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Monday, 16 November 2015

The perfect afternoon tea company: Suzy Menkes

Perfect tea etiquette requires a perfect company....I can't think anyone more perfect than Suzy Menkes! Oh Mrs Menkes is one of my favourite fashion journalists - I would certainly love to sit back and listen to her fashion stories while enjoying my cap of earl grey....

And what fascinating stories would the 72 year old lady share...Yes, she has entered the sixth decade of her life but nothing about her resembles to the idea we have about ladies in their seventies! Wearing her trademark pompadour she literally surfs around fashion shows, ready to write her critics - favourable or negative, it is always respected by the fashion crowd. Because the viral question after the shows is always: "Did you read Suzy?"

She is a native Brit based in Paris. She started her career at London Evening Standard but it was International Herald Tribune that became her home office for 25 years. Until 2014 when she decided to join Conde Nast's international Vogue editions, as -in her own words - nothing is more international than fashion. She embraced digital revolution and social media - her instagram account is constantly updated! 

But what I truly respect and admire about her is that she. has. an. opinion. And speaks it out loud! And sticks to it! Do you remember her article "The Circus of Fashion" back in 2013? Fashion bloggers had already conquered the front row and streetstyle photographers where doing the busy bee dance outside the shows. Mrs Menkes referred to all this as if it were a circus full of cocky people who took outfit - bribes. People who bragged instead of reporting their actual point of view...if they had any!! Quite sarcastic I must admit...

But not narrow minded, by all means not! She is absolutely supportive in new ideas and perspectives.  You can see her above posing among Peter Lindbergh and Thierry Maxime Loriot - the curator of the 2016 Lindbergh exhibition at Kunsthal Museum Rotterdam Holland. An anti - fashion exhibition as the famous photographer states in his interview to Menkes.

Furthermore she was one of the first among fashion people to have noticed that designers are being asked too much - "fashion is crashing" she declared as soon as Raf Simons and Alber Elbaz left their jobs as top designers. Creative people are not meant to be drained out in the name of marketing and sales because it is their creativity that makes fashion in the first place...  

And in case you were wondering, this strong lady has created a beautiful family as well...the picture above is from Port Eliot Festival where she was humorously crowned as Queen of fashion. The little ladies in her arms are her own granddaughters!

I admire women like that. Women determined to live by their own rules and values, who share their thoughts openly and respect their time in this world trying to make the best of it. And treasure their dignity along their way...
In her own words:

 " I was brought up to believe a girl should never accept anything but flowers and chocolate"

Couldn't agree more!!

How about you? Who would like to spent an English tea afternoon with??

I'd love to read your thoughts...


y ❤️


1 comment:

  1. What a lovely and interesting article! I love everything about her, and especially the fact the she always speaks her mind! I would definitely love to spend some time with her! Who wouldn't?

    Lots of kisses,


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