Well, just as I predicted (genius that I am) while 1/2 the country is elated this week, the other half is deeply in need of some botox right between the eyebrows.
Sorry I can’t help you with that (Virtual Blogging Botox Party?!) but I can offer some completely over the top, nothing even vaguely tethered to reality escapism for just a couple of minutes.
If you’ve picked up just one fashion magazine lately no doubt you’ve clocked the fierce force of ornamentation, brocade, bling, bang & baroque that assailed the runways this Fall.
Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Balmain, Alexander McQueen, and Valentino were only some of the big boys that pulled out all the stops with needlepoint and pearls.
Seriously I don’t even want to think about how much these jackets must cost (or how much they weigh for that matter…couture as exercise?)But the exquisite workmanship and beauty cannot be denied.
Unless of course you’re a dyed in the wool “Grunge” devotee’
In which case these Celine sandals from Spring ’13 might be more up your ballroom
I admit, chances are very slim we’re going to see anyone wearing most of these, but it’s certainly Fantasy Fashion at it’s best.
Speaking of Baroque, Rococo and Fantasy…When I was in Paris a few weeks ago I saw John Malkovich in the Hotel Costes restaurant. (Well, actually one of my girlfriends spotted him-literally the first SECOND we walked in. She’s rather genius at that. She can also read a guest list upside down. In French) It took me a minute or two before my one lasik-ed eye was able to confirm that yes, indeed it was J.M. He looked, you know, pretty good, pretty cool & pretty louche, much how you would expect John Malkovich to look holding court in a french bar at 1:00am. Afterwards, my friends had a little visit with him and said he was utterly charming. Don’t ask me why I didn’t go with them. If it had been Sawyer I would have. Anyway (sorry-this is getting so long!) when I got home to Santa Barbara a friend called and said she was having some people over to watch “Dangerous Liaisons” and would I like to come. Would I??!
Do you remember how GOOD that film was and can you believe it was made in 1988??
Does this jog your memory?
Of course we’ve had several films with similar sensibilities since then
Sophia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” comes to mind. It was beautiful and fun but didn’t even come close to the naughtiness and wit of “Dangerous Liaisons”
Marie Antoinette’s bedroom at Versailles
Valentino. Magical, right? I love thistles.
Subtle Baroque by Bottega Veneta, Fall 2012
Balmain Fall 2012
I think Dolce
Dolce Fall 2012
Karlie Kloss in Dolce & Gabbana
Judith Leiber minaudière
Balmain- wow. I would just hang this on my wall and touch it every day.
and possibly my favourite coat of the season from Fendi
The moment Malkovich realizes she is completely in his power is staggeringly good. The dude can act.
Valentino. I love the way the metal studs hip up the needlepoint, don’t you?
This has to be a Tim Walker photo, right?
He loves those boots
Happy Day to you and give yourself a treat and watch “Dangerous Liasons” again.
(any uncredited images via Tumblr or Google, Kate Blanchett in first Vogue image)