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Jewels of the Style

Couture borrows earthy hues and bold colors from nature's elements.

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Photos by Romney Photography

Tall and smooth black leather boots by Charles David, $445, from Total Woman (3964 Magazine St., 891-3964; 736 E. Boston St., 892-9460; www.totalwomanla.com) give rise to skinny jeans by Alessandro Dell Acqua, $69.99, an animal print metallic silk jacket by Tuleh, $274.99, and a black knit camisole by Scala, $14, all from United Apparel Liquidators (518 Chartres St., 301-4433; 2033 Hwy. 190 N, Covington, 985-871-0749).
Show your spots -- all of them! A leopard-print Alexander McQueen jacket, $641.99, from United Apparel Liquidators (518 Chartres St., 301-4433; 2033 Hwy. 190 N, Covington, 985-871-0749) and Kate Spade toe-peeping Lynx sling-backs, $189.99, from Feet First (4119 Magazine St., 899-6800; www.feetfirststores.com) frame a sheer micro-net ballet skirt in soft brown by Necessary Objects, $58, from Red Carpet (3425 Magazine St., 281-4610). The champagne bead ear bobs are spotless, $10, from Red Carpet (3425 Magazine St., 281-4610). The cheetah-print cap with a turquoise leather band (on floor) is by Eugenia Kim, $220, from United Apparel Liquidators.
What to wear? A ribbed tank and cable-knit cashmere sweater set by Joie $295, from Snap (240 Metairie Road, Metairie, 849-9988; 3326 Magazine St., 891-1212) paired with Alessandro Dell Acqua Jeans, $69.99, from United Apparel Liquidators (518 Chartres St., 301-4433; 2033 Hwy. 190 N, Covington, 985-871-0749) is an easy choice. It's a tough call, however, between a black twill coat with leather toggle closures by Trovata, $374, from Snap or a soft, faux-sheerling vest by 22, $206, from Total Woman (3964 Magazine St., 891-3964; 736 E. Boston St., 892-9460; www.totalwomanla.com). Camel suede mid-calf boots are by Yellow Box, $72, from Ele Shoes & Accessories (3316 Magazine St., 309-8674; www.eleshoes.com).
Red-hot knit top by Tua, $20, from Hey Girl! (3512 18th St., Metairie, 457-2492) is worn with teardrop hoop earrings, $116, from Snap (240 Metairie Road, Metairie, 849-9988; 3326 Magazine St., 891-1212) and a hammered gold bracelet worn as a necklace, $99, from Lady Soho (3331 Severn Ave., Metairie, 212-7636).
A gold loop and chocolate rawhide necklace by Olivia Gallander, $425, from Mira Bella Shoes & Accessories (115 Metairie Road, Suite C, Metairie, 828-3888) is the perfect accent for a Boho-print hostess dress ,$190, from Snap (240 Metairie Road, Metairie, 849-9988; 3326 Magazine St., 891-1212). A rocky, smooth multi-color bracelet adds polish, $22, from Red Carpet (3425 Magazine St., 281-4610).
A cream knit empire-waist dress by Karlie, $89, from Clo Cia (3000 Severn Ave., Suite 2, Metairie, 324-9450) is accented with a fleur de lis belt, $179, from Lady Soho (3331 Severn Ave., Metairie, 212-7636), gold leaf earrings, $18, from Sweet Pea (802 Nashville Ave., 899-4044; 618 Chartres St., 523-4119) and a wide enamel cuff decorated with plum and pink jewels, $32.95, from Simple Elegance LLC (712 Adams St., 861-4200). Glitter-edged chocolate suede slippers are by Yellow Box, $48, from Ele Shoes & Accessories (3316 Magazine St., 309-8674; www.eleshoes.com). Grass stalks courtesy of Dunn & Sonnier Flowers and Antiques (2138 Magazine St., 524-3235).
May I have this dance? A red knit dress with a peek-a-boo back by Chaiken, $392, from Il Negozio (3607 Magazine St., 269-0130; www.ilnegozio.com) catches the attention of a short and sweet black clipped-velvet suit by Sweetees -- jacket, $106, and shorts $84 -- from Lady Soho (3331 Severn Ave., Metairie, 212-7636). The lady in red's shoes are black satin sling-backs with a vintage-style brooch, $84.99, and the "suit's" shoes are black suede wedges, $89.99, both by Moda, both from Feet First (4119 Magazine St., 899-6800; www.feetfirststores.com). The top hat is from Meyer the Hatter (120 St. Charles Ave., 525-1048); the red rose nosegay is courtesy of Dunn & Sonnier Flowers and Antiques (2138 Magazine St., 524-3235).
This sheer turquoise knit V-neck sleeveless dress with metallic detail stitching by Topin, $58, from Sweet Pea (802 Nashville Ave., 899-4044; 618 Chartres St., 523-4119) looks dazzling with pewter high-heel sling-backs with built-in platform by Nine West, $54.99, from Feet First (4119 Magazine St., 899-6800; www.feetfirststores.com) and a jeweled flower pendant hanging on a black metal serpentine chain, $79.99, from United Apparel Liquidators (518 Chartres St., 301-4433; 2033 Hwy. 190 N, Covington, 985-871-0749).

The Artists: Model: Wendy Wiltz for The Look Modeling and Talent Agency of the South (By appointment, 390-2370)

Hair: Dylan Brooks for Cut Loose Hair Studio (102 Metairie Heights, Metairie, 833-4577)

Makeup: Nicole Gaudin for Cut Loose Hair Studio (102 Metairie Heights, Metairie, 833-4577)

Photography: Romney Photography (By appointment, 366-1808)

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