Saturday, May 10, 2014


Its Scatter time!
     First out of the gate this time is this interesting look at 3 versions of a dress from the same designer.  The top left image was designed by couturier Lucille as a stage costume in 1915.  In the Fall of 1916 it was introduced in her couture line as a dress called "Happiness".  Take note of the slight design change where the lace hem has been deleted.  And finally the hand colored photograph of a young lady wearing another version, this one with long sleeves.
    Hey Marc, come out and show the folks what you're up to.  What do you mean you're shy?  Cummon,...
   Yep, that wacky Marc Jacobs is up to it again with this advert for LV.  Of course it doesn't hurt that he's rather ridiculously handsome.  And its a witty take on the famous YSL men's perfume ad from the 1960s.
  I know that satin is currently going through a phase of being less popular, mostly, I'm sure, because it has to be perfectly handled, and most manufacturers haven't the work force to bring it off.  This deliciously plummy purple satin day dress is from the 1840s is simple in style, and beautifully constructed, allowing the fabric to do most of the work.  Love this.  Its part of the Met's collection.
    Most likely I'm going to hear about this one.  I love the play of textures and the soft draping of this look. The ease and comfort of it is beguiling.  Its Alexej Ballach, from his F/W 2014-15 collection.
    A friend sent me images of some antique batik stamps she got Here's a couple of them.  They give a window on how those astounding batik patterns are created.  Carved in wood or made out of metal they are amazing pieces of art all on their own.
   I love this because sometimes the simplest answer is the best.  Sometimes a cape is the only way to go. Sometimes THAT blue has to be deployed.  Its also just a great fashion image. We get to see the clothes in motion, and clearly.  My idea of perfect presentation.
    Next a bit of something from the glass atelier of Rene' Jules Lalique.  This sand blasted gray metal brooch is from 1900, and is a design bridge between the Art Nouveau, and the Art Deco, which will be arriving in 20 years or so.  As such this piece is a step forward in time, since it both uses the naturalistic forms common to Nouveau, but with a kind of linearity that speaks the coming design voice.
    And for the final note today the handsome, and outrageously bedecked Raj Rishi Shri Sawai Maharaja Jai Singh Virendra Shiromani Dev Bharat Dharam Prabhakar of Alwar. (whew) Look at all those jewels and pearls. Yes please.  I admit to being a hopeless magpie.  I want more men to dress like this, me especially.
  Th-th-th-That's all, Folks!



  1. I enjoyed the nice batik stamp and the blue cape. Would like to see you dig up the simple Greek Revival gowns of the 1820s.