25 March 2015

"Deadines and Commitments,

What to leave in, what to leave out "(bob seger)

I love music, and often our life becomes a song. 
over the years my oldest brother and I -when we are together, have the habit(some say a very annoying & bad one) of finding song lyrics creeping in to our conversation, to increase said annoyance- it's often synchronized. 
well, as long as I am in confessional, singer, songwriter Bob Seger is a guilty pleasure of mine. the Detroit native is responsible for songs like- Against the Wind, Night Moves, Still the Same, (oh yes,) and what now is associated with Chevy trucks-Like a Rock,  Old Time Rock and Roll, Hollywood Nights, and We've Got Tonight.
at the moment Against the Wind's lines  "I've got so much more to think about, Deadlines and commitments,What to leave in, what to leave out..." resonate( meaning it repeats- over and over-and over-even when I sleep!)
SO-right now I am working away on my book and foregoing our usual meetings. there may be something unavoidable humming in my ear I have to share-but right now, there is so much to write,"so much more to think about..."

 (Félix Vallotton, Misia at her desk, 1897, Gouache and pastel varnished on card, H. 35 ; W. 52 cm, L’Annonciade, Musée de Saint-Tropez)

16 March 2015

lovely RITA...free falling

rita lydig by boldini

modern RITA

rita, by sarah burton for alexander mcQueen, fall 2015

lovely rita

meter maid by the beatles

12 March 2015

Ladies who Lunch

at some point, I would love to go to a Chanel fashion extravaganza.
For me that would be a real treat-say at Brasserie Gabrielle, Karl Lagerfeld's latest fantasy where he showed his Fall 2015 Chanel collection. Certainly there were some eager spectators of his fashion sport, but after weeks of watching teenagers waltz about in clothes that most people don't want, much less afford, Fashionable Eyes must be crossed at the mixing and matching that went on, and on.

I for one in the provinces, love to SEE what's going on in that other worldly world. No matter how I stray from Classic fashion, still there is that unabated LOVE for the Chanel suit, jacket, dress, that never tires, never errs, never wears Out or goes Out.

Style.com's "MOVE IT" is such fun! Watch the swish of a skirt the wafting of a sleeve, but alas, Chanel's MOVE IT was sketchy, the camera angle and the staging-KL created a full service French brasserie for the collection- prohibited Study of the clothes.

Lagerfeld's Chanel Collection for Fall 2015 is mostly all CHANEL when she triumphantly returned to clothes in the 1950's. What's strikingly out of sink with the Clothes is the Models wearing the clothes. Dress Up comes to mind- wearing Mommy's clothes.

photo by Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuter, from the NY Times here

Of Course, the worldwide obsession with YOUTH is to blame, but Mr. Lagerfeld, who is mostly genius as fashion goes, missed a perfect opportunity to do something Really Revolutionary- dress Real Women in these very Real Clothes.

 Ines de la Fressange?

Deeda Blair?

Carole Bouquet?

Charlotte Rampling?

Who will wear these clothes?
These are clothes that require experience. Model Audrey Marnay, (below) at 35, fits the clothes. Once retired, Marnay returned to modelling recently and  in Chanel, she alone wears a sweater over the shoulders with elan, and authoritative aplomb.

all photos from Style.om  Kim Weston Arnold / Indigitalimages.com, except where noted.

10 March 2015

2 to KNOW

 γνῶθι σεαυτόν

Materialization of a Young Woman Produced by the Medium Linda Gazzera, 1909
 Enrico Imoda (Italian, active 20th century)

  Audrey Hepburn, Berlin 1964  photographed by Rico Puhlmann



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