I've always held a strange admiration for crazy cat-lady style. I love the whole pile-it-on, layer-it-up and wrap it in a bow attitude of Miss Hannigan, Anna Piaggi and even Mary-Kate Olsen. There's a whimsical, childlike quality in wearing all your favourite things at once and a certain charm and nobility to faded sartorial grandeur that's been infused with never-let-go pride. But there's an obvious downside to these joyful ensembles. You look like a crackhead. But perhaps that's the beauty of it. Maybe sometimes more really is more. I certainly have this tendency when it comes to wearing all my statement rings in one go. Ok, I've never actually worn *all* of them at once although curiosity just got the better of me and I'm sitting here wearing all 10, hula-hoop playground style. This look certainly ticks the crackhead box. And it's a bit hard to type.
My favourite is the leopard ring which I got from Urban Outfitters about 3 years ago. It's my everyday failsafe and I love how trashy it is. The lips in the centre are from Aldo last weekend. I'm a huge Solange Azagury-Partridge fan and this is as close to her stuff as I'll get for now. Also, how fabulous is her studio? I aspire to this.
But the nonchalant stacking of jewellery is only one component of the overall cat-lady aesthetic. Inspiration comes in the form of 'Big' Edie Bouvier Beale and 'Little' Edie Bouvier Beale; the inimitable spiritual leaders of these loopy ladies. I predict a resurgence in vintage furs adorned with costume brooches and perhaps even the odd printed silk turban to coincide with HBO's remake of iconic '70s documentary Grey Gardens. Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange play the legendary mother-and-daughter relations of Jackie O who lived at Grey Gardens, a decrepit 28-room mansion in the East Hamptons. The tagline is 'True Glamour Never Fades'. Oooh, it gives me goosebumps just reading it!
What an absolute barmycake. Love her.