Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Another one of the dear packages I carefully brought home in the rain is a new book from the Victoria & Albert Museum. Instead of the usual haute-couture array, Horrockses Fashions chronicles the heyday of a crisp, cotton ready-to-wear dress company in Britain from the 40's through the 60's. It's full of candid shots of everyday women in brightly patterned dresses, vintage advertisements, and the cloth binding of the book is a pink and white lace Horrockses pattern. While the company name is certainly unfortunate (albeit memorable) the book is fabulous and has filled me with inspiration for some of the many vintage frocks awaiting a little sewing care!

Victoria & Albert Store:

Sunshine through the rain!

Went to the post office after work today to pick up a couple of parcels (anthropologie scalloped clouds skirt and gleaming something-or-other blouse!) and walked home in what's been a sudden and unseasonably scorching summer heat. I have many, many summer dresses, but it's been so hot these past few days that anything more than a slip seems heavy and oppressive. Thank heaven for little cotton shirtdresses (anthropologie again)!

Anyway, the ominous clouds rolled in and before I got home these massive steamings blobs of water started falling out of the sky. Not many at first, but each one was impressively wet! After a block or so, the rain stopped entirely and the sun came out, followed by a sudden torrent of monsoon rain! I was laughing and choking on the water, unable to breathe, with my useless glasses pushed up on my head and dress plastered to my legs. It was amazing. I had this flash to the rain scene in Breakfast at Tiffany's, and also the magical sunshine through the rain in Kurosawa's Dreams...

That quiet episode has always stuck with me- the boy following the magical party of foxes into the rainy forest, and then refused entrance by his mother, as the foxes have cursed him. He must find them at the end of the rainbow and ask forgiveness for witnessing their revelry...

I love the scalloped clouds skirt, by the way!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

New York!

Going on a wee trip next week to visit a friend in New York. It will be the first time in a long time that it won't be dark and dreary winter when I visit. Last year's trip was in bitter, cold February. I have high hopes for some shopping, being deprived of such basic and lovely fare as Anthropologie, Uniqlo, Marc Jacobs, and even J. Crew in Canada!

I did however check the forecast and they're calling for several days of rain, albeit with warm temps!

To be sure, there are also several cultural events that I'm dying to experience. The Met's new show on American fashion (and possibly the Brooklyn museum collection too!). The Diller & Scofidio revamping of the High Line (this place has obsessed me for years...overgrown urban wastelands! hidden high in the sky!). I'd love to catch some last minute cheap tickets to a broadway show- Wicked, or Mary Poppins or Avenue Q...(loves the raunchy singing muppets).

The New York Times this week had an article on vintage shopping- how timely- and apparently I even caught a few of these places last year by accident! (our sweet little hotel with the one massive 'Water Cockroach' was certainly well located...even with an Anthropologie at the end of the block!)