“I've had my best times when trailing a Mainbocher evening gown across a sawdust floor.
I've always loved high style in low company.” Anita Loos
Mainbocher 1936, photograph by Man Ray
that little loos lady
Loos & Beaton- Palm Beach,1930.
Mainbocher dress 1936, photograph by Horst.
I don't think Mainbocher ever did low-Loos likely looked elsewhere for her low fix.
most Designers do low now-& sometimes you'd never know it was low- take Maison Martin Margiela,
I love this collection of separates. a little high-a little low
Martin Margiela is Belgian born-worked for Jean Paul Gaultier & launched his own label in 1988. Margiela has never appeared on the runway or in photographs -& recently turned over the reins to an in-house design team. Former director of communications for Margiela- Patrick Scallon, said “It was not just for the sake of being provocative. A designer is not an artist in a gallery, not a sculptor with a chisel and stone in a garden. He is someone who has to work with a collaborative team. The downside is that it engendered these rumors that he doesn’t exist or doesn’t work.”
Martin Margiela,2008. photograph by Craig McDean
“It is a brilliant way of rethinking clothes with a very simple strategy,” said Harold Koda, curator of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “There is a weird tension that he throws into the clothes that is poetic, but it can also be unnerving in that it pushes you a little further. It’s not just pretty or simple clothing. It’s something that challenges you, even subliminally.”
Along with these high- low looks-the house of Martin Magiela is creating pieces for the home with a collection by L'ATELIER d'exercises. The pieces are high low too & past- present- future.
I haven't seen things like it- they are timeless, modern, and functional all rolled into unique.
This you can find on my desk --- or at net a porter, a half spectacle magnifying glass for my half baked thoughts and dreams.
other things to make daily life more- "high"-
ostrich plume pen-
stainless steel ice bucket-
a stunning collar
Typically Haussmannian door sticker, at left- Atypically French door sticker.
La Maison Champs-Elysées, really two buildings, the older- dating from the Second Empire under Napoleon III has had a revamp from Maison Martin Margiela. After winning the competition to design the historical part of the building , the house re-thought the space to create hotel suites, a restaurant, a smoking room, a bar and a reception area.
and at nowness here
the artist and his model here
their eboutique here