Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Melania in Ice Blue

Love this coat on Melania. Getty Images North America.

While looking for more detailed photos of Melania in her beautiful green leopard Brandon Maxwell dress, I came across this set of her during a recent White House visit made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara. I feel like it was established right from the Inauguration that Ice Blue is one of Mel’s colors! So of course she looks very elegant in this belted coat. I don’t know who makes it but it is gorgeous and suits her well.

Inside, during a visit from Netanyahu and his wife Sara. Getty Images North America.

What stopped me in my tracks, however, was the height of her shoes. They must be at least 4-½ inches tall and I’m guessing they are by Christian Louboutin but I can’t quite tell if I am seeing the trademark red Louboutin sole or not. If they are Loubs, I know those can go as high as 120mm (or maybe even higher?), which roughly translates to 4.72 inches, ouchy ouch ouch. I admire Mel’s high heel walking skills (I would love to take a class from her on the subject), but I have to wonder if these are actually shoes she wore because she knew she wouldn’t be walking much. High heels to sit in! Now this I could do with no problem. I love the metallic sheen to them The color seems like something from the 60s, but the heel height is definitely today!

Melania in the highest of heels! Photo Getty Images North America.

Let me know what you think of this look on Melania and if nearly 5-inch heels would present a problem for you like they would for me (unless we are all seated, of course).

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Melania and Kate in Green (and One Cool Dog in Red)

Great green dress on Melania Trump! Photo by EPA.

I really loved the green leopard jacquard dress by Brandon Maxwell that First Lady Melania Trump wore to greet the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on his visit to the White House a few days ago. I figured Mel was in hiding since it seems the White House is in disarray (I am back to not watching the news, I can’t take it anymore), so it was a nice surprise to see her looking so elegant in this unusual dress.

Love the lines of this Brandon Maxwell dress.

Here are the photos of it from the Neiman Marcus website. The fabric is outstanding and I love the longer length and high slit in the back. I continue to think her stylist, Hervé Pierre, is making such great selections for her.

A photo of the back.

Great hat, earrings and hair on Kate. William looked good too! Photo by Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock.

Kate and William attended a St. Patrick’s Day Parade today and Kate wore a green Catherine Walker coat with added black fur collar and cuffs. She looked very nice. I will leave this to people who are better at predicting than I am based on the way she is carrying—is Kate having a girl or a boy next month? Since she has one of each I am kind of over it. Just get me to that Royal Wedding in May!

Kate and Domhnall. PA Photo.

A creature NOT in green was the beautiful Irish wolfhound Domhnall who is the mascot of the Irish Guards. Such a good-looking dog! And he is wearing his own bespoke red coat. For me, he is the Best in Show!

Domhnall and his handler Aidan Cathcart. I love this picture! PA Photo.

Those eyes! What a beautiful dog. PA Photo.

Let me know what you think of these looks, either on the ladies or the canine! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you. I have to get my little Irish stepper ready for her own parade here in Brooklyn tomorrow. Erin go bragh!

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Paleys’ Picasso

“Nude with Joined Hands” by Pablo Picasso, 1906.

I recently read an interesting article in Vanity Fair called “A Gilded Provenance” by James Reginato, about the huge auction to take place at Christie’s this spring of the art work belonging to David and Peggy Rockefeller. In it, there was mention of William S. Paley being part of the syndicate that David put together in order to buy the art work that used to belong to Gertrude Stein. The group, six people in total (which included David’s brother Nelson), drew numbers to decide who would get first dibs on purchasing the portraits they wanted. David drew number one. According to the MoMA Provenance Research Project, this 1906 work by Pablo Picasso, “Nude with Joined Hands,” was one of the paintings that Bill Paley ended up owning because of his membership in that syndicate. He acquired it in 1968. Gertrude Stein, and her brother Leo, purchased it directly from Picasso in 1907.

Since reading The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin I have had Babe Paley on my mind more often these days so after reading that, plus the Vanity Fair article, I decided to visit the William S. Paley collection at MoMA. I brought my 15-year-old son with me since he claimed he’d never been to MoMA. I don’t know how I have been raising a child in New York City who has never been to MoMA but apparently it happened (of course MoMA is usually packed so that probably had something to do with it). I will tell you in advance—the 15-year-old was bored. I was not. Glad I only had to pay admission for one of us!

I did not like how this beautiful and extremely valuable work, as well as others by Cezanne, Gauguin, Matisse, and Vuillard, were parked right off the elevators. I found it kind of tacky, to tell you the truth. There is not enough space to accommodate everyone who wants to see the paintings with all the coming and going off the elevator, and the glare from the lights over the elevators bounced off the glass, making the pictures hard to see and photograph.

I like a lot of Picasso’s work but I did not to expect to like this particular painting as much as I did! I love the size of it, the portrait itself, and I am crazy for the colors Picasso used. The gilt frame intensifies the pinks in the background. I have read this portrait was painted by Picasso in his Rose Period, said to be from 1904-1906.

On an angle so you see it without the glare!

The picture below shows how it was displayed at Bill and Babe’s place at 820 Fifth Avenue (look down the hallway and you’ll see it). The larger picture is Picasso’s Jeune garcon au cheval (“Boy Leading a Horse”), which Picasso painted in 1905-06, so also from his Rose Period.

As it appeared in the Paley apartment.

I thought I would include a picture of the building it hung in before MoMA. This is Fifth Avenue at 63rd Street. I read that Babe and Bill lived on the 9th floor and that if you live in this building, you own the entire floor. A life of luxury!

820 Fifth Avenue.

William S. Paley with more of his art in 1980. Notice the picture of Babe on the left! Corbis photo.

If you would like to read more about Paley and his art collection, this is a good article I found over at the Wall Street Journal from a few years ago: “A TV Titan Who Loved Modern Art” by Terry Teachout.

Let me know what you think of this painting or what it was like the last time you were at MoMA!