Give Me A Dance Floor

August 14th, 2017

One of the great joys of life for me is dancing. To feel the music through every cell and express myself with its vibration has for many years been irresistible.  As long as the music moves me and I feel like moving, I’m on the dance floor. I don’t need a partner and I don’t need permission.  It’s a form of freedom and self-love.

There was a dance floor at the Pioneer Conference (see post of last week HERE) and a great band with a singer who sang Amy Winehouse to perfection. That’s all that it took for me to once again enjoy the many health benefits of dance, including the interaction with smiling faces who were collectively engaging in the same spontaneous and aerobic activity.

My ensemble of the evening included the black background that I have embraced for the summer of 2017.  The background pieces vary over the years, but the concept is similar.  Choose a silhouette that pleases me, and embellish to my heart’s desire.

The green tunic with tassel trimmed self-belt was a recent consignment store discovery and the black fabric headpiece was purchased at a Minneapolis boutique about 20 years ago.  It’s perfect for travel, as I can toss it in my bag and it bounces back as though it had been carried in its own private hat box.  The rhinestone jewelry is representative of my treasured estate sale costume jewelry collection which grows every year.  The heeled sandals were found at a consignment shop several years ago, and are as comfortable as flats for dancing.

Photos By Daniel

Who knows when the dance floor will present itself again.  It doesn’t happen nearly as often as in years past.  But there are always events several times a year that provide opportunities to participate in one of the most exhilarating activities known to humankind.  But then that’s just one Crone’s opinion.

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb, Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style and Cherie’s Shoe and Tell Fashion Link Up HERE at Style Nudge.

Two weeks ago I traveled with Mr. J to the Pioneer Network HERE Conference which was held in Chicago, Illinois. The Pioneer Network is an organization which is devoted to creating a culture of Aging that’s life-affirming, satisfying, humane and meaningful. Mr. J presented at the conference and I went along to enjoy the events and the city of Chicago.

Mr. J’s new book collaboration was recently released  and a book signing event in honor of this accomplishment was a highlight of the conference.  Musings + Art was written by Mr. J and Illustrated by the talented artist Sandy Ransom HERE.  I was honored to be a part of the book cover illustration created by Sandy.

As always, a new adventure always provides the opportunity for my role as “hat journalist.”  Beautiful blogger Jody DeFord of Red’s Shoe Diaries HERE, a regular participant on Hat Attack, connected me to Loreta Corsetti of Loreta Corsetti Millinery HERE.  I walked into a millinery studio that was awe-inspiring and captivating.  I was amazed by her beadwork and her creativity, as shown in the photo above.

I plan on blogging more about Loreta and her work later on Style Crone.  Thank you Jody, for introducing me to this magical artist.

Spending time on Michigan Avenue in Chicago was an experience of art, fashion, restaurants and constant fascination.  The above photo depicts Sandy Ransom in the act of street art photography.

The Gucci window stopped me in my tracks, as I admired the inspiration of color, pattern and texture.

The display windows were populated with head wraps, which gave me a great deal of pleasure.

The juxtaposition of old and new always sparks my interest.

The last day of the conference was another highlight for me.  Ashton Applewhite of the website This Chair Rocks HERE and author of the book A Manifesto Against Agiesm, presented the keynote address.  I had the honor of meeting this brilliant activist and she signed my copy of her book.

I blogged about Ashton and her work two years ago on Style Crone HERE, so meeting her in person was significant and thrilling. Her activism has changed me, and for that I am grateful.

Our Chicago adventure was short but filled with wonderful memories.  Next year’s conference will be in Denver and I can guarantee you that I will be there.

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb, Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style and Cherie’s Shoe and Tell Fashion Link Up HERE at Style Nudge.

 

 

During my recent trip to Minneapolis I had the pleasure of meeting the talented milliner Celina Kane of Hat Make HERE.  I had great fun in her studio trying on hats and partaking in “Hat Chat.”  I fell in love with this canary yellow parisisal percher with pearl, sequin and Swarovski hand embroidery.  Magically it played well with my vintage yellow silk dress embellished with white beads.  Celina named this hat “Limoncello.”

About me by Celina Kane

Educated at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, I triple-majored in Art History, Political Science & French Studies. While studying in Paris in 2011, I saw how my passion for art, culture, history, and design combined into one medium: millinery. I began visualizing hats in everything around me and became possessed by ideas of how unusual shapes and objects could become extraordinary headdresses.After graduating in 2013, I returned to Europe with the purpose of consuming as much art as possible, furthering my hand at drafting, and determining how I would navigate my love of hats. In Budapest, letting my mind free-associate upon the moving images of Gordon-Matta Clark cutting a Parisian building in half, I felt compelled to “hat make.”

Once home I immediately enrolled in Master Milliner Anya Caliendo’s Premier Advanced Couture Millinery course in New York, NY.

Studying under Caliendo was a dream come true, her couture creations speak for themselves but in addition to being a great artist she is committed to the return of prestigious American millinery and is a dedicated teacher. There I refined my technique and gained the skills I needed to pursue a life and business in creating headpieces that express my point of view.

March of 2015 I launched HAT MAKE with my Debut Collection entitled The Leopard and the Lark inspired by the soft winter landscape of Minnesota and 1960s French & Italian film. HAT MAKE is equal parts minimalist and surrealist, geometric and whimsical. I sculpt each hat and headpiece by hand using the finest quality materials to create wearable art imbued with fantasy, mystery & romance.

Since introducing my line of handmade headwear I have continued my education in couture techniques through workshops with Hand & Lock Couture Embroidery House, millinery workshops with talented MN milliner Karen Morris, and master class with Anya Caliendo.

I approach each collection as an oeuvre d’art. I research my subjects, learning not only how my materials behave but diving deep into the history of my inspirations. However, as Schiaparelli famously said “In difficult times, fashion is always outrageous.” In the face of so much tragedy and loss here in our home town, across the nation, and across the globe I was no longer sure that self-expression was enough. So I thought, what if I create hats to serve their bearer? Hats to serve as talismans and shields against darkness, and to serve as prisms and beacons to the light.

My most recent collection is inspired by astrology and myth, healing and magic. It considers the ways we seek meaning and reconciliation, and the ways self-expression can be political. What started as a study of how people live today became an important lesson in how I want to live and create. We Are Golden is a continuation of this query, utilizing new symbology to seek protection and self-truths….Celina Kane

Why I love millinery by Celina Kane

I recently came across an excerpt of Annie Dillard’s The Writing Life where she retells the story of a student asking a fellow author “Do you think I could be a writer?” to which the author replies “Well, do you like sentences?”

If someone were to ask me if they could be a milliner I would have to respond “well, do you like to thread needles?” Millinery, like any art form, is a craft which demands love and care for each step of the process. I love the feel of the wooden hat blocks. I love the sensation of stretching the hat bodies–paying attention to both the material and the muscles in your fingertips and forearms as you coax the fur or straw into position. I love threading the needle and working the wire. Stitch by stitch the figure of the hat manifests itself so that completion of each hat is a bittersweet moment measured by the beauty of what you’ve created and labor that went into it.

And then you have this thing! This wearable piece of art that transforms a person. I love millinery because hats, more than any other garment or accessory, have the capacity to alter their wearer. A person may manifest a part of their self that otherwise would remain unseen, they may inhabit a character or reveal their true identity. Hats can create mystery, act as a shield of armor, and imbue confidence. I love how the hats come alive when they’re worn and how the wearer lights up in turn…Celina Kane.

Photos By Daniel

Thank you Celina, for contributing your art and your extraordinary commentary to August’s Hat Attack.  I appreciate all that you bring to the millinery community. It was a great pleasure to meet you and look forward to more HAT MAKE!

Celina Kane of Hat Make

 

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.

Now it’s your turn to throw a little headwear my way. Give The SC a JULY HAT ATTACK and kindly link to Style Crone somewhere in your post. The link-up will be open through JuLY 31st.

Anyone can participate in the celebration of headwear!  Click on the blue link-up button and there are a number of ways to share your photo from your blog, Instagram or your computer photo files.  All forms of headwear are appreciated:  hat, headwrap, headscarf, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you enjoy.  Multiple photos are encouraged!

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Denver Designer Brooks LTD

July 24th, 2017

Two years ago I began collaborating with the talented and accomplished Denver designer Brooks Luby of Brooks Ltd HERE. Over the years it has been an honor to model for her photo shoots, a piece featuring her mother-of-the bride couture in Novelty Bride Magazine and her recent pop-up shop. Over this period of time we have become friends and have spent hours talking about fashion, aging with passion and the unfolding adventures of our lives.  I have found that developing new friendships at the age of 74 to be a life enhancing pleasure.

Brooks Ltd was founded in 1976, the dream of the sole designer and visionary, D. Brooks, a Colorado native. Educated at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Brooks draws inspiration from the world around her. As a professional fashion designer or couturier, her awareness of advances in fabric technology as well as changes in fashion influences and lifestyle keep her a step ahead. The newest trends are woven into her ever-changing collection.

An independent boutique owner since 1974, Brooks also sold her clothing designs nationally to Saks Fifth Avenue and others. In 1976 she pioneered a salon trend by opening a designer boutique within Neusteter’s, a long-time high-end Denver department store. From 1979 through 2001, savvy women frequented her Cherry Creek North boutique, a Mecca for the well dressed and in-the-know. Since 2002, clients make their appointments individually in Brooks private atelier in LoDo…From the website of Brooks Ltd

For today”s post I’m wearing one of my favorite pieces created for the Novelty Bride Magazine feature of Brooks’ work.  This navy tunic has a silk satin organza skirt with horsehair trim.  The bodice is a combination of lace, tulle and organza.  The swingy skirt can layer over slim pants, jeans or dressed up over a slender skirt.

I chose to wear this piece of wearable art over slim black pants. I love the combination of navy and black, and for many years have enjoyed this pairing of dark neutrals. I accessorized with a vintage navy hat with ribbon bow and rhinestone jewelry, all discovered at estate sales.  The black pointy toe heels were purchased at a consignment shop years ago.

Photos By Daniel

I look forward to continuing this magical collaboration with Brooks, as we explore the world of style and creativity into the future. Our common interests and values provide fertile ground for new growth.

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.

 

 

 

 

Mom At 97

July 14th, 2017

Earlier this week I returned from a trip to Minnesota to visit my 97-year-old mother Norma. Residing in an assisted living facility, she continues to be an inspiration to me.  She loves to play bridge, and every evening  a group of residents gather to play cards. For this activity, my mother wouldn’t miss an opportunity to adorn her hands with rings from a collection which she has maintained over a lifetime.  Every year when I visit it has become a ritual to snap a shot of her hands with a few of her rings.

This year I asked Mom about what she thought contributed to her longevity.  Her answer was, “exercise, a positive attitude, and genes.”  Her mother lived a relatively healthy life until the age of 98 and her father lived until almost 90.

She remains open to the life enhancing practice of trying something new. Mom loves to wear the colorful leggings that were gifted by her friend.  She accessorized her ensemble with the “verging on red” lipstick that I brought for her. I think the lip color looks beautiful with her natural white hair!

Macular degeneration limits her eyesight and she walks with a walker, but it doesn’t interfere with her ability to enjoy life to the fullest and engage with a sense of humor. Enlarged cards facilitate her bridge game and she enjoys listening to audio books. Totally independent with activities of daily living, Mom loves to tell stories of the past, but she lives in the present.  Currently the oldest resident in the facility, she is admired by her peers for her positive mindset and kindness.  She provides an example for all.

Photos by my dear friend Janet

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.

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