Lifestyle & Culture

The Week That Was, 6.11.2022

June 11, 2022

THIS WEEK, MyLittleBird tackled the major question of the day. At least major for your closet: Will you, should you, wear a miniskirt? At a time when hems are all over the place, the choice is yours—mini, midi, maxi or just plain ol’ knee length. You shared your opinions with LittleBird Janet Kelly—the good, the bad, and the not-showing-my-knees-no-how-no-way.

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Beauty columnist Valerie Monroe wrote engagingly, as always, about women’s pursuit of perfection, in this case a “poreless complexion.” In her own pursuit of same, Val ran across the face mask from hell (ouch!) and the world of microneedling (double ouch!).

Well-Being columnist Mary Carpenter ventured into a different micro world with her story on microdosing psychedelic drugs for depression and addiction. There are lots of anecdotal reports about effectiveness but also, she concluded, a lot of room for study and caution.

The fabulous Pebble Garden of Georgetown’s Dumbarton Oaks, stonework and flowerbeds surrounded by walls of wisteria. / Photo by Stephanie Cavanaugh.

LittleBird Stephanie Cavanaugh’s territory last week was a gorgeous old standby, the Dumbarton Oaks garden in Washington DC’s Georgetown. Visiting in the quiet “between times”—between the extravagant early spring blossoms and the flowers of summer—she revels in the green “bones” of the extensive gardens, which embrace everything from manicured parterres to woodsy slopes.

Lastly, Nancy McKeon took a look at the latest exhibit at the Museum at FIT, New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. The show compares two titans of mid-20th-century fashion, Cristóbal Balenciaga and Christian Dior. Two men with vastly different backgrounds, designing techniques, and public demeanor, they introduced fresh silhouettes and lush fabrications to consumers emerging from the privation of two world wars and the Depression. In nurturing their Paris couture houses, they created fashion that today’s designers still refer to for inspiration.

Left: The House of Dior continued after the master’s sudden death after 10 years of wild success. Designers who kept the name alive included a young Yves Saint Laurent, who made this charcoal wool dress for Dior. It’s from his 1958 “Trapeze” line.
Right: Ten years after the wasp waists of the New Look, Balenciaga bought forth a more relaxed silhouette, the “Sack Dress,” in Spring 1957 (also introduced by Givenchy that season). This example is sleeveless in tan slubbed silk. / Photos courtesy the Museum at FIT.

 



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