Saturday, December 10, 2016

Miss C on Dark Florals or Night Blooms in Selvedge Magazine's "Wild" Issue

As the days grow darker, so do my thoughts on fashion.

Here's my latest piece for London's beautiful Selvedge Magazine's "Wild" issue, on dark florals, or "night blooms," as I've titled the article.

Literary and/or Canadian readers will find a reference to Michael Ondaatje's The Cat's Table; cinemaphiles will spy  Barbara Stanwyck-esque beauty wearing what I'm calling "floral fatale"; and royal followers may recognize (the name of) Princess Elizabeth of Toro, the lawyer and diplomat from Uganda who was also an important model in the late 1960s. The photo on the opening page is "The Dress Lamp Tree, England," by Tim Walker (2002).

It's an eclectic garden.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Go Take A Hike: I'm Prada These Boots

I have a long-cherished pair of hiking boots from J.Crew--black with scarlet laces. They've been mine for over twenty years now, and I feel like an Alpine Edelweiss when I wear them.

And although they come in handy for climbing ev'ry mountain, there are some times when a lass needs to traverse a lunar landscape. So I'm considering turning to Prada, and these terrific hikers that are just right for leaping over craters or stalking the milky way.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

September 11, 2016

Fifteen years ago at 9:30 a.m. I was getting ready to teach The Great Gatsby, not having any idea what was happening in New York, or Pennsylvania, or DC.

Now, instead of considering "the single green light" from Gatsby, I see this double blue light, remember and honor the past, and look forward.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

A Tail of Two Shoes, or: The Zebra's Tale. Gucci's Delightful Mary Janes

Jenna Lyons from J Crew calls new shoes "shiny ponies"; Gucci's taken that one step further with these cunning zebra Mary Janes, replete with glossy black tails.

After seeing these, pompoms seem solastyear, and all I can think about is corralling a matched set to pull my carriage.

Anyone else want to take a ride?

Mens Where? Shirting Fabric in Feminine Shapes at Johanna Ortiz

I love men's shirting fabric, especially when it's done up in a feminine manner, with oversized frills and balloon sleeves.

In the 1990s Byron Lars owned the feminine take on shirting, with his architectural fits, and now the mantle seems to have been passed to Colombian designer Johanna Ortiz.

I'd pair these with a darker denim than pictured (from Net a Porter), or maybe a short khaki short. And definitely a grey pencil skirt.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Bottoms Up: Dressing Upside Down in New York Magazine

I love clothes worn in unexpected ways, and New York Magazine's fashion issue did not disappoint with its series of restaurant employees wearing clothes inside out, upside down, or bottom as top.

My two favourite looks were on Kellie Jones, a server at Lovely Day, who wore this wide brim Ralph Lauren hat topsy turvey. (I intensely dislike wide-brim hats like this [the floppier the worse] but I may revise my thinking now that there's a chic way to wear them.)

And this upside-down gown by Oscar de la Renta was just meant to be gathered into billowing pink clouds. Jones clutches them as if she were Daisy Buchanan, ready to push Gatsby around.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Gone Bowling: In Remembrance of Mushroom Hair Past

When I was little, in the 1970s, I loved reading the ad pages in my comic books as much as I loved the comics themselves: Archie, Millie the Model, horror comics, romance comics.

My favourite ad was for a mushroom wig, which I thought was the dernier cri in chic. The ad I remember featured that wig among a bevy of other wigs; current research turns up this singleton version, in its full bowl beauty:

Last spring Gucci reclaimed the mushroom via model Peyton Knight, who wears it in the top right image.

I recall also loving this look on Toni Tennille, here with her glorious bulldogs:

on Joanna Lumley's Purdey:

but not, alas, on me. And I should have know; I never eat mushrooms.

By the way, I also thought that Marie Osmond, circa 1976, wore a cropped mushroom / bowl, but I was wrong:

I did realize, however, that Taylor Swift, circa 2016, is wearing Marie's hair.