Notebook pages

Here are my latest finds and news from fashion, style, film, photography and beautiful living.

Vineyard Dinner-Napa Valley-Carolyn Corley Burgess


• My film recommendation this week: Runaway Train (1985), directed by Andrei Konchalovsky. Based on script by Akira Kurosawa, the film is about two escaped convicts, Jon Voight (in possibly his best role) and Eric Roberts, on a train that is hurtling through the snows of Alaska. The train is soon left without its engineer, who suffers a hear attack, and the two fugitives find themselves powerless to stop the train and in a different kind of prison. It’s an action-filled, as well as a psychological ride. The visual, as in all good movies, plays a major part, and it feels like Kurosawa’s influence can be truly sensed in the film’s beautiful, raw execution (so refreshing and so different than most of the Hollywood thriller and action movies).

• I have read mixed reviews about Coco Chanel’s latest biography, Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History, by Rhonda Garelick, but some argue in its favour, saying it’s different than all the other many books on the fashion designer and that it brings something new to the story. It’s on my list, as I want to form my own opinion on it.

• On the other hand, Cecil Beaton: Portraits and Profiles is a book, also released this September, I have a good feeling about. I love it when a photographer accompanies his portraits with his observations on his subjects.

• A talk with the duo who wants to take Chloé to another level, Clare Waight-Keller, creative director, and Geoffroy de La Bourdonnaye, CEO of the company: “We’re not a brand that screams. We won’t sell as much as the brands who scream. We’re marked by our subtlety. We’re known by connoisseurs. We’re a brand for the day, not a red carpet brand. That is why we enjoy a very dedicated following, people who wear Chloé all the time, because the brand allow them to express themselves.”

• I loved this spotlight on editor Kate Betts, who used to cover the Paris fashion scene for WWD and W in the late Eighties and early Nineties, “before the globalization of the business”, when Yves Saint Luarent and Emanuel Ungaro were still around, and Miuccia Prada and Martin Margiela were emerging on the fashion scene.

• I rarely eat bread (especially store-brought bread), but when I do, I want it to be healthy and not carbo-loaded, which, in my book, automatically implies home-made. I’ve just come across this recipe and I’m incredibly curious to try it and see if it proves to be “a life changing loaf of bread” in my case as well.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

photo: Carolyn Corley Burgess for Camille Styles

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