If you are not familiar with Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke, co-authors of “The School of Flaunt Handbook” and of their web site (www.schoolofflaunt.com), you should be. Described as The Divas of Good Taste, Alexandra and Cate have dreamed up a tome in which they promise to navigate you safely through the snakepits and landmines of money, moda and manners.
With such interesting chapter titles as “Wardrobe – From Runway to Reality”, “Votre Maison – All Gated Communities Are Not Created Equal” and “Amour or Affair de Coeure – We Want to Light Your Fire!”, their Handbook is filled with tips and quizzes and a bevy of helpful hints to guide you safely into their “Flaunt Fabulous World.” (Full disclosure: I was very honored when the duo asked me to do the black and white illustrations for the Handbook. Thanks so much Alexandra and Cate!)
So before you even think about accepting that next dinner party invitation or stepping foot into Bergdorf’s again, spend a few hours with Alexandra and Cate and The Handbook, available through amazon.com. You’ll be glad you did and as the authors proudly state, “why go through life as ordinary, when it is just as easy to be extraordinary!”
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. . . but maybe a few feathers will do. Sorry for the silence as of late. Will pick up the pace after the holiday. Have a good one!
Sketches by Joel Woodard
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While some may have a checkered past (maybe myself included), I am also experiencing a checkered present. While finally getting around to sorting my closet and arranging my summer clothes, I realized how many checked shirts I have accumulated during the past couple of years. I have always loved the graphic simplicity that they offer. I guess it appeals to my overall design aesthetic in general – clean, simple but graphic.
I took a few minutes to ombre my shirts, from small to large checks and by color. While that might seem excessive, it does help move a bit quicker in the morning. When I finished I took a look at the rainbow effect. It made me smile and want to go on a picnic.
Photos by Joel Woodard
Like a lot of people, I awoke yesterday morning to another heavy blanket of snow. After the snowplow guy arrived to do his thing (yet again) to the driveway (man, he’s cleaning up in the cash department this season!), I had to get outside myself and do a bit of shoveling. On the bright side the snow thus far has been light and powdery, not heavy and wet. Winter is, to me at least, one of the most beautiful seasons but when the reality kicks in of having to deal with it, that’s something else.
In any event, wet boots and socks are just not a lot of fun and so around 5 pm I decided to light up the Rumford, have a B&B gently warmed by the fire’s glow, do a bit of drawing and dry out the footwear. Alone with my thoughts of the clothes that hang in my head (and which I never seem to be able to find), my sketch pad and pens, a warm snifter of B&B and some schmaltzy music playing low, I spent a few hours in the land of Rustic Chic.
Photos by Joel Woodard
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Well, the Fashion Muses have been nagging me to design some Rustic Chic menswear. July flew by and the fall will be here before we realize. So with that in mind, I find myself dreaming of tweed, flannel, mohair, vicuna – the list goes on and on. Now if I can only find these. . . .
Designs and illustrations by Joel Woodard
Well it looks like the weather’s going to be just fine for “the wedding of the decade” for Chelsea Clinton and her beau this weekend. The media say Hollywood is going to descend but they also say it’s going to be a simple “country” wedding. Somehow I’m not envisioning daisy-strewn fields in bucolic Rhinebeck. In any event, here’s a little something Blanchett might consider for the Rustic Chic shindig! And just in case this does turn out to be a red-carpet day, I call this creation “No Autographs, Please!!”
Design and illustration by Joel Woodard