|A scene from Blue Jasmine with Peter Sarsgaard, Cate Blanchett, one gorgeous Birkin and one elegant Chanel!|
I fully expect Cate Blanchett to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar (and hopefully win!) for her portrayal of Jasmine in Blue Jasmine. But I hope Suzy Benzinger also gets a nomination for Best Costume Design—I think it is so difficult to costume a modern movie, much more difficult than a historical or biopic, and she did it so well in Blue Jasmine. I read an interview with Suzy in The New York Times about costuming this movie and what she described is promo, which means asking designers to lend clothes. From my own talks with Hollywood costume designers Carol Ramsey and Catherine Marie Thomas I know promo adds an extra layer of difficulty to clothing an entire cast. Suzy deserves an Oscar even more!
Suzy said in the interview, as have commenters on various blogs, that she thought Jasmine wore her gorgeous gold Birkin like a shield. I didn’t think of the Birkin (or that beautiful Chanel jacket draped over her shoulders) as a shield so much as a security blanket and a Remembrance of Things Past. Jasmine’s life had been dismantled through the shady financial dealings of her husband and I felt she was gripping onto mementos from a happier and more prosperous (and yes, more blissfully ignorant) time in her past.
|I love the sartorial contrast between Cate and Bobby. This is modern-day costuming at its best!|
Which got me thinking.
Would I do the same? If I had to because of financial circumstances, would I sell the lovely things that have brought me happiness? Or would I hold onto them, Jasmine-style?
Of course, because I have kids my gut reaction is, You’d have to sell it all! I don’t actually own that much in the way of items that could fetch a lot at consignment, but here are a few things in my closet that I can’t see parting with, they mean too much to me.
My Mikimoto pearl studs. I’ve written about these earrings in the past. I gave birth to both of my children and ran both of my marathons (Memphis and New York City) wearing these earrings and I would never sell them!
|My LV Neverfull tote with an MZ Wallace Hamish pouch (which I also love!).|
My Louis Vuitton Neverfull Monogram Tote. Yeah, yeah, I know, people don’t like logos lately, and there is a trend, even at Louis Vuitton, toward more subtle branding these days, etc., but I don’t care what people say because here’s the truth: I love this bag so much. It is incredibly sturdy and so useful when I go on a trip. It carries a ton of stuff and holds up so well! I take care of it like I might sell it, I have the tags, dustbag, even the box and shopping bag it came in when I bought it, but like Jasmine and her Birkin, I would probably hold onto this bag. I think it will get even better with age!
|Detail of Washington’s Carriage, a Cathy Latham design.|
My first Hermès scarf. It was such a thrill to buy this with money that came from selling old boyfriend gold jewelry. I still love the colors and design so much that I could never sell it. Plus, the silk feels like heaven.
What about you? Do you own any special high-end items that mean so much to you that you would never part with them? Or could you jettison everything without a backwards glance if circumstances required it? I would love to hear your opinions on this topic!
And if you saw Blue Jasmine, do let me know what you thought of it.