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Patt's Hats: A blue velvet kind of day

Patt Morrison's outfit on Nov. 27, 2012.
Patt Morrison's outfit on Nov. 27, 2012.
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When I say "Blue Velvet," where does your mind go? To the Bobby Vinton song, or the David Lynch movie? 

[Wasn’t the flip side of "Blue Velvet" another Vinton "blues" song called "Blue on Blue?"]

Blue velvet day today with this skirt, although I always wish I could wear the clothes with the velvet turned inside out, for the lush, plush feel of it, rather than outside, for the look of it. There’s such a world of difference in the feel and the hang of fabric between the vintage silk velvets of the sort I think were used by designers like Poiret or Vionnet, and the stiff, dull poly-rayon-ish blends of today. Also in the dry cleaning bills. 

The necklace is a carved dragon from my great-aunt’s jewelry hoard. 

These shoes are by an English maker I’d never heard of before: Miss L Fire. They’re also in blue velvet, with embossed platforms and straps. For some reason I get a World War II Rosie-the-Riveter vibe from them. You?

So everybody sing along : "She wore bluuuuuuuue velllvet …"