28 February 2011

Colette van den Thillart on the mixology of Lavender


Corbis image

"Lavender lends itself terribly well to what I call metamorphic colours 
-colours that change and are complex."

Jacques-Emile Blanche's In the Mirror
image from it's about time here

 "Aesthetically I have always loved it in the garden...it works so well with grey greens especially."  

 Liotard's Empress Maria Theresa

"It was my grandmothers favorite colour so I had slightly 'old fashioned' aesthetic hang ups in regards to decorating with it, 
but Nicky really brought home to me the potentials of the colour."  

Haslam's Shutter Stripe in  Cloudy Lilac

"I have learnt to think of it as a neutral and use it more and more.  It sets off and calms almost any colour palette and when used in a scheme can provide a whisper of necessary clash... that invisible note of the unexpected."

"Reflective silks, silk velvets and lacquer finishes come to life when there is the slightest tint of lavender in them.  Nicky often adds a dash of it to old white ceilings for that hard to place sense of faded grandeur...."

  oil sketch of madame X giving a toast 
John Singer Sargent

Lavender is that wonderful sensory colour that conjures not only visions, but certainly smells, and especially tastes.  Only just this weekend I bought some lavender infused black tea, and last summer while in the countryside of Ontario we experimented with Lavender ice-cream which was an enormous success.
"And a dash of lavender syrup in champagne never hurts either!!"

 Colette van den Thillart- interior designer , blogger here,   here


liz taylor


happy birthday today Elizabeth Taylor
two time OSCAR winner

she might not be every one's style-
but she was The Goddess of the Silver Screen in the 1950's & 1960's

her OSCAR winning films:"Butterfield 8" 1960  &  "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" in '66


Lavender pale & cool


"Givenchy Haute Couture pleats in palest lilac—class and cool" 
Andre Leon Talley said of Cate Blanchett
Vogue here

 Cate Blanchett  class & cool

& if you missed it

Florence Welch in Givenchy Couture at the Grammys 2011

 & at Givenchy Spring Haute Couture 2011

see Charles James@Oscar here
images from Givenchy at Vogue here


27 February 2011

Charles James@Oscar


''We wanted something more voluptuous.''
Charles James & Dominique de Menil

Mrs. Charles James 
photographed by Cecil Beaton

as if blogs don't make predictions- making it's return debut two years ago here-this Charles James gown at STIRRED STRAIGHT UP WITH A TWIST. when I started this post as the Oscar's wrap up-  here's the dress and the great style of vintage that can not be denied.

February 27 2011
Marisa Tomei in Charles James at Oscar

photograph from bella sugar here
the dress 1950 vintage Charles James from Lily et Cie
her jewelry from Van Cleef and Arpels

1924 portrait of Dominique by Max Ernst hangs in the living room, facing another of his canvases,  
Return of la Belle Jardinière (1967), and across from the signature piano, chaise and ottoman

Charles James surrounded by his models in celebration

the de Menil collection here

in the works: about Charles James and Dominique de Menil


moore blue fords

looking for Julianne Moore,
bound to be wearing Tom Ford.

 Any one of his special Spring Collection 2011 pieces would be best dressed on the OSCARS Red Carpet or an inspired creation for one of his Muses.

modeling Tom Ford in his Spring 2011 show

at the BAFTAs
wearing Tom Ford


 brilliant in blue with Tom Ford in Tom Ford

on Tom Ford:
"Tom's a friend of mine. I've known him for a long time from the fashion world and socially. I knew that he had aspirations to direct. He's talked about it for a long time, but never to me.
When he sent me the script it was out of the blue, it was a quite a surprise. I was very struck by it. I loved my character. She made me laugh and I hadn't seen anyone like her before and I hadn't seen a friendship depicted like that." NY Daily News

 in Tom Ford's directorial movie debut A Single Man

 on the Red Carpet in Tom Ford at the 66th Annual Venice Film Festival

in the movie The Children are All Right

with Annette Bening nominated for Best Actress in the movie

on family Moore says:
“What children need is two loving parents. It doesn’t matter if they are two moms, or two dads, or a mom and a dad”.

Ford blue

clary sage
pink & white oleander
lime blossom
 Olibanum & rich green moss

not much. enjoy the OSCARS!


26 February 2011

not your grandmother's


Christopher Kane  goes for it.
I think it's brilliant!  

see every glorious stitch known to grandmother here

What I am intrigued with- the idea of the printed leather. Why don't you use something on this order for chair seats? Update stodgy chairs with a little riff on embossed leather. No it's not for the faint of heart, but nothing original ever is.
I believe Billy Baldwin said :

"...you've got to take risks.
A person with a real flair is a gambler at heart."



25 February 2011

looking : fabrics


for a sofa-this the most perfect of styles. I like the classic styling with the upholstered small legs-nail head studded.

now for the fabrics. the perfect ones- I find are often on the runways. this is one of the reasons I still follow fashion & thank you vogue.com for your gorgeous up close photography that records the details-which is what it is all about. Sometime these cross overs don't work- and vice versa- No one wants to look like their sofa- or any sofa for that matter.

Here are some textiles that make me love doing what I do-

& for color:

 all from Alberta Ferretti Fall 2011
beautiful images from vogue

 (& you know I love this )

a fashion review by Dr. Seuss


One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue fish,
Black fish, Blue fish, Old fish, New fish.
This one has a littlecar.
This one has a little star.
Say! What a lot of fish there are.
Yes. Some are red, and some are blue.
Some are old and some are new.
Some are sad, and some are glad,
And some are very, very bad.
Why are they sad and glad and bad?
I do not know, go ask your dad.
Some are thin, and some are fat.
The fat one has a yellow hat.
From there to here,
From here to there,
Funny things are everywhere.
Here are some who like to run.
They run for fun in the hot, hot sun.
Oh me! Oh my! Oh me! oh my!
What a lot of funny things go by.
Some have two feet and some have four.
Some have six feet and some have more.
Where do they come from? I can't say.
But I bet they have come a long, long way.
we see them come, we see them go.
Some are fast. Some are slow.
Some are high. Some are low.
Not one of them is like another.

Prada Fall 2011
from VOGUE



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