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Talbot’s Pick of the Week

“Day in Paris” silk scarf. Lots of Oh la la! for $44.

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  1. July 29, 2009 / 1:21 pm

    You could get one in one of the souvenir stores in Paris for 10 euros probably…but you’d have to add in the cost of the flight to Paris.

  2. July 29, 2009 / 2:50 pm

    This is probably in better fabric than souvenir-shop scarves. I think one has to live very far from Paris, or even “la francophonie” to get away with this scarf though.

    A message to Duchesse and to Imogen if Pseu doesn’t mind: I can no longer post on your blogs, as you don’t allow name/url. I have a Google account, but it is in my real (meat-world) name, as it was opened for work. Is there any way you can ban “anonymous” while allowing name/url?

    I’ve always wanted to post on Frugal Scholar’s blog, and never have been able to. Thanks!

  3. July 29, 2009 / 3:19 pm

    Nice scarf; apparently Talbot’s latest theme is Paris.

    I recently bought a scarf from the Safari collection recently. Very nice quality for that price point (even better on sale).

  4. July 29, 2009 / 3:20 pm

    sorry about all the “recently.” That’s what I get for commenting while talking on the phone.

  5. July 29, 2009 / 11:26 pm

    Isn’t this charming! I have one nearly identical from a vintage store; encourage any online shoppers to add it to your collection!

    Lagatta: I did that to counter some very disturbing, threatening messages by someone who felt the need to escalate the abuse. Can you add an account as lagatta?

  6. July 29, 2009 / 11:31 pm

    lagatta: I changed it back to allow anonymous and will see what happens. Thanks Pseu for letting me say this on your blog.

  7. Sher
    July 29, 2009 / 4:41 pm

    Hold me back! I want! Ohhh it’s only a click away….

  8. July 30, 2009 / 12:22 am

    Duchesse, so sweet of Pseu.

    Those messages disturbed me greatly as well. Is there no way to allow name + url while not allowing “anonymous posts”?

    Two blogs I like very much, Recreating Eden (by a lovely woman who lives very close to me, in Outremont, who writes about urbanism and other things, including style sometimes) http://marysoderstrom.blogspot.com/ and ChicCyclist, by a Chic cyclist in Boston, with a similar climate and streetscape, require prior moderation for all posts. It really slows things down.

    I’m taking the liberty of posting this at Une femme because these vile hate messages are a particular manifestation of violent misogyny, even at blogs such as yours’ and the two blogs I mentioned, which are polite and courteous. It really infuriates me.

    Back to beautiful scarves and evocations of Paris! I’m hoping Talbots features Parisian COLOURS and other sly references, as well as cityscape scarves. I want my dose of Paris-roof grey!!!!

    And duchesse, I’ll see if I can add a lagatta account from my gmail e-mail.

  9. July 30, 2009 / 1:10 am

    like this…

  10. La Belette Rouge
    July 30, 2009 / 3:43 am

    Oooh. J’adore. And, to think, Talbot’s used to be the store of stuffy older ladies.

  11. July 30, 2009 / 1:25 pm

    I think Talbot’s have realised that they have to update their wares, because the first of the boomers are over 60 now, and aren’t about to dress like “little old ladies” even if they have reduced-fare transport passes.

    However, looking at the goods on offer at a local shopping centre, they still look very conservative. Why is their on-line merchandise more on trend?

    My verification word is “indingen”, sounds like an imaginary German verb infinitive. “Ding” means “Thing”…

  12. July 30, 2009 / 4:59 pm

    materfamilias – well, almost. 😉

    WendyB – true, though I love the kind of nostalgic look of this one.

    lagatta – glad I provide a venue to help you resolve the commenting issues! But true, I wouldn’t wear this scarf in Paris. What appeals about this one are the 50’s-style illustrations, giving it a nostalgic, kitchy feel.

    About Talbot’s in general, I think they are paying attention to trends more than ever. I’ve posted about their closely following the “safari” trend/theme with their spring collection, and their take on “Mad Men” styles. I think their summer collections seem to be on the more bland, conservative side, though they did so a lot of the batik, ikat and ethnic-inspired tunics. What I’ve observed is that they look at the trends and water them down a bit for a customer who might be inherently a bit more conservative. Their whole collections seem to be a mix of what would appeal to the Boomers, and what would appeal to mothers of Boomers. I think they’re trying to stay relevent, and getting a lot of it right, especially for those of us who work in corporate environments and can’t go whole hog on trends.

  13. July 30, 2009 / 5:02 pm

    Nancy – ooh, I hope their theme is Paris…could be fun. I find the summer-to-fall transitional season is when they tend to have the most items that appeal to me, mainly because of the color but also because with LA’s climate, that’s what I wear the most.

    Sher – go for it!

    Duchesse – yes, it was that vintage inspired look that hooked me.

  14. July 30, 2009 / 5:06 pm

    Imogen – c’est vrai!

    LBR – I’ve always shopped Talbot’s for work clothes, and updated with more current accessories. They do have a rep as an “old lady store” but it’s funny…some of the items I get the most compliments on from people of all ages are from Talbot’s. I don’t like everything there (not into some of the primary colors or saccharine prints) but they do seem to be trying to up the sophistication factor.

  15. July 30, 2009 / 10:12 pm

    Yes, I love those 1950s pen-and-ink illustrations. I have a very small but thick book, picked up in a charity shop or bazaar, “Paris tel qu’on l’aime” Éditions Odé, 1949. It is full of such drawings and little colour plates of watercolour sketches. One “Le Domaine de la Parisienne” shows a “petite main” skilfully draping fabric round a mannequin – the whole illustration is surrounded by a pink ribbon, clipped by a pair of scissors.

    I hope Talbots gets their Paris colour palette right – The overly sharp, saccharine-paste or primary colour palettes often keep me from ordering from several of those online shops or catalogues.

    Here is a blog you may have seen at “The Thoughful Dresser”. Badaude is a young Englishwoman living in Paris who does a more quirky, contemporary take on l’air du temps à Paris. http://badaude.typepad.com/

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