27 September 2007

And just when I thought money *didn't* matter...


...I come across a breathstoppingly beautiful, a so-perfectly-designed-to-accentuate-the-waist-to-hip countour that my hand is involuntarily drawn to my lips, could-only-be-couture ensemble like Hilary Swank's Louis Vuitton structured asymmetric wool cowl-neck blouse with pleated hem and matching pencil skirt at the launch of Guerlain's new perfume, "Insolence," at Selfridges in London earlier today.

I love the color, I love the cut, I love the dramatic sweep across the bustline of the exaggerated cowl -- frankly, if I had the money, this is exactly the kind of prim, conservative outfit you'd find me wearing to work everyday.

Now, if I had long hair like Hilary does, I certainly wouldn't have pulled a Petra and mucked up the showpiece quality of the neckline by allowing it to trickle down and tumble over the side. Instead, I'd have chosen a simple, side-parted upswept chignon, similar to what I imagine is underneath the runway model's very large beret, or, as Bridal Bird identified it earlier, the "[The Peculiar] Purple Pieman [of Porcupine Peak] hat."


Another weensy nitpick I have involves Ms. Swank's choice of footwear, which looks to me a bit too close in silhouette to both the pilgrim booty and hipster pootie to which, as you well know, I can offer not a whit of endorsement.

Instead, I would have chosen an equally Autumnal but slightly less full-coverage pump like this one from Gucci that in addition to having a more pleasing aesthetic, as a bonus, would have allowed the brown in the heel to nicely pick up the chestnut hue of the large YSL dome-shaped bowler bag clutched in Hilary's hand.

People in the more mainstream fashion industries tend to believe that for every expensive outfit one can always find an equally stylish more reasonably-priced alternative, and on most days, especially when I find a near-identical match for my "If I had a sugar daddy..." feature, I agree with this statement. But then there are other times, like this one, when the design in question is as much an artistic accomplishment as it is something pretty to wear, when I have to bow my short crop in defeat and accept the fact that a trip to the Jersey Shore may be fun, may have sun and may have 99 flavors of shaved ice, is just not the same as a vacay aboard the Diddy yacht in St. Tropez.

More of Hilary looking almost perfect in LV:

12 comments:

stuck in l.a. said...

she has a phenomenal figure and that suit (?) really flatters it. gorgeous.

elle said...

I saw this picture earlier and thought "swoon." I think her shoes, though, look very close -if not same - to ones on runway model, and me likey. I think they look chic.

sarahsouth said...

you never thought money didn't matter, silly goose!

Anonymous said...

would look amazing on you.

Anonymous said...

that outfit is spectacular, but for me, where she went terribly wrong was the bag- it's so big and brown, a great casual bag, but totally out of sync with that outfit, with that style.
and about the expensive vs. cheaper clothes- they all look great in pictures on the gorgeous models, but it's in person where the quality really tells. cheap clothing can look as good in a picture, but when you see it up close in person and feel the fabric.....oh, there's no comparison. (i can't spell comparrison...or is it comparison...?) when i was in high school, i took a trip to england, and the whole royal family was driving in a motorcade from windsor castle. it was all of them- lady di, fergie ferg, the queen, the queen mum, prince charles and what struck me the most was how expensive their clothes looked and how if i wore the nicest clothes i had ever owned in my life they could never compare, and that depressed me. you could just see the quality of the clothing, even when they were in a car. and they all looked so much better in person, too.

Angelina said...

I completely agree with anonymous 9:25 about the bag. I think that for this event, she should have gone with a jewel-toned clutch, one that's on the larger side.

I also agree about how quality clothing is worth the money, and that one can tell the difference in real life. Would/could you forego a year's worth of shopping in order to make one or two amazingly fabulous purchases from the sugar daddy list?

Johanna said...

anonymous 9:25/Angelina-

Re: Hilary's bag, I guess I wasn't thinking about where she was when this picture was taken, because I was so focused on imagining myself wearing the suit separates - and carrying that bag - in a professional situation.

But you're right, for a perfume launch, a smaller bag would've been more appropriate. Not sure I would carry a bejeweled clutch at a morning event (she was there from 9-10am), but maybe an oversized clutch or small top-handle.

And no, I doubt I'd be able to forego all shopping to accommodate one or two Sugar Daddy purchases. I'm too much of a shopping addict. I'm getting better, though, day by day...

best,
J

Anonymous said...

i went crazy in saks the other day (i bought the cutest dvf pencil skirt with a bubble ruffle detail at the bottom, i wish i had a picture, you'd love it). i bought some dvf, theory, marc by marc jacobs, and seven jeans, then i went upstairs and saw the most beautiful pucci evening gown and i thought, i could have bought that dress for just a little less than i spent for two dresses, two turtlenecks, two sweaters, a skirt, and jeans (i went crazy). but i couldn't, because now i have a new fall wardrobe and i can't wear an evening dress every day- i'm not edie sedgwick! but if i were nicole richie, i'd have that pucci evening dress, and i would get it for free!

Anonymous said...

maybe i'll just go back and pick up a scarf in the same pattern

Dave said...

Hilary has heard you and will cut off her hair because it doesn't go with her outfit.
http://www.accesshollywood.com/news/ah6147.shtml

Anonymous said...

that bag, that bag, that bag, that bag!

Candid Cool said...

yes it is fabulously chic
-h