April 25, 2013

The Trench Coat Kiss

“… If it’s nothing else, I know in my heart that Heaven is the memory of love, which never comes to an end.”   

~Andre Leon Talley, A.L.T.


One of my favorite things; wearing a light trench in spring.
In 1879, a young former draper's assistant, Thomas Burberry, invented gabardine, a comfortable yet durable tightly-woven, water-resistant fabric. This fabric was a stunning success, with orders flooding in, and the first major client being the British Army.
Using his own designs for officers' coats made 13 years earlier for the War Office, Burberry added shoulder straps and metal rings to his gabardine coat, and the trench coat was created. Today the Burberry trench remains one of fashion's most coveted pieces.
Lightweight, weather resistant and eternally chic, the classic trench is as stylish today as it was when Audrey Hepburn wore one in Breakfast At Tiffany's. 

And, do you remember this lone hero?  
A love gone wrong.

Bogart's trench has become one of the most enduring fashion images in cinema.

Add shorelines, 
well worn Wellies (www before Internet?), 
horses, and glorious landscapes.
Unadulterated bliss!
Full stop. 

Smashing weekend.

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