Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Chapter 2, Our International Blog Party


As a part of our new venture in blogland, the coming together of
the same women across the world each month, I thought it would be 
wonderful if each of us participated in deciding upon the upcoming month's theme.


For this post, it was 
Vicki Archer of French Essence

Tish Jett of Femme D'un A Certain Age, 
both of whom you will find below in the link up, 
as well as on my sidebar of icons.


Tish & Vicki are both splendid writers, as I'm sure you know, and once they had
chosen the theme I became almost intimidated myself.  Imagine?


From the author of "Madame Bovary" comes their inspiration...
it's ALL in the details...
now you know why I'm intimidated.


The delight & the plague of my life has been perfection of detail,
detail as I see it & perfection as I see it.
I thought & thought...and then I knew I had to post about fashion &
fashion shows...the fact they the runways are active at this moment made it
current and maybe, it will be interesting to you.






GIVENCHY
Riccardo Tisci


whose theme was mermaids, as you will see below...


most designers begin with a sketch, drawn by themselves...
when the perfect 1st sketch is made, the continuation of the collection seems
much easier, but is always refined as it turns into fabrics.
Imagine the talent of a seamstress (premier dressmaker) who takes a sketch
& turns it into a garment?  A garment with all sorts of intricacies
which she, and she alone, will translate into a work of art.


Voila...


a classic Polo-like outfit, coming off the Paris runway,
which is so refreshing, isn't it?

note the detail of eel skin trim & belt, the tail-like pieces of fabric overlaid onto the skirt,
& the uneven hemline...

close-up of same



visions of waves, frothing, rolling....



one of the prettiest suits I've seen in years...
the sheerness won't be worn outside of France, of course,
but isn't it simply gorgeous?



another version
open link, then click on "Move It"
you MUST click on the link, look at the model as she walks,
to completely understand the detail of the garment...


In a rare runway appearance, Gisele left Boston, home of the famous
New England Patriots NFL team, whose quarterback, Tom Brady, is her husband.
(info for girls outside the USA),
she closed the Givenchy show, turned around and went back to Boston...
she LOVES football...

open the link, then click on
"Move It"

close-up of Gisele's outfit, showing detail of huge shark tooth pendant
which was shown on almost all the outfits.
(this, worn by another model)

& to get to the perfection on the runway,
the following photos show the army of stylists, hairdressers,
makeup artists, dressers, etc. before the show backstage.











all models had this eye look.  
small half circles stuck above/below the eyes...
another detail.

totally relaxed Gisele pre or post show?





now for some other pretties I couldn't resist showing,
the ones I love anyway...


Alber Elbaz
LANVIN

his theme was fallen angels, I think, note all the serpentine elements...
the necklace, the belt & the ankle strap.


shoulder treatments, and the folded fabric of the skirts...
important.





entire collection GO HERE




& finally
Dolce & Gabbana

a very snappy fun collection accessorized with Froot-Loop earrings,
very simply shapes transformed into works of art with
lace appliques, huge chunks of Swarovski crystals,
and bound buttonholes.
Seemingly impossible to wear anywhere except a resort, or anywhere in
Italy on their expansive coastline.  
In fact, perfect for Portofino, San Remo, Sorrento or Positano.
Maybe too glitzy for Venice.
Awesome for the lake country hotel, like the Villa de Este' -
or maybe a party at George Clooney's house?


filled with fruit & vegetable prints, typical of Italian countrysides,
but with black too, and the most wonderful pair of black shoes ever.


I hope all of you enjoyed this as much as I.  It's been awhile since I've
wardrobed ladies, but the vicarious thrill never goes away.  When you see
your vision come to life, with all the right accessories, and a proud woman
wearing the outfit to an important event in her life...it is very satisfying.

To handle and to wear (upon occasion) these fine garments is to learn to
love & respect the work, the fineness of detail, each one represents.

The only thing better is planning a lavish Christmas party for all our friends,
rolling out a red carpet from the front door all the way out to the street, and then
to stand back and say, "OMG, there's something missing!"

It was the gold glitter sprinkled liberally down it's entire length.



Thank you Vicki & Tish for your  work in choosing our inspiration.

And, welcome to 
Sharon of French Country Home,  
Lisa of Lisa Porter Collection 
& LeAnn of Linen & Lavender, 
who are the newest invited members.


I will leave you with this thought...
how very nice to see this event come to fruition, and to be received in such a 
splendid way by all of our participants & you, our readers.
I am happy.



VICKI ARCHER


TISH JETT

YVONNE PRATT

CHARLOTTA WARD

CATHERINE ROBINSON

ANNIE BOUTERSE

COTY FARQUHAR

DEBORAH PETERSON

DUSTJACKET ATTIC



SHARI MILLER

TINA

MONA THOMPSON

FIFI FLOWERS

JACQUELINE MUMFORD

KARIN JANSKY

CECILIA GONZALEZ

RENEE GRANIER & ANGELA FOSTER

LISA

CHRISTINA FLUEGGE


Lene


Stacey

+ other women who will be linked in below







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