its uniqueness of color and because of its youthful spirit.


What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
I love the mix of yellow, turquoise and bright pink. The colors create a fresh feel. The vibrant colors and rounded dots of silk remind me of gumdrops. The construction and fit are young and playful.


How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I have never worn the dress and I’m looking forward to wearing it very soon. I will most likely wear it to a charity ball in May.


There is perhaps a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to the what/how we dress. What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit?
The dress is a creation of a young, 25-year old Cuban American designer who I have worked with on a number of dresses. It is a great pleasure to collaborate with Fabiola and to give a young designer, as talented as she, a budget for creative design.

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22 Responses to special guest/JEAN SHAFIROFF: talks about her 4th outfit. #4 in twelve acts

  1. Christine Cassamassino says:

    This dress is amazing Jean! The colors are beautiful and I love your hair swept up like that. I’m sure heads turn when you walk into a room in this!

  2. yazhernandez@aol.com says:

    Beautiful! Gorgeous dress. xoxo, Yaz

  3. Fran Aorta says:

    Wow! this dress is stunning. Jewels & handbag makes for perfect accesory. elegant & yet playful. Too bad the Gala at the Met just passed because you are picture perfect.

  4. Oksana says:

    What a fabulous dress! Vibrant color for such a vibrant person.

  5. Voon says:

    Psychedelic perfection!

  6. c perkins says:

    Colorful and creative if you were to wear this to an event in public,you would get numerous compliments.

  7. Jani says:

    Jean!!! This dress is gorgeous!!!! You are beautiful!!

  8. Debbie says:

    Wow!….Jean you will take all breath away! There she goes. The variation and the colors just unique and love how it stands out. In contrast it compliments the tone and rich in its art form.

  9. Carole says:

    Perfect dress for a beautiful and wonderful women, love the colors!!

  10. Penny says:

    Simply dazzling. I love the juxtaposition of color, style and texture. Jean, that is truly a magnificent creative collaboration.

  11. Jonathan says:

    You look very festive and ,no doubt, would be the belle of the ball. The Cuban influence is most apparent. You look spectacular!!

  12. Malisa says:

    simply stunning!!!

  13. Marie says:

    This dress is complete show-stopper. Can’t wait to see what Jean will wear it to.

  14. Julie says:

    Jean, you are so beautiful! Every single one of these pictures are amazing! LOVE this dress!!

  15. Sarah says:

    Such a beautiful and fun dress! You look truly stunning!

  16. Natascha says:

    This gown is by far my favorite so far – simply gorgeous!

  17. linda henley says:

    What a grand and captivating dress and, you look so wonderful in it. Few people could to execute a dress like this well but you do so with great style. It is really a wonderful dress and very well executed! Bravo Jean!

  18. Tom says:

    So far my favorite. Dazzling color with taste. Why don’t more of us look like this?

  19. Martin says:

    The look is fabulous! The dress has extraordinary coloration. It is a unique form of formality. Jean has a commanding presence.

  20. mICHAEL g says:

    I love the primary colors. This dress reminds me what Jackie K or Jean Shafiroff can represent the US. This is my favorite so far.

  21. Don V says:

    Very elegant.

  22. Dawne says:

    Spectacular!! This gown is truly spectacular. Jean is genuinely gorgeous in this fabulous Fabiola Arias creation. I love the way all the vibrant colors come together to make a fun, wonderfully constructed and well-fitted gown. Jean’s hair and make-up are flawless, and the earrings, bracelet, and minaudiere all complete this fabulous look. Absolutely spectacular!!!!

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