Now that I live in The Sticks (seriously the sticks. You have to drive out of state to catch a flight) I really appreciate the chance to wander around Beverly Hills and grope the high end fashion you find there. I love love love Prada. And while the bulk of the new collection is in serious Man Repeller territory, there are some gorgeous pieces.
The sweet sales agent who followed me around (probably in the vain hope that I was someone, somewheres' mistress out on a jaunt with his Centurian card) couldn't answer any questions about these two dresses, but I assume they are resort collection. The first is a heavy lace effect cotton, lined with batiste. The simplest shape possible, and easily replicable at home. And about 1500 bucks.
The second dress on the rack was even simpler, a basic sheath shape with a low back neckline, and covered in the most fabulous hand worked embroidery. No lining, and no other details, but if you view it as a work of art then maybe it's worth the 1600 or so it was priced at.
I was too shy to drag any of these dresses to a fitting room, which I regret, because there was a fantastic and highly wearable '60s Dolly Bird / Mod fashion story that was featured in the store, but absent from the runway. Not surprising I suppose, since the runway is more about telling a story, and the actual store is about selling clothes. The dresses were red or white or black, fine wool, shift style, with various details. The coats dead simple, just long enough to cover a mini and gorgeous.
I found these two pics on style.com, which give a general idea. After viewing Gertie's bombshell class I was excited to see that Prada also uses ribbon to protect their zippers, only they add a tiny, clear-plastic snap at the top of the ribbon to hold it in place.
On to Tom Ford. I don't really share the TF aesthetic, but boy is his store beautiful. They have the most astonishing staircase that is fully lined in highly reflective metal, but works almost as a fun house mirror. You never actually see yourself at the angle you would anticipate.
|More Marc Jacobs, winter' 11 at Mood|
The Prada winter-white Mod coats inspired me, and I bought yardage in this fabric at Mood. It's gorgeous, has a fantastic texture, with a ribbon woven through it. The fabric is denser than some of the boucles I liked, and will work better as a winter-coat. Originally I was planning a Lady Grey, but to be honest I'm now completely on board with doing something more Mod. Maybe Simplicity 2508. The white coat they show is almost exactly what I want.
I also bought a few yards each of this fantastic light-weight wool boucle in cobalt blue and pure red. Wonderful, springy texture and incredibly rich color. Gorgeous.
And it hasn't all been shopping on my LA Sojurn. A friend of mine lives in a loft downtown. The space is good, but the set up was pretty bleak and cold. He bought some fabric, pulled out his mom's old New Home, and I sewed him some curtains. Now he has a clear differentiation between the living space and the sleeping space, which is a massive improvement.
In two days I say good bye to LA, and head north. Lots to think about after my trip here.