Fashion swipes again…

Fashion: Norell’s knitted flounced sheath with beige silk flowers embroidered with gold… Original Photograph: Louise Dahl-Wolfe Harper’s Bazaar 1949… from American Fashion, Fashion Institute of Technology 1975 by New York Times Books.

Fashion swipes…

When I decide to move to Italy, I sold most everything I owned. Clean slate. I did keep two books. One on fashion, the other on interiors, plus a back issue VOGUE from February 1976. On my first trip back to the States, I retrieved these, brought them back to Italy and have referred to them… always… for inspiration, nostalgia… well, for serendipity!

I pulled the fashion book out this afternoon and took some swipes. Sounds disrespectful. Not intended. But, I do believe a fleeting memory of an image bears more fruit, in the long run, than full face on. Oblique to direct. More interesting, no? I chose my favorites. The book… American Fashion edited by Sarah Tomerlin Lee for the Fashion Institute of Technology, a New York Times Book 1975… is a very focused selection of past greats… legends… of American fashion design. Who has ever heard of Adrian, McCardell, Mainbocher, Norell or Trigere… much less remember them? I have and do. These designers deserve to be… for always. Here is a medley…

This post is dedicated to My Friend, Frank.

 

 

 

 

 

Where no one goes…

These telephone cameras are awfully silly. You are at their AUTO mercy. Fighting back, I poked mine in some holes on my urban stroll this sunny morning. Rather like the graphics & colors. Don’t you? And, The Mystery, baring an identifiable cigarette butt or a car…

 

 

A door…

Close range shots of the 500 year old portal doors to the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, Italy…

A bronze door-knocker of Neptune riding waves from the mouth of a sea monster above… iron facings studded with hundreds of defensive studs… behind are solid chestnut planks arrayed with a multitude of iron locks & bolts… all incased in a medley of marbles of various hues & cries.