Monday, April 05, 2010

THE GENTLEWOMAN...

Thoughtful, intelligent, calm, rational, focused, refreshing; you want to plonk it in the hands of people who think you're a silly airhead for being interested in fashion and go, "There. That's why. OKAY?" Those are the notes I wrote after first reading The Gentlewoman. It's been hanging around in my flat for a week or so and I've found myself picking it up to read again and again. Yes, to read, not flick through aimlessly as more brain cells wither.

No hyperbole, no fawning, no socialites for the sake of it, nothing wacky, it's not trying to be aspirational or whip you up into a frenzy about jumpsuits.
I'd be interested to know if someone of 20 appreciates it as much as I do, seeing women featured that have been getting on with doing good things in fashion and the arts, and still are, for as long as I've been in it: Phoebe Philo, Julie Verhoeven, Alice Rawsthorn, Jenny Holzer, hey, even Princess Julia.
And another thing - I now need a buttercup yellow Citroen 2CV so if someone could sort that out for me. Oh, and a vineyard or two and all the clothes Sara Perez wears in the feature on her. {Gracias}.

{photos not scans, but at least I didn't take them with my phone.}

7 comments:

anna said...

i love it too. i think i managed to purchase the only copy in Edinburgh.

If Jane said...

well i have been looking for it all through (the village!!! of) montréal...
yep seems like a good magazine indeed!

Alex said...

Does a 20-something who likes it count? It's just so calm and refreshing to read and I love the fact Phoebe (rather than a model) is on the cover.

marie said...

I just stumbled on this yesterday - I haven't got a copy yet, but I want a closer look :)

Claire * Lola Is Beauty said...

anna - I think their distribution is not quite, quite as I purchased a lonesome single slightly battered copy in a random branch of WH Smith myself and haven't seen it in my usual haunts.

If Jane - I hope you find it - you'll love it!

Alex - yes it counts! I had wondered if maybe it's just me having *grown up* with these people, but good to know...

nina said...

those last photos make me wanna run away very chic-ly in a Citroen with steamed clothing. I also wish I was a car fairy and could sort this Citroen situation for you!

C. said...

I love the first black and white
photos, very mysterious and so graceful . . .

Beautiful .