Fun

Fashion should be fun!

Helmut Newton, Melbourne,1959

Thrifting is fun because you never know what you’ll find. Sometimes, disparate items come together to make fashion sense. Like a genuine snakeskin bag and fabulous gloves that I united last night at Value Village. Aren’t they wonderful?

When I saw the plaid gloves I immediately thought of an old Vogue spread with Linda Evangelista—such is the mind of a former fashion magazine editor.

Linda Evangelista by Arthur Elgort for”A Shot of Scotch”, Vogue, 1991 

I remember buying this issue.

But as it turns out, her gloves weren’t plaid. Mine are more akin to this 1950s shot.

Capucine at Cafe de la Paix, Paris, 1952. Photo: Georges Dambier

Do you think gloves will ever make a comeback?

Marie-Hélène Arnaud; Vogue,1957; Photo Norman Parkinson

My mother had a drawerful. Perhaps elegant dressing must make a comeback first. Gloves don’t really go with black stretchy pants.

Marie-Hélène Arnaud; Photo: Georges Dambier, Paris, 1957

I also bought a book. Not a cookbook this time, but a biography about one of the most fashionable women of all time, Wallis Simpson.

Which is coincidental because I had just been reading about Anna Pasternak’s brand new biography, Untitled: The Real Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, published March 7. In it, she says, Wallis Simpson created an eternal signature style, which became her personal armour. Her sense of style became more sophisticated the more notorious she became. The author takes a fresh perspective on the vilified Duchess of Windsor.

Wallis Simpson in Elsa Schiaparelli, Vogue, June 1937. Photo Cecil Beaton

Diana Vreeland,  who worked for Harper’s Bazaar and was editor-in-chief at Vogue, famously described Wallis Simpson’s style as polished, but not relaxed.

Jewgeni Germanowitsch Rubin

Which is not a bad fashion legacy at all.

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