Dream a Little McQueen Dream of Auntie Mame

20/01/2011 § 2 Comments

McQueen takes my breath away again.  This bell sleeved coat is a symphony in daring red and gold silk, with dragons (or perhaps lions?) who demand your full attention — as would the woman who dares to wear it.  Forever to stay firmly in fashion fantasy land (owing to a very real price tag), this coat has reminded me of one of my favorite fictional characters – Auntie Mame.

Auntie Mame was originally a novel, published in 1955 and written by Patrick Dennis, detailing the adventures of a young boy named Patrick sent to live with his eccentric aunt in 1920s New York after the sudden death of his father.  In 1958 Warner Brothers released a film based on the novel starring Rosalind Russell (lovelovelove!) in the title role.  Auntie Mame is the consummate free spirit — she’s progressive, cultured, well-travelled, and hilarious.  Her adventures are outrageous and she always manages to come out on top.

She’s the kind of classy dame I aspire to be; swanning about Beekman Place while completely dripping in jewels, wearing gorgeous gowns and waving a jewelled cigarette holder about…even though I don’t smoke.  I’ve already got the auntie bit covered, so all I really need is this darling McQueen coat.

This film is a classic.  If you’ve never seen it, you must, immediately.

“Circulate, darling!  Circulate!”

Alexander McQueen Bell Sleeve Coat available at Matches
Auntie Mame available at Amazon

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§ 2 Responses to Dream a Little McQueen Dream of Auntie Mame

  • Katia says:

    Here, here! I’m sold. I’ll be watching this film next. Great blog, btw 🙂

    • M. says:

      Yes! I would even lend you my copy, that is how much I love this film. Be sure to let me know what you think.

      Thanks very much! I adore yours as well. Your writings are so fresh and interesting.


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