+  Edited and photographed by Iké Udé, author of Style File. Selected as one of Vanity Fair’s 2009, 2012 and 2015 International Best Dressed Originals.  +

special guest/JEAN SHAFIROFF: talks about her 5th outfit. #5 in twelve acts






What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
The outfit begins with an emerald green Oscar de la Renta silk faille bubble dress. I decided to accessorize it with a beautiful watercolor patterned silk and cashmere scarf that I purchased at the Shanghai airport. The predominant colors of the scarf are beautiful shades of green and purple. I then added elbow-length Giorgio Sermoneta purple leather glove s purchased in Rome a few years ago. Earrings are by
Camilla Dietz Bergeron, Ltd. I paired this outfit with a matching purple satin Valentino clutch with faux emerald and diamond adornments and p urple suede Christian Louboutin pumps. The beige Vespa was on-loan from a nearby passerby to complete the look.


How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I left my apartment with the scarf around my head and imagined that I was running late for an early evening cocktail party. I imagined that I could not find a taxi. In a state of  desperation I hopped on a beautiful beige Vespa parked nearby and pretended to drive-off.


Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
Everything but the Vespa was planned ahead of time. It all came together once the Vespa was spotted.


On a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
I would rate the outfit an 8 without the Vespa . With the Vespa included, I rate it a 9.


What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
Color plays a major role. Purple and emerald-green are a beautiful combination. The dress has a wonderful retro-inspired bubble shape and is perfect for travel on a Vespa.


How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I would probably change the accessories slightly and then repeat it a few more times this Spring and Summer. I often repeat outfits.


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?
I loved the playful aspects of this outfit combined with the gorgeous color. Fantasy plays a great role in this outfit.


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8 Responses to special guest/JEAN SHAFIROFF: talks about her 5th outfit. #5 in twelve acts

  1. mICHAEL g says:

    vroom vroom you go gal. Is it bat girl ! No its Jean Shafiroff. So much fun!How mystique!

  2. linda henley says:

    I love this green dress…very 50s. The Vespa is great too. Would you ride around town on it? I have a power blue one but I use only in the country.

  3. Laura Martin says:

    Tre Chic!!!!!!!!!! The combination of purple and emerald is “to die for.” The Louboutins are unbelievable!! I had a vision of you driving the Vespa through the hills of Capri.

  4. Tom says:

    got it goin on again. Stylin on the move.

  5. Martin says:

    Beauty in action! The shawl and gloves go great with the dress.

  6. Penny says:

    How FUN! Once again you’ve captured the spirit of the outfit with the accessory… a Vespa.

  7. Debbie says:

    Rude Girl!….you go Jean. Riding off into the sunset. What beautiful colors. You sure know how to contrast the colors especially the scarf with the Vespra outfit…Keep on chucking! I give it a A+.

  8. Dawne says:

    I saw this picture and immediately thought of the three ‘Js’: Jackie O., James Dean, and of course, Jean Shafiroff. This picture captures a sweet, confident elegance with a bit of danger and mystique. I think I will entitle this: A Rebel With Many Charitable Causes’. Love the color combination of the scarf with that beautiful cocktail dress, shoes and gloves; this look is oh so chic.

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