Editor’s note: Today I am wearing a sweater dress from Ann Taylor, belt from Cole Haan, and boots from Leddy’s.
Happy Monday! Did we wake up in a different city this morning??? I walked in a short sleeve shirt yesterday and today I am wearing a sweater dress! Oh how I am hoping this will make the leaves change!! TCU’s loss broke my heart.....but LSU’s win over Georgia made me dance around the room!!!!! GEAUX TIGERS!!!! The Cowboys played like a different team yesterday... please keep it up boys!!!! I started my Christmas wrapping as planned on Saturday ....I cannot believe that I am actually sticking to my plan. I am determined this year!! We saw First Man on Saturday ....it was so good. I was not prepared for the sad part of the movie. There is definitely more to Neil Armstrong’s story than walking on the moon. I would recommend the movie highly.
I know I always cover my favorite Instagram posts from the previous week... but today I feel compelled to do my blog on the luncheon and exhibit that I attended last Friday. The luncheon was SO beautiful in every way and I loved being with my childhood friends. I did not get a picture of my friend Shannon who was so cleaver to find a vintage Balenciaga dress on 1st Dibs! I wish I had thought of that!!! Her dress was stunning. We had a private tour of the exhibit before the luncheon started. To hear about this incredible man and his story was AMAZING. He started sewing at age 9 with his mother. He started working at age 14. He used black toile instead of cream muslin because he wanted to see how the dress would look in black. There are samples of his patterns with his handwriting on them in the exhibit. The clothes are as current today as they were when he designed them —-ones on display go back to the 1930s. I made the comment to someone that good design in clothes is like good design in homes.... classically beautiful never goes out of style. I was excited when they told us we could take pictures. Sorry the ones in the cases have reflection....... just all the more reason to see it in person. It will blow you away!!! Have a super Monday and enjoy the beauty and glamour of Balenciaga!
The food was wonderful and so beautiful with the flowers on the plate.
We had the immense pleasure of hearing Ken Downing from Neimans speak about Balenciaga and about what trends he saw in London, Paris, and Milan. Besides talking about how talented Balenciaga was and the artistry in his clothing...... he spoke about how all that he saw on the runways is elegant and classic dressing. He said sneakers will never go away... but a nod to the 80s and 90s is coming back with bold shoulders and more elegant dressing day and night. Even pill box hats with veils are coming back. My friend Michelle leaned over to me and said I never left the elegant look. Don’t ask me to go hunting and fishing..... but give me pretty clothes and shoes and I am happy every day of the week and twice on Sunday!!!!!
We had to get a group shot in front of the huge display poster. I had no idea when I chose this dress to wear that I was wearing something that fit into Balenciaga’s style. He used a lot of lace overlays.
What a cool picture!!
It is hard to get a good picture of this dress. The front and back are held together with a rhinestone strap at the shoulders. I would wear this in a New York heartbeat!!!!
This is also so me! I love the detailing with the bow in the back. He was famous for draping the clothes to flatter many body types.
I studied this cape to see if I could mimic it with beads and pearls. So elegant!!!
These are little minks on the back of the dress. Amazing!!!!!!
One of the lace overlay dresses.
These coats are so beautiful......I can just imagine a lady walking down the streets of Paris in one of these.
The way he achieved the fabric draping is superb!
Can you even believe the date~~~ these would be so current today!
Ken Downing talked about how these dresses were ordered. A model would come out in the design and the ladies would order custom to fit them. No instant gratification here.... only a pure work of art.
This makes my heart go pitter pat!!!!
Examples of his toilets when designing .
This picture did not come out well. His writing is on the toile.
I had to take a selfie with this grand picture!
Even the gift at the brunch was first class. What an utterly delightful brunch in every way!!!
Dinner last night was fried avocado from Winslow’s. Even though I only ate half of it it was still delicious!
Love this song!