This is one of those "surprise!!" Fridays.
They're as much of a surprise to me as they are to you. I just collect, collect, collect whatever catches my fancy and then throw it all together. In the past I've explained this as a potpourri, stream-of-consciousness, whatever -- you get the picture, very abstract. (Speaking of art, do you have any idea how long it took me to write "surprise" like that?)
Now I'm thinking, I could hold these disjointed bits together in a sort of column format, i.e. lots of free advice -- my stock and trade (sorry, I tried to think of something clever, but this cliche is the only phrase that popped to mind) -- and you can take what you want; reject the rest. You probably do that anyway, I just don't want to think about it.
Et voila, the debut of a new feature. . .
Dear Cherie (that's me):
Q: Do you have any ideas for spending absolutely nothing while still saying to the world, "I'm looking very fall/winter 2009/2010 this year?"
A: I'm so glad you asked. I do indeed. A very big trend, well moderately big, is putting your XXL beads over your scarf. Please note sketch by Edith.
Q: All I see is hardware on everything: shoes, jackets, dresses, gloves. . . I don't know what to do, I don't really like it, but I want a little bit of the action. What do you suggest, Cherie?
A: I agree with you completely. A few nails and studs go a long way. I did see a pair of Repetto ballerinas with a zipper affair at the toe. They could be an option? The au courant detail might rip your very expensive Wolford tights when you cross your legs so be careful. Fashion can be terribly challenging sometimes.
Q: I've always loved gloves. I think they're so ladylike and chic. Do you have any ideas on the subject?
A: Of course I do. In fact I have two splendid suggestions. A pair of long, luxe red ones -- long because, in my opinion, there is nothing worse (OK, slight exaggeration) than seeing wrists peeking out between coat sleeve and glove hem. One of our missions in life is to always maintain unbroken lines when dressing. Bonus point: Red is huge now. We'll be talking more about it in the very near future.
The other is a little find about which I am so excited I can hardly sit still as I type you about it: Silver leather gloves with a built in change purse from Maison Fabre. Talk about handy. . .
Q: What do you think about all the leopard, cheetah, etc. spots everywhere, on everything.
A: I was hoping someone would ask me this question. Personally I'm sick, sick, sick of them, but as one immersed in the fun-filled world of fashion I have certain obligations and I fear this is one of them. In my possession I have a scarf, a belt and a pair of ballerinas. I will dutifully wear them this season.
However, pay attention now please, I do not recommend at this point in the trend for anyone to go out and spend large amounts of disposable income on something feline. Let me explain: A movement like this now moving into its third and fourth season -- you will remember we saw it in spring and summer -- will be embarrassingly over next spring. I'm just saying. . .
Q: Have you ever seen anything absolutely adorable a French child would wear that most likely children in other parts of the world over the age of four -- and no longer under the influence of their stylish mothers -- would never accept?
A: Why yes I have. Funny you should ask. The other day, walking by the French children's store, Jacadi, I saw the sweetest little felt cloche in the window and thought to myself: I'll bet that only goes up to size six, then I remembered I was in France and realized a petite fille would probably adore it.
Please send all your questions to "Dear Cherie" in the comments section of your choice -- but nothing too complicated, I beg of you -- and she'll get back to you every Friday.
If not, that's fine too. Cherie is an only child and knows how to play by herself.
Merci par avance. Cx