Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Is it me or is it the state of retail?
A friend and I were lamenting last weekend that we are very disappointed with what is currently available in the shops. This is a woman who lives in Asia, Paris and London and she still can't find anything worth opening her wallet for.
(Although I have to say, generally, the retail business in Hong Kong is very good and in certain stores with niche clients, lots of merchandise have been pre-paid before delivery, you can barely get sizes or even get on a wait list)
I was in London two times early this year and found clothing selections uninspiring (but Liberty the store looks great!). THIS is LONDON?? Rupert Sanderson did not fail me and despite flats being his weakness, he has put out a GREAT flat this season called "Twin.' I wish this shoe would be a repeat style for the brand.
In Florence, Maria Luisa Via Roma had a Balmain sequined tee-shirt for 16,000 euros if that refects your style, the size of your wallet and the amount of common sense you have. They also carried a Fendi Peekaboo in suede for 3,000 plus euros. Although I am shopping for another Peekaboo (it's one of the best bags!) I was not about to plunk down that kinda money for suede which will look like soiled chamois cleaning cloth after one season.
The only brand I would consider buying something from this season is Dries van Noten but I'm waiting for the sale because in HK, Dries ALWAYS goes on sale. (While people in EU are fighting for his stuff, a 1000 sq ft store in HK goes on sale all the time) Alaia is another brand I love and I have some pieces but I can't build my wardrobe (and wallet) around it because I am too fat for many styles. Alaia is strictly for size 6 days which are clearly numbered at least for me.
(I am also waiting for the current Celine to go on sale because it looks like nothing is least in Asia)
I have not bought Lanvin for about 3 seasons because there simply is a) too much publicity--I don't want to have the same dresses as Rihanna, b) too many party dresses which I don't have the lifestyle for and c) too much silk satin and organza that I don't have the poise for.
What I have bought a lot of are Loro Piana and Yohji perhaps to reflect my current somber yet casual mood since I am going to have a lot of work professionally and personally until the end of the year.
(I bought a GREAT unlined black linen jacket that only Yohji could make. Last month, I walked into Comme des Garcons in Tokyo the second time this year and the salesgirl remembered me trying on the same jacket from before. She politely said --as the Japanese do--'That did not work out last time." Read: You are too fat for that tiny jacket which will look better on me.)
Which now brings me to what I have decided to wear when the going gets hot and it seems like I don't have a lot.
1) The reliable look of white shirt or tee-shirt, Barry Kieselstein-Cord belt, Belgian shoes and if I'm not bathed in sweat, ropes of South Sea pearls.
2) White shirt or tee-shirt with Alaia or Boule de Neige skirts with Roger Vivier flats.
(Since my knee injury in January, I can't wear heels longer than walking from the car to restaurant table.)
3) Colorful beaded Indian kurtas over trousers and Roger Vivier shoes. In emerging markets, substitute with Tory Burch because the rubber soles keeps you from slipping on wet floors, mud and gravel in public places and over polished wood floors in rich people' s homes.

Sunday, May 9, 2010


I have just finished reading "EATING ANIMALS" by Jonathan Safran Foer and I am very sorry that it has come in book form (and not as a movie or Youtube) because a) hardly anyone reads these days and there is too much damning info in here to Twitter and b) perhaps out of guilt or greed (over food), many carnivores who are the majority will not bring themselves to even open this book.
Nevertheless, I still highly recommend this latest work from one of my favorite authors.
It will make you cry.
It will make you think.
It will make you angry.
And most of all.....
It will make you ASHAMED to call yourself so-called 'human.'
What it WILL not make you is GUILTY.
Because many of us all of us ALREADY ARE!!
Whether you only eat fish or chicken like I used to until last week, you have given factory farming the 'proxy,' a vote for processing meat in inhumane and unsanitary conditions.
I have read other books on animal welfare and the cause for vegetarianism (Animal Liberation comes to mind, which I thought was quite good but too academic and militant)but Safran Foer's book is fair, giving ALL sides of the story from PETA members to vegetarian ranchers (yes!) to slaughterhouse workers.
He does not force the reader into vegeatrianism. In fact, he believes like I do, he would probably be a carnivore in another place and time.
(Remember in the 60s when 'steak night' was such a treat and having roast beef or ham meant a special occasion? When milk and butter were 'expensive?")
I am not about to discuss this book or related topics while sharing a meal because it will just ruin a social occasion.
But I will urge everyone I know to read it.
Be convinced if not for animal welfare and environmental reasons but on the surface, for sanitation and health reasons. Your children's health and your.
I hope it changes you life like it did mine.
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