lady brett ashley is the headlining woman of ernest hemingway’s, the sun also rises. the novel focuses on the exploits of her and various men, all of which have some infatuation with her. despite her knowledge of their affection and persistence that she is in control of the situation, it becomes obvious that she is not. engaged to one, in love with another and confused by the others she decides ends up escaping to madrid with the bullfighter, romero. however, this jaunt does not last long and she soon calls for her another to comfort her. the novel ends discussing what life could have been like if other paths were taken. in the book, she is described as having a somewhat masculine, but feminine and attractive style.
1: off to the bullfight: dress by dries van noten, shoes by calvin klein
2: meeting at cafe select: shirt by bottega veneta, bag by dries van noten, pants by chloe, shoes by prada
3: escaping to madrid: jacket by christian dior, pants by michael kors, bag by bottega veneta, shoes by christian dior
a lot of people requested lady brett ashley, so thanks.
lizzy bennet is one of the most celebrated characters in literature. in pride and prejudice she was well liked, bright and grounded with charm. the whole book she sort of exudes this attraction, not just because she’s pretty but because she’s pretty cool too. so basically, she was that one popular girl in school who was actually nice too. if you’ve been to high school/college on the east coast you know that this girl usually dresses pretty freakin’ awesome. keeping this in mind and acknowledging her slight country bumpkin-ness, i give you elizabeth bennet from pride and prejudice. BOOM.
1: oh hey, i’m from meryton, it’s a happy place: shirt and clutch by rachel comey, pants and shoes by band of outsiders
2: let’s go to the barn dance, casual: shirt by band of outsiders, skirt and belt by marni, shoes by chloe, bag by dvf
3: i like mr. darcy, no i don’t, let’s get married: dress and shoes by chloe
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
everybody knows madeline. she’s the world’s favorite and possibly only favorite, french girl. attending school in paris, madeline was the smallest in her class yet didn’t let that stop her (few french do…napoleon i’m looking in your direction) from being a leader. she had great adventures while roaming the streets and you can imagine she grew up to be quite the character. as such, in the tradition of eloise and anastasia, i outfitted madeline for her elder years. also, you can bet she would be friends with the likes of eloise and anastasia and would’ve probably been presented at the crillon ball and all that jazz. oh madeline, you’re so crazy.
1: i’m a french girl, so this is what i wear, natch: dress by chanel, shoes and socks by dior
2: i will always have a yellow hat and blue outerwear: cape by chloe, beret by sonia rykiel, shoes by yves saint laurent, dress by marni
3: i have a date with pepito: dress by elie saab, shoes by lanvin, jacket by isabel marant