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Tales from the riverbank

February 2, 2011

I like to think that the fashion editor responsible for this, at a working lunch that was light on the photoshoot ideas and heavy on the Chablis, looked down at their lemon sole and had a ‘Eureka’ moment.


No sooner thought than done, and that afternoon a whole crew of stylists and photographer types and models make their way down to the riverbank. A bevy of bemused fishermen out for a quiet afternoon’s sport curse sotto voce as every fish for three miles scarpers.

Shall we eavesdrop on the conversation?

“Now, Mirabelle, why don’t you just skip up to that nice gentleman and pretend to be interested in his rod? Oh, of course he won’t mind. He’s only standing about. And I’m sure he’ll be just thrilled if we borrow his equipment for a bit…”

Hmmm. That outfit above almost looks halfway sensible, doesn’t it? But what on earth is going on in the footwear department? Those aren’t just gaiters. They’re sandal gaiters (gandals? saiters?). Which is a contradiction of form and function whatever you call it.

Mind you, I’m not sure the white boots or high heels are the way to go either…

The problem inherent in cooking up any kind of consciously anti-glamorous photoshoot premise, whether it involves plastering a wall, collecting refuse, digging a swimming pool with your bare hands, etc, is that there’s a fine line between jawdropping fantasy pics and downright chuckle-inducingly unbelievable. And it helps if the model actually looks like they might, just might, be able to do that activity and incur the right kind of dirt, water, fish-juice, etc.

All this fishy business here? I’m just not convinced…

Pictures: L’Officiel de la Mode, 1971

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sid permalink
    February 2, 2011 6:30 pm

    The enthusiasm level may be too much even for Mary Tyler Moore! And the gaiter/saiter combo are kind of clever, although if you are trout fishing in Montana, you probably won’t last too long in that cold mountain water. Having grown up in the 70’s, I look at the photos of fashion, and what we wore, and wonder why on earth young women want to wear those clothes now! What do they see as appealing? I think I have a hard time standing back and assessing it without bias. I try to be openminded, I do, and it wasn’t an unhappy time for me, just not a very pretty time for fashion for me! But, I feel I may have chosen the wrong clothes. So thank you for posting fashion photos that have some element of artistic value(!), my limited version and vision gets tweaked, and I think, maybe fishing would be fun…in the right outfit…

    Also, it has been a few posts back, but I have been meaning to say how much I loved the photographs of the mossy woods. Really beautiful. I live in that wet, rainforest kind of world, and never get tired of it, or walking around in it, or seeing other peoples photographs of it.

    • glassoffashion permalink
      February 4, 2011 2:14 pm

      Bad news for you, Sid- looks like the 70s are back in a big way this summer :) I was flicking through UK Vogue yesterday and was amazed at the shift away from earlier periods of “vintage” inspired looks such as the 40s-50s to the 60s-80s period.
      Seems like this summer we can take our pick of 60s mod, 80s baggy (for want of a more descriptive word!), but most of all the good ol’ 70s. Peasant, disco, flares, maxi dresses, crochet. It’s funny- I never thought I’d be at all interested in wearing anything reminiscent of the 70s/80s again, but I have to say I’m finding a lot of the reinterpreted 70s American sportswear looks- slim shirts, wide pants- almost… appealing :)
      And thanks so much for your comments on the mossy woods pics!

  2. =Tamar permalink
    February 22, 2011 2:05 pm

    I think the French title may explain some of it. “Ici on peche” – “peche” is a pun, since in French “to fish” makes a pun with “to sin”. Or so I was taught.

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