Thursday, February 7, 2013

News, Views, This & That. . .

Spiny, prickly, weird shoes from Christian Louboutin.
         Whenever I see something in a magazine or newspaper that I think might interest you (assuming we're interested by the same things); I rip and save. I like to think of these tidbits as "news" but sometimes they languish in my "dossier" -- love that word, much more important sounding than "file" don't you think (?), and, very French.

         OK then, let's begin the bulletins:

En Privé Interview

Daria Werbowy
          In a sort of take on the Proust questionnaire, Figaro Madame closes each issue with a "Private Interview" which could be with just about anyone. Sometimes I have no idea who the interviewee is or why the editors wasted a perfectly good page that could have been full of beauty tips -- for example. . .

          No matter. A recent interview was with Canadian model, Daria Werbowy (it seems to me when pictures speak louder than words, adjectives attesting to her physical assets are redundant), proved that she and I were on the same page -- we'll never be on the same page literally, but we share an opinion if you will.

          The question posed to her: "What annoys you in fashion?

How difficult is it to push-up a sleeve?
A: Three-quarter length sleeves. (Ed. Note: Stupid, annoying. . . long sleeves can be pushed up.)

Q: What is your definition of elegance?

A: Self-confidence. (Ed. Note: What's to say?)

          All of this from a woman who is planning to take two years to sail around the world. She has already sailed across the Atlantic.

The In's & Out's of 2013

Narcissus admiring Narcissus by Caravaggio.
Silly, but fun, another treat from the French magazines.

Out: Books

In: Books (sorta dumb)

Out: Politics (that is good news)

On the outside chance you forgot what you learned in your astrophysics classes.

In: Astrophysics (you bet)

Out: Narcissism

In: Philosophy

Out: Scandinavian chefs

In: Australian chefs

Out: Vintage from the 70s

In: Vintage from the 80s (pleeeeeese say it isn't true)

More Shoes News
You see, who can explain the sources of inspiration?
        Earlier in the week we examined the possibility of shoes inspired by a gigantic yellow bird. Today I would like us to think about the muse for these Christain Louboutin moccasins, a prickly pear cactus perhaps?


Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I love the idea of self confidence defining elegance...and agree, so glad that politics as they exist today might be out!!

Tree said...

Ugh -those shoes are like a dog chew toy!

Fashion art and other fancies said...

One never knows what's in or out in fashion. Confidence is always elegant.xx

Fly Away Home said...

A resounding 'here! here!'to Pam's comment!!!!! Confidence radiates beauty!

3/4 sleeves - Useless

Books - Will never go out of style.

xo Beth

webb said...

Clearly you are tall enough not to need "petite" tops. For me, 3/4 sleeves are a life saver. Regular sleeves are much too long and always, always, always have to be either pushed up or folded up - and many petite garments have the same sleeve length as regular. What a drag, and so often it ruins the look of the outfit.

Note to designers/manufacturers: Short women have short arms - otherwise we would look like little orangutans! Well, maybe we do!

knitpurl said...

Tish, today's post culling from your dossier was superb! Many laughs and some serious notes were needed as we have snow falling (same storm expected soon in the Northeast). Elegance, someone must have written a book on that. Have been enjoying Grace Coddington's memoir. Still smiling over the prickly pear cactus and Lauboutin reference. Love it! xoxo, C.

That's Not My Age said...

I like Daria's thinking. I'm opting for vintage 70s this spring and will be wearing flared Levi's to the David Bowie exhibition at the V&A!

BigLittleWolf said...

Narcissism is out?

Oh, I certainly hope so!

But sleeves of any sort (for this woman of a certain age) is happy news.

Now about those cactus-inspired moccasins. I can't help but prefer something more classic... avec talon, like the delicious Helmut 100 of 3 or 4 years back...

vicki archer said...

No to the '80's... maybe yes to the cactus...;) xv

Amelia said...

Hmmmm...Christain Louboutin shoes inspired by a cactus, more like a round spikey weapon from the Middle Ages but I'll still wear it. A fun pair of shoes.

Can't keep up with what's "In" "Out" "In" "OUT", I'll find a decade and stick to it, maybe it soon be "In" again.

Yeah, to Daria Werbowy...I think I like her sensibilities, is that the right word or is it an "OUT" word..:)

Enjoy every bit of today's post!!!


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

So happy she mentions three quarter length sleeves. I always think I look like I'm wearing baby clothes. Or maybe my arms are too long for the trend?

Pat said...

If you feel the need to push up the sleeves, why not just have sleeves the proper length--3/4's. 'Nuff said.

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