This is the gist of my conversation with Edith this morning -- translated of course because I can't write in French -- just prior to her heading to the airport and boarding a plane for Shanghai:
Edith: I just called to say goodbye and tell you I'll miss you.
Moi: I'll really, really miss you too. Bon voyage (any idiot can spell that).
Edith: What would you like me to bring back for you from Shanghai?
Moi: I have no idea. What's in Shanghai?
Edith: Everything, only cheaper.
Moi: Surprise me.
Edith: How about something in cashmere?
Edith: I just want to tell you right now, I'm not buying you anything in black.
Moi: OK, Edith, merci par avance et bon voyage.
So, she's off and I shall now continue our on-going series devoted to pulling great finds out of our closets to create a non-stop procession of ensembles from what we already own. Fortunately we've worked two weeks in advance so our fun feature will not be interrupted due to her untimely travel.
For those of you who are unaware of the game we've been playing for the last few weeks, Edith grabs whatever catches her eye from her armoire and then assembles the pieces while I wear the same black trousers and black pencil skirt, changing only the tops and accessories I find within mine. (I don't actually own an armoire, but I felt I needed a synonym.)
As I've mentioned, when we see a flower bud in our gardens, we'll start talking about spring, until then we're working with what we've got.
Surely something will begin to bloom before the end of the month.
At the top: I'm wearing a Bill Blass (I know, can you believe it?) silk Lurex blouse; a torsade of gold pearls; a black chiffon scarf with golden dots, used as a belt; my Chanel evening bag and probably the sexiest sandals I've ever worn, but haven't had on in ummmm, quite a while.
Edith is in a pair of skin-tight satin pants with a short beige crepe dress, spangled with gold sequins, worn as a tunic. She points out: "You've seen the pictures, everything is short this season. We can't wear short, or at least not that short. This is my solution." She said she bought the dress "in a boutique around the corner from my house [in Paris] I have no idea what the name of the place is."
Above: Moi in my marron glacé Chanel cashmere twin-set; huge Chanel double "C" earrings; my coral suede Chanel bag, which you've seen scores of times, and an ancient pair of buttery soft brown leather boots.
Edith is wearing a YSL safari jacket with her own belt -- remember: belts, belts, belts -- and "old" black Repetto ballerinas.
As always and ever, all drawings by Edith.