Winter Break, Part I

12.29.2009

So my friends in NYC called me over the weekend & were like, "The weather is absolutely lovely! It went up to 57º on Saturaday!"
"Oh, really?"says I, huddling next to the radiator, watching 6 inches of snow come falling from the sky.


Yes, it is indeed winter break, and it sure as hell feels like it.
I spent my day finishing up the last pages in my wonderful new book on the Marchesa Luisa Casati (1881-1957) who famously declared, "I want to be a living work of art."

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(all photos except for middle one courtesy of Abrams Books)

She served as a muse for many artists in the early twentieth century, parading around Rome and Paris in the most amazing, extravagant ensembles accompanied by lavish exotic pets.

Remember Dior haute couture spring/summer 1998 and the autumn/winter 2008 Bal des Artistes haute couture collection for Dior? John Galliano has frequently quoted La Marchesa Casati as one of his main inspirations in his collections.

I loved this book by Scot D. Ryersson and Michael Orlando Yaccarino. There was this wonderful introduction by Diane von Furstenberg that really captured my imagination. It's kind of amazing how this woman still continues to inspire artists in & out of the fashion world to this day. I highly suggest reading up on this wonderful woman.

ON TO BUSINESS


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Vintage dress, F21 shawl, thrifted jacket, F21 heels, vintage sunglasses



please excuse the moody expressions, I totally didn't mean it :D
These vintage sunglasses are out.of.this.world. My dad found them in an antique shop, and they even come in the original case for the early part of the century.
I don't wear them very often however since they look kinda funky on me, but eh, today I figured what the hell

I HOPE EVERYONE HAS A WONDERFUL NEW YEARS!!
I'm off to work on my partay dress
Toodles!


20 comments:

  1. Your friend's weather update must have come a few days ago because as of yesterday it's been Freezing! lol.. I love those shoes you're wearing, I can't believe they're from F21. I just bought a pair of boots from there.

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  2. Those sunglasses are amazing! Keep wearing them, for sure. Happy new year!

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  3. i am so in love with this look! the colors are perfect and i like the little round glasses! :)

    xoxo

    natalieoffduty.blogspot.com

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  4. I love this look, can't believe the shawl's from Forever 21!!

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  5. i adore your heels! they're great!

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  6. o.0 I love this so much! Plz can I be you? :P *big puppy eyes*



    Happy New Year!

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  7. those glasses are beyond epic. Ive been looking for some for AGES! xxx

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  8. great scarf! it really completes the outfit! you always have the perfect fineshing touches, love it :)

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  9. LOVE THE PARAGRAPH ABOUT "THE LIVING WORK OF ART" I AGREE SHE IS VERY FASCINATING N BEAUTIFUL. AS FAR AS YOUR OUTFIT I LOVE THE SHOES. I CANT BELIEVE THEY ARE FROM F21 EITHER. VERY CUTE. I ESPECIALLY LOVE THE TAN SHOE BLACK SOCK COMBO. CUTE WRAP..

    ANGIE XOXO
    ANGIE XOXO

    CLICK HERE: MINT VINTAGE JUNK

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  10. You are so beautiful. Your boots are amazing, too! I wish I had the courage to wear heels! Annie.

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  11. gorgeous darling
    love it as always, great inspiration
    you have a refreshing blog, keep it up
    thanks for sharing

    -cma
    COSMICaroline.blogspot.com

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  12. gorgeous darling
    love it as always, great inspiration
    you have a refreshing blog, keep it up
    thanks for sharing

    -cma
    COSMICaroline.blogspot.com

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  13. This dress is so fresh and beautiful! I also love the pattern on that scarf.
    DVF is so inspiring, I agree. Really want to read that book.
    Keep warm!

    The Bambina

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  14. oh my lord!!! i love love love this post...i think it is sooo important too see the inspiration behind an outfit, and i think in the current blogging world it is lacking in a major way (i'm a culprit) but i was able to appreciate what you were wearing so much more when i saw the inspiration behind it....i love iconic women like that!

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  15. gorgeous darling
    wonderful inspiration, great
    refreshing and cool blog as always, keep it up
    thanks for sharing
    and thanks for the sweet comments

    -cma
    COSMICaroline.blogspot.com

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