i feel most people don’t know the true telling of sleeping beauty and we can thank walt disney for that. the original story is far more gruesome and intriguing. true, the princess wanders to the spinning wheel and falls asleep for 100 years only to be woken by true love’s kiss. perrault (who penned the first version) has the valiant prince john (awesome) come and wake the princess with a kiss and they marry in secret and have two children. the family remains anonymous until prince john becomes king and they return to his kingdom which he leaves in the care of his mother…who happens to be an ogre, yah how glamorous. the ogress hates the new queen and banishes her to the woods where she instructs the cooks to prepare the children in a special sauce (no joke). the cook, taking pity upon the family (as servants often do in fairy tales, see snow white) hides the children and serves lamb and goat instead. the ogress then orders up a helping of the young queen who willingly offers her life, believing her beloved children have been killed but the cook re-unites them all. unfortunately for the royal family the ogress gets wise and sentences them all to die together in a pit of vipers. ouch. but what luck! prince john arrives at the sentencing and rescues the fair family and the ogress throws herself into the pit! hooray! and then all live happily ever after…in reem acra i’m sure.
1: the young princess, pre spindle: sweater by milly, shirt by marni, skirt by reem acra, bag by luella, shoes by givenchy
2: okay, so i used to live in a castle now i live in a hut in the woods: dress and fanny pack thing by rachel comey, cape by chloe, shoes by missoni
3: befitting of my queenship: dress, jewels and shoes by reem acra
apologies i completely forgot about blogger friend monday, i will double up next monday!
on the eighth day of christmas my true love gave to me, eight maids-a-milking. picking up where i left off with the twelve days of christmas, may i present maids-a-milking. now it’s my experience (more than you probably think) that farmhands don’t sweat the details. it’s not really about form, more function and utility. that being said, i’d be remiss if i threw up 3 ladies in overalls and sweatshirts. i browsed the collections for some pastoral influences starting with alexander mcqueen fall 08 (one of my favorites of all time) and then bouncing around to chloe, rachel comey and some others. what comes out of it is a haphazardly stylish milk maid. boom. once again, happy holidays.
1: what you don’t wear this to milk your cows?: dress by marni, cloak by chloe, tights and shoes by rachel comey
2: going to the barn dance, i hope nobody else is wearing this $15,000 mcqueen number: dress by alexander mcqueen, shoes by givenchy
3: heading to the hootenany: coat by burberry prorsum, dress by chloe, shoes by dries van noten
on the ninth day of christmas my true love gave to me, nine ladies dancing. so continuing with the 12 days of christmas (of which i started at 10, big whoop) i give you 3 looks for dancing holiday ladies. one of the greatest things about this season is the parties. the best ones are usually filled with really old friends who know pretty much everything about you. thus, you can dance like a crazy person and drink too much wine and eat too many cookies without feeling weird. so i took a gander through the collections and here you have three super fun party looks for all the dancing ladies out there. trouble is there are ten lords-a-leaping…somebody is going home alone. wop wop. happy holidays!
1: i hope they play single ladies: coat by isaac mizrahi, dress by matthew williamson, tights and shoes by marni
2: i’m going to drink so much egg nog it’s not even funny: coat by temperley london, dress by luella, bow necklace by kate spade, tights and shoes by milly
3: look how fancy i am: coat by christian dior, dress by christian lacroix, booties by isabel marant
this afternoon, i joined my family in the upper east side for brunch. it was delicious. afterwards my brother and i decided that we’d take a gander through our favorite upper east side spots. we popped over to the polo mansion, the hermes flagship and then ran through barneys. tired of the crowds and the rather bizarre christian music being belted out on madison ave. we departed for downtown. however, i decided to walk over to bergdorf on my own for a quick run through. on my way i spotted bill cunningham from the new york times clad in his blue jacket. as usual he was snapping from the sidelines and laying low. he seemed to be shooting winterwear, being that this was one of the first winter days here. i love his work and always have, so this is my ode to his trademark blue jacket. i’m not sure who the next bill cunningham will be, but if they’re not wearing blue, they’re not going to make the cut.
1: rag and bone
3: louis vuitton