I’m not fooled by this young woman. There is no way she intended to take a ride on that bicycle wearing that frilly frock. No, I’m afraid she is a poseur.
* Get a small peek at the great Jeanne Lanvin at work in this film clip at FashionTube.
* Can you remember when Bloomies was the coolest store in New York? Get a reminder from 60 Minutes.
* The story of Elizabeth Keckley and Mary Lincoln is not a simple one. Read about the former slave who was dressmaker to the president’s wife.
* Michael Kors once told a Project Runway contestant that the name of the show was not Project Seamstress. His point was well taken, but now we actually do have a show that features sewing skill. The BBC brings us The Great British Sewing Bee, and it appears to be gaining momentum in the UK. And luckily for everyone else in the world, the episodes are on YouTube. There are only eight contestants, with four shows total, and the run is halfway through. See episode 1 and episode 2 and pray the other two are available. High point: Savile Row tailor Patrick Grant is one of the judges.
* Target will be doing a limited release of 17 scarves based on designs of Vera Neumann. Starting April 28, and costing $19.95. I’m glad that the Vera name will be given a mainstream fashion audience, but I hope the scarves will be clearly marked.
* The latest fashion movie explores the world that is Bergdorf Goodman. Limited release on May 3, 2013. I have a feeling they won’t be showing this one at the Smoky Mountain cinema…
* There is an interesting exhibition in Paris of fashion photos that were taken for copyright purposes. 1931, Face-Dos-Profil shows the couture of 1931 in three views as a way of fighting fashion piracy. At the Galerie du Crédit Municipal de Paris through July 6, 2013.
* I want to thank Brooke at CustomStyle, Kirsty Michelle at Central Station, Karen at Fifty Dresses, and Kate at MasonBentleyStyle for bestowing blogging award honors upon me last week. I’m really, really bad at passing awards on, mainly because I’m so bad at choosing. But I do want to say how nice it is to be recognized by other blog writers.
Along with receiving the award, the recipient is supposed to tell seven unshared things about themselves. I’ve been blogging since 2004 and I’m not sure I have any secrets left. No, I’m sure I have no secrets left because I’ve been thinking hard, trying to come up with a list. The only thing I can think of is that I’m left handed, and I’m betting that somewhere along the line I’ve already shared that newsflash.