Sunday, December 20, 2009

stenciled fish floor at prada spring/summer 2009

"Poor thing!" was my first reaction after seeing this model take a spill in Prada's Spring/Summer 2009 collection (on Huff Po). Must admit that my second was, "gorgeous floor!" Wouldn't it be so chic to stencil the black, matisse-like, fish design on the floor of a wooden or lino bathroom, a nursery, or even on a large piece of canvas?

Beautiful description of the show from Luciole Press, a blog named for the French word for firefly, which reported that the Prada catwalk "meandered like a river and was painted with fish similar to ancient cave drawings... the models’ skin [was] slicked with water as though they had just risen from the sea."

Image via Bryan Boy.


Monday, December 14, 2009

ysl, safari, and a gold-splattered plate

urban flea made a mini-gift guide for those of us who like our dark, rugged, woody, Yves Saint Laurent safari aesthetic splattered with gold... I particularly like these fine looking plates from bailey doesn't bark.

See here for UF's adventures in gilding a slate-grey sideboard. Inspiring.

Image of YSL's former home via Vanity Fair.

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Some of you might know that I'm what people in English departments call a "poetry person"-- a writer who writes about poets.

But what hardly anyone knows is that sometimes, once in a while, I'm ever so tempted to write about poets & their eyeglasses. Just look at Robert Lowell. Doesn't get much better. I mean, really.

PS: if you're in the market, SEE has some lovely Lowellian specs for both sexes...

Image via Yelp.


Tuesday, December 08, 2009

at your service: vintage melamine serving trays

If you're looking, as I am, for divided melamine trays to organize your desk, here are two options:

we could have one (1) beautiful, new, sarah-jessica-parker-sea-green-"barely-mint" melamine dividing tray for the low price of $89.99....


we could have three (3) beautiful, vintage, sarah-jessica-parker-sea-green-"barely-mint" melamine dividing trays for the lower price of $8.99....

...........I'm not sure...hmmm. What would you pick?

[image of sjp's dior via blogdorf goodman].

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Holiday Shopping under $100: Vintage Cards "Kit" & Classic Games

I once read that Isaac Mizrahi hosts a weekly bridge game at his apartment, and that he has delicious cocktails and delicious things to eat, but the real thing is the bridge game: apparently, he's quite serious about it, as are his friends.

This enchanted me. It seemed so glamorous and retro and yet nerdy and smart too. They say bridge is DIFFICULT! Again-- doesn't this sound good?

So ever since then I've kind of had it in mind that the ideal thing in life is to host a weekly bridge game. Or, frankly, a weekly mah-jong game-- that sounds fun too. Canasta! Whist! (Whatever these words mean, they sound great....!)

If you're a reader in Boston and know how to play bridge-- for heaven's sakes, email me! Though I know, my dear readers, I've been rather negligent here at Silk Felt Soil, and haven't posted enough recently. But I now have some time, having finished my dissertation, and I hope to be posting quite a bit more these days.

So I will leave you with this, for now: two holiday suggestions.

1. Present a friend with a cards "kit": a glam deck of vintage cards, like these wonderful matadors; an instruction book of card games, & and a promise to learn a classic card game together. (Bonus: add treats and a 6 pack of Coke in glass bottles, or a bottle of something stronger!).


2) Give a carrom board to someone you love, and learn to play it together.

What's Carrom you say? Carrom is like pool, except with poker-chip like disks that you flick with your finger over a chalky board. It's played all over Europe, India, Tibet, and South Asia generally. In France they call it "le billiard indien" as well as "carrom." And the boards are so pretty that it would make a lovely gift for the Someone in your life Who Has Everything....

UPDATE for Bostonians: I just learned that not only is MIT's bridge club renowned across Boston, and open to the community at all levels, but that the club's annual bridge bootcamp is free, and about to start up after the holidays. It will take place on Monday and Thursday evenings between Jan 4-Feb 1. More information here and here.

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