bon soir c’est soir, how’s every little thing? i hope it’s a relaxing night at the very least. since i’m back on the grid, that means a lot more time at the computer. it’s a double edged sword, this techno world…but we know the downside so let’s focus on what’s up. it starts with the fact that so many beautiful images flash before us each day. probably like you, i bookmark links for when i’ll have the ‘time’ to explore them more deeply. but let’s face it, that luxury rarely happens. in fact, i know your bookmark bar and google searches are divine too, and definitely one of a kind. not to mention saving images to the desktop or folders in folders…and don’t get me started on pinterest! anyway it got me thinking about posting a little at a time and see what happens organically without a plan, just a snippet of the day as it evolves so here goes:
digging into the first folder in no particular order , this the first image that was in my scraps, the one above is a feathery background for the Gallery of Fashion, could it really be from 1799? hard to believe but there has been a fascination with feathers for centuries now so why not? i found it doing a google search on vintage fans. i ‘ve always been fascinated by the playful seduction the fan can conjure. and their delicious frivolity in general…whether they were used to send messages to a lover across the room or donned as cover for fan dancers in french cabarets, these are remarkable works of art and history.
so i’m pulling out the images with feathers and of course, here’s a 20s french flapper fashion plate who would never travel without one in the evening. we know that paris without a/c was gets ridiculously hot so of course she’d need something super chic like this to keep her cool…
and that somehow led to 20s showgirls…i love seeing josephine baker and mistinguette pass my pages today, like familiar old friends. although these phots are finite, it would take a lifetime to see just half of what’s out there.
and that led to films
which led to stars. film stars now long forgotten, at least some of them anyway. i took screenshots whenever there was just too much beauty to bare
isn’t it wild that even though the pictures and may even the women are so dated, they stll seem timeless, even progressive? i love these ladies, the trailblazers, singers, actresses, dancers, performers and trendsetters. they paved the way we see sexiness, glamour, mystique and grace. i think i’ll watch an old movie tonight. well then, signing off…have a beautiful night!
vargas on flickr.com
Renée Perle by Jacques Henri Lartigue
bonjour mes amis, i hope you’re having a fabu sunday. it’s pretty great around here cause it’s officially a day off! we’ve already been for a stroll, swim and shower, made brunch at home and have the rest of the day to play! funny that for the first itme in a long while my choice of activities is the computer. i’d been avoiding it like the plage for the past few weeks. after working full days i couldn’t even take the light of it by night.
jean henri lartigue
but with things finally straightening out, it feels a lot lighter and my little silver box can be used for fun again, not just the grind. whew! so today’s new and fresh but my obsession with the 20s for the past few days continues. since i’m not one to censor myself, i’m just letting it free flow, saving and posting pics i hadn’t seem before from a time that still intrigues me.
is it the glamour, the sleek and modern look that still seems so new?
it’s funny cause you can really see a shift from the teens and early 20s into what we see from ’25 on.
JacquesHenri-Lartigue bibi and dani in nice
bibi in cannes
changes in dress, attitude, a defiance of society and convention.
i’m really getting into the subtleties of the decade. i love how you can see changes year by year just by the silhouette.
i love to go back in time thru ads. this one from louis vuitton shows the way we traveled.
it was so all about the well dressed woman.
the era seems surreal but somehow the ads for hermes and chanel, et al, make it more tangible. people really did life this elegant and cutting edge life we romanticize. (or i do).
details de la mode Henry_Fournier_1928
ways to tie scarves
Sonia Delaunay patternpulp.com
and the people were real. it’s so easy to create a caricature of the era with flapper costumes and dances.
but these were muses who ran paris and the planet!
it’s still just the surface but it was fun to dig a little deeper into some of the legends that are still household names today.
but who i know so little about!
i have to admit i had no idea kiki posed for man ray.
well that’s my lil’ indulgence for today. it’s a lot later than when i started and we have a party to get to.
hope you have a summery sunday night and enjoy whatever you’re up to!
hi guys, happy saturday! i spent the past hour surfing and now and am late getting ready to go out. but it was almost worth giving up prep time for the eye candy on this delicious web. well, almost! i have to run but these pics were calling to come out and play (credits on my boards at pinterest).
i’m having a love affair with both pink and blue at the moment, kind of feeling like they balance each other out and are the perfect complements.
here’s wishing you a wonderful, playful, restful, joyful and love filled weekend filled with pretty pinks and baby blues.
there seems to be some magic in the air as our country gears up to celebrate an entire day devoted to LoVe.
you gotta love that. let’s enjoy it! have a great night!