The Handkerchief as Alter Ego

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 in All Blog Posts, Animals, Fashion

The Handkerchief as Alter Ego

Are you Adventuresome? Creative? Colorful? Fun Loving? Exciting? Or are you Demure and Shy? Serious and Studious? Classic and Refined? A Person of Mystery and Intrigue? In case you think I’m exaggerating the influence of the handkerchief on fashion,(see history) take a gander at this full page ad in the June 28, 1947 issue of The New Yorker. A full page was no small commitment, and it features – not a Mainbocher suit, Christian Dior gown or Lilly Daché hat, but a handkerchief. Yep. A simple square of cotton. And yet….it’s described as mad, witty and sophisticated! The subtext being of...

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Pucker Up

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 in All Blog Posts, Fashion

Pucker Up

Hunters have known for decades that a red handkerchief can literally save your life. Conversely, a white handkerchief could spell your doom. When spotted from a distance, a fluttering white hankie can be mistaken for a deer’s tail, and a hunter dressed in camouflage, stifling a sniffle,  may find himself the target of an eager bullet. The wise hunter always carries red. A hunter of “big game” of another sort – her trophies included Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Clark Gable, and Pepsi CEO Alfred Steele – was Oscar winner Joan Crawford.   Legend has it that Ms. Crawford is responsible for...

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50 Shades of Gray

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 in All Blog Posts, Fashion

50 Shades of Gray

The eyes have it – in 50 Shades of Gray…and green, and blue, and…. Who could resist these every-so-hip, flirty, fun sunglasses?   The tangy lime linen provides a zesty backdrop for frames and lenses of electric turquoise.  Randomly scattered, like kids rolling down a hill for pure fun, these frames give a tip of the hat to vintage, while barreling headlong down the highway toward modernism. “Shades” have always carried the cachet of cool. The frames you see here made their foray into fashion in the 1950’s, an era when folks forsook cities for the suburbs,and swapped the subway...

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