Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Can You Spell, Christiane Celle?
But still my thoughts turned to warm weather and to my annual peek at one of my stand-by summer designers, Christiane Celle of Calypso.
Of course, Ms. Celle has not been with the company that bears her name for . . . a couple of years now, and this is the first collection where I really feel the presence of her absence. (Oy--that's such a lit-crit phrase; sorry, gentle readers.)
But back to my virtual shopping spree: curiously, Calypso's two signature dresses--the Julia wrap dress and the Pazzi sheath dress--are not included for spring. Perhaps they will appear later, but they are missed. They punctuated each collection.
In their stead are very sheer, stream-of-consciousness little frocks (above and below) that resemble pretty nighties. I don't ever use that word--nightie--but it fits here. We did wear slip dresses and corsets as outerwear; why not a nightie? (I'll withhold my verdict until I try one on with a tan and smart sandals.)
There's also a renewed emphasis on the Indian tunic, but this image could easily be from the J Crew website, just with higher prices.
And at least J Crew, with its faux prep-school pedigree, takes the care to spell its copy correctly. Calypso, however, speaks of this yellow tunic with "pannels" and a fitted "waiste."
Is this a misguided attempt to invoke the founder's French background by employing charming ESL misspellings? Of course not; it's just sloppiness.
Once, in a moment of apres-midnight insanity, I visited the Kardashian sisters' boutique online. The copy there was so atrocious (full of grammatical errors) that I actually emailed them to offer my copyediting services. They didn't respond. A quick check today shows that their site is under construction. Perhaps they heeded my advice (but didn't take me up on my offer. It still stands!)
So I offer the same copyediting service to Calypso--as well as friendly advice from a long-time client to bring back Julia and Pazzi. Seriously.
And if you really like an curiously spelled sentence, try this one:
Do not Pazzi go.