Indecision and regret: ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’, a poem by T. S. Eliot

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Written by celebrated Anglo-American poet, T. S. Eliot

‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’

is a poem of lamentation:

regret of words not spoken, actions not taken and dreams unfulfilled.

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quote on regret and chances not taken

Published in 1915, the poem is composed in the stream of consciousness style

allowing the reader access to the speaker’s (Prufrock’s) inner dialogue:

his flow of uninterrupted thoughts.

 

The opening stanzas from:

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

by Thomas Stearns (T.  S.) Eliot

 

Let us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table;
Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
The muttering retreats
Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:
Streets that follow like a tedious argument
Of insidious intent
To lead you to an overwhelming question …
Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”
Let us go and make our visit.

 

In the room the women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo.

 

The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes,
The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes,
Licked its tongue into the corners of the evening,
Lingered upon the pools that stand in drains,
Let fall upon its back the soot that falls from chimneys,
Slipped by the terrace, made a sudden leap,
And seeing that it was a soft October night,
Curled once about the house, and fell asleep.

 

And indeed there will be time
For the yellow smoke that slides along the street,
Rubbing its back upon the window-panes;
There will be time, there will be time
To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet;
There will be time to murder and create,
And time for all the works and days of hands
That lift and drop a question on your plate;
Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of a toast and tea.

 

In the room the women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo.

 

And indeed there will be time
To wonder, “Do I dare?” and, “Do I dare?”
Time to turn back and descend the stair,
With a bald spot in the middle of my hair —
(They will say: “How his hair is growing thin!”)
My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly to the chin,
My necktie rich and modest, but asserted by a simple pin —
(They will say: “But how his arms and legs are thin!”)
Do I dare
Disturb the universe?
In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.

 

For I have known them all already, known them all:
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;
I know the voices dying with a dying fall
Beneath the music from a farther room.
               So how should I presume?

Mark your diary! for the new Fashion and Textile Museum exhibition, ‘Knitwear: Chanel to Westwood’

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The Fashion and Textile Museum, London presents its new exhibtion

Knitwear:   Chanel to Westwood

 

Displaying pieces from the the 1920s to the noughties,

the show chronicles the evolution of knitwear as

high fashion and avant garde creations.

All of the garments showcased are from the private collection of

vintage clothing dealers Mark and Cleo Butterfield.

 

Of additional interest is the examination of inspiration

from art movements such as Punk, Pop and Deconstruction

as well as insight into current innovative approaches to

knitwear design and manufacturing.

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Some of the designers whose works are featured include:

Coco Chanel,   the original “jersey girl” ; Kenzo,  conceptual perspective

Julian McDonald, Comme de Garcons, Vivienne Westwood and

emerging avant garde labels such as Sibling.

Whether you have a specific passion for knitwear design,

fashion and technology or just a love of anything fashion -

this exhibition is a must see.

Knitwear:  Chanel to Westwood

Fashion and Textile Museum, London

until 18 January 2015

For additional information, visit:

http://ftmlondon.org/ftm-exhibitions/knitwear-chanel-to-westwood/

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Fashion – speak: dictionary entry, and the word is ‘skivvy’

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In the King James English translation of the Bible (completed in 1611),

1 Corinthians 11:15 reads:

“But if a woman have (has) long hair,

it is a glory to her:

for her hair is given her for a covering.”

 

Martin Luther, the 16th century German theologian

whose works sparked the Protestant Reformation

is credited with saying:

“The hair is the riches ornament of women”

 

Ancient writings and Renaissance thinkers alike,

praise a woman’s hair as a wondrous asset:

a thing of “glory” an “ornament”.

Well, that was then and this is now.

Many modern women have embraced short hair styles

as a liberating symbol, a signature look for self expression.

 

Yet, there is short,  shorter still and the scalp revealing

“skivvy cut”.

 

The skivvy  (referencing to the word skin in sentiment / spelling)

is a meappropriatestyle word usage.

It has been part of my colloquial vocabulary for quite some time.

Unable to refer to a women’s extremely short hair cut as a “buzz cut”,

(I suppose because this term conjured up images of military indoctrination for

male recruits), I invented the word ‘skivvy’ as pet name

for my own to – skin hairstyle, which I once sported.

The word sounded playful and fun,

in keeping with how I regarded my own hair style.

The term stuck and I have used it ever since.

Skivvy … maybe it will spread further afield and gain wide usage.

Or maybe ‘the skivvy’ will simply remain my own.

And the word is

Skivvy

skiv’vy (adj. or n.)

Pronounced:  skee   (long e) / ve   (long e)

1.  as an adjective:  to describe a woman’s extremely short hair cut

2.  as a noun:  to name a woman’s extremely short hair cut

Synonym:  buzz cut (a men’s hair styling)

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skivvy, new term for buzz cut for ladies,

Oscar Award winning actress

Lupita Nyong’o

    

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actress, Mena Suvari

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model / actress , Amber Rose

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actress, Noemie Lenoir

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Body adornments: jewellery takes on proportions with futuristic intent

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Jewellery artist Ewa Sliwinska

has a creative eye fixedly focused on

future ideas and interpretations

of jewellery art forms.

Her MA degree project

at the University of Fine Arts, Poznan (Poland),

is a jewellery collection entitled:

The Living Points Structure

Ms. Sliwinska designed pieces,

with an ultra-modern perspective.

More total body adornments than traditional jewellery,

the objects are created with a vision for

simultaneous wear on several body parts.

Her inspiration arose from contemplation on

the manner and attitude of how people might

wear jewellery in future:  a century from present.

Hence, the idea of pieces, which are not limited to

a singular body part:  finger, wrist, ear, ankle, etc -

but are of a body inter-connective quality.

The pieces are made from elasticated PVC strips,

“translucent tendrils” extending from the body,

moving in concert with the wearer.

As Ms. Sliwinska eloquently states:

“By wearing the designed objects one does not simply decorate the body, but rather extend it both in the context of multidimensional shape and activity – the movement is given a new visual representation

The concept and finished pieces intrigue:

this notion of jewellery as elaborate objects

of body continuation in form and motion.

With this impression jewellery is organic,

maybe not from materials used in construction,

but as more intricate and intimate to the wearer.

(images from dezeen.com):

 

 

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Vivat Regina Vivienne! : the Paris Fashion Week s/s 2015 collection from Vivienne Westwood

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Vivienne Westwood

s/s 2015

Vivid

Vivacious

Varied

Vibrant

Vavoom

Queen Vi, summed up.

Regardez-vous!

The Collection

floral print full length dress, fluff capeshort fluff cape, basket hat

bikini outfit with covershorts , matching top and bagGeorgian-esque coat and knit peddle pushersbold print top/skirtcheck full length and basket hat

pilgrim-inspired dress/hatgold mini dress with red check trainwhite/black lace, pronounced shouldeersbridal dress

Paris Fashion Week s/s 2015: Runway Favourite Highlights, Take 2!

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And the fashion extravaganza continues with more runway favourites:

Paris Fashion Week

s/s  2015

From the design team at

Maison Martin Margiela

knits, prints, sheer and pinstripes

Winners!

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Issey Miyake

by designer Yoshiyuki Miyamae

organic (honey-comb pleating)-

in subdued hues

 grid-work prints in vibrant colours

bold check patterns

structural hats

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by designer Tsumori Chisato

fanciful fashion fun

orange, flower shape dress

colourful, prints, whimsicalred check shirt with yellow flower, red flounce skirttsumori-chisato-spring-summer-2015-pfw27

by designer Olympia Le Tan

school uniforms being a bit naughty

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Stay tuned for the next and final episode of

Runway Favourite Highlights, PFW  s/s 2015

Take 3!

Yohji Yamamoto brings ‘the sexy’ to his s/s 2015 collection at Paris Fashion Week

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Designer Yohji Yamamoto

is known for his contemplative aesthetics,

black colour story, loose-fit pieces, asymmetric details.

For his s/s 2015 collection he injected

‘the sexy’

on his own terms:

subtle, simple reveals

with mindful attention to body contours.

The collection had textural elements of

mixed fabrication and dashes of colour.

Colour has become more of a feature in recent collections,

a welcomed addition to the Yamamoto visual perspective.

The show highlight was the last piece:

a white bridal dress adorned with fresh flowers:

multi-tiered petal affect

cage crinoline silhouette

 accessorised with white gloves

and a white cycling helmet! …

It wouldn’t be Yohji Yamamoto without

a bit of the eccentric.

Yohji Yamamoto

PFW,  s/s 2015

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'sexy' fashion,  yohji yamamoto

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'sexy' fashion, yohji yamamoto

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(images from fashionising)

 

 

Fashion and Film: 1920s-inspired costumes from the 2014 film ‘Magic in the Moonlight’

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The new Woody Allen romantic comedy

 

magic in the moonlight, film, poster

Magic in the Moonlight

starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone

probably will not receive an

Oscar nod for screenplay writing.

Set during the 1920s in the beautiful

Côte d’Azur (the French Riviera),

it is the wonderful costumes worn,

which are of arresting interest.

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drawings of day dresses worn by the actress

Emma Stone as ‘Sofie’

Award – winning costume designer Sonia Grande

lent her talents to creating a wardrobe, which is true

to the period:  flamboyant, vibrant, joyful garments

Women’s fashion of the ‘roaring ’20s’

had a vibrancy which exuded a sense of ‘joie de vivre’.

Dresses were of light fabrics:  colourful and textural.

Clothing draped loosely, without cling to body form.

It was a period of ‘fashion celebration and liberation’,

as women rid themselves of the restrictive corsets of the

previous fashion era.

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‘Sofie’ in a sailor top 

skirt at knee-length, flirty with side pockets

Stockings and shoes were equally of fashion fun

in variety of colours and patterns, which coordinated

with the clothing creating a finished look.

Close fit hats, scarves and headbands were also worn

to complement an ensemble and add further style dimension.

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peach drop-waist dress

floral embellished black cloche hat

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colourful, adorned hat

Men’s wear was all about suiting, often with a waistcoat.

Suits were made from wool, of neutral colours and with pattern.

The cut was more form fit than of past, to create a slim silhouette.

Neck – wear was de rigueur but more of a casual ‘jazzy’ vibe:

ties (bow and long), scarves, ascots were all part of accessorising

the upbeat look of the time.

Hats, as were befitting the season, completed the overall look.

(image from nationalpost.com):

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drawings of three-piece suits

worn by the actor Colin Firth as ‘Stanley’

elegantly tailored for a proper fit

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creams and whites for day-wear

It was the Jazz Age.  The lively tempo of the music

 influenced the lively tempo of dress.

The Great War had ended.  There was a desired intent

to find joy, happiness in life; and the fashion spoke to

these wants and aspirations.

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gold beaded dress with delicate embroidery work

accessorised with gold headband worn by ‘Sofie;

black tuxedo worn by ‘Stanley’

In cinemas now:

‘Magic in the Moonlight’

starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone

Fashion week comes to “La Ville-Lumière” (the city of lights): It’s Paris Fashion Week (PFW), Take 1

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The city of lights is certainly shining bright this week as

fashion week comes to Paris for the s/s 2015 collections

Paris Fashion Week

s/s   2015

Jacquemus

by designer Simon Porte Jacquemus

A day at the beach:

bold stripes, bold silhouettes, playful clothing

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by designer Yang Li

Another take on Seattle-wear?:

chiffon layering

a bit of urban grunge sass

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by designer Dries Van Noten

fabulous fabrication,  pretty prints, laid-back vibe

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Balenciaga

by designer Alexander Wang

column shape, some sheer factor

soft colours, elements of embellishment

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….

by designer Manish Arora

Not for the fashion faint at heart:

extraordinary embroidery

of all manner of intricate ornamentation

fun accessories

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Ann Demeulemeester

by designer Sébastien Meunier

Signature Demuelemeester:

gentle layering, deconstruction

b/w (black/white) colour story

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Stay tuned for PFW, Take 2!

‘The Soldier’ : a poem by Rupert Brooke, written in 1914 during the early months of WW1

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A soldier’s duty.

A soldier’s love of country.

 

 

The Soldier

by Rupert Brooke

 

If I should die, think only this of me:

That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England’s, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

 

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To honour the British soldiers who lost their lives in  WWI:

‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’

ceramic poppies art installation, Tower of London UK

‘The Soldier’ by Rupert Brook, 1887 – 1915

is the last in a five sonnet sequence,

which he had entitled  ‘1914’.

His first collection of poems was published in 1911.

In 1913 he became a fellow at his alma mater King’s College, Cambridge.

At the start of WWI, he was commissioned into the Royal Naval Division.

He died on board ship, in 1915, after developing septicaemia from a

mosquito bite.

His poems written during the initial period of the war

have an optimistic perspective, which works written by others

as the war progressed, certainly did not.

 

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