Saturday, October 03, 2009

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*I ordered the Book of Disquiet. I can't remember how I found out about it, but it looks rather amazing. I've been ploughing through a spate of books I haven't got on with so I'm hoping this will break me out my reading rut. Has anyone read it?

*Also, has anyone read The Dogs and the Wolves by Irene Nemirovsky? My first reading of Suite Francaise will always remain a transporting moment, but when I read some of her other books I was disappointed. I think some of her earlier work was reissued to capitalize on the success of Suite Francaise, but the novels I read were written years before SF and I found them uneven. Obviously the urgency of the real life events that makes Suite Francaise resonate so strongly plays a role in its iconic status, but could The Dogs and the Wolves be in the same league?

*Ah, these are the perfect boots but, they're from Topshop. And Topshop heels, especially Topshop platform heels, do not unbroken bones and good balance make. Do I risk it just for those rare taxi to seated moments?


*Lanvin was beautiful, and I understand wanting to use modern fabrics but...polyester? Is that modern? A petroleum derived fabric seems a little old world order to me; unless you're an Arab princess. If I had £2000 to drop on a dress, it would be a Lanvin dress, but not one that doesn't allow my skin to breathe and may catch fire. Alber is a thoughtful, intelligent chap so I can't imagine the use of polyester is just there to make a statement. Or is there really no new fabric technology that's more environmentally friendly/breathable? That to me, would be modern. (Though Alber, if you're reading, I would never say no to Lanvin. Or to tea and scones with you to discuss the non rhetorical polyester question.)

*edit - p.s. Remember when I was in Paris and was freaking out about the cool mini adult children in their perfect clothes, but wasn't quite sure how to approach the "may I, a complete stranger, photograph your toddler" question? Maya has bravely collected some evidence.
Believe it. (They don't just look like that because they're fashion maven spawn and it's fashion week.)

7 comments:

Juliet said...

Polyester is bad, but there are worse. Could the recsession be that bad?

juliet xxx

If Jane said...

oh the "book of disquiet" seems interesting...i want to read it...
i love lanvin...i do..but the use of polyester (and at that price!) is a tad perverted!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I read the "Book of Disquiet" and several other Pessoa books, about 10/15 years ago. They are absolutely fantastic. A bit on the depressing side though... But definitely worth reading.
xxx
Mia

erica said...

pessoa is lovely, but i have to be in the mood for it. i was a huge fan in college.

Lola Is Beauty said...

Mia - and Erica - I think I am in the mood for it... i.e. - depressed!

Alex said...

Ooh polyester is a noooo. It makes me smell! And gives my hair static...

But perhaps Lanvin women, ie those that can afford to drop a couple of grand on a dress, will be able to afford botox under their arms, thus negating the problem. Sorted.

Metropolitan Mum said...

Just had a glimpse at the mini fashion people - if I follow the pattern I started in dressing up my baby, we might as well end up there. Minus the gorgeous looking mummy.

Re Suite Fran├žaise - I started reading it when I was about 6 months pregnant and overly hormonal. Running out of bread was making me cry. Though beautifully written, I had to put the book aside, where it is still (having a baby is very time consuming). Let us know how The Dogs and the Wolves was!