For Christmas dinner I am filling up my supply on red wine from the Cape at my favoured wine estate Groot Phesantekraal. Once the owner asked me about purchasing sources for a gobelin from France. Meanwhile, she has acquired the beautiful wall carpet you can see behind me at their wine tasting room. I can only admire the masterful embroidery in the traditional French style.
The carpet is forming a bridge to my other home in the South West of France. There, in a tiny neighbouring village our friends have just to look out of their kitchen window to enjoy this artwork in stained glass at the village church. In winter deer is sometimes to be seen in some solitary garden just as in the gobelin. The elegant European buck seems to me close to the South African antelopes.
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…
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 …
Who would not like to be 'Forever New'. The name of that clothing chain store suggest that you are always up to date at least fashion wise. Is it Australian or Indian or South African? Who cares. I came across their store at the Tygervalley Centre in Durbanville. It first attracted me because of the similarity with Forever 21 which I had encountered in Tokyo’s fashion district Omotesandō recommended to me by my Swiss friend’s designer son who uses to buy silks in the side lanes. The name of the shop brought a nostalgic smile onto my face. I certainly cannot claim to belong to their target group at least not until eternal youth will be invented. Forever New enticed me to have a look, though. Even at 80+ you could connect. There will always be a bright new day. That’s what the French daily Le Figaro is suggesting every Monday in their fashion column Neuf comme un lundi / New Like a Monday.
My new look had to be light blue like the sky on a sunny morning. I chose a swinging stri…