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“Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love. Beauty comes when fashion succeeds.” Coco Chanel

Ostensibly this is a site about books and literature and other blah blah blah interesting things. But every once in a while, I’ve got to just run with the ball, all the way out of the stadium like an F. Gump on ‘roids, and somehow make it work.

Earlier, while searching my Vic 20’s extensive catalogue of memorable things that even more memorable people have uttered over the ages, I stumbled upon fashion (always my secret weapon), and was amazed to learn that pretty much every quote was not only on the mark, but eloquently stated (irony/destiny?).

So without further ado, here are some old and new classics on the subject…

Never use the word ‘cheap’. Today everybody can look chic in inexpensive clothes (the rich buy them too). There is good clothing design on every level today. You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans — it’s up to you.”
Karl Lagerfeld

“Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.”
Henry David Thoreau

“He’s always asking: ‘Is that new? I haven’t seen that before.’ It’s like, Why don’t you mind your own business? Solve world hunger. Get out of my closet.”
Michelle Obama

“The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” 
Yves Saint-Laurent

“[how can anyone] be silly enough to think himself better than other people, because his clothes are made of finer woolen thread than theirs. After all, those fine clothes were once worn by a sheep, and they never turned it into anything better than a sheep.” 
Thomas More, Utopia   

“A girl’s got to use what she’s given and I’m not going to make a guy drool the way a Britney video does. So I take it to extremes. I don’t say I dress sexily on stage – what I do is so extreme. It’s meant to make guys think: ‘I don’t know if this is sexy or just weird.” 
Lady Gaga

“There is one other reason for dressing well, namely that dogs respect it, and will not attack you in good clothes.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Speed eliminates all doubt. Am I smart enough? Will people like me? Do I really look all right in this plastic jumpsuit?”
David Sedaris

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
Oscar Wilde

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Quote of the Day

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“It is only by not paying one’s bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.”

Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900)

Word.

O-dubs was a smart guy, that one. Although he grew up with not one but two governesses, he was grounded enough to know the role/burden that bills play in our lives. It may not be the sexiest subject, but it’s one of the few things on this planet that connects almost every human being. And while us peons who hang out on the bottom rungs of the financial ladder scoff at it, even millionaires stress out about bills and go broke all the time.

They* say there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. Well, there should be a third: bill collectors. All bills should come with a warning at the beginning – PAY NOW OR WE WILL HUNT YOU DOWN AND, IF NECESSARY, KIDNAP YOUR PETS. HOW DO YOU LIKE ‘DEM APPLES NOW, MR./MS. CUSTOMER!

I was reminded of Wilde’s quote recently when a story surfaced in the newspaper about a hapless guy in T.O. who lived with his two kids and very nearly lost his electricity. Apparently after working out a plan with the hydro company to split the bill into three portions, he was told he was “lucky” his electricity wouldn’t be discontinued because the provincial government has mandated that June 1 still be deemed a “cold month” in Toronto. Therefore, the hydro company is by law not allowed to cut off this guy’s power.

(You mean it actually pays to live in a cold place like Canada?)

Yet if it had been July 1, he claims he would have been up a river, under the waterfalls, his dingy deflating after being punctured by falling rocks, and, of course, without a paddle.

Does that seem remotely fair, just or legal?

Who cares!

So, my dear friends who work as bill collectors or hired goons for loan sharks, I thank you on behalf of that wretched father and his children from the bottom of my heart for your sympathy. Scratch that – your empathy, for you clearly understand the human condition as well as Trump understands the word “truth” and North Korea understands the term “real world.”

 

* You know, “they”! Those two some guys and gals we all know of but have never actually met.

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Call Oscar Wilde what you want – except late for dinner – but never think he was shy about being outspoken or exceptionally talented at his craft.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”  

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