This is what I happened to wear to work the other day. (Most of these posts will be of things I wore “the other day” because I am very bad at keeping track of days.) When I go to work, it is either to my living room that is also my office, or it is to my photo studio in Downtown LA, in an old building that was once a toy factory. Alas, it is no longer full of old dolls and other creepy things, but it does have some golden (and by golden I mean WHITE and BRIGHT) fairytimesdreamydreams light.
The holidays are a strange time of year, aren’t they? (This has nothing to do with my outfit.) They’re so sparkly and magical and full of pretty fairy lights all over the place, but then at the same time, anything imperfect that may be going on in your life becomes somehow worse, and sadder, and far more lonely. We’re faced with the upcoming end-of-the-year why-aren’t-I-queen-of-the-world-yet-?-I’m-a-failure-where-am-I-going?-what-am-I-doing?’s. Perhaps I’m only being doom-y because I’m grieving over the illness of a close family member, but I think that this is something many (if not most) people can relate to. December’s great and December’s tough.
Thank goodness that the brown soles on my black boots help alleviate the stress of knowing that my belt doesn’t match my shoes! At least there’s that. ;)
Just got the proofs from yesterday’s (very) early morning photo shoot and I am so happy! I can’t wait to share them with everyone. AND I met some very, very talented new women. Here’s a little “behind the scenes” action photo. Girls rule.
These photos were taken during the brief spat of sun we had last weekon a day that Mad Men happened to be filming down the street from the Rococo Vintage studio in Downtown LA. The 1960’s dress was just a happy coincidence, but perhaps my inner (and not so inner) Mad Men fan girl spidey sense had kicked in as I got dressed that morning. This dress is brand new (to me) and I love it. Actually, I love everything that I’m wearing in these photos, and I wear the sweater and the boots all the time. I think this outfit is a bit like something a fancy five year-old might wear, but I guess I kind of am like a fancy five year-old. So it works.
Robe à la Française “Sack-back gown,” circa 1750 - 1760
Often to be seen in the works of the great painter Antoine Watteau, the robe à la française was the hallmark of the elegant woman during the
reign of Louis XV. Its outstanding characteristic was its back, whose
box pleats fell loose to the floor, with a slight train. It was worn
over a petticoat most often made of the same material. The close-fitting
bodice was closed by compères, pieces of fabric attached to each side
of the opening and buttoned together. The ‘pagoda’ sleeves stopped at
the elbows and were ornamented with two scalloped flounces. Beneath the
dress was a whalebone corset which turned the torso into an inverted
triangle, while the hips were broadened with panniers or side hoops made
of reed or metal.
This robe à la française is a pefect illustration
of the Rococo aesthetic, which saw beauty as necessarily dynamic: the
undulation of the flowers on the fabric and the silk chenille appliqués
on the bodice were harmoniously matched by the swaying of the panniers
as the wearer moved about.