August 18, 2009
Dearest readers, at the exact time this post is being published, I would be boarding the plane bound for the United States. I’ll be making a four-day pit stop in San Francisco (to mitigate the aches of having to fly coach long-haul) before flying to my final destination, Boston. This means I’ll have little time to go online, let alone blog, so I have scheduled this post and the next, for your reading pleasure.
my new city for the next few months, Boston, in the fall
Owing to the success of my black and white chiffon shirt, I decided to whip up a sibling for that shirt; and when I came across this charming georgette of what looks like pale lemon yellow abstract goldfishes in a sea of grayish mauve, I knew I had found my fabric. Contrast always works; I needed something to cut through the busy-ness of the print, so I went for a panel on the hem out of an off-white, semi-sheer, drapey fabric. Here it is, chiffon shirt #2:
The last of my tailoring projects for now (at least until Christmastime when I come back home), I’m ready to embrace change and find out what other sorts of “dandy” projects I could get my hands dirty with.
My tailor has produced some excellently crafted pieces for me, but reality is, the workmanship couldn’t be perfect all the time. He seemed to be quite sloppy with this shirt, giving me misaligned pockets:
(a detail I’m willing to embrace as an endearing quirk)
and a curved hem that just didn’t drape so beautifully. Hence I went on to rip the hemming and cut it straight across, leaving the edges raw.
I quite like the effect of random threads sticking out and fraying, and to be honest, I just can’t be bothered to go have it properly hemmed.
As you’re reading this, I’d probably be knocked-out, curled up, hopped-up on sleeping pills, miles above the ground in an oversize t-shirt and sweat pants. But wouldn’t it be nice if we could realistically travel in elegance, immune to what intense discomfort itchy threads or constricting tailoring would bring us when traveling by air? Inspired by Tommy’s laid-out-on-the-floor outfit shots on This is Naive (Tommy, if you’re reading this, I direly miss your outfit posts!) here’s what I’d like to guys to imagine me wearing on the plane, I’d call it my fantasy summer traveling outfit:
Panama hat from Rome, chiffon shirt designed by me, necklace made from a friend’s wedding favors, vintage Ray-Ban aviators, YSL Muse briefcase, Zara khakis, sandals from Cyprus
See you in a different time zone!