Tuesday, November 30, 2010

In Front Of Dior + My Very Fabulous "Read My Lips" Fornasetti Give Away .

 Today is the last day of the Fall and it means that it is time for another fabulous Give Away! :-) But before I will tell you all about it, I thought I would share with you one moment in time 48 years ago.
 This black and white image has me literally hypnotised! It was made in 1962 and later became a part of a beautiful book "Paris 1962". I keep looking at the lonely tiny figure of this small lady in front of this gorgeous Dior window filled with beautiful shoes and can not help but feel a bit of sadness for her. What is she thinking at this very moment 48 years ago? Is she dreaming of the shoes she will never be able to wear? Does she look through this window into the beautiful life filled with luxury she will never lead?  Or is she simply moved by the grandness of everything that is Dior...?
I recommend "Paris 1962" book to everybody who loves unexpected, sort of back door approach to the old world glamour in Fashion. It is filled with unforgettable, black and white images, often very haunting just like the one with a small lady in front of Dior. I bought this book last week in New York and simply can not get enough of it. It now lives on my night table. :-)
Back to the Give Away! :-) It is a very special  because this time the lucky winner will receive this
gorgeous Fornasetti candle in the 'Red Lips" jar.What are they whispering to you? I have been a fan of Fornasetti Art for many years now , his faces on porcelain always make my mind wonder in hundreds of crazy creative directions. :-) All you need to do is to live a comment under this post.The lucky winner will be announced next Tuesday, November 7th.
I am wishing all of you wonderful week. It has been a rough start for me since I had to make unexpected trip to the emergency room the day after Thanksgiving. After spending several days in bed, unable to do much of anything I am looking forward to getting back to my Atelier! :-)


Jan said...

Dear Anya,
I do hope you have fully recovered.
The Dior window image is striking to say the least.
Will check out this book.
Thanks for sharing.

Lee Duncan is HatStruck said...

If the lady is a wise woman, she has learned to enjoy beauty wherever she sees, hears, smells, touches, and tastes it. I hope you feel better.


Spoiled Feline said...

Dear Anya, I hope you feel better soon and that the rest of the week will be better as well. About the lady, well I could not possibly imagine what she could have been thinking of at the moment but I do notice the obvious fact and that is, that she is an authentic Parisian Lady. She holds her handbag in a very stylish way and she has a very ladylike gesture which makes me think that whetheror not she can afford all the pretty Dior shoes she's looking at, she has a style of her own.
I bet the book is a fantastic purchase.

Lots of hugs & kisses!!

Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} said...

Darling Anya,

First of all I do hope that you are ok!! How frightening, I hope that you recover very quickly my friend. Also hoping you soon feel 100% as I know how much your dislike to be away from your passion for long! The "Red Lips" candle is so enchanting, and a perfect fit to this post! I now very strongly want to get Paris 1962, you have peaked my interest to great heights! Oh and how I do love Dior...my favourite purchases include makeup and sunglasses, and someday hoping to graduate to more extravagent purchases... :)

Beautiful giveaway, and wishing you an amazing return to your Atelier with speedy strength!
Kisses! xx


Nicole Fernuik said...

What a mesmerizing giveaway. Not only do you have something inspiring to look at, but you're filled with the ambiance of a candle! I love the mood candles put me in. I sincerely wish you a full recovery. Being sick is a complete drag, so I hope you're doing well.

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Oh, sweetie, I'm so sorry to hear you've been under the weather! Was it food poisoning? I have also been sick since I returned home from my trip over the holidays and was told a virus was going around ... it's hard to find the energy to do all of the things I need to do when all you feel like doing is lying in bed! So excited about the giveaway! The red lip jar is beautiful! Also the book you recommended .. love books with lots of images (surprise!) and this one looks fabulous. Hope you are feeling better, darling. Sending hugs your way xoxo

David Toms said...

Hi Anya, I too have this book and it is one of my favourites also. The photograph conjures up so many thoughts dreams and emotions, that it is hard not to think of likely scenarios. Like Spoiled Feline says she is essentially Pariisan in her manner and whether rich or poor she does have chic. It is all in the attitude. If you ever have a chance hunt out an old little novel called "Flowers for Mrs Harris" (Mrs Harris goes to Paris, American Title)by Paul Gallico. It tells the story of a London Charwoman in the 1950's who sets her heart on having a dress from Dior. You should be able to find it on Amazon or any good second hand book store. it is wonderfully charming. There was also a film with Angela Lansbury in the title role.If you cannot find it I can send you my copy.

Oh, yes and the giveaway is wonderful. Please enter me!

Holly Rose said...

Oh how I love candles!!

Well I am like you I LOVE looking at old pictures! & I pray that you have a beautiful recovery! =D


Torunn said...

LOVE the picture, and what a fantastic giveaway. Can't get enough of Fornasetti! Hope you feel better soon :)


Marina said...

Hi Anya
Firstly, wishing you a speedy recovery and I hope everything is well with you now.

I am currently doing a History of Style research project and I am up to the later 20th century leading to the 21st century style ... and it is amazing to read how much influence Christian Dior had on international design. There was an aesthetic shift that influenced everything from the clothes women wore to the dishes they placed on their table!
Also, reading about Fornasetti for this era and using his red-lipped face as one of my images ... is such a coincidence!!

I love this beautiful giveaway you are hosting ... please count me in ... and thank you for sharing that gorgeous book 'Paris 1962'
Hugs to you

Lauren said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your emergency room trip--I hope you're feeling better! I love that picture of the little woman in front of Dior--it's so thought-provoking! I've also just recently gotten into burning candles, so this giveaway is quite timely!

millinerista said...

Hi Anya, I have been a secret follower of your website and blog, and this is my first comment and hopefully not my last (am shy). I am learning the skills of millinery and am also a student of Rosy Cory and Prudence in London. I had to make a comment as I just love those Ruby lips and please, please choose me to win your candle: )

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...


Pozalysta,poprvliajtes poskoree,o4en nadeius,4to Vi po4ystvyete sebia namnogo ly4she v samoe blizjaishee vremia,moj dorogoj Dryg!

Da,ja prekrasno ponimaiu,4to eta kniga Diora-nezamenimij isto4nik Vashego vdoxnovenia,Ane4ka!!!

Boze moj...kakoj velikolepnij Give Away,eto prosto me4ta luboj iz nas,mne kazetsa:-)))*

My warm embrasing to you,sicerely,yours Violetta***

Talking with Tami said...

Feel better bookie! Sending healthy prayers your way! Would love that candle so pretty, so ladylike so me! xoxo

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Anya,
I do hope you are feeling better and will be back in your atelier very soon.
The Dior image you chose is wonderful. The sweet woman admiring the stunning window obviously has an eye for elegance.
Take care,

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

Dearest Anya,
I do hope you are feeling better now!

I love Fornasetti! It is so brilliant how many new images have been made from a few original ones!

Please take care of yourself!
Sending you get-well hugs,


Pratishtha Durga said...

Dear Anya... That is such a captivating image. I know what you mean. Pictures tell a story, and I love to make my guesses. I will surely hunt for a copy of the book. It sounds so promising.
I hate being unwell. It is such a dampener of spirit. Hope you are feeling well now. Sending a lot of positive thoughts your way.
I am getting into the festive mood, all set to greet the new year with hope and happiness.
Take care, dear friend.

sarahammy said...

The red lips remind me of jewelry at solange azagury partridge. Everything comes from somewhere! Thanks for the inspiring photos.
Sarah Winsall

janettaylor said...

Love that Dior photo!

SabinePsynopsis said...

Oh Anya, I hope you are feeling better again. You are overworking yourself, are you not?!
What an amazing giveaway, and the book sounds intriguing. Christmas present, maybe? xoxo

Insomnia said...

Adding that book to my wishlist <3

Angie Muresan said...

Oh my dear, Anya. What happened? I hope and pray that you are well. Take care of yourself, and I hope your honey spoils you rotten until you get back on your feet.

By the way, I love red lips! Every once in a while I feel the need for glamour and get my red lipstick out.

gleenn said...

This is a very touching post, Anya. I'm kind of emotional reading your words about that tiny figure because while I have no sister like her, tiny and hunchback, I've a sister who's very pretty and gifted but with leg problems. My mom attempted to abort when she was conceived but she refused to get killed. She came out a very beautiful girl. She seemed very normal and healthy other than she has difficulty walking. Already a 3 yrs old she could not walk, therefore my parents had to use some natural medications and therapy for her legs. She eventually learned to walk later but she's very fragile. She easily falls down, she's unable to run and play sports. She's now in 4th year high school, a very stylish girl who adores shoes - just like me. But she can't wear high heels. She can only wear flat shoes because her knees and toes aren't strong enough for balance. To express her of shoes, she creates designs and I shared her collection in this post, My lil' sis, a potential shoes designer

I'd love to win the giveaway. Those are cute faces. :)

p.s. Thank you for your kind comment about me being a teacher. I'm sure my blog does give a hint of my profession ;)

Have a wonderful Friday!

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Warmly hope you are feeling better, dear Lady. And what a glamorous giveaway, too. I must confess that I adore the Red Lips above;-)

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

That´s me again,dear Anya:-)*

Just will wishing you relax,calm,beautiful weekend!

And Thank you so,so very much for you kind words by me,my wonderful Friend from this magic Blogland world!

Much Love and warm hugs to you,

Yours Violetta***

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anya,

I have just got around to visiting with you dear friend and was so sad to read that you had to make a trip to the emergency room. Glad that you are feeling better and getting back to your Atelier.
Your Dior post is beautiful and I especially loved the old shop window display and the Paris 1962, with the gorgeous hat.


Kat said...

i hope you're feeling better now, i send you all the best wishes!

i love these kind of books, i only have a small collection by now, but it keeps growing ;)

i really think you have such good flair for feelings translated through art!