I'm deep breathing and "ohm-ing" as I gear up for my final rant accompanied by the major decision I've made that will save me from this uncomfortable position in the future.
"Femmes" magazine, you know the one with the mission statement: "For the active, vibrant, elegant woman of 40 and over who is now on the cusp of a new, thrilling life full of excitement and possibilities (?) -- yada, yada." Once again for at least the fourth time -- and the magazine just celebrated its first birthday -- the editor, who is definitely of a certain age, has decided in her infinite wisdom to put another woman well under 40, in this case 32-year-old actress Virginie Ledoyen, on the cover.
Safely undercover, inside the pages of the magazine are articles with heavily re-touched photos
of interesting women who reflect the mission statement, while clothes we of a certain age are supposed to wear appear to be modeled by teenagers.
You will no doubt be pleased by my consequential decision: I am never, never, never buying this magazine again -- ever. Why should I plunk down 3.90Euros for a broken promise? I'm finished, it's over. I trusted too much, too long. I can't do it anymore.
Whew, I feel so much better now.
Just to make you swoon. . . Christian Louboutin of the red-soled shoes has collaborated with Ladurée to make macarons echoing the theme of his shoes. The packaging is too divine and the macarons, 18 to a box for 35.80 Euros, are filled with a deliciously sophisticated melange of dates and figs. (They will be available September 11, FYI.)
Le Buzz, as the French say, is all about moccasins this fall and by some quirk of fate my all time favorites, black patent leather, are the big news. They are the single best choice because they are seasonless, snappy, stylish and always in.
Some are saying -- could it be true (?) -- they are the season's new ballerinas. Not to worry, Repetto, the first and last word in that domain, has introduced a stunning pair, rimmed, you'll notice with grosgrain ribbon. (175 Euros. I hate to tell you this, but they're called the "Jackson" moccasin. Forget I mentioned it.)
Perhaps you recall the post from last week where I had a little swoon myself over the Pierrot ruffs at the neck of many blouses in the fall/winter collections, including the one from Anne Fontaine (150 Euros) which is detachable allowing you to wear it whenever, wherever, however. At the same time I used, as I often do, Karl Lagerfeld's magnificent collection as a reference for the flattering ruffled neck treatment.
Two days ago I discovered the price of one of his beauties: 4690 Euros. This is ready-to-wear ladies, not haute couture. And it's sleeveless(!) In its defense: blouse and collar in mousseline de soie irisé, ribbon in silk satin. Well, I should hope so.
Can you imagine the price if he'd included the sleeves?
For that sum one could take the whole family to Paris -- hotel, food and shopping included. Now there's an idea.