I love reading. The story of “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See takes place in China of the 19th century when a successful marriage depended on many factors. In particular, well-bandaged feet of the wife played a major role. Lily’s foot size (the main character of the book) was equal to seven centimeters. I think she was proud that her feet were smaller than the ones of her mother in-law. Obviously, women moved with difficulty with this kind of feet and therefore spent their life in the upstairs rooms for women. But what is interesting – now, in the twenty-first century, a pair of high-heeled shoes symbolizes femininity. The higher the heel, the better. And they are also difficult to live with – difficult to walk, drive a car. It turns out to be an inversely proportional relationship. In both cases it is impractical and in both cases it is about your status – I am dressed impractically, because I can afford it. But why is it considered beautiful? After all, if we look at nature, there is nothing superfluous, everything is interconnected and explicable. However, the more unnatural it is the more beautiful it is, like the peacock’s tail. Why?
A lot of actresses would have loved to play the role of this Blondie called Dany. Just imagine the feminine dresses of the 60s, a white Thunderbird and a beautiful seacoast – all chances to become an icon of style.
Sebastien Japrisot (the author of “The lady in the car with glasses and the gun”) chose an amazing image, a tender defenseless Blondie dressed in white. Her image looks even more fragile in the circumstances she finds herself. The reader will observe how her emotions change from fear to confidence and will discover a strong personality under the beautiful shell. My impressions from the book are here.
Some people compare Dany with Bridget Jones, I mean their characters. I would agree entirely with that and make a small remark that Bridget Jones of the 60s looks more stylish than Bridget Jones of the 2000. Is it because Dany is French and the elegance is in her genes?
I think the 2000 Bridget Jones in addition to her complexes has a bigger choice and freedom in expressing herself. Fashion is getting easier and more complicated. She is still looking for her own style like many of us…
If I had to shoot a film right after the release of the book (end of 60s beginning of 70s) I would have invited Twiggy for the main role.
I was working on a look inspired by the beginning of the 20th century. In short, I was looking for a contemporary “long view look”, which became popular in the last several years. I stumbled upon one website, www.alsheyma.com (right), which has long view looks. It is interesting to find parallels – European fashion of 1913 and Muslim fashion of 2013.
The ancient Chinese say that one of the most important thing in order to reach harmony is to find movement while resting, and seek rest in movement.
The same principle applies to outfits, doesn’t it? It seems to me there should be more relaxation in the outfits of business women, as well as more elegance and concentrations should appear in housewives’ looks. Like complementary colors form white, different sides of women’s personalities can be combined in one look, especially if women wear it all the day long, one day after another.
Celine in the March 2013 Vogue illustrates relaxation (right). Yet such outfits are more for business ladies than for housewives.