Monday, September 8, 2008


Ah, Etro

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
Coco Chanel


In the movie from last summer, The Devil Wears Prada, Meryl Streep’s imperious character, Miranda Priestly, delivers a snarkily brilliant speech that serves to trace the flow of design from the well-spring of originality to the trickle down of commonality. To most interior designers, Ms. Priestly was preaching to the choir. We learned long ago to view runway models of each new fashion season as lithe and fluid fortune tellers, for surely the fabrics, colors and moods they unveil may very well show up as new choices for homes as well as haberdashery. Often, this is a very fortunate thing indeed.

Recently, in the clothing world, it seems I’ve often felt presented with one of two choices. Either dress like Britney, or dress like Barbara Bush. Neither has held much appeal for me. However, while cutting through Neiman Marcus on my way to get my hair trimmed and tamed last week, I was stopped cold by the new fall clothes of the Italian design house,
Etro. Such resplendent fabrics, such gorgeous lines, they were a pleasure to see. As the price tags were a tad prohibitive, I chose to view them as though I were on a museum prowl, instead of a shopping spree. It seemed to help quench desire just a bit and some of the Etro creations could certainly stand up to the recharacterization. Such a mood was created with these beautiful frocks, they all whispered autumn in such delicate, atmospheric tones. As usual, I could also see the glorious rooms they could well inspire, so that eventually I wasn’t sure whether I’d want to wear them or upholster a chair with them. Perhaps these clothes signal a renaissance of exquisite, creative sartorial choices for my future, as well as enticing new designs for our homes.
Something to look forward to.



25 comments:

  1. Love the image and fashion, well I'm not into it, but I do appreciate good design and sounds like you are on to something in Etro.
    I think today we could also say

    Woman with dog closes a gap in the universe.
    after C. S. Lewis

    And thank you for your kind comments. I am enjoying this so much.

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  2. I have been so fed up with fashion for a while. I was down to one pair of jeans because I refused to buy the low cut ones. Everyone I've seen wearing them had tummys bulging over like muffin tops. My daughter had trouble for a while trying to find un-slutty teen fashion which she wanted to wear without feeling embaressed.

    We voted with our feet. If everyone did instead of trying to keep up with the latest fashion, I think we would end up with clothes we want to wear instead of being dictated and pressured and hoping to be 6ft and size 8 to make the clothes look good. Perhaps in the current economic climate fashion will deliver the goods better?

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  3. what a delight that must have been. i love your choice of words and how you paint a lovely picture for us to imagine.

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  4. I am happy to see wonderful colors and textures coming back into fashion. I hated all the years of minimalism!

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  5. OOh..great post! I'm firmly entrenched in the turtlecks, scarves, houndstooth and plaid camp myself:-)....

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  6. I love the "Barbara Bush or Britney" comment! So true. Neiman Marcus does have a lot of beautiful clothes (we don't have Neiman Marcus in Canada, so its my favourite place to do online window-shopping! Although they do ship to Canada now...). Anyway, Etro does has some very pretty pieces for the fall. Very Art Nouveau-ish, don't you think?

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  7. Pamela I totally agree about fashion these days and am relieved it doesn't matter where I now reside. Not that I still don't appreciate beauty in clothes, but like you these days I am often just an admirer.

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  8. Perhaps if we no longer purchased clothing reminiscent of Britney or Barbara, they would stop making it.
    I, for one, struggle to find something appropriate for my 50 year-old self. Which explains why my closet has 1 dress, 2 skirts, 5 blouses, two pair of pants and a jacket. :)

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  9. It's nice to know you're inspired by Etro, rather than feeling hemmed in, as you described with the clothes. I feel the same way sometimes with clothes.

    I love beautiful rooms; fabrics are a huge part of room beauty for me. Those Etro designs you mentioned appeal to me, too.

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  10. I'd wear Etro every day if I could, with a little minimalism once a week or so as an amuse bouche. So lovely!

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  11. Wonderful post! I am so excited about the new fall fashions!

    Thank you!

    Best Regards,
    MIMILEE<><

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  12. Oh, I hope for beautiful changes (so tired of the current fashion regime! Closet getting sparse). Keep us posted!

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  13. Beautiful words, I know what you mean, and yes the miranda P's speech really opened my eyes and to have a bit more (but not enought :) respect for powerhouse fashion designers. the "Barbara Bush or Britney" comment is kind of true in general but there's always that indie designer that appeals to the third party of individuals.
    Am a guy and so I can't really judge women'S clothing 100%

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  14. Beautiful words, I know what you mean, and yes the miranda P's speech really opened my eyes and to have a bit more (but not enought :) respect for powerhouse fashion designers. the "Barbara Bush or Britney" comment is kind of true in general but there's always that indie designer that appeals to the third party of individuals.
    Am a guy and so I can't really judge women'S clothing 100%

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  15. I really liked this post on fashion, it is such a huge issue, and so very very personal being down to choice, cost and the image we wish to portray....or not!
    This was good to read , I love the illustration too.
    Hugs Lynn xx

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  16. I had to go to Neiman's online to take a peek at Etro's fall line. I see what you mean about it being inspiring for autumn. Beautiful colors.

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  17. I know exactly what you mean. I am 40 and clothes seem either way too young, or way too old for me.

    I'm glad that you saw something inspiring, even if it is priced out of reach.

    Are you familiar with Eileen Fisher? I love her clothing line. It's comfortable and yet stylish. Garnet Hill catalogue sells her line and so does Macy's. Also, another great designer that I have found recently is Robert Kitchen. He is a Canadian fashion designer and his clothes are truly beautiful.

    Have a wonderful day.

    Melissa

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  18. Matt bought a movie for me, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. Please watch it. The clothing from the late 30's early 40's is so inspiring to me.. it made me care how I looked again. I've been in quite a slump lately rather than look like Britney, as you say. Well put. :)

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  19. Brittany v Barbara, yes I think this is definately a univeral problem, I so often hear the same complaint over here. My own lifestyle favours the practical but I do appreciate fashion.
    I went to buy some new winter horse rugs today, most were bright pink and purple or silver so even middle aged horses are expected to dress like Brittany these days!
    However, Jack will be wearing nut brown this autumn. :-)

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  20. Last Autumn, I was invited by a dear friend to the "English Speaking Union" Luncheon to hear a writer speak and the lady seated next to me had a stunning jacket, Etro of course. She said it was an "Investment" and would only get better over time. I say buy what you love, we all need a little "Museum" in our lives -especially our closets.
    In my designing days, Etro was always the place to look to for print, pattern, color and luxe!

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  21. Don't you just love that word, haberdashery...

    It's funny, there have been many times when I've thought that some piece of clothing fabric would make a marvy upholstery or curtain, and vice versa...

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  22. Thank you for the hot tip about Etro Pamela. I couldn't get the collections to come up on the site. Will try later.

    xox
    Constance

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  23. It's so much simpler being a guy!

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  24. I recently bought myself a luxurious pashmina shawl in gorgeous greens and silver threads woven in paisley swirls. Astoundingly, it was a mere $11.99 at a boutique in a small village north of here with the charming name of Elora.
    Elora is on the Grand River and the shop is housed on Mill Street along the banks of the river near the hewn rock-chunk known as "The Tooth of Time".
    I had expected to pay a fortune for this piece and am delighted the shop-owner was able to procure this textile at a low cost.
    The shop is called "Jammed Lovely" and every element is delightful. I can't wait to return and even more, I can't wait for the chill in the air, so I can wrap the scarf around my person and look quite chic (for once).

    I also bought some lip-balm with the singular name of "chicken poop"!

    Kat

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  25. Love the illustration and the concept. Just started purchasing vintage clothing for this very reason.

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