I can count on exactly one black tie event a year, in November, for which I never plan well in advance. And that is why, last week, I fell into the usual “what to wear” panic. My life does not exactly require gowns very often so the few hanging in my closet were all bought for this one yearly occasion. There is a beautiful Richard Tyler high-waisted organza number found on sale which is still my favourite and, because LA glitzy events tend to be the opposite of restrained when it comes to fashion, there is also the skin-tight emerald green and blue sequined dress that made me look like a displaced mermaid.
Category: Style & Travel
Only two hours east of LA, Palm Springs is the Boca Raton of California, the place where older people of some means go to either live out their golden years or own second homes. It wasn’t always this way. This desert oasis, a valley surrounded by desert mountains which, when the sun hits them at dawn and dusk, imbue the entire city of an otherworldly light, was initially a hideaway for Hollywood celebrities. Away from the prying eyes of the city, they could cavort and relax and, lest we forget this glamorous past, many of the city roads are named after entertainment titans such as Bob Hope or Bing Crosby.
With the resurgence of ’50’s architecture in the last dozen years, a trendy younger and gay crowd has also moved in, along the old folks who still dine at Melvyn’s and the Old Creek Inn, bringing an element of hipness to a previously stodgy locale. The two atmospheres seem to cohabit side by side, making for an interesting mix – getting a decent meal doesn’t require a monumental effort anymore and a week-end in Palm Springs will reward you with balmy weather, wonderful hikes and some interesting shopping and dining. Don’t forget to check out that pink light when the sun sets. Like every desert sunset, it’s unforgettable.
September to May is the ideal time to go. I find the Summer absolutely unbearable, although the locals seem to manage just fine.
The object of my desire popped up on the screen when I saw the pictures of the new Martin Margiela collection for H&M were finally available. Nearly simultaneously, I happened upon a Patti Smith live session on KCRW – the voice sounded extremely familiar but I did not recognize it immediately. It had been a long time since I had listened to a Patti Smith’s record.
I think we have a winner
In the interests of austerity – and of working with what one has to hand, I have dipped into my own wardrobe and come up with something I think will do nicely for the Black Tie Wedding. My repurposing is not only right for these times, it seems I am on-trend for Fall/Winter 2012-2013 – a little bit goth, a little bit glam too. My stroll down the virtual runways showed my look in a number of collections – especially Ann Demeulemeester, Lanvin and Missoni. Accessorising was on the money too – silver, chunky and tarnished.
The rules for staying at my house are: you have to rent a car you have to eat whatever I make for dinner without complaining you cannot force me to…
My great friend Carla is getting married on December 14th. Her wedding is to be an elegant black-tie event, at a country house just outside London. And I am going…