on bathrobes and pyjamas

September 17, 2012

Soft bathrobes and proper pajamas seem in this day and age – the age of a thousand towels, leggings and old moth-eaten sweatshirts – to be a rather outdated pleasures. And yet, staying in a hotel on holiday recently after a good shower my friends and I always found ourselves cozying up in the hotel bathrobes. As it is, the comfort of lounging around in a bathrobe seems to have been relegated to hotels, and hotels only.
I do own a bathrobe, it’s just that it isn’t necessarily up to par and I really just use it for the sole purpose of getting dry.

I can’t even remember a time, though, that I ever wore a proper pyjama – top and bottom of the same set, that is. Or one of those wonderfully old-fashioned silky ones. I’m not really sure why boring old stuff like pyjamas and bathrobes have been so much on my mind recently, especially seeing as they are garments for behind doors, garments not many people might get to see.
And yet, precision like that, like getting even your bathrobe and pyjamas just right & paying attention to these private details, speaks of grandeur in all things of life. It’s telling in the same sort of way wearing the right kind of lingerie beneath a slinky dress is.

True, a two-piece pyjama might not be the sexiest of sleepwear, but in all its rumpled gloriousness it seems just right for the upcoming fall and winter season.
And as the two ladies beneath show also the right kind of garment for showing your husband you are not the fool he thought you were & for receiving a suitor, while rubbing the sleep from your eyes. Plus, you can always open another button…

(Marion Cotillard in ‘Nine’ & Karine Vanasse in ‘Pan Am’.)


the continis

September 11, 2012

Come summer I always turn, in thoughts at least, to Rome with love. Even though this summer didn’t deliver, I did get to go to Florence back in February and passionately hold on to the belief that some day in the not too distant future somebody is going to take me to the Amalfi coast.

This film, of course, speaks of old time luxury – tells the story of Italy at it’s cinematic height. This is affluent Italy with all its speedy little cars and hip coffee bars. This is Italy with all its lakes and sunlight at the foot if its hills. A time when cigarettes where still smoked at press conferences and in lobbys. Long gone the Viscontis, Borgias and Medicis.

I seem to have a love for those upswept Audrey Hepburn bangs (here sported by Marion Cotillard’s Luisa Contini), though I would never dare to get them myself. While the rest of the costumes, as well as the movie, tend to veer towards the dramatic Luisa as the resigned wife, as opposed to the curvaceous mistress, shows restraint in her outfits, being very much one for delicate jewellery, defined, thick eyebrows and eyeliner done just so. Meanwhile the Fellini-like Guido, played by Daniel Day-Lewis, drives around Italy in a 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta in search of a seaside spa resort, preferably amongst beautiful ruins, looking the very picture of Italian elegance in slim suits, even skinnier ties and ever-present shades.

“I love the dark handsome guys with their skinny
little ties dressing mod looking out of sight
I love to watch them as they cruise with their pointy
leather shoes wearing shades in the middle of the nights
Whatever Guido does it makes me smile
He is the essence of Italian style.”

the girls common room

January 22, 2012

The Gryffindor common room, secured by the oil painting of the Fat Lady in a pink silk dress, will most likely be the first image that springs to mind when one mentions common rooms. Unlike Hogwarts, the University/boarding school in the Jil Sander campaign is clearly an all girls one and as such Mona Lisa Smile might be your first cultural association. There was a time, I have to confess, I had a mild obsession with boarding schools/sharing a dorm room in University – mostly thinking of the life-long bond & friendship you would end up sharing with your fellow ‘inmates’. And so I read The New Girls by Beth Gutcheon, Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld (which I wholeheartedly recommend) & then last summer Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan (which I only recommend if you’re feeling like a super light read). Where the boys are concerned, there is, if course, the much better Mona Lisa Smile pendant – Dead Poets Society & Alan Bennett’s  The History Boys, which I read on a bus from New York to Boston (host to many a University) two summers ago. All of which evoke a similar sense of camaraderie & perhaps even coming-of-age.

And that’s what I love so much about this Jil Sander campaign – clearly set in an Ivy League college – each picture tells of one such story. After all, these girls are doing each other’s hair, gossiping, lazing around amidst busts of Old Romans in monogrammed sweaters all while nipping on tea & playing cards, or sipping champagne while getting ready to go out, though one of the girls seems to rather want and stay put – solve crossword puzzles & read instead. For more, go here.

(Oh, and just because it also takes place in an academic setting & the audiobook has been helping me fall asleep lately – Donna Tartt’s The Secret History is a mandatory mention.)


January 14, 2012


(Louise Bourgeois: Be Calm; Rosemarie Trockel: Anima 11.Mai bis 2.Oktober 1994)

“All your books and pictures and…”
“Paperbacks and postcards, Jenny.”
“It’s all you need, isn’t it?”
An Education, from the screenplay written by Nick Hornby

in your presence

January 1, 2011

le dernier vol

October 24, 2010

Lightweight cotton.
Colors: Sand, white, iris.

sofia coppola

October 23, 2010

I wear my Nike’s a helluva lot.