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January 15th, 2011


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02:14 pm - More Joy Days: Day #3, Post #2, the conclusion
To finish up More Joy Day(s), I have two requests to fulfill -- one on fashion from chase820, one on wine from gwynnega. There will be a thread to tie them together, possibly...

Chase asked about my favorite designer, past or present. This question is almost -- but not quite! impossible. :-)

I mean, I love a lot of designers, past and present. How does one choose between iconic Chanel jackets (designed, it is said, so that the jacket has the ease of a cardigan) and the eccentric but rigorous tailoring of Vivienne Westwood? How does one choose between the Hollywood glamour of Adrian or Edith Head? How does one negotiate the path between the great American sportswear designers like Claire McCardell and the English masters like Jean Muir?

What I will say, then, is that I do like clothing with pleasing lines -- but I want clothes to move, too. I want to be able to leap and slink and glide and gesture in my clothes. I want function.

And for that, I look to the great Yves St Laurent creations...

Like the safari collection. The photo I've linked to is one of louche 70s glamour, true enough, but I love the way utility and design collide here.

Or, perhaps even more, Le Smoking. I'm not one for eveningwear, to be honest -- the latest round of in-or-out style-blog posts about red carpet attire made me realize how deeply alienated I am from those kind of fashion concerns -- but I make an exception for Le Smoking. St Laurent managed to adapt men's clothing in a form that can be more butch than my own preferred affect (eg the Helmut Newton photo at the link) but needn't be. The softer iterations of Le Smoking are my favorite. In the end, it's about the long line and the freedom, in all ways, about aesthetics and function in harmony.

So how does that link to wine?

I love Champagne. I do. I like French Champagne, actually -- not the vintage stuff (too rich for my pocketbook) but the really good NV bottles, with golden edge-of-dry, edge-of-sweet goodness ready to be poured. (There is good American methode champenoise wine, too, but it's chancy.) But as I am not an eveningwear girl, I am not particularly one to save Champagne only for the high points of life.

So -- thanks to Dr Vino's link -- I can point you to a Mike Steinberger article about pairing Champagne with food. There is much joy in a glass of good Champagne with a meal, I believe. It's all about combining aesthetics and function. :-)

This concludes my three days of More Joy posts here at laurawise. I hope that your weekend holds more and more and MORE joy!

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From:chase820
Date:January 15th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
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I'm sensing a definite 40's-meets-'70s feel to your favorite aesthetics! Marlene Dietrich (Smoking) and Kate Hepburn (Safari), but with that dark disco edge. Very interesting!
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From:laurawise
Date:January 15th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Yes, 40s-meets-70s. (I'm not entirely sure about the dark disco edge, but yes, there's a louche thing happening. Which, as you know, is not at all like me in Real Life!)

When you get a chance, it'd be interesting to read your answer to the question. :-)

More joy, Chase! And enjoy the return of the sun!
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From:chase820
Date:January 15th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Aesthetically, I'm quite fond of classic Dior, because it seems to appreciate the feminine form in a way few modern designers do.

But if we're talking clothes I'd actually wear, I'm all about classic American designs: Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, and the like. Though the sixteen-year-old in me will always long for a Betsey Johnson dress (or Dior couture), I know it's not meant to be.

Edited at 2011-01-15 09:47 pm (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 16th, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
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Funnily enough, Ralph Lauren has clothes I would actually wear, too.

Thanks, Chase! And I think you could rock a Betsey Johnson dress. ;-)
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From:paratti
Date:January 16th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
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Raises a glass with you:)

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:January 16th, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
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[pours you another glass]

[sends hugs and more joy]
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From:mamculuna
Date:January 16th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
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Oh, yeah, Le Smoking! Smokes!
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From:laurawise
Date:January 16th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
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Hurrah!

The best of good things to you, and more joy. :-)
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From:gwynnega
Date:January 16th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
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Thanks much, Lori! I feel the same way about not saving champagne only for the high points of life. I may have some tonight! :-)

I love those Yves St Laurent pix, too. ::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:January 16th, 2011 12:09 pm (UTC)
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You should have Champagne as often as you like, Gwynne. :-)

Hugs hugs, and more joy!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:January 16th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
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but I want clothes to move, too. I want to be able to leap and slink and glide and gesture in my clothes. I want function.

And for that, I look to the great Yves St Laurent creations...


I'd buy and wear that Safari collection in a heart beat (money being no object, of course, and possibly nothing quite as mini as the left hand item). 40s meets 70s is my own aesthetic as well, with a healthy slug of bubbly when the spirit moves. thanks for the links!
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From:laurawise
Date:January 16th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
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On a whim, I went to my closet and counted the safari-inspired looks I have: at least 3 outfits. (NOT as cool as the YSL, mind you. ;-))

Cheers to you, and joy, ALH!

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