on the tenth day of christmas my true love gave to me, ten lords-a-leaping. as we draw nearer to the holidays i can’t help but reflect on how they have changed over the years. once upon a time it was all about lego castles and basically all about me. now that i’m older it’s obvious that it isn’t as important as it once was and is more a time for rest and family visiting. these days when i think of christmas it’s very nostalgic, ski lodges, spiced wine, butter rum, goose dinners and lots and lots of peppermint flavoring. so for the ten lords of leaping i drew a lot of inspiration from those olden times when skis were wood, people put candles on trees and strung popcorn garland instead of tinsel. happy holidays everybody!
1: it’s not christmas without guitars: coat by bottega veneta, sweater by missoni, jeans by michael bastian, vintage boots, hat by moschino
2: running to the car in the cold: cardigan by ralph lauren, t-shirt by dunhill, shorts and long johns by michael bastian, scarf by gilded age, vintage boots
3: up north to ski all week: sweater by michael bastian, belt and jeans by gilded age, vintage ski boots.
in the spirit of thanksgiving, i give you pocahontas. thanksgiving is all about the joining of two cultures, native american and native american invaders (oh, snap…whatever). pocahontas had little to do with the actual holiday itself but she is a solid reminder of it’s meanings. there are horrible tales of native american assimilation gone wrong and one could argue that the task was never truly completed. pocahontas was one who fought for a co-existence of the native americans and the new americans. travelling to england to visit the queen and explore the world beyond the shores, she was a pioneer. however, contrary to disney’s portrayal, she did not bring her intelligent animal friends along…everybody knows raccoons are not seafaring creatures. in any event, fashion often accomplishes what pocahontas sought to: succesfully merge 2 cultures. we saw this in fall 2008 (among other seasons) with the japanese influence showcased by rodarte and particularly in rachel roy’s collection that fused native american and pioneer culture. of course we see this often, but i thought fall 08 was a fantastic example. today, pocahontas would have the same burdens as any other politician but lets hope she’d dress herself more like mobama than hilary.
1: pocahontas was after all, a princess: dress, gloves and necklace by rachel roy, tights and shoes by ralph lauren
2: but still, she was wilderness friendly: cardigan by ralph lauren, dress by tory burch, tights and shoes by marc by marc jacobs
3: diplomatic travels: coat, belt and brooch by rachel roy, dress by tory burch, tights and shoes by boy by band of outsiders
happy thanksgiving, y’all.
scarlett o’hara, the scourge of my childhood. gone with the wind played frequently in our house growing up, thanks to my mother who has an affection for epic romances and period pieces. despite my best efforts to avoid this film, i caught snippets of it here and there and pieced together the whole story. i always found scarlett pretty funny, her crazy antics never failed to amuse me…particularly when she’s being her melodramatic self and chasing after men. scarlett was quite manipulative from what i can tell, she used others around her and lied about her feeling for friends, family and others. ms. o’hara was also obsessed with her appearance and status, noted by her waistline concerns and sadness when she couldn’t attend social functions. as the story unfolds, she becomes calculating and rather tragiv. however, all her scheming gets her just what she deserves though and who could forget that amazing line, “frankly my dear, i don’t give a damn.” scarlett lands back where she belongs at her crazy plantation, tara to bring it back to it’s glory days.
1: chillin’ at 12 oaks: dress by tracy reese, shoes by prada, hat by oscar de la renta, necklace by kate spade new york
2: rhett, i need some cash: dress by isaac mizrahi (not made of curtains), shoes by michael kors
3: “after all, tomorrow is another day”—back to tara: shirt by marni, overalls by ralph lauren, scarf by marni, boots by tory burch