Friday, January 29, 2010

Dear Cherie. . .























What a week this has been: dinner parties; working on projects; shopping the last of the soldes; a med-ped and worst of all, You-Know-Who has started her regime impelling Cherie to avoid her at every turn. She is un-su- por-ta-ble (French pronunciation). 

She eats these blini/crepe things every morning made out of coarsely ground buckwheat and oat bran held together by an egg and a heaping tablespoon of frommage blanc (zero percent fat), mixed and then spread into a non-stick pan, no easy task considering how gooky it is. Et voila, breakfast. 

If the horses across the street were au courant there would be a stampede on the kitchen.

To be perfectly honest with you, which Cherie usually is, she liked You-Know-Who better when she was eating ice cream and drinking Chartreuse.

Enough of that, let's get to your questions:

Q: Dear Cherie, You mentioned dinner parties. Did you notice any trends?


















A: Chere Mme. X, Cherie assumes you are speaking about the guests as opposed to the repas, n'est-ce pas?  In that case, yes. We were six couples at table, among the women five were wearing some form of pearl earrings. Cherie is not fool enough to predict this coincidence as a mode movement, simply an observation. The pearls were in all sorts of shapes, sizes and sizzle: long teardrops held by a decent sized ruby; round surrounded by diamonds; a single large one suspended from a small gold loop; and a sort of chandelier affair which Cherie liked least.

Q: Anything strike your fancy these days, Cherie?























A: Of course, Mme. M, Cherie's fancy is tickled several times a day. She insists upon it. She was particularly "touched" might be the correct word for this photograph (by Denis Rouvre) in Figaro Madame magazine of Diane Von Furstenberg. Why, you might well ask? Because she has clearly done the teeth whitening procedure, but she hasn't zapped her hands and look at the crinkles around her eyes. Cherie thinks this is all quite splendid.

Q: Dear Cherie, Before you get worked up, I know you don't do "cute," but I do and was wondering with your refined eye if you might steer me in the right direction so I could have mignon, without looking the fool. Could you do that for me? Hmmm?























A: Dear Mme. S, Has anyone ever told you you're annoying? If not, they must have been thinking it. Alright, Cherie will not get worked up and will actually show you something she considers cute. This cashmere pull from Sonia Rykiel with "Garçon Manqué" (tomboy) emblazoned across the front. You know Cherie does not approve of grown women wearing messages on their chests. She's just saying in her opinion this is awfully mignon

Do you think that expression on her face has anything to do with the fact she forgot her trousers? (Photo by Nicolas Bergerot.)

Q: Chere Cherie, You have neither the time nor the space to tell us what you think about all the latest haute couture collections, but would you show us a few ensembles you might wear if you lived in the rarefied world you so richly deserve?


















































































































































A: Ah, Mme.H, How very delicate on your part. Cherie would be delighted to share a few looks that caught her eye. She does this with an irrevocable caveat however: One must never, never, never -- and you fashion mavins know this -- look at a collection on a runway or even in most fashion magazines and say to yourself, "Well obviously that wasn't made for me." 

Well of course it wasn't, it was made for the photographer so the photographs could be sold with enough shock value to grab your attention. Stripe away the theater and look at the treasure beneath. Another point, we're talking haute couture here. That means when you go in to try on the evening gown of your dreams that costs more than a Harvard education, you can ask the atelier to make the skirt longer or add a pair of sleeves. At those prices some customers are invited to dine with John or Karl.

Pictured above: Jean Paul Gaultier, Dior and Chanel.

(For the record: Cherie doesn't wear sorbet pastels and no, she doesn't want to discuss a crop as the season's new accessory.)

14 comments:

Marsi said...

Great stuff. You know how mad I am for that Chanel collection and its icy brilliance. And that Rykiel sweater really is darling. But then, she can't do much wrong in my eyes.

xoxo

JMW said...

Wonderful post. Love that Ms. von Furstenberg has embraced her age and is living it up - she's fabulous! No work needed (teeth aside) as far as I'm concerned.

LPC said...

Monochrome is so chic. And I had a Sonia Rykiel sweater and skirt set in my 20's. Rust red, black stripes. Doubt that I deserved it, in retrospect.

BigLittleWolf said...

Adore the first ensemble. Does it come in petite? Oh yes, as it will cost an Ivy education, I can simply have them reduce fabric by deux and perhaps make me a nice coat with the rest.

Deja Pseu said...

Merci Cherie! Presented as always with exceptional insight and wit.

I really loved both the Chanel and Dior shows. "Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in." [/Pacino]

Hmmm, une femme's hankering for some serious pearl earrings is growing plus forte.

materfamilias said...

Oh, that long-sleeved sheath is wonderful -- I could do with one of those, perhaps in a slightly more practical colour. . .

Jeanne-Aelia Desparmet-Hart said...

Love this rubrique, toujours. you are so much fun! Chanel, Chanel, Chanel. LOVE. too bad you need to be a size 2 and tres tres tres feminine and have a chauffeur...

The Daily Connoisseur said...

That sweater is to die for- I love it!

Dedene said...

I rather liked the pastels shown this week. But the John Galliano equestriennes were a bit much.
Hope you-know-who doesn't die from her regime.

beautifully50 said...

Loving the Chanel pastels as neutrals...Chanel taste on a DVF budget...I can live with that! DVF is one of my all-time favorites!! I still love her wrap dresses - flattering on everyone! I purchased a pair of DVF 4" wooden/suede clogs..that I wear incessently!

Jacqueline said...

Thanks for all of the wonderful advice, Cherie,
My favourite is the red jacket and top hat...that is so me.
... and, I'll have you know that I have been wearing pearls for ages now (see profile photo !!). Oh, I'm such a trend setter !! XXXX

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I always enjoy Cherie's advice. I had a couple of Diane von Furstenburg wrap dresses years ago. Wish I had kept them. And how bad would it be to have dinner with Karl? Sounds marvelous.
Sam

Une Femme Curieuse said...

From a self-professed pearl addict, those earrings are divine. So, in fact, are every single one of those dresses. Delish!

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