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.

The most memorable aspect of the group was frontwoman Lady Miss Kier: singer, songwriter, go-go dancer, costumer, fashion designer, club kid messiah... She single-handedly presaged (IMHO) the current rage for vintage and retro fashion, sporting platforms, flipped hair, Pucci-esque prints,...

Like with Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge presented its most colourful autumn/winter collection to date, with reds, greens, mustards and blues all showcased. Rather than the primary colour palette of DP it felt like Miss Selfridge had gone for a grown-up approach to colour, but still featuring...

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...

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...

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...

However, I'm feeling the pull of collars with crewneck sweaters, a look that's both governness chic and crisply current (see shoe designer Tabitha Simmons, right). The trick is, I think, to wear a crewneck with a bold or somewhat askew design on it (see Simmons again). For instance, two...

Is it the high v-neck, so high that the sweater could easily and chicly be worn on its own? Well, no . . . It's the intense eyes peeking out from within the black heart. They remind me of Marvin the Martian, who in turn reminds me of happy childhood weekend evenings watching Bugs Bunny on TV.

Maybe it's a holdover from my boarding school days, maybe it's my love for Jane Eyre, maybe it's my wish to be a Parisian schoolgirl, but I do adore a chic-ly severe look: usually a navy dress or sweater with a strong white collar. And even though Mrs. Medlock's secret crush does not...

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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