Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Ramblin' Romp

Tucker Party
This evening I was all dolled up to go to a party at the new Tucker space in Soho. Gaby Basora is the talented designer behind the Tucker label. Her designs are characterized by colorful, printed silks. I made the hat that I am wearing using a leopard print pillbox that I found on a sidewalk in Greenwich Village. I added the vintage, French silk rose which I bought at Dulken and Derrick, a company that has given up the ghost in New York City. Dulken and Derrick made custom silk flowers for the couture trade.
Gaby Basora -- the delightful brains and beauty behind Tucker.
 My Tucker "Lawn" print blouse.
My new Tucker Sun-Lantern-Daisy Blouse.
 The shirtwaist blouse is my favorite Tucker style.
Richard and I at the Theater Bar in Tribeca, New York City. I am wearing a Tucker dress, handmade silk jacket from Madame Matovu and a hat from the Parisian modiste, Marie Mercie. 
This picture appeared in
  ADAC reisemagazin. Photo by Grace Huang.

We Met at the Met
As I learned at the Metropolitan Opera Costume Shop last week, when I took a tour sponsored by the Bard Center for Decorative Arts, many fashion industry suppliers like Dulken and Derrick have left New York City. Lesley Watson, the head of the Costume Shop, says that she now buys her cotton thread in Germany and fine "face cloth" used in making jackets, in England. She cannot use safety pins from the U.S. because they have little burrs on the ends, and if she is cutting $200 a yard silk, the pins will rip the cloth. I was just dying to take photos of the dressmaker dummies draped in silk, seamstresses cutting fabric on huge tables, button Bibles (every button under the sun) and boxes and boxes of intriguing supplies piled high on shelves, but Lesley said, "No, you many not take pictures and post them to your blog!" So there.
 I could photograph the outside of the building and the shop.

More Who We Met Last Week
While going about town last week, we met Ashley Bezgin near the Chelsea Market. Ashley is a Creative Person locked in the body of an office worker. She and Richard hit it off as they compared outfits. Ashley makes quirky outfits that she wears for little performances. I looked at her website, and her outfits and scenarios are hilarious.
Richard and artist, designer and performer, Ashley Bezgin.

Outside of The New Museum, we met The Dolly Files, consisting of the charming duo of Hayley McCulloch (with violet tights) and Abby Goodman, internationally acclaimed artists. Now traversing the streets of New York with the mission of bringing the artist's studio archives directly to the public, the Dolly Files has art zines, artist books, paintings and dolls for sale. I was immediately drawn to Hayley's Edith Piaf doll because she is a doll and she is French.

 Two dolls by Hayley, both on starvation diets.
Abby Goodman's art work.
Je ne regrette rien, surtout que j'ai acheté cette poupée de Edith.
  Parce que pour moi, la vie est en rose.

And from The Gossip Lady's Whisper Files
Last Thursday, dahlinks, we were lunching at Cafe Cluny at the corner of West 12th Street and West 4th Street, (yes, New York cabbie, they do intersect) and who should sit right next to us but Isaac Mizrahi. Eavesdropping on his conversation was délicieux. My sister, Jeanne, joined us because we were going to look for a Mother of the Bride (MOB) dress for her at Madame Matovu, one of my favorite vintage shops. Lunch was almost over when Richard asked Isaac (having no idea who he was) his standard opening salvo: "Where are you from?" Answer from Isaac: "Brooklyn." Then Richard asked Isaac what he "did".  "Oh, I design clothes ..." Target, QCV, Project get the picture. 

Exotic Finds at Madame Matovu
Rosemary Wettenhall is Madame Matovu. Her tiny shop on West 10th Street in Greenwich Village is crammed to the brim with artful displays of dresses, scarves, hats and jewelry.
Rosemary also designs dresses and blouses made from vintage scarves. 
This is one I wore to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Family Benefit, Gods and Goddesses. 
I made the headpiece from vintage feathers.
 We invited our friend, Andy Hornberger, and his daughter Sienna,
to the benefit.
Sienna is dressed as Athena.
Andy, an artist and art teacher, is dressed as Zeus.
One can always find a great scarf at Madame Matovu.
 I almost bought the black one hand painted with white roses above. 
Later I kicked myself that I hadn't. Ouch.
Jewelry is another specialty. I purchased this pink Venetian glass necklace
  to wear to my niece's wedding with this dress...
Mauve silk -- floor length -- also from Madame.
Certain style icons (besides myself, of course) are know to shop here. 
Sarah Jessica Parker is a customer.
Rosemary takes a lot of care in making her displays in the shop.
Here I am wearing a crinkle-silk tunic with sequin embellishments from Madame.
Necklace by Wendy Mink.
I suppose you are wondering if we found a dress for Jeanne, the MOB. The answer is no.
So far, we have combed the racks of Bergdorf's, Barney's and Jeffrey's, not to mention numerous online sites. Now Jeanne is planning to have a seamstress make a dress, which is why we shopped at B&J fabrics and found these samples. (Did you know that Jeanne's husband, Chris, is married to the MOB.) Stay tuned.

Le Réchauffement de la Planète est ici.
 Pear trees on West 12th Street
Gramercy Park in bloom. (Is that a real Calder?)
Forsythia -- Here today, gone tomorrow.
À bientôt, mes amis.


  1. I just think you are amazing...and you and your husband make a fascinating couple!! i love your unique sense of style...very inspirational! Hope someday you visit my blog and like it. Have a wonderful day!

    1. Hi Gitanas,
      Thank you for your kind comments. I will certainly look at your blog.

  2. Found you by way of Advanced Styles blog and I'm so happy I did! I love your taste in color and bold patterns, a woman to inspire me! Stay true to who you are because the world is brighter for having you in it!

    1. Hi Krista,
      Thank you for looking at my blog and for your comment.

  3. Dear Carol,

    I first saw you on Advanced Style by Ari Cohen. then I saw your blog. I like it :)

    I like your style and your collage.
    Full of colour, imagination and inspiration.

    Thank you for sharing it :)

    Hello from Indonesia,

  4. Just found you had a blog. Yes, that looks like a real Calder to me. I'll be back to enjoy more of your posts.