|Loulou de la Falaise. Few women have ever accessorized better than she did.|
Because I often buy clothes for my daughter from J.Crew I have automatically landed on the company’s e-mail list. The latest message in my inbox was “The Art of the Collar” as presented by fashion director, Gayle Spannaus.
|From J.Crew. The third suggestion was, in my opinion, rather silly. It was layering one shirt over another, i.e. two collars. And then what?|
She suggests we button up, right to the neck and decorate beneath the collar for a change of pace from the necklaces and scarves typically worn inside an open shirt. Her presentation was appealing indeed, as you can see.
|Loulou de la Falaise.|
Still, I think no one ever quite embellished a classic shirt the way Loulou de la Falaise did. She usually left hers wide open and piled on the beads, chains, and plenty of her self-designed ornaments.
|So simple, so crisp — collar up beads on.|
It seems to me, open or closed has more to do with one’s mood, and I am feeling that masses of necklaces are just what the dreary, gray days of winter need to add gaiety to our wardrobes. And, the best part is we probably do not need to make a single purchase to pull off the look.
Just for fun, here is a collection of necklaces that should guarantee a “look at me” response (in a good way).
|On white, pale orange, pink, fuchsia, mauve. . .|
|How about on a jeans shirt, as in opposites attract?|
|Isn’t this gorgeous? Wouldn’t it be divine on a pale, pale gray satin or silk blouse?|
|White on white or on any color really.|
|How about this on a pale pink shirt?|
Thursday I have a luncheon date with a friend in Paris and I’m collecting all my beads and baubles to see how I’ll put them together with one of my many, many, many tailored shirts. For some reason I’ve not been wearing necklaces recently, as in at least a couple of years, and now I’m yearning to do so.
The effect we want is a little bit gypsy, a little bit Yves Saint Laurent and very, very French.