You can no doubt imagine the care and consideration that went into this week’s shopping excursion. A prominent, trusted reputation was on the line.
For those of you unaware of the last virtual venture, please do us all a favor and DO NOT scroll back to the same subject last Wednesday. Thank you par avance.
In our virtual shopping game (dessert island theory, I can’t assume you know the context): I choose one item from a designer and then Edith and I head for our closets to mix it up with clothes we already own. Remember, “virtual” is the operative word in this series. “Shopping,” alas is not.
This week I chose Chloe’s luscious long skirt which I would buy in a second in the real world if it corresponded in any way to my real life. It doesn’t, unfortunately. I put it with a chiffon low-key peasant blouse which I do own and wore last year with black satin trousers to a chi-chi dinner party in Chicago.
Edith put her skirt, another size you will note, with a body-clinging Calvin Klein T-shirt she found at a discount store two weeks ago for 15 Euros. Typically French and soooooo annoying: Why would anyone ever pay full price for anything? You have to learn where to look and be patient, she says. Patient (?)
Below is a Balmain jacket with clous, or “nails” this one I might keep if someone gave it to me, knowing full-well those pointy outer-space shoulders are hovering around their expiration date. Next spring I would take it to a re-sale shop and let them call it “vintage” or pre-vintage.
I put mine with a Chanel blouse I have had for years and the same black satin pants I wore in Chicago. Edith put hers with black jeans and her scrunchy suede boots.
These choices from Chloe and Balmain illustrate the two meanings of the word “special.” I’m sure you know which is which.
In French: Something or someone a little strange, different, perhaps bizarre, out-of-the-ordinary — not necessarily in a good way. (An eye-roll often accompanies adjective.)
In English: Something or someone extraordinary, great, out-of-the-ordinary — in a good way. (Or at least that’s the way we tend to use the word.)
As always, drawings by Edith.