Monday, January 31, 2011

Dolly Girl

Anna Sui dress. 3.1 Phillip Lim vest. Betsey Johnson tights. Chanel oxfords.
"We can take her [the doll] to a dressmaker & have her things made to fit. They will fit better if they are tried on'... So Emily was bought & actually taken to a children's outfitter's shop & measured for a wardrobe as grand as Sara's own. She had lace frocks too & velvet & muslin ones & hats & coats & beautiful lace-trimmed underclothes & gloves & handkerchiefs & furs" - Frances Burnett, A Little Princess
Sacré bleu: two blue dresses, two days in a row, both by Anna Sui?! This is no fashion faux pas but a study of Ms. Sui's seasonal designs (yesterday's spring 2010 versus today's fall 2009). These printed fabrications vary wildly - so says the girl with a dozen lace dresses (my eye intrinsically seeks life's subtleties). This flora-swirling silk is fit for a naiad, swimming shallowly with mermaids, luring fishermen with her frock like a siren song. No jewelry: just a gold military vest to complement the material's gilding.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Lilac, Lost

Anna Sui dress. Ralph Lauren sweater. Vintage belt. Valentino boots.
"A flowing lilac dress that I didn't recognize at all. 'Vintage. Prada, 1994. Don't you love it?' Julie had changed dramatically since I last saw her. It's the general consensus among Park Ave Princesses that you'll catch a contagious disease from thrift store clothes. I remember one time we were in Alice's Underground on Broadway she wouldn't touch me for days after" - Plum Skyes, Bergdorf Blondes
A floral frock planted with Pepper Potts of lilacs, carnations, gerber daisies growing among leafy foilage. It floats miles above moto boots while blousing over a thin layer of cashmere & yesterday's belt (a skinny strip of leather)... Not much more to say now - I'm engrossed in PBS' latest Masterpiece Classic, Downton Abbey, ♥loving♥ the turn of the 20th century gowns garbing these to the manor born ladies.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Nothing but Navy & Fur

Elizabeth & James jacket. 3.1 Phillip Lim dress. Vintage hat, necklace & belt (worn backward). Betsey Johnson tights. Chanel shoes.
"[She] let her hair hang loose, natural & it was that light blonde color... 'Why do you want this job, Miss Welles?' For some reason he felt nervous. Dammit, he was curious. She was dressed in plain dark linen & there wasn't a sign of jewelry except the small neat wristwatch, but there was something about her that made one certain she didn't need a job. 'I want to live in NY" - Jacqueline Susann, Valley of the Dolls
A plain dark outfit (matching navy chiffon frock & men's blazer) becomes wilder while exploring the animal kingdom... I couldn't resist playing with friendly furs: tawny rabbit snuggles cozily inside Elizabeth & James' cashmere jacket while vintage russet mink scurries around a headband. Usually hats always beat earmuffs for warmth, but this one keeps my whole head toasty. A chevron tooled leather belt cinches a waspy Dior waist & knee-length costume colored pearls populate flapper party dreams.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Tall Drink of Flora

3.1 Phillip Lim cardi. Vintage necklace & Diane von Furstenberg for RE-7 dress. H&M headband. Betsey Johnson tights. Chanel shoes.
"I don't know,' Weetzie said, chewing her fingernails with their Egyptian decals. 'Now, look at these dresses,' Dirk said, opening the closet. Weetzie had never seen such great dresses - a black dress with huge silk roses on it, a cream chiffon dress embroidered with gold sequins, a gold lamé & lace coat, a white fox fur, a tight red taffeta dress. 'Lanky lizards.' Weetzie sighed" - Francesca Lia Block, Weetzie Bat
I haven't worn this frock forever; it lay forlorn but not forgotten on the floor of my closet - luckily chiffon doesn't really crinkle. My pansied dress sprouts aquatic flora floating & falling in the depths of a squid ink sea. This is one of my few long (night)gowns - maxi dresses fare best in dry cold (wet hems bedraggle on snowflaked sidewalks). Chanel: Channeling cruisewear in a cardi-jacket, an avian crown, pearls... But mesmerized by couture's candlelit tweeds, embroideries, graphics - classic chic effortlessness.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I See Sequins

Elie Tahari resort 2011 collection, look #4
Elie Tahari 'Amelie' dress. Chanel shoes.
My Elie Tahari 'Amelie' dress is the ivory version of look #4 from resort 2011. The shift silhouette with bateau neck is universally flattering in sequined lace with a sheer eyelash-fringed scalloped hem & bracelet sleeves. This fabric shines best face-to-face - unfortunately my camera fails to capture the scratchy sequins & Loop de Loop lace. Inspired by American photographer Andrew Zuckerman's images of exotic birds, Mr. Tahari's collection explores leather outerwear & sophisticated slinky dresses: sprays of sequins for urban party girls & printed caftans for international Resort-ers who resort abroad. Modestly alluring straight lines are at the heart of Mr. Tahari's designs - feminine fashions that seduce stealthily with the beauty is truth, truth beauty of life. All dressed in white can look bridal or nurse-like, but this frock's lovely & magical on its own - worn here with only camel ballerinas & a turquoise rock.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

LEED Certified

Vintage necklace.
Anna Sui dress. Vintage necklace (worn as belt). Banana Republic ring. Betsey Johnson tights. Loeffler Randall 'June' booties.
"See your little face / Reflected in the forest pool, / Tall foxgloves grow about the place, / Forget-me-nots grow green & cool. / Look deep & see the naiad rise / To meet the sunshine of your eyes. / Lean down and see how you are fair, / How gold your hair, your mouth how red; / See the leaves dance about your hair / The wind has left unfilleted. / What naiad of them can compare" - Edith Nesbit, The Forest Pool
Greek mythology describes naiads as nymphs who ruled small bodies of water & J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan tells us we have to believe in faeries for them to exist... I wonder if they're all still there in the ether (goddesses & supernatural sprites), biding time until we revive them with happy thoughts. My forest green frock iced with silver lace frost is a page out of Remembrance of Things Past - when nature roamed wild & free, unpeopled. Worn with an Art Deco necklace & more flora: a carnation ring & rosebud tights.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Motown Mohair

Vintage ring & bag.
J.Crew coat. Urban Outfitters sunglasses. Betsey Johnson tights. Miu Miu shoes.
I try to wear my coats evenly, but I'm married to J.Crew's ombré mohair number. A car coat is named after its primary purpose: the classic shape hits mid-thigh, ideal for riding in cars (chasing clambakes, trips to the cape). Its sharp tailoring & standing collar suggests 1950s silhouettes - picture-perfect prissy Doris Day in a matching shift or skirt with a pussycat bow blouse. This fabric's artful ombré is like a sunset on the sidewalk: shades of silver, orange, eggplant mohair (warmth) & nylon (sheen) brushed into touchable tufts. If I have to run errands outside, I snap the hidden closures & wear the coat like a dress; or sometimes I slip it nonchalantly over my shoulders with a frock for dining alfresco, adopting the patch pockets as a purse. I like my bags small & sunnies big... Of course a Studio 54 disco pixie's purse is glam mesh & tortoiseshell cat-eye sunnies are vintage-inspired (but more oversized than genuine oldies).

Monday, January 24, 2011

Flora, Fauna, Merryweather

Sonia by Sonia Rykiel sweater. Vintage bracelet. Miu Miu shoes.
MINKPINK Part II, xoxo to Bollare... Flora, Fauna, Merryweather are the three Good Faeries in Disney's Sleeping Beauty; always robed in their signature red, green & blue gowns, their wardrobe reminds me of MINKPINK's night-falls-on-jungle-flora skirt. Cotton-the-fabric-of-our-lives spins into a demure high waist padded with draped bustles like contemporary panniers - modern Marie Antoinette sojourns in the tropics sans her Louis Vuitton steamer trunks. My sweater's trompe-l'oeil Peter Pan collar affirms its darling-ness; Darling is an affectionate term often used flippantly to lessen its feeling... I have only one friend who says it right & he's Australian - perhaps it takes a foreigner to carelessly loosen the word's love.
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