The new fall look book from Steven Alan came out today. I love! I want all of the clothes on the model on the far right. Including the socks. I just found out there's a Steven Alan outlet up the road from the store so I may be camping out.
Fabled shoe-label Charles Jourdan is being relaunched. Oh happy day. Here are some of my favourite Jourdan ads shot by the mischevious Mister Guy Bourdin. That's him at the bottom. He was a a bit of a saucy minx by all accounts.
In February I was at a ball in a silly gown with a black feather fascination thing on my head which my brother later told me looked like a crow had crashed into my forehead. I felt a bit silly not being much of a gown-wearer, and I popped outside for a cigarette to calm myself. I started talking to a man who was from Paris. His friend joined us and we carried on the conversation. A little later the afore mentioned friend was hitting on Sharlene and told her he thought I was the most pretentious person he'd ever met. I blame the crow-crash and the fact that I was talking about this book above. I wasn't trying to be pretentious I was trying to find some common ground with the man from Paris. Sigh. I am SO misunderstood ;)
"Lucile was the first designer to have fashion houses in London, Paris and New York. She has been credited with staging the first fashion parade using beautiful models (the precursor of the catwalk show)...and naming her designs "gowns of emotions".
Lucile lived her life in the spotlight. She was an early divorcee, flouted convention as a titled lady by setting up business, survived the Titanic, was at the centre of a seminal copyright law suit and exploited the creative talents of Howard Greer and future fashion names Edward Molyneaux and Norman Hartnell."
Lucile! Sounds like a blast! (note I didn't write ball. Could have. Didn't ;) The image is from the inside of the front cover, I love that it looks like wallpaper.
"Country House utopias....everyone does nothing except follow his own free will and pleasure, rising out of his bed whenever he thinks good, and eating, drinking, and laboring when he has a mind to it...as Rabelais puts it, there is but one clause to be observed - "Do what you please."
McCauley House, Mill Valley Architect: Raphael Soriano 1959
Tamalpais Pavillion, Marin County Architect: Paffard Keatinge-Clay 1965
Bartlett House, Huntington Lake, Fresno Architect: Beverly (David Thorne) 1962
Ludekens House, Belvedere Designer: Jack Hillmer 1951
From NorCalMod $35
The colours are so diffused - this is the look I've been trying to get with my Diana F. Must keep trying. Love these pictures. My friend Doug took me hiking up Mount Tamalpais once. I nearly died. It was hard.
(I have Harry Potter tickets. I'm so excited I can barely sit still. I don't care if that makes you pity me a little.)