Sunday, August 19, 2012
A Wrinkle in Time: Chanel's Birthday
One unintended side-effect of the Six-Items Challenge was that I grew very tired of publishing photos of myself! A variation of this "Chanel" look appeared earlier this month on Jill's Everything Just So blog. I found the jacket for $1 in a thrift, pairing it with a contrasting shell, and a vivid blue skirt. The shoes are a dark blue suede with patent toes. Somehow I doubt that Coco would approve of the blue and perhaps she would recoil in horror at the phenomenon of thrift stores, though in her early days she was quite a scrapper.
Often when I take a blog break, I return bursting with creativity and new ideas. And while I do have a few new ideas up my sleeve this time, the health situation of two dear family friends has given me pause in recent weeks. Clothes have come to seem like a way to disguise our basic human vulnerability. I've given much thought to the phenomenon of style blogging, feeling like I'm caught between the airiness of pixels and the "meat" of physically styling clothing
I've cleaned my closet yet again and I fear that it is now down to its essential "Frenchness," where it basically was before I began to blog. During the first week of my break, I read--things like Inez de Fressange' book (finally); Susan Sommer's French Chic, Alison Houette's Alligators, Old Mink and New Money, and eBay for Dummies. The problem with Frenchness is that the "chic" of it is often revealed up close and personal...and if one makes that their aesthetic, there's not much to publish pretty pictures about.
Mostly I've been rummaging. The inventory for my store has increased by leaps and bounds. I've devised a system to repair, launder, iron, steam, photograph, and sort the items I've amassed into a workable system. I'm still serving my apprenticeship of sorts on eBay and won't reveal my identity there until I'm over the worst of my mistakes.
I have lurked in the blogosphere noting the passing of Anna Piagi and Helen Gurley Brown. I've followed the intensity of the dust-up at Independent Fashion Bloggers. I was pleased with the attention the Huffington Post gave to Sacramento, Judith, Deja Pseu, Joni, Kim France, and Patti! And I've made a note of the arrival of Nora Bird's little one.
Now, if Coco Chanel were alive today, what do you think she would make of the upcoming fashion week, the advent of fast fashion, and the phenomenon of style blogging?