Wednesday, February 13, 2008

"Was will das Weib?"

What does woman want?
Freud asked the question, and while I don't pretend to know the answer, I do have some thoughts on the subject. During the time of Jean-Francois de Troy, women clad in luxurious silk "robe volante"-style gowns were treated to lavish displays of love, and partook in the courtship ritual, skirting the delicate balance between feminine propriety and wanton sexuality. In this modern age courtship is not quite so fraught with complexities; indeed it's positively banal for the most part. Women are lucky if they get a quick email after a date, and dramatic Regency-esque displays of affection are certainly out of the question. So I propose that on Valentine's Day we readily accept whatever token of love comes our way from our significant other, be it an e-card or a bouquet of bodega flowers (especially the dyed ones that can't possibly really be neon pink or electric blue) and then go out and get ourselves what we really! Tarina Tarantino's jewel box of a store in Soho has playful trinkets in whimsical colors and styles that won't break the bank. I especially like these Queen of Hearts earrings from her Alice-in-Wonderland-inspired line. Also, check out the chunky bracelets made of clear lucite beads with a rhinestone adorned heart attached. I must confess as I was brainstorming for this post, my boyfriend came home with an early Valentine's Day present for me, and it was a gorgeous (right-hand) ring. So I must admit that courtship isn't dead after all. It's alive and well in Chelsea in 2008! Happy Valentine's Day everyone!! xo

1 comment:

Sarah Moran said...

Yes I agree! E-cards and bodega flowers...that's so true.