We need to talk. Or, more accurately: I need to explain. Never varying from my black palette you will note I chose from Armani’s fall/winter ready-to wear collection a snappy tweed jacket for Edith and me — more on that in a second.
Edith meanwhile, noting we’re running out of black paint (and perhaps our beloved followers are sick, sick, sick of noir), suggested I might want to add some pop of color to the black on black on black theme. I relented, after all I don’t know how to draw and compromise can be in one’s best interest under such circumstances. Thus, for our virtual shopping expedition* this week I chose Michel Klein’s knock-out shocking pink coat. Honestly, I would love to own it.
Now as for the Armani jacket, don’t misunderstand, I think it’s perfect for Edith, but no sooner did I say to her, “How about that one for us?” She started drawing. It was at that very instant I realized I was about to make a HUGE fashion error. (Give me a little credit for seeing and admitting I saw it.) So there she is merrily sketching away and I’m thinking: “Here we go, my reputation is on the line again, I cannot wear that jacket. It hits my you-know-what exactly you-know-where; furthermore I don’t really like three-quarter sleeves. I’ve always been extremely tall and three-quarter sleeves make me feel as if I’ve outgrown something and my mother wants to get one more year out of it. I’m always tugging to pull them down and I find any fussing with one’s clothes to be most unattractive. But I digress. . .
“Edith,” said I, “We must take my virtual jacket to a virtual couturier who will lengthen the arms and add some “material” to hide the bits I always keep undercover.”
As a result of my “visit” to the virtual couturier my virtual purchase looks quite different from Edith’s.
*The virtual shopping game consists of my choosing (virtually, you know, not really) two pieces from the season’s ready-to-wear collections which Edith and I then take back to our own closets to mix with pieces we already own. This week I mixed my Michel Klein with my gray cashmere turtleneck, gray flannel trousers and long black leather gloves. Edith is wearing her new belt (see yesterday’s post), new boots, a pleated black wool crepe skirt and a fine silk knit T-shirt plus similar gloves.
For the Armani ensemble she’s wearing the same tee, her favorite red wool skirt and the same boots. I’m — surprise, surprise — wearing my black cashmere turtleneck and black flannel trousers.