April 29, 2008
April 27, 2008
This is a selection from Herbert de Givenchy. The dress is beige wool jersey with a black kid belt from the fall-winter season of 1959.
A selection from Chanel. A suit in black wool with an ivory dot-embroidered silk satin, from the fall-winter of 1956. Model number 04637.
An evening gown from Oleg Cassini. Ivory silk ziberline with jet beading. Worn at a state dinner for Jawaharlal Nehru of India, November 7, 1961.
For travel to India, a Donald Brooks dress. Empire-waisted shift in hot pink silk shantung, March 1962.
For a formal dinner, another Oleg Cassini. Azure blue silk crepe Giselle. Summer 1962.
Hope you enjoyed these!
April 23, 2008
April 22, 2008
April 20, 2008
Today, as I was driving by McL-W, I pulled over to take some photos of the newest window and ran into David, and his partner and my old friend, Bug, who is the Simon Doonan of Jos. A. Banks Clothiers. David and Bug were kind enough to let me come in and take some photos of his work.
Although he's based in Baltimore, David's work is available in showrooms across the country including Summer Hill, Ltd, in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, Ainsworth Noah in Atlanta, and the Rist Corp. at the Design Center in Washington, DC.
This was the window display last week with a better photograph of the campaign bed David designed for his daughter, as well as a chandelier he designed for her.
Here are some of my favourite pieces that were in McLain Wiesand's showroom this afternoon. In addition to his own work, David also has a small selection of antiques. Take a look:
A shagreen side table
One of a pair of Chinoiserie-style table lamps
Several klismos-style chairs designed by McLain Wiesand
A selection of heads, including David's signature Medusa heads.
Two Baltimore Chairs, the left one is in progress and the right one is nearly complete.
A beautiful turquoise lamp base with a coral motif.
Bug & David... thanks for sharing your shop with me this afternoon. Always a treat to see you!
April 16, 2008
April 12, 2008
April 9, 2008
At Evergreen House last week the big saucer magnolias were out. These are not the glossy-leafed evergreen ones, but a different variety, Magnolia soulangiana. Their egg-shaped blossoms only have five or so petals, but they're a beautiful pale pink. Evergreen has several trees espaliered against a brick wall, which I'd never seen before. Unfortunately, we had a little frost as the trees were budding, so all of the blossoms had some brown on them.
April 6, 2008
Some of the other books I have gotten are America's Queen, The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, by Sarah Bradford; Kennedy Weddings by Jay Mulvaney, with a foreward by Doris Kearns Goodwin; and The Kennedy Curse, by Edward Klein. All very intersting books in their own way.
P.S. I also got a 1971 edition of Living Well is the Best Revenge, the story of Gerald and Sara Murphy, by Calvin Tompkins. I had an 1998 reprint of this, but can't seem to find it. I probably accidentally took it back to the Book Thing when I was doing a sweep of book to take there.
April 2, 2008
I love interesting doors. Here's another one for the collection.
I am always looking at contrasts, here between the straight lines of the columns and the organic form of the trees.Thanks for visiting... see you in hell!