Thursday, December 31, 2009

Masquerade

The bright young thing mentality: the penchant for fantasy and masquerade had become an expression of the disregard they felt for the immediate past or the immediate future. They lived -or tried to live - outside their time. Philip Hoare, Serious Pleasures, the life of stephen tennant
New Years Eve is the perfect time for fantasy. What do you want your life to be this coming year? Or fantasy could be as simple as dressing up in costume for the evening: full of high hopes for the future and escaping the past year.

Fantasy is not dead, it survives.

Whatever form your fantasies take or whatever you may wear, I hope you have great New Years celebrations!

22 comments:

Cote de Texas said...

beautiful images - audrey!!! wow!
just beautiful!

have a wonderful New Years!!!!
Joni

Bonnie said...

Wow, the dresses are so pretty!! My favorite is the first one and the one below "fantasy is not dead, it survives!" I really like what you wrote too... it's exactly how I have been feeling. I can't wait for this year to be O V E R and plan on doing everything possible to make next year absolutely fabulous! I hope you have a wonderful New Year celebration to go to and that all your New Year wishes come true too!

Reggie Darling said...

What a fun post!

Blue said...

The Rene Gruau drawing is the stand-out fantasy image for me. Wonderfully, frothy and stylish post. Happy New Year to you.

La Maison Fou said...

Love the images so good to see this morning.
Happy New Year; love the Audrey look
Leslie

little augury said...

My sentiments exactly! GT

Karena said...

Great images Stefan! Happy New Years!! I say break out of the box and go a bit to the wild side (See Simply Seleta!) be yourself and develop a look you like. I have always been classic, however with the new scarves and accessories ...voila....are a whole new look.

home before dark said...

Again smashingly beautiful images which I am reading while still in my PJs. So underdressed to read AD!

As others have expressed so glad to end this year and how wonderful we can add the exclamation, and "Take that entire decade with you!" All the best to you.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Happy New Year and another inspiring year of your thought-provoking posts!

David said...

Happy new year Stefan!

Landscape Designer said...

Happy New Year Stefan! What a glamorous post to send 2009 to the dustbin!! Hope 2010 brings you the very best.
Sandra Jonas

custardbydesign said...

great images stefan...

have a fantastical new year - all the best to you in 2010

Style Court said...

Stefan, here's to being whoever you want to be. Warmest wishes for 2010.

C

Terry said...

Mr. Wilde wrote: "To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up."

The Down East Dilettante said...

Love, love, love this post, and all the fantasies. How clever of you to assemble them

The Garbo photo was used by my late partner many years ago as the cover of his book, Grand Illusions---as I write this, I'm looking at a framed copy...

lady jicky said...

Oooo, Rene Gruau wins hands down for me.
What that man could do with just a few lines of his pen or brush!
A very under rated artist for his work was mainly commercial but... what a talent!!!!
Many trrrry to copy but... they do not have his eye or wit!

I send my best wishes for 2010.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

I love all of those gorgeous dresses!! Happy New Year and cheers to living out fantasies.

Francine Gardner said...

Stunning photographs..... I used to love getting dressed up in lavish outfits;;;
Happy new Year

eddieross said...

Love this post! Such eye candy! Fantasy all the way. Happy New Year!

Eddie + Jaithan

Rose C'est La Vie said...

Garbo and Little Edie Beale do it with genuine aplomb.

La Petite Gallery said...

Gorgeous Images.
I enjoy you!
Yvonne

(IN)DECOROUS TASTE said...

These are some beautiful images.I especially love the one of Dita von Teese (that is Dita, right?) wearing the luscious peachy chiffon dress with black detail. It reminds me of a cream-sicle! Lauren