Tuesday, November 9, 2010


My new friend Sarah of Cloud of Secrets tagged me to answer some "I love your blog" questions. Thanks, Sarah!

The rules:
-Do an entry with the prize.
-Answer the questions.
-Give the prize to 10 blogs.

1. Why did you create the blog?

I created the blog because I badly wanted to attend the press preview for the costume exhibit "American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection" at Brooklyn Museum in May of this year. This exhibit celebrated Brooklyn Museum giving their entire costume collection over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. I pitched article ideas to local papers but no one took me on. I read in Brooklyn Museum's online press kit that bloggers could attend the preview. My first thought was, When did bloggers become part of the press? My second thought was, Okay, I'm a blogger! I attended the exhibit, got to ask the wonderful curator Jan Glier Reeder a ton of questions about the amazing clothes, and spent most of May blogging about them. The Charles Frederick Worth and Charles James dresses alone were worth starting my blog. I can't thank Adam Husted enough. He is the Media Relations Manager at Brooklyn Museum and he was very kind to me.

2. What kind of blogs do you follow?

I am always knocked out by the generosity of people who invite me into their world and show me something of their lives and loves and I always come back for more.

3. Favorite makeup brand?

I love drugstore brands--Revlon, L'Oreal--as well as high-end--YSL, Chanel, Laura Mercier, Dior. I also love nail polish and my top three brands are Chanel, Essie and Rescue Beauty Lounge.

4. Favorite clothing brand?

Everyday life: J. Crew and Levi's. Fantasy brands: Chanel (a jacket, a medium size flap bag), Hermes, (a scarf and a bag), Rag & Bone. Jason Wu makes the most amazing clothes. Valentino, preferably vintage. Actually, I want Mr. Valentino to adopt me so I can live in his glorious chateau in France.

Helena Bonham Carter and Valentino Garavani arrive on the red carpet for The King's Speech Premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City on November 8, 2010.    UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom
Here is Mr. Valentino with the actress Helena Bonham Carter at the November 8 New York City premiere of the new movie The King's Speech.

5. Your indispensable makeup product?


6. Your favorite color?

I love so many colors but for clothes I always seem to fall back on black, navy blue and deep dark eggplant-y purple.

7. Your perfume?

I get headaches from every other brand (unfortunately) so I'm a Chanel gal all the way--Coco and Coco Mademoiselle.

8. Your favorite film?

My favorite fashion films are The September Issue and The Devil Wears Prada. I could watch Meryl Streep take out the trash, I love her so much. Also, I know it's not a great movie in terms of plot, but I love the scene in Le Divorce where Kate Hudson's character receives an Hermes red crocodile Kelly from her would-be lover. That bag is to die for. I bet it had its own bodyguard on the set.
This poster features a Birkin, not the crocodile Kelly I'm talking about. It was probably long gone to its new home by time they shot this picture.

9. What country would you like to visit and why?

I would love to return to France (Paris) and Italy (Rome). So many places left unseen! I would also like to visit Japan. My son wants to ride a high-speed train there and now I want to as well.

10. Make the last question and answer yourself.
What fashion industry insider would you be most interested in following for one week?

Anna Wintour. I would love to see the wheeling and dealing from the top!

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 02: American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour attends the Women's Wear Daily 100 Anniversary Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 2, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Anna, I would love to come pour coffee and send faxes for you.

I now pass these questions on to some blogs I've had fun checking out. I would love to read your answers!

Frills and Lace
Priscila's Closet
Paris in Pink
Svitlana M
Vogue Vintage


Cloud of Secrets said...

Fascinating answers, Jill! I always experience an insuppressable (unsuppressable?) inner gasp when that red Kelly is tossed away in Le Divorce. I do tune into that movie when I catch in in passing -- love the Paris eye candy and cultural insights (however silly), and of course, Thierry Lhermitte.

Anna Wintour is definitely intriguing -- yet, as I came to realize while I watched The September Issue, she's a living, breathing human being. She's such a fashion world EMINENCE, but she's not coated in flawless makeup -- I could see her eye crinkles, the texture and coloring of her skin. And she was still beautiful. She dresses very simply for her days -- anyone could do it, at their own budget level. Sheath dress. Cardigan. Short chunky necklace. Simple watch. And her office, and the offices at Vogue in general, were like midwestern offices at which I've worked. The place isn't an intimidating palace of marble and crystal and leather. Of course, there are more racks of couture in the halls than your typical midwestern office would see!

jill815 said...

Hi Sarah! I'm with you on Anna Wintour, I really admire what a powerhouse she is and yet still human. I love seeing her with her daughter Bee, they seem very close. I cannot imagine what it takes to keep so many people in line at Vogue, you have to have a strong personality to stay at the top of that place.