The lovely WendyB's recent post on peplums reminded me of my first leather jacket, made by Vakko. It had a dropped waist with a peplum, an assymetrical hidden zip flap with a top snap, a stand-up collar, and outrageous shoulder pads. It was made from a textured dark brown leather with a hint...

No, I didn't buy it!) Figureheads, from the illustrated ones in Miss Rumphius, through the unusual Stephanie Seymour "trophy wife" piece, to vintage carvings from actual ships, may just be my favourite form of art. So I guess it is reigning figureheads around here.

She said she bought them from an online boutique, Grey Area, so off I clicked, to learn that the shoes (Zaha Hadid for Melissa) were made of rubber, not leathah. On one hand, this knowledge was good, because my interest in the shoes instantly diminished. But on the other hand, was I too...

I was reminded of this road-line orange gingerbread house when I saw Bottega Veneta's new bag--made from alternating stripes of burnt orange velvet and python. To me, it's a high-end country road bag, the orange stripes marking the middle of the road, the python leisurely crossing. Do tell,...

I graduated from the University of Ottawa and soooo miss the Rideau Canal (for running and ice-skating) as well as Parliament Hill, where we used to throw softballs on the lawn, in gentler times. I thought that the Duchess looked so very elegant yesterday in her blue lace Erdem dress...

And the shell buttons: These shoes, though, are my real objet d'amour: Made by Brunello Cucinelli, their laces are not mere grosgrain, but silk grosgrain. And this confuses me: an iPad (tablet) case that costs more than the actual tablet? Ooh la la: To be sure, it is made by Bottega...

So what would you suggest, then, Miss Smartypants? I'd have dressed the duchess in this broderie anglais dress by Vivienne Westwood Anglomania: I like its full skirt, as a slim white skirt can be too slenderizing on the duchess. And the bow on the bateau neck would not be too jeune...

When Nancy Shevell married Paul McCartney, Stella made her this pair of sandals to go with the dress: I actually don't think that the sandals do go with the dress; whereas the dress evokes Wallis Simpson's vintage chic, the shoes evoke vintage dowdy. This similar shape turned up as well...

Back in the early-to-mid 1990s, Cynthia Rowley made some dresses from a delightful lemon print. I have one of them--a short shirtdress--tucked away in my closet, for as many years, and I think it will reemerge this summer. When I think of Rowley, I therefore always think of lemons, so it...

But--oh dear--by the time I had finished my walk, the tiny flower was missing! So I had a third tran-sportation challenge this week, alas! (I am trying to be a good "sport" about it, though.)

 

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