Buy Costumes. Not too many. Mostly...damn...that's where I lose the Pollan manifesto rhythm...because the mostly is too complex for just one sentence.
Holly of Lucitebox and I have been mailing back and forth about this dress.
I loved it (it is a SHAHEEN!) but not my size…as Holly knew. She asked me if I’d want to write copy for it. I wrote a love letter instead.
"In spring, her dress was hopeful. The graphic blossoms promised, "Where there are now simple shoots emerging from the ground there will be a word in bloom," as her shawl wrapped around her to shield her from the last breezes of winter.
In summer, the shawl slipped off to reveal the top of her dress. The fabric, gathered at her shoulders, fell softly down until being cinched cleanly in her belt. "Hello, summer!" it shouted "I am of you, my bold color, my exposed shoulders, and my flattering-fit...so temping!" as her skirt, with its clean, elongated silhouette and quiet cream expanse, smiled and said "and while so bold, I am also elegant. There is no place I cannot go."
In fall, they strolled along the street together....the hues of her dress outshining the turning leaves... her heart still full of love. Her shawl returned, once more, to her shoulders.
In winter, her dress attended a few parties here and there. It was not a dress to sit at home and wait for brighter days. It was a welcome guest at any gathering as those who looked upon it could not help but smile."
As you can see, I am not suited to writing clear, informative copy. I can write, but much of my prose about clothing is…well….prose. I am unabashedly emotional about clothing. Anyone who flips through my photos here knows this: rare is the clinical description. I favor the narrative…connection be damned. I also have enough intellectual reserves (and enough educated guilt about being such a clothing “ho”) that I have it in me to investigate my clothing/costuming tastes in a way that helps clarify it in terms of aesthetics and taste…but, really…between friends…high aesthetics be damned. I’m ultimately a sensualist in such things.( Of clothing and taste )