I limped into the MFA Fashion Council champagne reception for Diane Pernet on my crutches wearing my sparkly cowboy boots. I was delighted to immediately see Diane with her signature look: large black headdress (like a Spanish mantilla) covered in large rhinestone spiders, black clothing, porcelain skin and large black sunglasses even though we were inside at night. I adored her instantly because she reminded me of my older sister who has similar coloring with the dramatic skin and hair, plus they are both smart, talented and endlessly creative.
Diane showed us several short films from her Parisian film festival: A Shaded View on Fashion. I love short films and worked on the Sundance Film Festival Short Film Selection Committee for five years.
Of all the films shown, a few stood out to me. The set opened with Advanced Style: Men. I am a huge fan of Advanced Style, the blog begun by Ari Seth Cohen chronicling amazing street fashion among women over 65. The kids and I watched his documentary following five women and we loved the women’s joie de vivre and dedication to following their own sartorial drummers. The short film shown at the MFA was about older men who dress in unique and elaborate attire every day. One dressed like a pirate with short pants, ruffled white shirt and a kerchief on his head. I love pirates and love their fashion aesthetic and was completely delighted by this man’s choices—even his Dali-esque moustache. Another man dressed in plaid suits, bow ties and a cane every day—very dapper indeed. I loved that these men took the time to follow their own sartorial visions. You can watch the film yourself right here.
My second favorite film was called “Wonder Mark: a Short Film Portraying Acclaimed Tattoo Artist Mark Mahoney. Directed by Ivan Olita and with beautiful cinematography, Mahoney is an awesome subject who dresses like a 1950’s gangster, drives a retro 1950’s car, and loves the artistry of tattoos. He also plays gangsters in movies and I loved his story about his drug use and how he finally got clean when he fell in love. You can watch it HERE.
My third favorite film was a very short slice of information about a foot model. The foot was filmed front and central in all its glory while a perky exuberant voice belonging to the foot talked about all the movie work she gets with her beautiful feet, and the elaborate rituals she does at night to keep her feet the most beautiful. It ended on a high funny note when she showed the viewers her favorite foot pose called “The Kiss” where one foot is flat and the other touches the floor with toes only—such a kick.
I applaud the creative people behind all the films and Diane for creating a place for them to show their works. Diane had brought her new line of perfumes and I completely adored her perfume names and descriptions like a perfume called “To Be Honest”. Here’s the awesome description:
To Be Honest captures the experience of stumbling upon an ancient church while walking through the woods. The green and woody fragrance follows you inside. Candles burn silently, their lights still flickering. A waft of incense lingers high above the altar as if the congregation has just vanished.
Isn’t that fabulous? Like a short story! I adore the innovative style of Diane Pernet. If you’re looking for a smart, inspiring fashion iconoclast, check out her blog.
And as an added bonus, I was completely delighted to find an Audrey by Ashley Longshore on this woman’s handbag! Shannon Drake from New Orleans! I LOVE YOUR BAG!