He hails from South America and he does not rely on his heavenly nature alone. He carries a spear to protect me. In many a church in Argentina, Brazil and Chile I saw paintings of angels in arms. I am not sure if these strange attributes reflect the violence which accompanied the spreading of the Roman Catholic belief amongst the Indians of South America or if it is a topic the local painters copied from European baroque images. I once listened to the lecture of an art historian who was adamant that the latter is the right interpretation. Let’s leave the matter to the experts.
I feel somehow protected by my guardian angel although he is just a copy. I am posing with him in some fake fur from Chile, his country of origin. It is all about fake and fun.
Romain Courret, my favourite couturier (see post of January 24) had invited to his défilé of the season and he played it grand.
We could enjoy his inventive fashion in the beautiful courtyard of the golf hotel Chateau des Vigiers.
Romain had named his new collection Nouvelle Ambassade / New Embassy. The German equivalent Botschaft has the double meaning of embassy and message and a message he did convey. It spelled vivid creativity and playfulness.
As a hommage to the mixed nationalities of his viewers Romain had dedicated each outfit to a diffferent nation.
The défilé took place on French Heritage Day. The Chateau was just the right frame. The French flair for keeping their tradition alive was the other messsage.
They hold skilled handicraft, the creation and the restauration of beautiful objects in the highest esteem.
Couturiers, jewellers, glass blowers, cabinet makers, upholsterers, all these professions are greatly valued. There exists even a Jour de l'Artisanat / Day of Handicraf…
Nothing like summertime in a lovely garden full of white roses and flocks of ducks waddling to a lake. The noise of cheerful chatting and of clinking glasses is wafting from the terrace of Joostenberg Deli & Bistro in the Cape Winelands. On weekends Captonians love to go out for a late breakfast taking along all the family, grandma, toddlers and friends.
The right place to wear the straw hat I had found in Iguazu at the border of Argentina and Brazil. Genuine Panama the seller had promised. I tend to believe it as the hat is so finely woven, durable and light.
I had travelled to the small border town to see the mighty Iguazu waterfalls from both sides, the Argentinian and the Brazilian. I am still not sure which one to prefer. You must go and see for yourself.
For African bead work with a modern twist I like to choose Pichulik. Katherine-Mary’s bangles and necklaces are the most inventive and playful.
Chic is a kind of mayonnaise, either it tastes, or it doesn’t.
Karl Lagerfeld I am a seventy something world traveller and my dress code is all about context and mood. Where do I happen to be today? How do I feel this morning? Eclectic is my key word. Combine a high-end item with streetwear and you will look fabulous. The other key word is travel. During the last twelve years I have been staying on three continents and writing travel books. Since then I am living in AND: in France AND South Africa AND Germany. My fashion finds around the world define my style. Thus, my mayonnaise is sometimes plainly homemade, sometimes peppered with exotic spices.
I got my inspiration from a rabbit and from a New York based aficionado of silver hair chic. An eternally youthful bunny may not be an obvious role model for a silver surfer, but Fifi Lapin’s playful sketches and funny notes on the ever so urgent question What shall I wear today? did the trick for me. Thank you, Fifi! And thank you Ari! Ari …