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  1. Jan’s Sushi Bar
    October 22, 2013
    10/22/13
    7:49 am

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    Jan's Sushi Bar said...

    I must have inherited a small amount of Grande Dames genes from my grandmothers, because I liked everything here – I want that tunic! – until I got to the kerchief dress and the leather pants. Those made my Sturdy Gal self twitch a little.

    You’re welcome for the lamb sausage – it’s delicious. ;)

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  2. Bungalow hostess
    October 22, 2013
    10/22/13
    8:06 am

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    Bungalow hostess said...

    Love the white tunic but am terrified of those leather pants! Obviously not a grand dame bone in my body because all I can think of is hot hot I would be wearing them!
    Am swooning over the Johnson’s cape and I would love the Cloudberry tote if only I was not so hooked on black bags….honestly i think an intervention is in order!
    Off to stroll those sites now and I’ll let you know if I find anything to buy. Living in workout gear is becoming rather tedious.

    10/23/13
    9:01 am
    Lisa said...

    I can imagine you quite well in a poncho.

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  3. lauren
    October 22, 2013
    10/22/13
    8:10 am

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    lauren said...

    one of these days i shall meet you for a drink and we’ll both be wearing kenzo and/or helmut lang, and it will be glorious.

    10/23/13
    9:01 am
    Lisa said...

    It’s a date.

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  4. tabitha
    October 22, 2013
    10/22/13
    8:22 am

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    tabitha said...

    I would love to buy leather trousers but I wore them non stop from 20 to 30 and feel that 20 years later, my jowls aren’t up to it.

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  5. The Preppy Princess
    October 22, 2013
    10/22/13
    8:31 am

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    The Preppy Princess said...

    Wow, did I ever fall in love with the Blue Bell/Cloudberry bag. It’s such fun to see Kenzo having a moment. Like you, I was an enormous fan ‘back when,’ despite my frumpish inclinations.

    Sending you a smile,
    tp

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  6. Wendy Bird
    October 22, 2013
    10/22/13
    8:37 am

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    Wendy Bird said...

    I like the idea of this white blouse but it’s so buttoned up, I fear it would look too prim on me. Maybe if I wore it with jeans and sandals and lots of chains? I’d love to own the cashmere poncho, maybe in a different color. I know they’re on trend but I don’t like lace dresses on anyone– ever–unless they’re white or cream and it’s your wedding day. Narrow-minded of me, I know. The sweater is pretty but I’d look like I was impersonating a French school girl, not a good look for a woman of my age. Skulls are for Halloween and/or pirates, but who am I to judge? The Helmut Lang dress is gorgeous but naturally, only a size 2 or 4 available on the site. I’d wear it as a tunic over black skinny jeans, with ankle boots and a leather jacket. Of your three Style Archetypes, I lean toward Artsy Cousin, I suppose. No leather pants for this post-menopausal woman. Too rock and roll (and too hot!) for me. But they’d look very sexy on the right woman.

    10/23/13
    9:02 am
    Lisa said...

    I don’t think the white blouse could look prim, given the swashbuckling skirt, but I could always be wrong:).

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  7. Patsy
    October 22, 2013
    10/22/13
    10:36 am

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    Patsy said...

    I want that tunic. I will be accepting donations at http://www.patsyneedsthattunic.com

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  8. Susan
    October 22, 2013
    10/22/13
    2:44 pm

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    Susan said...

    I purchased a set of five horn bracelets from the Halsbrook site a few weeks ago. I can vouch for their efficient shipping. Lots to look at at their site.

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  9. Dorothea
    October 22, 2013
    10/22/13
    3:31 pm

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    Dorothea said...

    This post will cost me hundreds of dollars. I may have to unsubscribe and cancel my internet service just to get away from these temptations. I’m fundamentally sturdy, with grande dame undertones and the occasional artsy swerve, and I’m dying for just about everything I see here, and just about everything on both sites. Sigh. That lace dress….

    10/23/13
    9:03 am
    Lisa said...

    All for a good cause:).

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  10. gsl
    October 22, 2013
    10/22/13
    4:48 pm

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    gsl said...

    With all this recent talk of sweatpants, skinny jeans, and sneakers it is indeed high time the Grande Dame puts her well shod foot down. You have certainly assembled a most stylish assortment here LPC and I’m with you re Cloud Berry as where I grew up Blue Bell was a company that built dungarees for rednecks.

    Would your Halsey be of the Bull Halsey Halsey’s?

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  11. Kathy
    October 22, 2013
    10/22/13
    7:29 pm

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    Kathy said...

    The Grandes of my acquaintance would wince at the leather pants, but be tempted by the rest. Of course which of us is a pure archetype?

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  12. Alex in Seattle
    October 22, 2013
    10/22/13
    7:37 pm

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    Alex in Seattle said...

    @gls: As a Halsey (related to the Admiral of which you speak), I’m also wondering about the family connection. My guess is that the designer’s mother was a Halsey, and gave her daughter the family name as a first name. (One of my cousins did the same thing.)

    Meanwhile, I am salivating over those outrageously divine leather pants. Yes, Lisa, they *are* the best leather pants ever seen. Ye-ow! If/When I return to the dating circuit…. ;)

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  13. Reggie Darling
    October 22, 2013
    10/22/13
    9:18 pm

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    Reggie Darling said...

    Leather pants for the Grande Dame? While I love the ones you feature, I think Oscar de la Renta and Roger Vivier shoes when I think of Grande Dame, not Sexy Mama leather pants with zippers. Do you remember Castleberry Knits? Maybe one of the jackets (thrifty Chanel) with black cashmere cigarette pants, kitten heels, a very good set of barouque pearls, and a Verdura bracelet? That’s more my idea of Garnde Dame these days…

    10/22/13
    10:27 pm
    Kathy said...

    @Reggie Darling, Agree!

    10/23/13
    12:50 am
    GSL said...

    @Reggie Darling,
    Yes I do concur with Kathy & Reggie re leather pants as not ready for Grande Dame primetime even if a few grande dame aspirants continue to think that a ‘sexually eager’ look on a woman of any age is fine by them.

    10/23/13
    8:33 am
    Patsy said...

    @Reggie Darling, Could we have a guest post, where Reggie styles the archetypes? How awesome would that be?

    10/23/13
    9:05 am
    Lisa said...

    That would be fabulous. I’m going to plead with our friend Reggie to see if we can get him to do just that.

    10/23/13
    9:05 am
    Lisa said...

    I believe what we are seeing here is the great Regional Divide. In San Francisco, and Los Angeles, leather pants are quite acceptable. Even polite, for lunches and cocktails out. The Grandes Dames had to traverse the country, and despite the set of their chins, have adapted, a tad.

    10/23/13
    9:25 am
    Flo said...

    [x] yes, to a guest post by Reggie

    [x] yes, I’m going to have to replace my keyboard because I read Patsy’s ineedthattunic.com comment with a sip of coffee in my mouth!! I even clicked it!

    10/23/13
    12:00 pm
    Kathy said...

    @Reggie Darling, Love GSL’s descriptor “sexually eager”! The leather pants have definitely hit So. Cal.–just not on Grandes. And I think that the many chins would make them even more incongruent. I would, and do, see them here, but would immediately think “Artsy”. It is all vocabulary, and defining our terms.

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  14. gsl
    October 22, 2013
    10/22/13
    9:21 pm

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    gsl said...

    Yes Alex in Seattle it has long been a common practice (especially in old Southern and/or military families) to use a matrilineal surname of celebrated Colonial background as a female Christian name. It also has the effect (once discovered) of putting us randy gents on our best behavior.

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  15. Bungalow hostess
    October 23, 2013
    10/23/13
    8:00 am

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    Bungalow hostess said...

    Reggie I agree with you!
    Those Castleberry Knits are iconic…it amazes me that they were crafted with such attention to detail…the embellishments and buttons are works of art.
    I am curious if your Grande Dame would ever wear trousers/pants? Mother has such a difficult time wearing them…she is not a classic Grande Dame as we are a middle class family but she seems to have a lot of the habits.

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  16. Flo
    October 23, 2013
    10/23/13
    9:22 am

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    Flo said...

    Seems everyone holds a default notion of what a Grande Dame wears, some of us harbor memories of our great grands, others may collect notions from visible grande celebrities, most of these examples fall nowhere near the remembered codes of my family grandes, but given these selections it’s obvious LPC is going to be, as they say, a “rockin” grande when her time approaches.

    Here, meet my default grande: pastel leather, ye gods. A cowl neck, oh my no. Visible hardware, not ever. White shirting even, oh dear. See-thru voile? above-the-knee skirt lengths, ghastly faux gemstones affixed to a holiday-themed garment…well, she fainted, I’ll get the salts…

    Isn’t it interesting?

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  17. Reggie Darling
    October 23, 2013
    10/23/13
    11:00 pm

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    Reggie Darling said...

    Dear One, Reggie would be honored to do a guest post re. his idiosyncratic, East Coast take on the Grande Dame, maybe even the East Coast Artsy Cousin, too (as his sisters decidedly went down that path). Here’s another archetype that is worth mentioning: the Museum Docent Matron. We ALL know her when we see her! Reggie

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