Thursday, August 27, 2009

I Want One























No, not the Picasso "Paul as Pierrot," that's not what I desire. I want the Pierrot collerette.

Well, I'm not a complete fool, of course I'd like the painting, but let's not even go there. We're in a recession for heaven's sake and we're all searching ways and means to make the most from the least, which naturally brings us to today's topic:  A minor addition resulting in a major transformation: The beautiful, face-framing, ruffled clown collar. Would I even bring up the subject if it weren't a la mode-worthy? You know me better than that.























They're big-time statements this fall AND Anne Fontaine of the famous white blouses (although she is now making lots of black chemises -- I guess I was wrong about the infinite possibilities of the white shirt. . .) made them as detachable accessories. Note picture above from Figaro Madame.

Karl Lagerfeld sprinkled them throughout the Chanel collection plus I also saw them someplace else I can't remember. Just take my word for it.




























































I don't know about you, but I'm getting one. I'm sure those of you far more clever than I can whip one up in less than an hour. Oh, yes, for those of you who have previously mentioned white near your face is not the illuminating miracle I presumed it to be, make your collerette in any color that strikes your fancy. Karl did one in baby pink, so there you go.

Dernier thought: The black silk ribbons from yesterdays post? You can wear them with your new Pierrot collar. You needn't stop there. Go all the way: Throw on a few strands of longish pearls or earrings. You could transfer above mentioned ribbon to your hair like our idol pictured below. If you dare. . .

















Oh my, guess who thought of this first? Imagine that. Quelle surprise.

16 comments:

Deja Pseu said...

A great look if you have the neck for it. On me, they'd probably hit around my upper lip...

:-D

tishjett@yahoo.com said...

D.P.: Too funny. I'm sure they could be trimmed for a custom fit, non?

Jazz said...

But how do you wear something like this without getting make-up all over it? I can't even wear a white blouse without getting smudges on the collar.

pasunejeunefille said...

Tish,

Encore, j'adore your blog. (How's that for Franglais?)

I have always loved France since I was a child and had the good fortune to live in a French speaking dorm when I was a student(long ago) at a large east coast university. Your posts about fashion caused me to remember (a la Proust) a French exchange student that I lived with.

This was the early 80's. The University was a bastion of all things preppy. My uniform consisted of fair isle sweaters, tweed hacking jackets, cords, and LL Bean duck shoes no matter what.

Anyway, our exchange student, Martine,showed up for school with exactly two suits, five or six blouses, a trenchcoat, a pair of boots and a pair of heels. That was it! My roommates and I were amazed. She did not own a pair of jeans.

I later found out that the suits were Chanel. (I had never heard of Chanel before.) They had been passed down to her from a relative and she considered that she was more than well equipped for an entire year at an American University.

I wish that I could report that she enlightened my roommates and me on the joys of a small, classic wardrobe. Alas, the reverse was true. By the end of the year, she had put on 20 pounds (all that pizza and beer) and wore only preppy sweaters and jeans. Her French wardrobe was pushed to the back of the closet. I think we even bought her a down jacket to complete the look!

I lost touch with her and I now wonder what her family thought when she arrived back home.

One thing that she never lost though was her loyalty to perfume. No matter what she was wearing, she always smelled so french!

Keep those blog posts coming!

Mille mercis

knitpurl said...

Because I wear turtlenecks and scarves, a collarette would be so new, so cool, so French. I wonder if anyone has something, not overly frilly. Really like this idea. Web searching will prevail for this is too new.

Will go the non-white route in blouses. Even my adult daughter screwed up her face when I mentioned gorgeous white blouses for business attire to her. She told me she looks as good in them as I do -- which means neither of us can wear them.

On the make up issue, I find I just keep my chin up and thereby get that lovely l-o-n-g neck stretch. Seriously, matching my skin tone, my makeup is only on my face. I will admit it took giving up a cherished cosmetic brand to opt for mineral make up 5 yrs. ago --and I love it!

TM said...

I really wish I'd done a knit version of these for the magazine... Instead we opted for the huge cowl look. And the infinitiy scarf.... But being these are so "now" in Europe, will be next year before the real American market starts to see them.
Fabulously interesting post!!!

TM said...

I really wish I'd done a knit version of these for the magazine... Instead we opted for the huge cowl look. And the infinitiy scarf.... But being these are so "now" in Europe, will be next year before the real American market starts to see them.
Fabulously interesting post!!!

TM said...

I really wish I'd done a knit version of these for the magazine... Instead we opted for the huge cowl look. And the infinitiy scarf.... But being these are so "now" in Europe, will be next year before the real American market starts to see them.
Fabulously interesting post!!!

Drea said...

Just after I read this I got my "New Must Have for Fall" email from Anthropologie, and what's at the bottom of the page, but a couple lacey colerettes!

knitpurl said...

Omigosh, I checked Anthropologie's website and I'm wondering why I'm planning to knit some new scarves. They have awesome BIG scarves with ruffles and puffs and those lacey collerettes already mentioned.

I've always found it disappointing that it takes a year for European trends to get to the American mkt.'s East Coast and then another year to get out here to flyover country. However, I have in my possession some fabulous Fall knitting and fashion magazines that will keep me occupied a long time. (well, at least until the next issues.)
-Carole

tishjett@yahoo.com said...

Chère Pasunjeunefille (all-one-word),

Merci mille fois toi meme.

We speak Franglais at home so it's a language in which I am extremely comfortable. Please feel free to speak to me in it at all times. It's my favorite because it helps me with my verbs. I do a whole sentence in French, can't figure out the verb and just insert one in English. So far it's served me very well.

I love your story. Can you imagine arriving at school with Chanel in your luggage (!?) Too bad you don't have a recent update. I'll bet she lost the weight and is still wearing her Chanel -- maybe the jacket with jeans. What could be more chic?

I will. And thank you again.

Tish

tishjett@yahoo.com said...

Dear Jazz,

Are you sure you need to wear makeup on your chin and neck? I think some women think they do, but really don't.

I only "spot" my makeup where I think I need it, i.e. nose, a bit on the forehead, over the YSL Touche Eclat under my eyes and sometimes on my lips to "hold' the lipstick. The rest is blush, lipstick and eye makeup.

It saves on laundering/ dry cleaning, makeup and time.

Let me know what you think.

Tish

tishjett@yahoo.com said...

Carole, Drea,

How exciting. Now you two can be twins.

How much does it cost?

Marsi said...

I want a collar as well. Of course Mlle Coco wore them, of course! How couldn't she?

knitpurl, are you on Ravelry? If so, look for the Anthropologie group and see if there are any scarf patterns there that catch your eye. The gals in that group are incredible at designing their own knockoffs from Anthro's overpriced goods. (And that way you can have the same look but in exquisite yarns -- no nasty acrylics.)

Marsi said...

P.S. I would love to know whatever became of Martine. She intrigues me.

tishjett@yahoo.com said...

Martine?

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