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One sexy leather dress — and studded boots: This curator of the divine shakes up elegant dressing

One sexy leather dress: This curator of the divine embraces elegance

Clifford Style File Vivian Wise October 2013
Vivian Wise works leather into a high-style look, a hint at her Velvet Slipper Divine to come. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group

Vivian Wise coyly describes herself as "curator of the divine." It's a moniker we are inclined to accept considering her elegant fashion-forward approach to dressing for a Nina Ricci event in the couture salon at Neiman Marcus. 

Via cellphone from her perch on the beach in Cancun, Vivian relayed that her leather dress by L'Agence was a purchase from Katia Boutique while her rockstud boots and the My Own Code handbag (personalized with her initials) were purchases from the Valentino boutique in the Galleria.

She accessorized with a plethora of gold bangle bracelets (she's been collecting them since she was 16) including several from Patricia Peckinpaugh. The love knot necklace from Kenneth Jay Lane was a birthday gift.

The "divine" reference emanates from the boutique, "Velvet Slipper Divine," that she is opening in January with a celebration party at the Corinthian. She's mum on what this incarnation of her retailing adventure, which began several years back as a high-end shoe store the Velvet Slipper, will be.

But knowing Vivian, we can assume it will be exceptional.