Saturday, January 5, 2013

21st Century Chic

The aqua and cream French Provincial atelier is booming with activity. In the background, Ella sings Cole Porter like no one else can. Bouquets of Calla lilies, coral roses, and tuberose scent the air already charged with the excitement that only the visit from a fashion icon can generate. In his pewter silk moiré bergère, James Bogue, tall, blonde, and distinguished, awaits the arrival of his long time muse.
“My source of inspiration in creating Bogue's Vogues is, as it has always been, Barbie herself. When Barbie returned to the world of high fashion with the Barbie Fashion Model Collection, that inspiration was renewed. Her elegant and very stylized countenance along with her modern model’s attitude make me feel like Barbie has reached her zenith. She is a 21st century idol who dreams of mid-20th century sartorial sensibilities; a modern woman who wears only the most inspired, perfectly handcrafted, and truly elegant designs, regardless of what the current fashion capers decree,”states this Texan for whom no detail on a dress, cape, or hat is ever overlooked.

“My style as a designer is classic, I'd say my greatest strength is to underplay the look, as being overdressed is like putting a gaudy frame on a beautiful painting,” he ads with a smile. “The process for Bogue's Vogues begins in the imagination, the idea can be daytime, evening, or cocktail wear, then it moves onto fabric selection and the basic construction of the garment, and culminates with the finishing details which more often than not end as something very different from the initial idea, almost as if the design took on a personality of its own. The crowning glory for a look is of course, the hat. Change the hat and you change the attitude, the tone, the intention.” These are clearly the musings of an artist who lives through his art and dives into the challenges as well as the glory of his craft, all the while understating the architectural qualities of his designs as well as the exactitude of his cut.

 Welcome to 21st century chic, welcome to Bogue’s Vogues.

Merveille. Tailored dress designed in natural raw silk with silk taffeta lining. The polka dot waistline sash and matching hat add Doris Day pizazz. Barbie's make-up by Billy Lope. Bracelet by Joy Jarred.

Inauguration. Sleeveless, scoop neck evening sheath in brilliant aqua brocade hides under the matching coat with velveteen collar and cuffs and self bow closure.

Black As Night. Betty Draper Barbie dons one of Bogue's classic looks in voluptuous organdy separates. Necklace by Joy Jarred.

Cocktails at 21Club. This coat and dress in black and white cotton print and black silk and white button trim will take Barbie from museum to cocktails. The flocked tulle hat is de rigueur for making heads turn when walking down Fifth Avenue.

Who's The Boss? In ivory cashmere coat and dress with silk taffeta lining and a towering matching hat, there is not doubt who owns the show.

A woman of consequence. The matching steel silk dupioni suit boasts a jacket with a fringed border. Bracelet by Joy Jarred.

Scintillating Soirée. An evening dress and coat in silk organza with gold embroidery and painted dots is pure and unadulterated 60's chic. Chain link necklace by Joy Jarred.

Mon cher Irving! The essence of the Bogue’s Vogues look, Barbie is the quintessential fashion plate in a cotton print cocktail dress with a free flying panel. The monumental black velvet chapeau steals the show. Barbie's make-up by Billy Lope. Pearl bracelet by Joy Jarred. Rhinestone bracelet by Randal Craig.

All fashions by James Bogue for Bogue’s Vogues
Jewelry by Joy Jarred
Sofa and cushions by Anne Morrison for Morrison Studios


  1. Hello from Spain: wonderful and stunning photos. The clothes are very elegant and majestic. Your text is very interesting too. Keep in touch

  2. Oh my goodness, each picture is more beautiful than the last. James' fashions are breathtaking. I will go back to this again and again to ogle.