I shouldn't, but I really want to.

I saw and tried this coat on at the AllSaints store in NYC a couple months ago. It was bewitching then, and it's even more alluring now. Something about the tailoring and classical lines reminds me of McQueen's work. 

“I design from the side; that way I get the worst angle of the body. You’ve got all the lumps and bumps, the S-bend of the back, the bum. That way I get a cut and proportion and silhouette that works all the way round the body.” – Alexander McQueen.

Update: This one is even better.

Vintage whimsy at J. Peterman Co.

I discovered this site through, of all places, Catalogs.com. It's an extraordinary site with an extraordinary story. Built from the ground up by a former ballplayer, it went bankrupt once before coming back stronger than ever.  What I love most is the romance surrounding all of its pieces - from the beautiful watercolor illustrations to the story-like item descriptions. I'm so intrigued, and will likely make a first purchase soon. Hope the quality of the clothing lives up to the persona of the brand.


“A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless.”

—Charles de Gaulle

I was thinking of the great leader since I was in “his” airport studying a young woman in front of me. Don’t know if she was a true leader, but I know I would have followed her anywhere. I watched her stride off; her pants clinging, but flowing at the same time. A body-skimming blouse on top. Very attractive look, I thought. Suddenly there was a large gap in the line in front of me. My French ferret, who knows me only too well, said, “Stop outfitting.” Anyway, I know these items will surprise you and keep your public breathless and excited. 

Plaid Taffeta Blouse

Plaid Taffeta Blouse 

(No. 2919). Plaid meets 100% silk taffeta and you never have to ask where’s the party. You’re in it. With shawl collar. Two-button closure with tie front. Long sleeves with a demure slit and button. Front and back princess lines. Shaped hem. Looks fantastic with anything, especially pleat-front pants. Imported.

Women’s sizes: 2 through 18.

Color: Red, Black, Cream Plaid.

I am seriously considering making a trip out to NYC this summer to see the Alexander McQueen retrospective, "Savage Beauty"

If it were any other artist but McQueen, I would call me crazy. But as he was one of the most revolutionary designers of our time, and I personally felt a deep affinity for the dark, elegant, poetic beauty of his work, and he's no longer with us, I'd say this trip would be justified. I can't pass up this chance to see so many groundbreaking, heartbreaking works in person, and all in one place!

Outfitting: Channeling Little J

I was walking to work with my fiance and he remarked that I looked a little like Jenny Humphrey from Gossip Girl, what with the dominatrix-style wedges and rocker bag. All I need is a maneful of blonde hair and a ton of makeup, though the constantly annoyed look I could maybe pull off if I tried hard enough.

Somehow, this ensemble made me feel more svelte than usual, though I've been like a bottomless pit for the last few days.