Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Let there be stripes! (3)





I
love
this sailor-style sweater that was given to me by my friend Chloé, who has also been my style icon since high-school. I've been wearing it for 10 years and it's still in pristine condition. It's from Eric Bompard, a cashmere brand that used to make hardy knits until they decided to go trendy a few years ago, trading quality for hip designs and sleek ad campaigns. Other French brands that once stood for no-nonsense quality have followed suit - Petit Bateau (sigh), once the paragon of sturdy tees and undies, as well as Repetto (you'll see plenty of international tourists and fashion editors at their boutique but few dancers).

Red is not my color but I like how it gives some flavor to all-black outfits that otherwise lead people to think you're the waitress/usherette - it's happened to me. As a little girl I was obsessed with crimson patent leather shoes (my mum kindly indulged me), and also loved my scarlet rain boots. These days I often wear my bright red suede Salvatore Ferragamo 'Audrey' flats, as I did at the Cannes Film Festival last year...(Check out my Cannes blog)

19 comments:

Joanna Goddard said...

i LOVE that shirt. you look like a sailor girl! :) so cute.

andrea tachezy said...

And I love the shoes!

Laura said...

I love the shoes AND the sailor sweater. Isn't it Jean-Paul Gaultier who always wears stripes?

Ekub said...

Those shoes are really pretty and I like the stripes too! I found these perfect bright red patent leather pumps last autumn on sale. But I didn't buy them because I thought I wouldn't wear them during winter anyway (winter up here isn't really a good season for small shoes!). And now I'm really sorry I left them in the shop...

Liivia said...

I love this shirt too! I'll like blue-white to myself..

Esti said...

You know, I'm pretty partial to stripes. I wear them often and my kids say they're tired of me buying them stripe stuff. But the shoes, oh the shoes are great! Red shoes are always something else!

anu said...

It was nice that you visit my blog so i good find yours.I like stripes to.And your photos are beautiful and interesting. I have to come back see all your earlier photos!!!But now have to go eating with my boys.

Taocito said...

I love love love red! It's my favorite color (and the color of the bow wrapped around my neck the day I was given to my beloved mistress). It's also the flamboyant color of my mistress' hair, and of her handbag. She also has the same sweater only hers is from Petit Bateau (her finances are week since she has to pay for custom made food for my fragile stomach and for my monthly health insurance)

Taocito said...

sorry... i meant her finances are "weak"... you can't imagine how hard it is to type with paws...

mansuetude said...

its the softness of these red shoes; like you're still close to the earth.

reminds me of that Hopkins poem "Grandeur of God" -- their foot being shod, they could not feel...

a lovely foot, grace to its path.

ALL THE BEST said...

LOVE the shoes!!!!!!

Chloé said...

My good so much memories.......
The red is a great color for you.
You will always be my little red sailor...
je t'embrasse

Pierre said...

I like the title of your blog and indeed it's content.

MISS GLITZY said...

Red shoes for the red carpet, I really like your Ferragamo 'Audrey' flats. Well I will read your Cannes Festival's diary.

Kwana said...

I have always been drawn to striped sailor tops. They are just so classic and beautiful to me.

violet said...

What you say about Petit Bateau, Repetto and Eric Bompard is so true.

I like clothes that support time.
Your red-and-white is one of those.

pve design said...

I smiled at your stripes. I have a collection of stripes in many colors and they all make me feel like I am at the beach! I almost posted on them yesterday but am saving it for one day soon!
Red in bits is my personal favorite!

Jessica said...

great sweater- looks fantastic.

BLONDIE said...

You can add JALLA to the list of once quality brands that have now (literally in my case) gone to the dogs...