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Patt's Hats: Parisian shoes, a New York hat and a garment district coat

Patt Morrison's outfit on Jan 11, 2013.
Patt Morrison's outfit on Jan 11, 2013.
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This is a 10,000-mile ensemble: from L.A., New York and Paris, a veritable travelogue in my closet! 

And it just looks so over-the-top, the sort of thing you might see on a runway but not on the street. Well, here it is. 

The hat is from New York, from when I was invited to speak at the Talkers conference in June 2011, and we broadcast programs from the United Nations. In spite of our workload, I did manage to get in some hat shopping, including this Cecil Beaton-style number.

The coat is from our very own garment district – the place is not at all just about cheap socks and t-shirts, but with some really pretty and pretty interesting clothes.

And the shoes are from … Paris. About three years ago, my friend Kat and I happened to be there at the same time, and took a day just to walk around Paris together, doing what that wonderful word ‘’flaneur’’ describes: strolling, lounging, sauntering with no purpose but the pleasure of looking about.

We saw the Duluc Detective Agency – the one that soon thereafter would feature in “Midnight in Paris” – and not far from there, an odd little shop selling singular shoes. Not single shoes, but singular ones -- unusual, not the sort of shoes you’d find in a department store. I liked these and asked the shop owner what they were made of.

“Du poisson, madame,” he said. Fish. These shoes are made of carp! How could I not get them, knowing that? It sounded like the start of a Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale: “Once upon a time, there was a girl who had fish instead of feet.”