Current Obsession: CoutureLab
A few days ago (I don’t remember how) I stumbled upon an image of a gorgeous Ann Demeulemeester vest. My mouse clicked on it of its own volition, and I arrived at the CoutureLab site.
Compelled by a propensity to obsess over things I don’t need/can’t afford, I cautiously clicked through the sparse but amazing collection of antique lace neck pieces (not plain ol’ necklaces, thankyouverymuch), tulle skirts dusted with gold leaf, exotic printed gowns, and hand-embroidered vests. Everything is so…rich and luxe–exactly what no one can afford right now–and I think that’s part of the reason I’m so drawn to it.
All the pieces seem like they belong in the extra-large closet of an extremely sophisticated world traveler. So let’s take a quick fantasy trip, shall we?
Who wouldn’t want to sail away to some exotic, practically unknown island on a luxurious private yacht? Imagine sipping martinis on the deck, surrounded by the gentle rush of the dark ocean, wearing an antique scarf dress that billows in the soft breeze as the sun sets on the edge of the sea. Ahhhh…
Fall is my favorite season, which probably has something to do with the fact that my birthday is in October. For some reason–because it’s never actually happened–I see myself strolling through grand royal gardens surrounded by the gold and bronze of falling leaves and finely gilded facades wearing a long, sweeping skirt, where the only sound is the faint crackling of leaves underfoot.
You know the iconic photo of the model in the YSL le smoking? I’ve often imagined myself (a taller, willowy version as such) cloaked in sleek black formal wear on a Paris street at night, street lights barely illuminating the shadows, wisps of jazz music from a nearby bar delicately floating up to the starry sky…
All this from a darn shopping site with a bunch of stuff I can’t afford–seriously, the prices hurt my feelings. One one hand, the transportative quality is a huge part of the reason I love fashion. On the other hand, it’s also part of the reason I shop too much. Ah, well.
Has fashion ever taken you away to a far off place? Where did you go?