Reading List || The Financial Times: Power With Grace ~ Christine Lagarde

13/12/2011 § Leave a comment

Christine Lagarde.  Image via the FT.

When Christine Lagarde took the reins at the IMF from embattled and embarrassed Dominique Strauss-Kahn, I will admit that aside from the remarkable milestones she represents — the first female managing director of the IMF, first female finance minister of a G7 country, first female head of international law firm Baker & McKenzie — there is something about her style that resonates deeply with me.  Here I use the term “style” loosely, as I do not specifically mean her manner of dress or hairstyle.  While I do love both, it has more to do with what Gillian Tett calls her “power with grace” in Tett’s recent article on Lagarde for the Women of 2011: Special Edition of the Financial Times:

But Lagarde is also being watched – as a potent female watershed. Never before has a woman held such a powerful position in global finance; the world of money has hitherto been dominated by men, not just inside banks but in bureaucracies too. Lagarde herself has often lamented this pattern, joking, for example, that the financial crisis might have been different if there had been “Lehman Sisters” and pointing out that the euro’s “fragile” foundations were created by its “founding fathers”, not mothers, since “regrettably, there was no woman at the table at the time.” Or, as she recently told me on the telephone: “I wish that there were more women in finance – I think it would be much healthier. We don’t know if it would have been different with more women [in 2008] but my intuition tells me it possibly might have been.”

Read the article here.


And from Forbes, Lagarde talks about being a lawyer, gender, diversity and the role of the IMF in the global economic crisis.  Especially interesting to hear the reasons she prefers to use the title “Chairman.”

Also on the list:

The Smithsonian: Unflinching Portraits of Pearl Harbor Survivors

Business of Fashion: Digital Scorecard | Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum

LIFE Magazine, 17 Jan 1969:  While Burton romances Rex, Liz weighs her power and her future

The diamond is 33.9 carats and when I first saw it I said, “It can’t be real.”  And Mrs. Burton belted back happily, “You bet your sweet ass it’s real.  It’s the Krupp Diamond.”

LIFE Archives: New Hampshire Girls’ ROTC, 1942

07/11/2011 § 1 Comment

From an article in LIFE Magazine, January 11, 1943, entitled:
Great photographs taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt in December 1942 of coeds at the University of New Hampshire performing military drills in freezing weather. They were the first organized college group in US to undergo pre-graduation training like men’s ROTC.

All images via LIFE Archive.

New Additions: LIFE Magazines

14/06/2011 § 2 Comments

I arrived home today to find a small batch of LIFE Magazines I ordered, waiting for me.  Now, you must already realize how much I love the LIFE Archives, so you must understand how I feel about owning these magazines “in the flesh.”  I recently discussed my favorite issue — my Dorothy Dandridge issue — but these four may give Ms. Dandridge a run for her money.

The issue with Rita Hayworth on the cover, dated January 18, 1943, has a delightful photo spread of Ms. Hayworth.  A wartime film star, she gamely allowed the magazine to put her through a model’s typical day, complete with casting calls, stretching exercises and photo shoots.  But the best feature of this issue is definitely the advertisements: “Victory is Everybody’s Business!”

I also picked up an issue dated January 23, 1950 with a lead story on “Man-Tailored Shirts” for women.  No brainer.

Since I’m a sucker for pretty much anything that has to do with Gregory Peck, there was no way I was passing up an issue with him on the cover dated December 1, 1947.  But as I flipped through the pages, I realized that the issue also contained photographs from the wedding of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.  Freaking out.  And rather timely…

The King and Queen of England

The fourth and probably most special issue that I have added to my collection is also the oldest.  Dated June 7, 1937, this issue studies collegiate style across the country.  It’s an amazing look back at prewar fashions, attitudes and amusement.

“The college girl and boy of 1937 both dress distinctively.  Look especially at heads and feat.  She will most often be wearing ankle socks and no hat.  He will have dirty sport shoes and a battered hat or none at all.”

Sorority girls at University of Missouri.

Necking at Vandy.

Photos of the Yale Class of 1888.  At graduation and 25 years later.

Yale class of 1878.

One source for my vintage LIFE Magazine fetish is this shop run by Ron Gilbert on Etsy.  I will admit I am a little leery giving away my secret — as you may steal all the things that are meant to be mine! — but it’s such a good little shop I feel I must share it with you.

Featured: Quite Continental on Two Inch Cuffs ~ “Carmen Jones: Rebellious Bird”

04/05/2011 § 3 Comments

Image via Twentieth Century Fox

“Carmen Jones: Rebellious Bird”

Happy to share with you my first piece as Culture Contributor for the online style guide Two Inch Cuffs, cherie.  I’ve chosen my Spring 2011 Fashion Muse, and she is Dorothy Dandridge as Carmen in Carmen Jones (1954).

Head here for a discussion that includes mention of: spring fever, historic firsts, the opera, Miucca Prada, The Hill-Side, Georges Bizet, wanton hedonism, colorblocking, LIFE Magazine, and floral pocket squares.  Yes, really.  All that and a darling Prada bag of chips, no?


Dat’s Love ~ Carmen Jones (1954)

Music: Habanera by Georges Bizet
Libretto: Oscar Hammerstein II

My lovely 1954 Dandridge edition of LIFE Magazine.

Be sure to head here to read the feature on Two Inch Cuffs.

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