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06:54 pm - Variations on Variations on a Theme, Post #48
For the first time in years -- possibly ever -- today I went into a department store where I've often shopped, walked through the women's clothes and shoes departments, and thought coolly and clearly, "I do not want ANY of this. Nothing."

(Note: I first stopped at the Chanel counter in the beauty department, and there I bought All the Things, so it wasn't complete anti-consumerism. However, I only do that kind of calculated shop for cosmetics every couple of years, so.)

Part of the issue is that my aesthetic is not compatible with the place I live. Just yesterday I was walking in my Small Downtown and saw in a shop window a colorful array of cheap-and-cheerful flowing skirts, handily marked "Hippie Skirts." I looked at them. I thought, Well, with a nice strict polo-neck sweater and black heeled boots, one of those might work for a 70s Loulou de la Falaise look. I further thought, Man, that is not what anyone else here would do with those skirts. The department store was much worse, however; I couldn't even begin to put stuff together in my head. It was all just NO.

Of course, it was all just NO for me. Despite the rumored death of the department store, there was lots of customers, many buying, many buying things I found faintly awful. They seemed happy, and that's as it should be. Their variations on a theme aren't mine.

I just finished watching Mademoiselle C, a 2013 documentary about Carine Roitfeld right after she left French Vogue. (The link goes to a NYTimes film review.) The film's messy, a little unfocused, a little silly, but I was struck by a scene in which Roitfeld in an editorial meeting argues for fashion photography as dream.

So I'll link here what I linked on my Twitter yesterday -- the Introducing DVF Secret Agent video, featuring spy and noir iconography, slinky Diane von Furstenberg clothes I really like (including a bright blue trouser-suit for which I yearn, OMG), and great spy-caper music. Enjoy, even if it's not what you dream about. :)

I'm also dreaming about this shirt and jacket, in a collection of vintage clothes, organized as a tribute to Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. (All the clothes at the shop are too small for me, thank heavens -- there's a Gaultier jacket I would have snapped up in a heartbeat and yet had nowhere to wear. ;))

So if you could get one item of clothing today, what would it be? Do you dream? May they be good ones.

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From:gwynnega
Date:August 10th, 2015 12:25 am (UTC)
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Mainly I just dream of autumn weather, so I can wear sweaters and boots!
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From:laurawise
Date:August 10th, 2015 01:03 pm (UTC)
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I am ALWAYS dreaming of autumn weather! [yearns]

Hugs for your Monday!
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From:mamculuna
Date:August 10th, 2015 01:26 am (UTC)
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Now that is exactly why I shop in consignment (and even thrift, but it's a lot of work) only. There are some other people out there, perhaps dead or changed in size or moved on to another life, who have surprisingly wonderful things to get rid of, even in a little southern city, and especially at a resort. It's like a treasure hunt, plus it's cheap. Granted, my look has to involve a certain scruffiness because of the age of some of the stuff. but the new department store stuff--you word for it is the only word. No. Just No.

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From:laurawise
Date:August 10th, 2015 01:05 pm (UTC)
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The consignment stores around here are thin on the ground, and full of the clothes that don't speak to me -- alas. But I absolutely loved shopping at Buffalo Exchange back in the day, when I lived in the West. :)

Cheers for your Monday!
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From:anne_d
Date:August 10th, 2015 01:30 am (UTC)
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I would love the perfect pair of palazzo pants, I think they're called - not too long, so I don't trip on them or catch my toes, swirly and cool cotton for the hot weather we're having right now. Then I'd need the perfect top to go with the pants. Dream on...
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From:laurawise
Date:August 10th, 2015 01:07 pm (UTC)
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Palazzo pants would be something to look for on Etsy, I think! Or consignment Eileen Fisher.

Once you get through your health challenges, this should be your gift to yourself. :)

Hugs hugs!
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From:anne_d
Date:August 10th, 2015 01:25 pm (UTC)
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I may look for a good pattern and make my own. Alas, with Deva out of business, my reliable sources for good cotton pants are nonexistent.
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From:laurawise
Date:August 10th, 2015 01:27 pm (UTC)
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Making your own would be even better! :)

Hugs hugs.
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From:janus_74
Date:August 10th, 2015 01:55 am (UTC)
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Love the jacket! Also very jealous that you cleaned out the Chanel counter :)
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From:laurawise
Date:August 10th, 2015 01:25 pm (UTC)
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Just blush, new red(dish) lipstick, and under-eye concealer at the Chanel counter. No big. :)

Cheers, hugs, and a great Monday, T!
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From:paratti
Date:August 10th, 2015 11:48 am (UTC)
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I'd love a just right denim waistcoat. All the ones in the shops are too flimsy or the wrong length. But I am a bit more on the Boho side of the force.
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From:laurawise
Date:August 10th, 2015 01:26 pm (UTC)
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You are a little more on the Boho side of the force, and so I prescribe a trip to Spitalfields Market or similar. :) You're more likely to find a cool waistcoat there, I'd guess -- especially since the 70s are on trend!

Hugs and cool clothes, mate.

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