Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Grace under fire















The sari, an embellished strip of cloth that is quite possibly the most elegant form of evening dress. On the right woman. On the wrong woman it can be costumey. And as yet I have to see a blond that can pull one off without looking as if she were: a Hare Krishna convert,  a patronising bored housewife doing good works in a Calcutta slum (there was a perfect example in Elle Decor not that long ago, though I think she was actually on her veranda in the Hamptons), or a vapid tramp .

With the right proportions, hair, accessories, and most importantly, intent - one could not possibly go wrong.





Now playing: David Bowie with Gail Ann Dorsey - Under Pressure

7 comments:

Blue said...

I agree both with the elegance of a sari - one of the most beautiful forms of dress ever developed - and that it has to be on the right woman. Far too many associations with hippiedom and that jangle and chant up and down Oxford Street.

David Toms said...

I always think that Indian and South Asian women in their sari's are some of the most elegant women, no matter what their social status

little augury said...

Sir, could not agree more on all counts. I have a fair collection and want to manipulate it a bit more with some seaming and have collected dozens of photos of this idea. They are irresistible. pgt

Pigtown-Design said...

or that wretched woman who crashed the state dinner at the white house last year.

HOBAC said...

PD - thank you, she was the one who inspired "vapid" but I could not remember where I had seen her.

HOBAC said...

Blue - used to see them in Soho all the time because of their restaurant off of Soho Sq. That was so long ago.

Jill said...

Vapid Tramp! I love that...

I've used sari fabric to make chandelier cord covers. Even all squished up, they're still lovely.