In my deepest heart of hearts I wouldn't send out these news bulletins if I were not convinced you long to know what's on my radar.
To no one's surprise surely, today we will be exploring head-to-toe fashion finds and fripperies plus funny ha-ha and funny bizarre footwear. Basically shoes we would never wear for two, no make that three reasons: at a certain age one is supposed to possess some wisdom, we would surely break a hip, and then there's the price.
From the top then:
Josephine Bonaparte Knew How to Choose Her Jewels
You are aware of my fascination with the complicated Empress Josephine, but as I've often said she did have sublime taste in her clothes, homes and jewels albeit amassing some hefty debts in the process of accumulating her objects of desire.
This past weekend Princess Victoria, heir to the Swedish throne, wore Josephine's cameo tiara to hold her veil during the wedding to her former gym professor (I'll bet the royal family was thrilled about that match). On her feet she wore Roger Vivier (not literally, but when you see the shoes below you could conceivably pose the question), which could not be seen because of her floor sweeping gown by Swedish designer Par Engsheden.
Don't you feel as if I've saved you a trip to the hair salon to read Gala by giving you all this info?
If you have the occasion and you would like a touch of ageless sparkle, diamonds -- if you're lucky -- or crystal barrettes are an excessively important statement piece at the moment. Worn appropriately, they can be ageless. May I suggest at the back of the head perhaps?
The bar barrette above was sold at auction among the fabulous jewels Ellen Barkin decided she no longer wished to own after her divorce from Ronald Perelman. It is a splendidly sober example of what one could wear for the rest of her life. If you're not into hair decoration, it would make a perfect pin.
The flower flourish is Swarovski crystal.
If you're wondering why I bothered with this subject, it's because reportedly bright shiny objects were VERY big on the recent red carpet displays during the Cannes film festival.
Let's Re-Visit "Fluo"
Am I nagging again? No, no and no, simply another gentle reminder and one that is btw pas cher. The fluo or fluorescent trend that adds a spark of color to the summer collections can be had for a song.
It is one of those ageless, though not timeless movements. That's why I recommend a smidge of it and not a major splash unless you find something on it's fourth markdown or you live in one of those places that has the word "Palm" in your address. But I digress.
If you want a touch of fluo and you wish to protect your feet at the beach these Meduse plastic shoes are just what you need. Do we call them "Jellies"?
On the subject -- sort of -- I think I like this Riviera nail polish from Chanel. It has a certain flashy, fashiony fluo flavor.
Let Me Entertain You
Nothing to say here really. How about, creative aberrations at aberrant price points? The fringe ones from Bruno Frissoni make me think one is walking on two small dogs. The Vuitton look like one has stepped on a sheep's foot and as for the Viktor and Rolf flowers and the terrifying baroque-ish number from Versace enjoy the show. The chandelier Prada mules have a certain appeal. Would I wear them if someone gave them to me? Probably.