Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Savoir Faire List of Savoir Faire

Blogging! I am a relative newcomer to the blogging world, and when I started was not aware of all the great people and blogs out there. I have made many new friends out there, and love it. Here are a few blogs that are my favourites. If you are not included, do not despair! Everyone on my blog list on Savoir Faire is a favourite!

One blogger that has been constant inspiration is TJB over at Stirred, Straight Up, With a Twist . Just remember it is always 1962 over at SSUWT, and TJB’s posts are so witty and full of savoir faire they never cease to put a smile on your face.

My friend Kelly here in Toronto is author and photographer of Bitter Endive. Kelly her boyfriend Simon and cat Omar, takes us on a culinary adventure showcasing all those recipes you wish you had time for. Be sure to look for Omar popping up in the most unexpected places!

Jill over at Stella’s Roar has the most eclectic taste in everything! A force to be reckoned with in her home state of Texas. All I can say is she has some serious mojo!

Another fellow Toronto blogger is Square With Flair. A very elegant blog oozing with savoir faire and oh so intelligently written.

For all things Architectural visit Architect Design hailing from Washington DC. Absolutely wonderful posts and photographs that will leave you planning your next reno inspired by the great buildings featured.

A new Blog I have found is Eddi Haskells Second Life. For a bit of pure escapism and sexy savoir faire visit Eddi. What Eddi does with his photographs is amazing! There is also a bit of nostalgia thrown in for good measure, and you know how much we all like nostalgia!

YSLguy at Let Them Eat Cupcakes celebrates the joie de vie of the French with wit and charm! I love his posts as they are so full of panache!

Also visit Belle over at BHB. She has the most exquisite taste in practically everything while bring you all the biz from Beverly Hills!

Tristan at Enchanted Revelries has such a fertile mind that it is a hard to catch up with everything in his posts, but wow! A bit of everything here!
Other notable blogs that are an eclectic mix of savoir faire, the interesting and the quirky are Night is Half Gone, Doing Hard Time in Shaker Heights and Suffering Fools Badly.
So Savoir Faires do yourselves a favour, visit and leave you calling card.

Couture Savoir Faire!

As Haute Couture week comes to a close in Paris for this season I am contemplating what it used to be like. This is before we had the over the top shows, crowds of press and the innumerable cat fights as to who was invited and sitting in the front row. Shows have become a circus for a few (about 17) official members of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture who put on huge money losing extravaganzas that rely on perfumes and accessories to boost them up. Now don’t get me wrong I love couture and the clothes are wonderful from an artistic point of few.

Back in the 1920’s and1930’s when there were over one hundred official members; you would think that showings were even more of a circus than what they are now. Not so. Collections were shown to a small very select group of clients and buyers before the press were even allowed to glimpse a button. They were shown in elegant salons that reflected the designer’s design aesthetic. For example the below from Poiret was more than likely decorated by Martine his design school.

The below “Salon de Présentation” from Vionnet is just stunning. I think this is the perfect room for Vionnet’s exquisite creations. Called the “Temple of Fashion", this was a collaboration of architect Ferdinand Chanut, decorator George de Feure and crystal sculptor Lalique. I love the chairs and the murals on the walls. The room is full of natural light and I imagine at night would take on an ethereal glow with the indirect lighting.

To attend a couture showing in these rooms was true savoir faire, sure beating clutching an invitation amongst the crowds and finding a seat!

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