Archive | Fashion RSS feed for this section

One to Watch: Marion Cotillard

30 Nov













“I Am Love”

23 Nov

DRAFT 7.3.10

-character revealed through clothes….Swinton’s character, Emma, wears upscale, tailored, matching ensembles w/gorgeously expensive and oh-so-Italian jewelry

-when breaks with past/tragedy/family the character is barefoot, slightly disheveled, shorter hair (lets lover cut it) wearing mismatched casual clothes (maid tried to pack regular clothes for her, she leaves them behind–this is symbolic of everything else leaving behind–pain of son’s death, blame and judgment of her family, joyless and monotonous existence)

-colors in film supersaturated in middle, becomes colorful with change of seasons and remains so until death/funeral/ending…lends heady air to opulent surroundings, things appear hyper-realistic but, also blurry/hazy … (?)

-sensuality of food–scene w/ prawns and literal stage spotlight on swinton–has quasi-sexual experience in restaurant eating food prepared by lover-to-be…is a revelation for character, brings up repressed memories of Russian youth, endears him to her and piques her interest in him as sexual being–not just friend of son’s–for first time

-significance of recurrence of color orange–chairs, clothes on swinton, hermes bag, etc.


-reminiscent of Tom Ford’s “A Single Man” — character(s) revealed & developed through surroundings, personal items, wardrobe…particularly Julianne Moore’s character, whose story arc is not developed as much through action or dialogue as it is through interiors and wardrobe (Firth’s character developed by both, Moore’s colorful wardrobe and home are foils to Firth’s monotone wardrobe, drab colored home, flat lighting)

-Swinton’s surroundings and the interiors–other than the indulgent and frequent bouts of entertaining–are less colorful, not entirely lacking in significance but more serving as clean palette against which her clothes, hair, jewelry, etc. appear more colorful

-other films where interiors and/or wardrobe function centrally in character development, plot and story arc … ?




If you like it, then put a monogram on it…

23 Nov


To monogram or not to monogram?

I’d monogram ______ if possible, so my entirely biased opinion will not …

Some of my favorites…

NECKLACES (from Ross Simons)

*Single initial monogram necklace:

*Circle Pendant with Monogram Center:

*L.L. Bean Boat and Tote:

*Wedding Invitations:



*Shoes — Jack Rogers Monogrammed Sandals:


*Silver Baby Cup:

The fabric of memory

23 Nov

In a loving tribute to her elegant, clotheshorse-of-a-mother, Jeannette Montgomery Barron, peels away layer by layer of memories of her mother by unveiling her enviable wardrobe.  At once loving, poignant, funny and heartbreaking, Barron demonstrates how one’s wardrobe reveals the person within and defines them …. ?

-what garments have you saved of loved ones…

-connection b/w furnishings and wardrobes…outward representations of how we want to be seen by the world, reflections of how we see our selves/our best selves


“The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”

23 Nov




Profile: [jewelry designer]

23 Oct

Emmy’s Fashion Favorites

30 Aug

Ok, it was another “safe” night on the red carpet…no swan dresses or ballerina costumes to be found.  So, there aren’t many dresses to gawk at and have a laugh…shame that everyone had to go and hire a stylist!  However, there were some good–not GREAT–but definitely good choices out there.

These were my favorites…

*Keri Russell

*Claire Danes

*Jayma Mays

*Tina Fey

What I Love Now: French Sailor Shirt

26 Aug

Seen on everyone from Coco Chanel to Pablo Picasso over the years, the nautical striped shirt–often referred to as a “Breton”–is everywhere this fall.  It looks good on (almost) everyone–clean lines, classic styling and an impressive pedigree–could we ask for more?  Fabulous.

*L.L. Bean French Sailor’s Shirt ($29.50)

What I Love Now…

17 Aug

A girl can never have too many sequins…

JCrew “Galaxy” purse ($395)

What to Wear Where: Rooftop Cocktails

16 Aug

Erickson Beamon – Queen of the Damned spike earrings ($340)

Anya Hindmarch – Marano mirrored-leather clutch ($530)
Diane von Furstenberg – Printed georgette dress ($365)
Jimmy Choo – Aston leather sandals