For a week or so I've been singing (in my head) a country song from the 1980's... from that truly awful movie, Urban Cowboy, staring John Travolta and Debra Winger.
That was definitely one terrible movie. So cheesy. But, with songs by Boz Scaggs and Bonnie Raitt, it had a great soundtrack. Great if you like country music. And I do, at least some country music. Anyway. All week, I've been singing lines from the Johnny Lee song... the one that goes... "Lookin' for love in all the wrong places. Lookin' for love in too many faces... Lookin' for love...."
Summer has only just started around here. I haven't had time to wear my summer clothes yet. I dreamed up all kinds of summer outfits to incorporate my pre-Paris purchases, and my post-Paris purchases, not to mention favourite items from years gone by. And I've hardly worn any of them. I'm not ready to be thinking about fall.... not feeling the love for fall... at all, at all. And that's why I'm looking for inspiration. Looking in magazines and on-line trying to get a feel for Fall 2015. Hoping to be struck by love at first sight. You know, that feeling where your heart skips a beat, you get all fluttery inside... and you just know that you and that tweed blazer, or those camel pants and that soft, creamy silk blouse were meant to be together.
I checked out the Fall 2015 Runway Report in the June/July issue of Harper's Bazaar. Graphic prints, menswear inspired suits, "swinging '60s" mini skirts, bohemian maxi dresses. Meh. I didn't hate anything. Well, except for the "Rock 'n Roll Chic" stuff. How about that Courtney Love inspired Saint Laurent look on the lower left, with the ripped fishnet stockings, eh? ...Uh... I don't think so! But for the rest. It was same old, same old. Nothing new, nothing that we haven't seen creeping in these last few seasons. Bu-ut, when I think about it, that can be good, you know. It means that Fall 2015 can be all about updating items that I already own. Or replacing others that I've worn to death. Like boots; I really need a new pair of boots. And maybe adding some of those looks that I didn't embrace last season. But which have grown on me. Like a pant with a fuller leg? Hmmm. Maybe.
|All images from "Runway Report," in Harper's Bazaar, June/July 2015|
And while the Bazaar fall "forecast" didn't make me fall in love, I wasn't entirely unsuccessful in my search for looks that did. I love this silk blouse and tweed blazer from Ralph Lauren that I saw in the July issue of Vogue. The high collar with those lovely chandelier earrings... very Downton Abbey, wouldn't you say? I won't be investing in a new tweed jacket; I already own a couple that still make my heart go pitty-pat. But a soft, silky blouse would be a good investment. Great with the tweed jacket and jeans and boots.
|Vogue, July 2015|
|Vogue April 2015|
Eh, voila. Both cashmere turtlenecks are by Chloe, both found on Net-a-porter.com. The grey one is cut more generously, and bit longer than the camel. Not that dissimilar to my own grey Vince turtleneck from Fall 2013. See. Now I love both of these looks.
In my quest for fall fashion love, I checked out a Danish blog called Look de Pernille and found this post about German designer Dorothee Schumacher. I had never heard of her...and I probably wouldn't be able to get her clothes in Canada, anyway. But I like her designs. Her clothes are very chic, with clean lines and no fuss. These are three looks from her Fall 2015 collection. You can check out the entire Dorothee Schumacher Fall 2015 line here.
But sadly, despite all my searching, I still haven't been able to summon up any enthusiasm for shopping for fall. Not yet. Not when it's 30 degrees outside. And I get hot just thinking about pulling on a turtleneck... in the middle of July. And I can't think of anything I really must have. Or desperately need.
So it seems I will hit the sale next week with no real burning desires. No sense of my 'must-haves' for fall. No preconceived idea of what I want, or need. Well, except for boots. I'll look for low heeled booties, not black. Yep, I'll be flying without a net, or, in this case shopping without a list. Which, in my opinion, is just as dangerous, people. And something I pretty much never do.
"Listless" shopping will be an entirely new experience for me. I guess I'll just cruise the store, "lookin' for love." No plan, just check out the merchandise and see what strikes my fancy. See if there's a special sweater that makes my heart skip a beat, or a creamy silk blouse that was just meant to be mine.
And you know what... I'm kind of looking forward to it, now.
Linking up this week with: What I Wore at The Pleated Poppy, Passion 4 Fashion at Rachel the Hat, Fun Fashion Friday at Fashion Should Be Fun, Friday Finds at Forage Fashion, Casual Friday at Two Thirty-Five Designs, Manic Monday (at More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express) and Thursday Blog Hop at Over 50, Feeling 40.