Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Start the day with Scissors

Yesterday I woke up thinking I didn't have the right pair of pants for the day. 
You know how it goes, you've got, oh, 30 or so pairs in your closet, but not one is the right one. What I needed was a pair of high-water flares, yep, that's what I was in the mood for. Since I'd recently bought two pairs of long flares, one of them was going to become high-waters.
I have a very scientific method of cutting off jeans, see above. I decided that roughly two widths of my wood floor would be the correct amount, lay them on the floor and cut straight along the crack.
Voilà high-water flares. Gosh, I love an ankle length. I know people think Isabel Marant has brought them back, but I'm sorry I've always felt more comfortable in them. And I love to call them "high-waters." Is that Minnesota? There's also "floods." We used to call them that too. As in waiting for a flood. High-waters. As in...you get the picture. And there's "petal pushers." It all sounds a bit country.
As a matter of fact they did feel a bit hillbilly-ish when I put them on. Like I need a stalk of wheat to chew on to complete my outfit.
So I counteracted this bumpkin-ish feeling by pairing them with a white blazer, a pebble silver fold over clutch and some fierce python wedges and just like that: it was hick-be-gone.
Later in the day, the very cosmopolitan (read opposite of hick) Sophie Assa came into the store with her  extremely chic and worldly mother. Both of them had CV clutches to match their outfits.
Sophie paired her old school Camp Vivier canvas clutch with army green skinny jeans and old Alexander McQueen sandals to die for...
I love this clutch. I think we'll do more canvas clutches. "Screen printed with the CV chain link", Jocelyn just said. Yes, great idea.
Here's her mama, Gabby. An seasoned fashionite, she is beautiful and German but lives in London. She worked with Katherine Hamnett in London during the heyday.
Now she reps lines like Current Elliot throughout Europe and wears all white outfits (avec high-waters no less) with Chanel ballerines. Chic mama. As with the last entry about Coryander, the most amazing thing for me with this business is still actually seeing people carrying the bags. I'm so honored! Cool mama/daughter combo wearing CV, that's It.

16 comments:

Fashion Intel said...

Gabby's top is quite possibly perfection. Also, love what you've done with those jeans!

Heather Taylor said...

sooo chic mama and daughter. love.

patty said...

Love the highwaters and your ideas. My aunt Helene wore all her pants high water and we used to laugh behind her back that they weren't long. Now , we know she was just ahead of the fashion curve. (she always looked chic)

Megan Taylor said...

It's always fun when you pull out the scissors! xo

Meg Clark said...

this post made me laugh.. i did this very same thing three weeks ago. I love the little bit of fringe that now hangs off of mine!

jeana sohn said...

love your whole outfit!
sophie looks so chic and her mom is,, just wow!
what a stylish mama!

Jennifer said...

Love your posts...your writing is so entertaining!
I like these glimpses of all these stylish women visiting your store and seeing what Vivier(s) they choose.

Dang, your store is photogenic! Especially that painted carpet. So cool.

Is that a olive Bando I spy in the background?

jennifer said...

Love both their outfits. I hope you bring back the Camp Vivier clutch this summer!

Anonymous said...

I love your bag designs. So classic yet modern and timeless.
Good Luck.

Klaudia from Poland.

amelia said...

I love that you tore right into those jeans. I must try the wood-floor- plank-line-up method next time I'm doing the same!

Dainty Kate said...

Love the blog, as always, Clare. You definitely have an eye for fashion. Oh! And they're "pedal pushers" as in bike pedal! ooo la la

Tracy Hachler said...

hi clare,
i just discovered you & your blog...i'm loving the pebbled leather clutches! -& the canvas one shown here. i'm also enjoying getting to take a peek into your world...
i'm bookmarking you now. :)

Fashion Nicotine said...

Nice idea! You make beautiful bags! Xx.

Sunday Taylor said...

Clare, I love this post. Your outfit is so chic and I love how you put it all together. And the mother and daughter both look fabulous. I want to visit your new store, and will very soon!

LCG said...

"High-waters" I think are a Minnesota thing. When I lived in CA and now that I live in NYC-when I say "Nice High-Waters" only my MPLS friends know what's up :) Love your look with them! <3

Stacie said...

Ahhh, love this! I was just in the midst of beginning to turn a pair of flares into straight leg crops when I saw your post. You have itspired me! (aaaand its less work, lol)