Monday, 25 October 2010

Pearls and white feathers




Thanks to everyone who came to Daunt's this evening. As always, there were some wonderful outfits in the audience: pearls, stripes, vintage Chanel bags, little black dresses, white feathers, caramel cashmere, and lovely ten-year-old Hannah, who is doing her school project on Coco Chanel. And very intriguing questions afterwards, which sparked an interesting conversation about the meaning of pearls, and their link to the Catholic rosary...
Some people have been asking about forthcoming events, so here they are... Chester on Tuesday evening (October 26th), then back via Manchester, and to the V&A on Thursday, for an event organised by English National Ballet, as part of the 'Rephrasing Ballets Russes' programme. I'll be taking part in a session between 12 and 1.30pm, which will also include a performance of 'The Dying Swan' by the ENB ballerina, Elena Glurdjidze, wearing a feathered Chanel tutu designed by Karl Lagerfeld. I'm going to try to get there earlier, not least because I want to revisit the spectacular Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes exhibition at the V&A.

Now off to eat some lentil and spinach soup that I made before my jaunt to Daunts... from sublime feathers to the comfort of the everyday...

8 comments:

Lyn said...

The soup sounds yummy! I love that first photo of the feathers...gorgeous!
love
Lyn
xxx

kairu said...

Those photos are lovely! One of my earliest memories is of seeing Swan Lake. I remember the graceful dancers floating across the stage, and falling asleep on the drive home. An only child, until my cousins moved in with us when I was in 4th grade, I spent a lot of time falling asleep in the backseat of the family car (a tiny BMW 2-door, back in the days before BMWs were for yuppies). But I am wandering from the point. Have you seen the previews for Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan," with Natalie Portman? It is about ballet, and finding the dark sides of ourselves.

Love Bakery said...

I love wearing pearls and wear my grandmother's every day. They make me feel brave!

enid said...

So what to read after Coco which was magnificent. I need some reading suggestions. Please help. what is everyone reading ?

Justine Picardie said...

Kairu -- thanks for the tip about Black Swan -- sounds like my kind of film. You always come up with brilliant recommendations, and I'm sure you'll be able to think of a good one for Enid.
Sam -- how wonderful to wear your grandmother's pearls everyday; to have her so close to you, and encircling you.
Lyn. Glad you approve of the soup and the feathers. Am off to buy the ingredients to make chicken and leek soup for this evening. Am feeling a bit wan after doing five talks in three days, so chicken soup has to be top of tonight's menu...

jaywalker said...

I've just finished Elaine Feinstein's Biography of Ted Hughes. I had read bits and pieces before but I think this one gives a balanced portrait of him and his women. He certainly was a womaniser and freely admitted it.

Before that I read the only Anita Brookner that I had previously missed - Visitors - her usual bleak but wonderful take on a half-life in a London mansion flat. I really don't fully understand why I am obsessed with her books, but I am.

kairu said...

I remember reading Anita Brookner in high school; I would move through the fiction and literature shelves alphabetically, reading anything that caught my eye. Hotel du Lac is the one I remember most clearly.

I am eagerly looking forward to diving into Antonia Fraser's Must You Go? A local theatre (led by a wonderful local actor) has been producing a series of Harold Pinter readings over the past year or two.

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