I was recently chatting with a colleague about Casual Friday and Free-fall Thursday — how Thursday prepares the eye for Friday.
But there may be some things that no gentle introduction, no measured orientation, can prepare the eye to see. Or permit the mind to un-see.
Consider, if you will, this denim blouse that I wore last Friday.
Perhaps you’re thinking, “A little denim blouse with a frayed hem seems tame enough, Directrice. Denim on Casual Friday is unexceptionable. It’s even permitted earlier in the week in the right form and dose.”
This is no ordinary denim blouse. It’s a denim blouse re-imagined by Marques/Almeida.
Perhaps now you’re saying, “Directrice, please tell me you didn’t wear this sad rag to –”
Oh yes I did!
I explained to The Photographer, “This blouse is high concept.”
If pressed, however, I could not explain what I think I mean by that. I just like the blouse. I think it’s feminine and elegant, fluid and a bit beguiling.
This cape-backed, backless blouse, isn’t the first you’ve seen on this blog, but it’s more dramatic than the 2015 entry.
This evolution calls to mind an important lesson from my childhood. You must learn to entertain yourself. So true. I am completely entertained by this blouse.
If the blouse is too much for you, quiet your senses by focusing on the bag — which is charming and normal. But still a little bit interesting. It’s a new shape from Coach and I hope that it will soon be offered in a bunch of colors.
You can also focus on the watch, which is rubbery, sporty, fun, and totally inoffensive.
Blouse: Marques/Almeida; Pants; JCrew; Tank: Garnet Hill; Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff; Bag: Coach Rider Bag; Watch: Shinola