22 Nov 2010
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

Joseph mannequin

Joseph mannequins

Joseph window floor

Joseph on Sloane Street has put up some charming window fronts using photocopies of architectural drawings which is a format we all know and enjoy. (And don’t even get me started on those dishy Balmain clothes, all of which look like gilt leather – that’s another story!)  Since Bebe Berard did that terrific shop interior for Institut Guerlain in the 1930’s this genre has never ceased to delight.  I sometimes wonder how so many designers claim to be inspired by Jean Michel Frank and yet completely miss the point of ‘wit’, which is prevalent in most of his interiors.

Michael Jackson on "Free to Be You and Me"

If by chance you did not grow up like me – on a steady diet of Free to be…You and Me…and dreams of being Marlo Thomas – you may have never seen this delightful set that was used for the Michael Jackson (still young and sweet) and Roberta Flack singing ‘When I grow up’. It’s quite hard to find pics but I found it on YouTube – the long shots of the sets are enchanting.  (The DVD is still available if you really want to indulge.)

My colleague Jena Quinn is working on a room in this genre right now so…watch this space.

Adrian Gown

P.S. How about this Adrian gown? Next party, I’m retiring the shutter stripe dress.

3 Responses to “The writing is on the wall”

  1. avatar p gaye tapp says:

    that dress is Full of WIT. I had a friend that painted much like this, which I adore. thanks Colette for another full post.

  2. avatar Margaret says:

    Thanks & Giving (Tree) for Michael & Roberta. Imagination at its best free of electronic interference. Your blog is like a breath of fresh air, thanks…and Happy Thanksgiving to you.

  3. avatar bruce barone says:

    That dress is beautiful! I think my fiance would look lovely in it. And she has a FUN spirit.

    I think you would like some of my NYC window photos. I will post in the next few days.,

    Meanwhile–RE: Books; re-reading for 3rd or4th time “Women in Love.” WOW.

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