i've been reading "just kids" by patti smith. in the book, she mentions stumbling across a battered copy of "love on the left bank" by ed van der elsken, "with grainy black -and- white shots of paris nightlife in the late fifties. the photographs of the beautiful vali myers, with her wild hair and kohl-rimmed eyes, dancing on the streets of the latin quarter deeply impressed me."
i had to find out who this woman was. so here she is- vali myers- artist, dancer, muse.
i've always had a thing for intimates- anything sheer, drapey, lacey, or silky in ivory, black, and dusty pink. back when i was in high school i was notorious for sneaking out of the house wearing sheer white vintage slips with tights and belts- not something my father approved of, but somehow i got away with it. my taste has since grown slightly more sophisticated, which is why i instantly fell in love with this collection by elkin- delicate, romantic, and a little bit naughty.