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Evening Dress

Yves Saint Laurent

Spring/Summer 1980

While a long, lean body remained the ideal in the 1980s, a new, wide shoulder began to be appended to the silhouette. Ornately rendered here by Yves Saint Laurent, the shoulder provided a foundation from which fabric could be draped down to a contrastingly narrow waist. In the hands of some 1980s designers, shoulders were padded out to absurd widths. To a degree, this was a revival of 1940s fashion. Toward the end of the 1980s and into the ‘90s, historicist revivals by fashion designers have created such a multiplicity of silhouettes that finding the defining one will have to wait.

Marguerite Duras wrote in appreciation of Saint Laurent’s synthesizing imagination, “I tend to believe that the fabulous universality of Yves Saint Laurent comes from a religious disposition toward garnering the real—be it man-made—the temples of the Nile—or not man-made—the forest of Telemark, the floor of the ocean, or apple trees in bloom. Yves Saint Laurent invents a reality and adds it to the other one, the one he has not made.” In this case, Saint Laurent invents a mysterious East and adds it to the Stendhalian valor of formal military dress.


anonymous asked:

It was my birthday yesterday, and I was wondering if you would be willing to part with a snippet from early in Anabasis? No pressure at all if not. (Thank you either way)

Hey anon, sorry for the delay in replying. And happy belated birthday!

Early Anabasis, huh. Okay. I can definitely do that, though I warn you: this story is so long and I’ve been writing it over such a period of time that I already know I’m going to probably end up making a lot of changes (and possibly significant changes) to the early chapters especially. But what I’m posting here hasn’t seen those edits yet. So, some Early Installment Weirdness is probably to be expected.

Then again, diving back into the early chapters reminded me just how much fun philosophical debates between Obi-Wan and Padmé are to write. Obviously I need to revisit this more in later chapters.

This snippet is from very early on in the story (the earliest bit I’ve ever posted, actually), well before Anakin’s deposition or even the discovery of what his detonator actually was. At this point, even Padmé knows very little about him.

Immediately before this, Padmé and Sabé paid a visit to Anakin’s cell, along with most of the Jedi Council.

“Senator, I think you do very unwisely in this,” Obi-Wan said, his voice pitched low to avoid the ears of civilian construction workers and the few Jedi who passed them in the Temple halls. Sabé followed behind them, a silent shadow. “A Sith Lord is hardly trustworthy, and this one is his master’s apprentice.”

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Koe no Katachi

So I got back from seeing Koe no Katachi with my mom. I had skimmed the MAL entry a little earlier to get an idea of what it was going to be about but I did not realize how serious it was going to be. I thought it was gonna go deaf girl gets bullied, bully gets bullied, ???, romance. That is more or less what happened, but I did not expect the opening scene being the guy about to commit suicide. That definitely set the tone for the rest of the movie. 

The movie thoughtfully discusses serious themes like suicide, bullying, acceptance, and forgiveness. This all sounds very bleak, but the movie has just the right amount of comedy relief throughout that it stays from being too dark. It features a cast of lovable and memorable characters (except Ueno, fuck Ueno. Worst girl 2017) that all feel very real. When you see the characters and how they interact and things happen you feel like they are actually emotions and events that could happen in person. Kyoani is very good at doing this and it shows in a lot of their more serious shows. 

So ya, I really enjoyed the movie. It was thoughtful and had that magic Kyoani movie production value. 9/10, I’d give it a watch if you can. 

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