Saturday night funk. Covid vaccine. Kylie’s magic.

8 pm on curfew Saturday night in Paris. We’re still under semi-lockdown here. I had my first Covid vaccine yesterday. It went well, but my arm hurts where I was jabbed.

Glanced at the headlines on the online newspapers. Depressing as hell. Why do I even bother?

Blasts target school in west Kabul killing at least 40 people – Attack in Afghan capital injures mainly female students coming out of school.

 

And just when you want to stop the world and get off (although we should be rejoicing over the plummeting Covid numbers), I switched to YouTube to see what Kylie was up to in Tuscany with her fiancé. It’s clear why she has thousands of followers. When you’re feeling blue or overwhelmed by all the violence and terrible things happening in the world, she delivers just the opposite. She brings love, beauty and simplicity. Grazie, Kylie. I needed this tonight.

(308) RELAXING CINEMATIC COOKING: Pasta with Homegrown Artichokes in Tuscany, Italy – YouTube

Billie Eilish, British Vogue

Do the words “empowering” and “corset” constitute an oxymoron?

When I look at these beautifully shot photos of Billie Eilish in this month’s British Vogue, that’s the word that comes to mind. Oxymoron.

Corset, bodice, girdle, truss, bandage, brace, straitjacket.

The meaning of it as a “stiff constricting undergarment for the waist, worn chiefly by women to shape the figure,” dates from 1795.

Long derided as a patriarchal instrument of torture that deformed the female body, corsets began as a close-fitting sleeveless bodice evolved into an undergarment with stays made of whalebone, and then steel, that encircled the ribs and compressed the natural waist. Not only were they painful, they were physically dangerous.

I wish millennials would do their homework before vaunting a historical garment (and saying that wearing one was empowering.) Unless she’s playing the role of dominatrix! And who wants uplifted breasts and a curvy, hourglass figure these days? The words corsetry, feminism and 21st-century all seem to be at odds with each other. Ah, well, I guess she’s just having fun. As long as it’s Instagrammable, that’s all that counts.

 

VOGUE 1939, Horst

the Parisian “It” handbag

This is the new bag in Paris. Don’t you love it? Numéro un, it’s called. Number one.

Handcrafted in Spain and sporting a huge range of colors.

Polène is a Parisian leather goods brand founded in 2016 by two brothers and a sister. The brand’s collections embody confident and classical true line combined with fluid and graceful curves. Inspired by the work of designers such as Madeleine Vionnet, Mariano Fortuny and Madam Grès, folds were incorporated into the collections, thus enhancing the leather’s malleability and strengthening the sculptural aspect of the designs. Passion for quality pushed the founders to use the best hand-made artisan production in Spain.

There is one boutique in Paris. Link to their beautiful website below.

Polène – Maison de maroquinerie parisienne | E-shop (polene-paris.com)