The autumn leaves are falling like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are always two cups at my table.

T’ang Dynasty poem

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~


Monday, May 17, 2010

True Class

A friend sent me this article. If you click here, you will be directed to the full article which contains some truly classic pictures.

Audrey Hepburn fashionable as ever in DVD set

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Tough assignment, this one: to spend time watching Audrey Hepburn at her fashionable best in seven screen gems that show just how effortlessly she wore just about anything.

This film fest of Paramount Picture classics is titled the "Couture Muse Collection" and packaged in a too-cute pink and black cardboard hatbox, along with picture cards detailing some of the fashions, the DVDs - released in honor of Hepburn's 80th birthday - are a great addition to a fashionista's library.

Here's the lineup: The inevitable "Funny Face," "Sabrina," "Roman Holiday" (for which she won an Oscar), "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "My Fair Lady"; and the less obvious "Paris When it Sizzles" and "War and Peace."

The DVD set spans the years from 1953 to 1964, when Hepburn was one of Hollywood's biggest stars. She's only 28 in "Funny Face" (1957), where she plays a reluctant model, dances with Fred Astaire and is a knockout in just about every costume, even the simplest black turtleneck and skinny black pants and loafers. More than 50 years later, the Gap went right back there, featuring stills from her crazy-dance scene in that movie. By the time we get around to "Breakfast at Tiffany's" four years later, the film she's most associated with, it's startling to realize that she wears only two black dresses throughout.

But what black dresses they are.

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