It’s Melbourne Cup Day ~ the horse race that stops Australia!
A sugar-spun ride :: Louis Vuitton spins candyfloss carousel.
Sugar and spice and all things nice. That’s what little girls are made of…
“A frosted sugary, sponge sugar type of feeling — like wrappers on a candy.”
Marc Jacobs, Le carrousel, the circular dance of fashion.
Perched side-saddle on an old-fashioned white merry-go-round, Louis Vuitton’s belles
came wrapped in broderie anglaise in baby doll tones of cupcake or candyfloss.
Tinkling music signalled the start of the show, with models each poised sweetly atop whitewashed horses
on a spinning carousel, hooves studded with an “LV” monogram.
Round and round they went, descending one at a time, in sugary sweet 1960’s inspired looks.
ice-cream pastels hues ~ baby blues and pinks, dreamy peach, soft yellows and mint greens
silk organza layering, tweeds, ostrich feathers and
peekaboo cutouts of lasercut flowers and giant broderie anglais.
… swing coats in pastel tweets with exaggerated peter pan collars, lace, dipped in ice cream shades and coated a million different ways adorning dresses, blouses and skirts, floral appliqué creating dreamlike textures and even a touch of girlish rocker edge in the form of a luxe powder blue crocodile biker jacket. For cocktail and evening, lightweight ostrich feather fringe pulsated gently off of ultra-feminine tweed suiting or adding an additional layer of soft dreaminess to floral cut-out beehive dresses. Ally Pyle
A lady upon a white horse
And for the fairytale finale, there was Kate Moss,
cloud-like in a shimmer of fluffy white feathers and daisy-cut out anglaise, the icing on Vuitton’s cake.
The meaning of the carousel for Jacobs: It’s also a bit of a metaphor about this cycle of fashion and how it goes around and around, and regardless of what your references are, whatever you choose to look at, it’s just cyclical…We had one of the horses in the office, because all the girls had to pose on it during the fittings. So I did get on it and did some crazy poses.
Jacobs told AFP he went for a look that was “soft, soothing, gentle, light, tender, feminine, airy, loving”. Ultra-light, frothy pastel organza was laid over white broderie anglaise, laser-cut lace or crisp georgette crepe, with fabrics layered up to four times to produce the desired effect, he explained.
Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012 @ courtyard of the Louvre Museum.
Accessories: Patent high-heeled mules, Lockit and classic Speedy bags in hyper-luxurious fabrics like whitewashed crocodile and deer, hair pulled back into chignons under thin silver tiaras on every head.
Monogrammed napkins, trays embossed with LV displayed a selection of sweets, macarons, coffees and, of course champers, and were carried by white clad waitresses in immaculate LV-logo perforated white gloves.
Quite a Carousel Ride ~ life on the silly season carousel has me spinning.
Christmas cards, festivities, shopping, celebrations, decorations, present wrapping…
In my dreams I will drop by Louis Vuitton to get this pretty white daisy dress to wear on Christmas Day.
My musings have not made it to the blog of late
~ I wish my carousel life was as well behaved as this Louis Vuitton world!
My carousel is more the crazy carnival variety. Next year I WILL be more organised.
I’m Carousel dreaming ~ coveting one of these gorgeously whimsical wire ‘lampes’ or table settings by the artist,
Pascale Palun who works in her studio Vox Populi in Avignon on the French Riviera.
Romanticism and poetry are just some of the elements of Pascale Palun’s unique world.
In Vox populi, she has brought together linen of old and vintage objects,
highlighting the passing of time, improbable wire assembled structures
and objects (decorative items, lamps, and jewellery) of her own creation.
A world full of grace and quirky beauty.
Pascale Palun started creating lighting and decorative objects made from old materials when she took a break after 10 years in the fashion industry to raise her son. Since then, she’s done interior design for John Malkovich and makes regular appearances at the bi-annual Maison & Objet trade show, leading to commissions from around the world.
Her philosophy is that each piece should be “unique, made by hand and imperfect.”
Take an enchanting turn on a Carousel.
and don’t be too afraid and shy to say I love you.
Carousel by Rogers & Hammerstein
captures the emotions of love and hope within
A White Carousel.
I do not like musicals, and Rogers and Hammerstein’s Carousel is the exception. Considered by most critics and admirers to be their darkest musical, Carousel is a blend of beautiful and memorable music, a story of love unspoken, feelings unexpressed, disappointment, joy and death.
Longing to tell you, but afraid and shy
I let my golden chances pass me by.
Now, I’ve lost you
Soon I will go in the mist of day
And you never will know
How I loved you
How I loved you.
Carousel is a haunting love story and also a cautionary tale. Don’t be afraid to tell people you love them and believe in yourself. One of life’s heartaches is when two people wait too long to declare their love and be together.
The 1956 Carousel stars Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones, and was directed by Henry King. Be moved by How I loved you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuHAh-2xGxw&feature=related
When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm
There’s a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of the lark
Walk on, through the wind
Walk on, through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone
I’m not sure whether the Elvis Presley’s version or the Three Tenors version of You’ll never walk alone is the best!
The Three Tenors – You’ll Never Walk Alone
Elvis – You’ll Never Walk Alone
At first sight skulls an seem gruesome,
but there is something beautiful about the things stripped to the bare bones.
My appreciation of skeletons comes from my beautiful mother
who always collected bones and things.
Bluebell, a horse head she found 30 odd years ago
adds an eclectic touch to my home.
Enjoy this beautiful posting from Aileen Zakka, and take a moment to share her dream.
… that there could be less sky-high cement creatures which no one could afford living in
… that there could be less places and malls that are identical to each other
.. that there could be more playgrounds for the young ones and those young at heart………
.. that there could be more of the blue sky which can be easily seen
it would be really nice if we can have a ride on a carousel during anytime of the day…
during lunch break,
while waiting for someone
or just whenever you feel like it………
I adore this pretty, functioning Chanel carousel
and would love to enjoy a twirling ride.
In a spectacular setting in the Grand Palais, the maestro of Chanel transformed the catwalk into a fairground with a giant carousel as the centerpiece. In the place of horses, the many symbols of Chanel circled ~ quilted handbags, camellias, pearls, flacons, shoes, bijoux, bows, hats, lipstick and interlocking Cs.
At the end of the show, the carousel started to turn…….
Lagerfeld, a master of catwalk theatrics, dreams up incredible larger-than life sets.
And the music in the show is great ~ Blind by Hercules & Love Affair & Beatific by Glass Candy.
Images include: Elizabeth Fourmont
MAD MEN & Don Draper’s carousel of genius
Nostalgia – it’s delicate, but potent.
Teddy told me that in Greek,
“nostalgia” literally means
“the pain from an old wound.”
It’s a twinge in your heart
far more powerful than memory alone.
This device… isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine.
It goes backwards, forwards.
It takes us to a place where we ache to go again.
It’s not called the Wheel.
It’s called the Carousel.
It lets us travel the way a child travels.
Around and around and back home again,
to a place where we know we are loved.
It’s 1960, and the Sterling Cooper advertising agency on New York City’s Madison Avenue, where Mad Men plays out, is pitching a campaign for a new-fangled Kodak machine that creates slide shows. The company is fixated on the “wheel” metaphor, but Don Draper (Jon Hamm), using images of his own family, shows the Kodak executives that the sum of technology is more than its moving parts as he introduces them to the “carousel” in which memory, yearning and images become one.
Whilst fans of Mad Men will understand the irony of Don Draper’s pitch, I am inspired by the sentiment and dream it encapsulates. And a love for the sixties fashion style!