|Lee Radziwill in all the seasons “musts” — tangerine dress, nude kitten heels.|
From time to time I think it is important to re-examine renowned remarks. Kate Moss reportedly said she likes “the taste of thin,” but that has not yet, to my knowledge, passed into the lexicon of famous quotes.
Although one day it may.
|The Duke and Duchess of Winsor.|
No, I’m referring to the famous, oft repeated and known by almost everyone (whether they’re certain of the source or not) observation by Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor : “A woman can never be too rich or too thin.”
She also said btw, “All my friends know I’d rather shop than eat.” You see the correlation.
In looking at photos of Lee Radziwill, who was in Paris recently attending the haute couture collections, the Duchess of Windsor leapt to mind.
|The Duchess of Windsor, glamorous indeed. She also famously said: “I’m nothing to look at, so the only thing I can do is dress better than anyone else.”|
The French say, as you no doubt know, “Cinq kilos sur les fesses pour dix ans sur la face.” It has a nice ring to it in French — fesses and face. Translation: 10 pounds on the derriere — actually fessesmeans “the buttocks or cheeks” — to appear 10 years younger from the neck up. (Let’s be accurate, five kilos equal 11 pounds — a kilo is 2.2 pounds for those of you who like to quibble, may have forgotten, or never cared in the first place.)
It’s a gain/gain if you will.
|Lee Radziwill with Sofia Coppola. We see here that volume in hairstyles make hat wearing rather tricky.|
Many of my French girlfriends do not subscribe to the axiom. Not one is skeletal however. Ah, the delicate balance.
Before you take umbrage with today’s post, let me add: to each her own. Whatever makes a woman happy. I’m addressing the subject like an editorialist. You’ll notice I didn’t say “journalist” because some of you may sense a slight subtext herein.