This is a discussion landscape regarding the au courant in fashion, including all accessories (jewellery, hats, shoes, handbags, et al.) paired with its art and historical origins, placing an academic slant on the usual "hollywoodesque" fashion blog. I am obliged to answer any questions, comments or suggestions one may have regarding today's fashion, its history, museum or runway news, or perhaps questions on what and what not to wear. In posting a subject everyday, I will comment on contemporary fashion news and critique a particular ensemble, pairing it with a historical element. Everyone who wants to learn about fashion is welcome. From questions and comments regarding bridalwear to fashion icons, such as the Graces (Kelly & Mirabella), as well as general questions regarding taste and trends, let's discuss! Remember, we are all students of fashion.

About Me

New York, NY, United States

Anglica Theatrum, W. Hollar (c. 1640)

Anglica Theatrum, W. Hollar (c. 1640)
Hollar was the 1st Fashion Journalist

Friday, January 18, 2008

The Fashion Scholar

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is quickly approaching
The press is ready,
The models are not,
Designers are working around the clock.
I started this blog today in the name of dress.
And in the names of the historically fashionable,
Marie, Eugenie, Babe, Audrey, Grace, C.Z.,Nan, Lee and Jackie,
Surely, not to forget our Brits, Diana, Twiggy and Penelope,
We must march forth together into this journey
Seeking everlasting style and good taste throughout eternity.

As this is the first editorial of my blog, the following ladies are a few of my favorites. Their style is iconic as they are a constant measure for living and dressing gracefully. I hope you will agree and enjoy my site.

Here is Mrs. Paley as photographed by Horst P. Horst for Vanity Fair, 1946. Referring to Mrs. Paley, Bill Blass stated, “I never saw her not grab anyone’s attention, the hair, the makeup, the crispness. You were never conscious of what she was wearing; you noticed Babe and nothing else.” Her dear friend, Truman Capote complained that “ Babe Paley had only one fault, she was perfect. Otherwise, she was perfect.” I agree, she
did indeed dress perfectly.

Another photo that I could not resist to record in my blog, is that of Audrey in 1958 at a dress fitting with Hubert de Givenchy taken by Howell Conant standing in front of a Turner. He took some of her most famous photographs, as well as for Princess Grace. Simply "S'wonderful."

Princess Grace with Prince Rainier shopping in
London's West End, 4th December 1959

C.Z., chic, but not overstated, even at the
pool. This is why she is pictured in the Preppy Handbook.

Jackie and Lee walking the
streets of swinging London in Courreges.

Nan with one of her favorite designers, Yves Saint Laurent. He is also one of mine. Growing up in the 1970s and 80s, YSL, along with Mr. Valentino, best epitomized the glamour we remember from 1975-85 period.