Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
But I do not like western-styled dresses of this sort. If I could I would rescue this dress from itself and reform it into a sleeveless shift dress. Or perhaps just replace the rick rack with something else.
B 38, W 30 and with a current bid of $19.99.
Windmills and cacti novelty print circle skirt from Vintage Lucy. Glorious. Includes a donkey in the distance. Very Don Quixote, no? W 30, and there is room on the bottom to shorten this skirt without interfering with the print.
$135.99 currently and the auction ends in 9 hours. The top and sash are included.
Monday, February 26, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
I can’t tell you how often I’m told: don’t upstage the bride. How the hell could I possibly do that? Unless I wore a wedding dress, which of course I would never do (not even if I was getting married). No matter how much I explain that no one will be looking at me (that I am not getting married, that I’m just there to bring a gift, say mazel tov, dance the hora (or shimmy to bhangra), have an hors d’oeuvre or two) I’m shouted down: don’t outshine the bride. Then I promise to wear a decent frock and not pile birdcages and a faux aviary into my coiffure. I promise to carry a proper handbag, rather than a dented vintage watering can that rattles with my spare change or any of my usual frippery.
Is $259 too high? It sure is steep. The most I’ve ever paid for a dress is $30, so I’m not really the best person to judge. I’m going to ask for the advice of a very expensive consultant: Mom, what do you think on the pricing of this one?
This next number is in many ways thematically similar. Beautiful hand-painted Mexican-themed dress plus beadwork that really pops. This dress has a current bid of $99.00. B 40, W 28.
Though this dress is thrilling, even I think it’s a bit much for daytime. Unless you are singing back up for El Vez. Or you happen to be a statuette of a Catholic saint on your feast day.
Do check out Ms. Hadad’s website (though is has too many Flash plug-ins). Not only is she a terrific performer, but she has ferocious style. She has a dress covered with plush hearts and eyes that light up. In an interview she said that she wanted the hearts to light up and the eyes to cry. But in rehearsal she was electrocuted, so she had to cut the tears.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
For the birds. Can you see this one? It is heart-wrenchingly cute, and without even a hint of Hitchcockian menace. Click here to bid. It's got pockets, and a matching scarf. What are you waiting for?
Friday, February 16, 2007
My beloved is like a gazelle or a young hart; behold, he stands behind our wall, he looks in through the windows, he peers through the lattice.
Be thou like a gazelle or a young hart upon the mountains of spices in this Saks Fifth Avenue shift dress. The quatrain of buttons more fair than henna or myrrh on your bosom. Your couch will be leafy as you feed among the lilies or hail a cab.
O daughters of Jerusalem, the princess seams of this dress have ravished my heart, the psychedelic print has stolen my reason and I am love-sick. The gazelles are dotted with pomegranate flowers, beautiful as Lebanon. Refresh me with apples and vodka for this dress is fully-lined and the current bid is only $12.99.
The Life Aquatic. Were these seascapes separated at birth?
The second is mass produced by J. Crew. The ebayer claims that it has sold out and is therefore rare. Why the run on fish dresses? What have I started? Next every girl in this town is gonna say she's a mermaid too. Sheesh. Current bid is a shocking $145, and it is a size 8.
And finally, what appears to be a knock-off of the J. Crew dress. I like the streaks of watercolor, and the overall watery feeling, but hope that this dress does not look too cheap in person. Something about the bow is trying too hard. It's in Australia right now. With a current bid of 10 Australian dollars, or about $7.85 US.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Without wings they fly around the world;
without hands they carry the polo ball off the field.
That dervish who caught the scent of Reality
used to weave baskets even though his hands had been cut off.
Just a little Rumi to set you dreaming about this Persian polo players print. The colors are a very nicely nuanced turquoise blue scale. I like that the horses are almost smaller than the riders and have the patina of the blue tiles that adorn the entrance to the Jamé Mosque in Isfahan. I like the bands of stylized flowers that separate the lines of players, and the crackle background. It is a medium (B 36, W 30-31) with current bids at only $19.50. But I believe this dress is from the mid 60s, and not the 50s as listed by the seller.
Wear this dress to whirl with the Sufis. With flashes of green in the print, I’d crack out my jade bracelets and necklaces.
Can you navigate the invisible?
Feel the polestar though blindfolded?
That’s not Rumi, just some doggerel from me. I found my current vintage novelty print holy grail. But it has protected photos, so I can’t show you pictures. I’ll do my best to describe it to you, especially since the link to the photos will be gone in a few days after it’s sold.
A chess print dress. Early 1960s, small (B34, W25), ¾ sleeves, high neck, original belt pleated shirt. The chess pieces are arrayed in horizontal lines separated with muted purple bands of grey diamonds. While it is difficult to ascertain the exact colors from the photos, the pieces are shown in wide horizontal stripes and 4 different color scales: cream on saffron, cream on deep azure, grey on saffron, deep azure on cream, and deep azure on saffron. The pieces themselves are large and detailed. The rooks show stone turrets flying flags and supported by elephants. Knights are shown mounted on horses. Kings are marvelously mustached. All the pieces feature bold designs of interlocking diamonds that border on abstraction. The Bishops in particular show the influence of African masks and design.
I have been searching for chess prints for the past three years. This is the 4th one I have seen. And I don’t mean chess included in a games and gambling motif which is more common. I mean chess alone by itself. I’ve seen two shirts, and one pair of pajama bottoms. This is the only chess print dress I have seen. And trust me, I looked everywhere. It is rare and the current bid is a pittance: $7.99
Please buy this dress. It’s too small for me, but you are svelte. You go fabulous places, maybe even Isfahan. You could wear this on difficult days when you need to be 4 or 5 moves ahead of everyone else.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
I couldn't resist a a smidgen of schmaltz, just for you.
As a young gosling in my early 20s, I had a Lanz original in red with white doily hearts. As it was a summer dress, I only wore it in August. But I'm feeling nostalgic.
Okay, that's it. Let's not get all mushy about it.
The Best of Everything.
Happy Valentine's Day, bubbeleh! I may be a hardcore cynic, but for me Valentine's Day is about candy, stuffed animals, and red construction paper arts and crafts. Yes, I hate the commercialization of it all too. But what's wrong with romance, even if it's just a microwaved burrito, a glass of pinot noir, and a nice bubble bath toute seule comme une grande (all by yourself like a grown up)?
For you I present this everything bagel of a skirt. It's got chess pieces, card suits, alphabets, hot air balloons, trains, watches, roosters--and more. (Now if it only had some mushrooms, seahorses, the Hagia Sophia and text in Latin or Arabic, then I would genuflect before it.) Not only does this print include about 75% of my print obsessions, the color scale is a marvelous blend of violet and purple. It's got a 26" waist and the current bid is a mere $24.00.
It would be so cute on you, cutie.