Sunday, January 31, 2016

Karl Lagerfeld

Karl, like Cher, has been around for a while.  A collection tells a story about its moment in time, and like a good novel, there is irony and history, passion and disinterest, love and rebellion. Karl's stories are sometimes abrupt, always intensely honest and frequently hidden by the cacophony of glamor and celebrity.

Update. Yesterday was Karl's 83rd birthday. He is unstoppable.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Zevs, Visual Violations

Artnet has a few Zev Visual Violation pieces and his work is represented by Lazarides in London.

Not everyone loves visual violations or visual kidnapping. Giorgio Armani was not happy that his Hong Kong boutique became a Zav art installation and took him to court.

Of course there are as many street artists shown in museums and galleries as there are people disturbed by it.

Banksy pieces begin in the low six figures. "If graffiti changed anything it would be illegal" is a Banksy vandalism on a wall.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Why Don't You? A White Victorian or Edwardian Skirt

Romantic white skirts from long ago are not fragile and have become a goodly part of my summer wardrobe. Covering up a bathing suit at the beach or all prettied up with a little top, a crushable straw hat with flowers and big sunglasses that separate this from too sweet. Flea markets, vintage shops, eBay and Etsy. When they need to be freshened up, I boil them with Rit White-Wash for twenty minutes on the stove, stirring with a heavy wood paddle. Rinse in cool water and lay on a towel to dry, preferably in the sun.

I love this one from The RedHeadedPrincess at and it's perfect, no boiling required. My wonderfully generous friend Judith sent me an amazing Kenzo black leather obi sash, perfect for this.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Saturday, January 9, 2016

When There Really, Really Are Fashion Police

Someone asked me to send a pile of Aperture magazines to a photographer living in Iran he'd met online. The postage was shocking but the very sad part was the photos he posted showing that Iranian censors had gone through each page with a fat black marker to obliterate the "offensive."  

There are now 70,000 "morality" police officers in Tehran.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

On Beauty And Papa Bear and Who Wore It Better

beautynounthe beauty of the sceneryattractivenessprettinessgood looks,comelinessallurelovelinesscharmappealeye-appeal,heavenlinesswinsomenessgraceeleganceexquisitenesssplendor,magnificencegrandeurimpressivenessdecorativenessgorgeousness,glamourliterary beauteousnesspulchritude. ANTONYMS ugliness.she is a beautybeautiful womanbellevisionVenusgoddess,beauty queenpictureinformal babehottielookergood looker,beautsirendollarm candylovelystunnerknockoutbombshell,dishpeacheyefulfox. ANTONYMS hag.

Papa Bear is my very glamorous 120 pound Bernese Mountain Dog. While he is not show dog calibre having one brown eye and one blue, cars do screech to a halt to smile at him. The perpetually drunk homeless man who is partial to sitting in the shade on the steps of a walk street near me in Venice smiles and lurches at Papa Bear, hugging Papa Bear and burying his head in his fur. Maybe for a moment he is at peace.

While Papa Bear is probably the most beautiful Bernese ever (I really think so), I've noticed his delight at sniffing the rear of almost any dog he sees. His tail wags and he strains on his leash, my big lumbering gentle giant wants to play. Remarkable he doesn't notice that it's he who grabs all the attention. He's not the breed standard but somehow he exists in a world that wants to love him for his uniqueness and that can see his great beauty.

The labels of beauty/non-beauty are not going to go away in a flood of acceptance as easily as Papa Bear's differences were accepted; this planet has not managed world peace yet either. 

Sunday morning musing after learning of a freshman at Bennington that died in the common room last week. A couple of drinks and falling asleep to never wake up again, her friends that cannot make sense of her absence. A cup of coffee at my computer this morning and wondering why People Magazine does that who wore it better section. Voting on whether black shoes look better than gold? Is cleavage good or gross? Who's got cellulite at the beach that you didn't know had issues with it? Interviews with plastic surgeons commenting on the appearance of someone who may have done something? Just for right now, I'm really, really tired of it. The fashion police inviting you to laugh at some silly faux paus? Oh please. 

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