Scott Schuman, otherwise known as the Sartorialist recently commented in his highly popular blog on how charming it was to be seated next to the amazing photographer Bill Cunningham at the recent Paris fashion shows and to see how enthusiastic he has remained in the pursuit of his subject matter. Doris Raymond fully understands that sentiment. After her 30 years in the vintage clothing business she and her band of fashion crusading sales staff geek out constantly on who gets what inspiration and where. We hyperventilate slightly at being in the presence of a Galliano, a Versace or an already sorely missed McQueen.
It has been decided that it is high time we started to write about what goes on around here. Some of it is downright magical. Parts of it are wonderfully instructive, illuminating and/or enlightening. If you think fashion and style are a shallow pursuit- then beware. You may accidentally learn something here. How we adorn and identify ourselves says multitudes about who we really are individually and collectively. How we perceive each other involves so many things; how the sexes relate, how the classes delineate and how we express ourselves culturally. Fascinating stuff, which on the surface can appear silly or simple but, like in any art form, appearances can be deceiving.
What we believe fashion really is, is a deep well in which we seek out our identity, address our personae and apply our experience to what we put on our backs.
Here at TWWW we watch the human parade before us and marvel and shake our heads. We watch great artists of our time peruse our racks of the old for what the future may hold. We watch the process by which those who decide what we will wear next season decide what silhouettes, what shades and what decades are relevant again, or still.
In this blog we will endeavor to share our experiences. What we call “the dog and pony show” where Doris does the unpacking and unveiling of her most recent acquisitions will now be a shared experience. You will be present while Doris travels the world and shops in places you didn’t know it was possible to acquire goods in! You will hear anecdotes of the most beautiful women in the world trying on the most beautiful clothes in the world to the universal cry of o-my-god-i-look-so-fat to hearing how awesome Michael Kors’ imitation of Bill Blass is. I love this job.
(Note: quite literally as I write this Doris is sailing through the Straits of Magellan and I guarantee you she is carrying some shopping bags. As a matter of fact when she was hiking up Macchu Picchu she also managed to bring home some pretty cool stuff. Ah, what are you going to do?)