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Livin’ the Dream

My internet connection is still spotty but I wanted to pass on this bit of brilliance forwarded to me from the lovely and fragrant Monica H. who knows how I adore the turban.

I’ve got to be honest, it’s been a while since I’ve worn a turban since my brother’s been sick. It just seems a little insensitive. Of course I told him God gave him cancer because he had a stupid bifurcated goatee, so I guess I pick my battles. Sorry, kiddio! Anyway, I think I’m going to bust out the head wraps in a major way when I get back home to Stately Chateau Gateau (wherein Stately = the set of an all-transvestite production of Trainspotting. Packing for an international move is not my strong suit)taking a lesson from these stylish dames.

Brought to you by the always-wonderful and incessantly-inspiring Advanced Style. He’s like The Sartorialist, but interesting.

What Miss Plumcake is…

Hello my chubby compadres, how’s every little thing? Me, I’m great. Just getting used to being back in Texas –by which I mean the face of the sun– after a glorious month of actual springlike weather in DC. Well, it’s Tuesday, so it’s time to find out
What Miss Plumcake is…


(now with sales code AND a recipe!)
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The Art of the Turban #4: One of These is Not Like the Other Ones

Greta Garbo

The Postman Always Rings Twice, Lana Turner

Marlene, darling

Rudy Valentino

But which one???

The Art of the Turban #3: Poiret et Lepape

Designer Paul Poiret and illustrator Georges Lepape.georgepoiretlepapeturban.jpg

Denise Poiret lounging

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Met Display of Poiret’s works

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Ballets Russes

They are my everything.

Friday Fierceness: Flying Ace Edition

A pal of mine who happens to be a big fan of the Friday Fierceness asked me if I was going to feature Zelda Fitzgerald today, seeing as it’s her birthday. I then, in my notoriously delicate and genteel way, asked him if he was drunk, which of course he wasn’t since he’s in recovery which meant I had to spend the next 10 minutes telling him he was pretty and trying to find jars for him to open because he’s so big and strong and guys like that sort of stuff although now I’ve got three jars of open chutney and I’m only sure there are so many ways I can get through them without seriously risking the ire of the Archbishop.

ANYHOODLE

I’m not a fan of Zelda. Any Southern girl can be crazy and drunk and slutty and glamorous and married to a guy who was clearly a big ‘mo. Hell, with the exception of the marriage part –which I’m sure I’ll get to eventually– I call that “Fall of 1998”. So happy birthday to Zelda but really, whatevs.

Today’s one true Friday Fierceness is Miss Amelia Earhart, also born on this day in 1897.

Meely was a chick after my own heart, while I probably have more in common with Lady Z by nature, I’d like to be Ms E (except for not dead) when I grow up. She is responsible for one of my all-time favorite quotes:

I want to do it because I want to do it.”

Oh and let’s just put it out there, girlfriend wore a leather jacket better than anyone this side of Brando.

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“The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.”

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“There are two kinds of stones, as everyone knows, one of which rolls.”

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“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward.”

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“Women must pay for everything. They do get more glory than men for comparable feats, but, they also get more notoriety when they crash.”

and not for nothin’ but she was also a huge influence on Gaultier’s Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear collection for Hermès, vis:


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Right? I don’t even WANT to know how much that outfit costs, but if I could wear trousers, I’d never take those things off my body.

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How to do a big leather coat.


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Love Coco Rocha in this, but it’s partially because Coco Rocha always makes me think of Ferrero Rocher, which makes me hungry.

and last but most certainly not least:

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Okay, just kidding, this was from the Spring 2008 collection, but a Gaultier/Hermès gold lamé turban? No WAY I’m not posting that. This IS the Friday Fierceness after all.

The Art of the Turban #2

Eva Mendes in Prada

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Sophia says: it’s all about understatement.

The Art of the Turban #1

That’s right, it’s a new featurette and its mission is this: to convince all those doubters and sayers of nay that the only reason the turban isn’t back is that it never left. So with a nod to the lovely and talented Tom Sutpen (creator of one of my favorite blogs of cultural import) for the title’s conceit I want to remind you:

You cannot stop the turban, you can only hope to accessorize it.

Vermeer Girl with the Pearl Earring
Vermeer’s “Girl with the Pearl Earring” 1665

La Carla and Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser, wife of Sheikh Hamad of Qatar
Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser, 2009

OLGA BACLANOVA
Olga Baclanova, 1943