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October 3rd, 2010


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12:49 pm - The interplay of strict and soft
So, we're almost to the end of the fashion week(s) for Spring-Summer 2011 -- NYC, London, Milan, and now Paris. I pay attention in a fairly lackadaisical way, to be honest, for I am not someone who'll be buying those designer clothes, but I am interested in color stories, shapes, lines.

My starting point is American sportswear and English eccentricity, day clothes rather than eveningwear. It's perhaps unsurprising then that I loved Paul Smith's London collection (and the Sartorialist's photos of same), and now I'm fascinated by Phoebe Philo's work for Celine.

Two sources: Hilary Alexander in The Telegraph (Ms Alexander being one of my very, very favorite fashion journalists for her eye and her connection to the real world), with video; and, with a photo that made me gasp, Cathy Horyn's review.

The word so often associated with Philo's work for Celine is "strict," and the photo with Horyn's piece -- showing a saturated French-blue shirt (without collar, with flying cuffs which I so love) and a rich leather skirt -- is strict in line but with just enough hint of softness, suppleness, 'delight in disorder.' A woman could work in those clothes, move in those clothes.


When I saw that photograph of those clothes, I immediately thought of Alice Stonewood. (Okay, I immediately thought "I want that shirt." But after that....) She might well wear a version of that outfit to her job at the credit union, but when Morgan looks at her, he in memory sees her in the forest, sees the sky-blue top of a Princess with only the gleam of her ring and her mother's silver cuff, sees the long leather sweep of her skirt and with her mother's sword in hand, the blade all but hidden in the folds of tanned hide. She doesn't tell him that she too remembers that day in the forest, the crunch of dead leaves underfoot, the grief and joy intermingled, strict and soft.


May you find your perfect interplay of strict and soft today!

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From:mamculuna
Date:October 3rd, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
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Oh, Alice. And that skirt. Indeed, "a woman could work in that skirt." It calls for a sword, it does.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 3rd, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
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Isn't that skirt fierce? (I mean that as a compliment, and one appropriate to Alice.)

Thank you for your eye and your kind comment! Thank you twice. :-)
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From:mamculuna
Date:October 3rd, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
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I feel sure the maker of the skirt and Alice would both feel complimented by "fierce"!
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From:paratti
Date:October 3rd, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
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Lovely:)
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From:laurawise
Date:October 3rd, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
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Aren't those clothes cool? You should pop down to the shops and examine them in person (when they show up in the shops, that is) -- surely one of the Knightsbridge shops will have them. (And as for Paul Smith, you don't have to walk very far at all. [grin])

Hugs and good thoughts, L!
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From:gwynnega
Date:October 3rd, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
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I love those Paul Smith photos...

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:October 3rd, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
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I am already trying to figure out which of my cardigans I can wear backwards. :-))

Hugs and a good Sunday, Gwynne!
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From:ljrags
Date:October 4th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
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I love the Paul Smith photos! The colors and the drape... gorgeous! (also, thanks for clarifying my interest in fashion: " I pay attention in a fairly lackadaisical way, to be honest, for I am not someone who'll be buying those designer clothes, but I am interested in color stories, shapes, lines." Me too, but it is hard to explain why short, dumpy little ol' me cares {G} I love the creativity of it.

Hope you have a good day!
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From:laurawise
Date:October 4th, 2010 10:43 am (UTC)
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Aren't the colors gorgeous? Yes, yes. :-)

And I think we can all enjoy fashion, whether we partake in it or not. [nods] Hurrah for creativity!

And I hope your Monday is a delicious one, too.
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From:mobile_alh
Date:October 5th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
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MMM...I want that skirt in a BIG way....

and lovely image of Alice, BTW.

hugs for a happy Tuesday while we hit the road again!
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From:laurawise
Date:October 5th, 2010 10:50 am (UTC)
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I am not fierce enough for that skirt, but I wish I were!

Hugs and safe journey for you, ALH. Happy Tuesday!
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:October 5th, 2010 05:58 am (UTC)
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I love that Paul Smith collection too. Wonderful colours and patterns.

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From:laurawise
Date:October 5th, 2010 10:50 am (UTC)
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Isn't it a joyous thing? :-)

Hope you have a joyous Tuesday, Stevie! Good thoughts sent your way!

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