Sunday, April 18, 2010

On Beauty and My Closet


It's time to sort through my closet and put the freshly laundered whites together, pale colors next and then navy and black.  Winter boots need to be hauled to European Shoe Repair and there are more than a few skirts with sagging elastic waists needing urgent attention.  I've put this project off so long that it's become too large to just pull the closet door open and put things right.

The thing is to toss (give away, of course) any thing that isn't your own style. Not to ever believe in the silliness of getting rid of anything you haven't worn in a year. I've just begun collecting Christie's and Sotheby's catalogs on fashion and there is not a downturn in vintage designer pieces or It-bags. Actually Christie's has hired an expert to certify that your vintage Gucci is authentic and place a value on it. 

My Chanel Baby Cabas bag, black patent and gorgeous, purchased on eBay is fake. Having paid through Paypal, I felt quite safe; authenticity guaranteed. Not really as it turned out. Ebay and Paypal allow ninety days to file a claim and it took me a bit longer to realize I'd been had. If it were canvas, I'd be quite comfortable spraypainting FAKE on it.  I'll get a large square of white canvas and scrawl FAKE in bold black letters to safety pin to the outside of the bag. Lesson: careful on eBay but you do have ninety days to file a claim.

Brigitte Bardot, Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Bissett, Natalie Wood, Bianca Jagger, Jean Seberg ... beautiful.

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