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the petite novella series [no. 18]

21 July 2009

Outfit 1

She was never the handbag type of girl.

Rather, she collected oversized clutches – the larger and softer, the better – clutches she rumpled beneath her arm or held against her thigh when standing. That was the key to effortlessness; Dimitra always thought women who carried bags in the crook of their arms to be overly pretentious and too uppity for their own good. Besides, a handbag was too dainty. Femininity must always be balanced with masculinity. An oversized clutch was the perfect compromise. Her favorite was the eel-skin Celine. Such exotic skin was always unconventional, unique, even, in a sea of pythons and crocodile.

It was gray outside. Dimitra ran out the door of the apartment building, the loose ends of her teased chignon undoing itself ever so slightly. The ground was wet and black from the rain from the evening before, puddles splashing a bit. The Lanvin lace-up platform oxfords were godsends on this type of a wet day; the chunky heel was sturdy for all sorts of weather, and the five-inch heel and platform allowing the bottoms of her pants to stay wet-free. Not that it was needed, really. Her high-waisted Preen trousers, reminiscent of the le smoking era she so adored, were cuffed above the shoe to show the insides of her ankles.

And of course with such androgynous pant Dimitra cleverly tucked in a loose, semi-sheer silk, blend tank. The lack of opacity allowed a bit of her lace bra to peek through – but ever so demurely. And the pink radiated classic femininity in an effortless form. Everything was cinched at the waist to accentuate her tiny figure, of which she was quite proud of.

No jewelry, of course, where others like La Couturier would add a silver, Burberry-esque spikey necklace for an interesting touch. No,  Dimitra valued minimalism. Which in fact made her quite the ideal financier, in both dress and career. She dressed smartly and professional always, a perfect dose of subtle intimidation when meeting with clients. For both reasons she was hired to work for Vogue.


La C.

61 Comments leave one →
  1. 21 July 2009 12:58 am

    Wow! The outfit is amazing. I am drooling (especially when I saw the shoes). And the story is incredible–it’s written so impeccably, for lack of a better word. I would love to read more! (By the way, I found you on polyvore, and I love all of your creations! My account is Anyways, keep up the great work, La C.


  2. 21 July 2009 1:38 am

    i love your writing. amazing
    so very inspiring. and that outfit is simply gorgeous.

    • La Couturier permalink
      21 July 2009 1:39 am

      Con Brio: Thank you! I swoon at those shoes (: You really are too sweet; I cannot thank you enough! I don’t use Polyvore much anymore, but I did look at your sets and they’re equally lovely!

      leflassh: Aw, thank you so much! You’re one of my favorite bloggers ! (:


  3. 21 July 2009 2:01 am

    That outfit is awesome! My eyes went to the shoes..and shirt..and clutch.
    I’ve been lovin the huge clutch look~

    Which reminds me..well. You’ll be getting mail from me soon.

    E> An

  4. 21 July 2009 2:23 am

    OMG! You are fashionably ingenious! I can’t wait to read your Best seller and see it on the Silver Screen! p.s. Look out Lauren Weisberger ! ! !

  5. 21 July 2009 2:58 am

    You’re a beautiful writer… This was like a short story. Of course, the outfit picture was the perfect touch!

    • La Couturier permalink
      21 July 2009 2:59 am

      An: Thank you! Same here; I’ve been coveting massive clutches! And okay! (:

      Gerri Ward: Merci beaucoup! You’re making me blush darling; I do wish I could be that great one day…

      Marta: Thank you Marta! (:

      bisous, xx

  6. 21 July 2009 3:23 am

    Ah, stunning outfit, such a cute post, love it! 🙂

  7. 21 July 2009 5:42 am

    such a chic look!

  8. 21 July 2009 7:29 am

    Superb styling! I love it for many reasons, least of all because I just bought a similar tank, and I will be wearing it like this! As much as I can by ‘shopping my closet.’

    Love your petite novella series–lovely character sketches!

  9. 21 July 2009 7:30 am

    I love those shoes…. I am already tall, they will make me extra extra tall!!! x

  10. 21 July 2009 7:33 am

    Those perfect pink Kain tanks and tees are really getting to me….I think I feel a purchase coming on!!

    Lovely commentry. You’re ahmazing 🙂


  11. 21 July 2009 7:36 am

    I adore your writing! It’s amazing ^^ I love it! You have to write more like these;) And the collage makes me imagine Dimitra perfectly!

    • La Couturier permalink
      21 July 2009 7:37 am

      Nicole: Thank you! (: I’m glad you enjoy reading them!

      rachel kara: Aren’t they simply perfection? Definitely a basic & must-have! (: Thank you darling!

      anywhere I lay my head: I’m blushing! And I most definitely will write more petite novellas; I do love writing them!

      bisous, xx

  12. 21 July 2009 7:58 am

    Lovely post…I die for those Lanvin oxfords…so coool!


  13. 21 July 2009 8:06 am

    you’re a good writer!
    and good choice of outfit!

    • La Couturier permalink
      21 July 2009 8:07 am

      janettaylor: I’m dying too. I want need them!

      Mr. Freddy’s Mom: Aw, thank you!

      bisous, xx

  14. 21 July 2009 10:06 am

    I do love those oxford and the combination! Also love the great ankle boots below! I need a new pair of one 😉

  15. 21 July 2009 10:16 am

    lovely! I adore semi-sheer silky tanks…they feel so good on and they look divine!!

  16. 21 July 2009 10:21 am

    It almost looks like a short story :). Well written.

  17. 21 July 2009 11:00 am

    ohh Dimitra is a bit scary. But in a good way. Love your story. 🙂

  18. 21 July 2009 11:02 am

    This is absolute genius. I love your incorporation of the pieces, and it was quite an enticing story, I felt as though I knew Dimitra’s inner soul. Fantastic stuff!

    • La Couturier permalink
      21 July 2009 11:03 am

      Charlotte: Thanks! They are miniature short stories; little bits of fashion fiction for your entertainment! (:

      Meream: She’s quite intimidating! Thank you love!

      Ashley: Aw, thank you! (:

      bisous, xx

  19. 21 July 2009 11:25 am

    more MORE!

    † love you.

    • La Couturier permalink
      21 July 2009 11:56 am

      mayk: No worries, I will most definitely be writing more (:

      S.Elisabeth: Thank you! It’s quite fun creating stories around outfits – the characters become quite interesting! Which proves that clothing does, to some extent, define your psyche. It’s an extension of who you are.

      Ale.: Thank you!

      bisous, xx

  20. 21 July 2009 11:41 am

    Love it! Such a good idea and so cool. A story behind an outfit, I love coming up with stories based on clothing or pictures.

  21. 21 July 2009 11:55 am

    Wow, you’re such a good writer!

  22. 21 July 2009 12:18 pm

    Well done, it’s like “fashion tag”.

  23. 21 July 2009 12:40 pm

    sounds so stylish and divine!
    love the oxford booties..want want want

  24. 21 July 2009 12:52 pm

    These pieces definitly look awesome as an outfit. I especially love the tank, it even looks silky and soft.

  25. 21 July 2009 1:23 pm

    I love that look 🙂
    And I always adore your petite novellas, you write incredibly!

    – laur @ neonmango

    • La Couturier permalink
      21 July 2009 2:23 pm

      Laur: Thank you darling!

      hanako66: Oh pish posh, Dimitra is (;

      bisous, xx

  26. 21 July 2009 2:22 pm

    you are so fabulous la c!!!

  27. 21 July 2009 3:47 pm

    Beautiful ensemble and back story. I like the classy and classic combination of nude/pink and black.

  28. 21 July 2009 4:30 pm

    Great story and lovely picks! It’s like I was there! But I do have some advice for our dear Dimitra: I wouldn’t recommend those Lanvin’s for the rain (they’re part satin, right?). I once made the mistake of going out in the Paris drizzle with a pair of black satin Lanvin pumps and almost ruined them. The rain wasn’t the main problem: even the most pristine street still carries dirt, which will make it’s way onto the treasured footwear. Thankfully a bit of gentle scrubbing solved the problem!

  29. 21 July 2009 4:47 pm

    This is incredible! You are seriously a genius…and such an intelligent girl, I admire so much! XO

  30. 21 July 2009 4:52 pm

    I love this purse!

  31. 21 July 2009 5:06 pm

    What a great piece of fashion fiction!

    • La Couturier permalink
      21 July 2009 5:07 pm

      Hauteworld: So true, thank goodness she is not in the Parisian cobblestone streets, then! (:

      Elizabeth Marie: Awww, thank you! (: I’m blushing now; I really am hardly that!

      Christine: Thanks love!

      bisous, xx

  32. 21 July 2009 5:38 pm

    a very sexy and clever little story. i love it! ♥

  33. 21 July 2009 7:43 pm

    I like that story!
    The top is perfect and these shoes look really good!

  34. thebaglady permalink
    21 July 2009 7:53 pm

    I’ve missed your petite novellas; they are one of my favorite features of ALL time on your blog 🙂 ❤

    You really are an incredible writer, and I agree with Gerri! I can't wait for your bestseller; please write an autobio about your fabulously mysterious life AND a few stories! NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER list, here we come!!

  35. thebaglady permalink
    21 July 2009 8:09 pm

    I missed your petite novellas; they were one of my favorite features on your blog! 🙂

    I totally & completely agree with Gerri! You’re an amazing writer without a doubt. Please write an autobiography of your mysteriously fabulous life & several other novels. & style guides.


  36. thebaglady permalink
    21 July 2009 8:11 pm

    Oh! And I completely forgot to add that I LOVED this one, I love how you started it! And the outfit is fantastic, I love the bag! And Dimitra’s concept/philosphy on dressing 🙂

  37. 21 July 2009 8:38 pm

    wow! I love your style of writing! Do I hear a book in the works?
    That outfit is staggering. The minimalism is quite stunning.

    • La Couturier permalink
      21 July 2009 8:39 pm

      thebaglady: You have me blushing! I will try to write more of these petite novellas; I have such fun styling & creating outfits for these characters! And thank you so much! I do hope I can, someday, write a novel worth being published. We’ll work on NY Times Bestseller later on… (;

      Rebekka: I’m so flattered (: I would love to write a book someday – I hope!

      bisous, xx

  38. didi permalink
    21 July 2009 8:53 pm

    ooh ooh ooh i love it !!! the outfit and le petite histoire!!

    I adore the androgynous yet feminine look – gamine I guess – I will be looking out for *ahem* slightly cheaper versions of this.

    I like satchels too, not sure about clutches, as I like handsfree – but this clutch looks a lot like a satchel ... I agree that bags under arms are not so chic and don’t go with the masculine tailored look … people do you think clutches are more sophisticated? Or satchel/messenger bag/ type of thing?

    This is so fabulous, I am swooning. xxox

    • La Couturier permalink
      21 July 2009 8:54 pm

      didi: Thank you! I do love that feminine-meets-masculine look; I do strive for balance & juxtaposition! I personally think clutches are far more sophisticated, as they have this predisposition of elegance. But I do love a satchel for everyday… (: bisous, xx

  39. 21 July 2009 8:56 pm

    amazing styling, the “story” was awesome to read, and your blog is wonderful!

    would love to trade links if you’re interested;)

    xx raez

  40. Clare permalink
    21 July 2009 9:34 pm

    Fabulous! What a wonderful narrative! I love the styling as well. You are quite a witty girl, La C!

  41. 21 July 2009 9:47 pm

    sextacy. oh, those oxfords are so beautiful.
    i dont think i’ll be able to stop thinking about them!

  42. 21 July 2009 10:46 pm

    Love, love, love it! What a wonderful tale you’ve woven here. I will be thinking of Dimitra tonight – along with her gorgeous wardrobe. Love that tank! 🙂

    • La Couturier permalink
      21 July 2009 10:47 pm

      Cafe Fashionista: Thank you, darling! Isn’t that tank perfect? I love the color and the sheerness of it; the cut is so unpretentiously and subtlety sexy!

      Clare: Aw, thank you love! (:

      Raez: Thank you, you’re such a sweetheart! I would be glad to! (:


  43. 21 July 2009 10:46 pm

    very interesting post! =D love it!!


  44. 22 July 2009 12:58 am

    nice purse!

  45. jessica permalink
    22 July 2009 1:41 am

    Great picks here. Love those pants with the light pink tank. So chic 😛


  46. 23 July 2009 7:25 am

    this is a great outfit

  47. 23 July 2009 8:27 am

    Brilliant writing… and choices !

  48. 10 August 2009 4:36 pm

    i like those trousers

  49. FiergePhemara permalink
    12 August 2009 3:44 pm

    hello:) i’ve been milling around this internet site for some time. it was time to jump in.

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