Edward Sedgewick Opening at Ligne Roset – Some Fashion Tips

Outstanding frock made of men's suiting material

Outstanding frock made of men's suiting material

Shoes with tweed trim worn with Men's suit dress

Shoes with tweed trim worn with Men's suit dress

Thursday 24th September 2009

As I was saying, last Thursday was Edward Sedgewick’s launch at Ligne Roset. He has designed some superb hand-painted one-off furniture fabrics which they are featuring on sofas and chairs – complex, arresting, suggesting the urban scene at high speed and in thrilling brilliant colour. I said, ‘Will the paint come off on a lady’s or man’s  knitted frock?’ ‘No, I’ve tested it. But there’s brown food going round in here. That’s much more of a threat.’  It’s true. Guests were lurching near the upholstery with their flutes and greasy, meaty fingers.

Edward is feeling frail. He’s been publicising all day. There was a lunch in the shop (passers-by gawping through window). He sat next to the editor of House and Garden who had to rush off to fetch her grandchildren. We recall that our mothers adored House and Garden.

Edward and Robert Nevil shared a flat in Brixton in the 1970s. It was above a male brothel. They were burgled every single day, sometimes twice a day. But that was nothing to do with the brothel. They were always at that club in Great Queen Street. Just can’t think of its name. Something beginning with B. One of you will remember. It was the beginning of gay life as we know it. Biddie and Eve, Steve someone or other – mean face but bottle-blond. Head-dresses or hats. It’ll come back to me when it’s too late.

Edward is an artist – silk-screen prints, huge works, instant but very difficult to achieve, urban scenes, New York, collage effect, colour, dots, squiggles flung on, photographs lurking underneath sometimes. 

The opening was heterosexual. You could tell. But interesting, especially for examples of men (presume straight: massive assumption: hope no offence given) in higher frockage. But also great ladies, of course. Many (again I assume) from niture/fabric design world. And the PR girls, in 7 inch heels min. Heels are very high this season.

Let the pictures speak for themselves:

Three Men in Shoes

Three Men in Shoes

A gathered skirt looking new this autumn

A gathered skirt looking new this autumn

Very Successful shiny jacket. Note pointy shoes

Very Successful shiny jacket. Note pointy shoes

Posted Thursday, September 24, 2009 under Adrian Edge day by day.

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4 comments

  1. It could very well be Carla Bruni-Sarkozy in your first photogragh, except it can’t be as she’s not wearing flats.

  2. Nicky Taudevin says:

    But what is Carla doing with her hand? She seems to be bunching the fabric to improve her waistline. Or her bust. Frock wrong size? No safety pins?

    Did the chaps appreciate her effort?

  3. Lady Parvula de Panzoust says:

    As I understand it, “chaps” appreciate every effort. Totally thrilling moment this evening. Had the joy of running into Edward Sedgewick . Do you know we chatted about this particular blog. It was, simply, too divine, though of course not a patch on his special fabrics. Simply didn’t know where to look when he introduced an infant hetero. Oh it was tricksy. Then we, as a pair, realised the whole place was crawling with ugly straights, not nearly enough of a mafia about, but so divine to be with Edward. He had a wonderful editor of a Belgian design mag hanging off his every word. I introduced, don’t you know. Edward batted off south and the poor editor was lost. I didn’t know what to do so passed him off on to a Jewish design director. To think the V&A was such a cultural hotchpotch. Who knew? Furthermore he revealed such secrets about Robert Neville. I daren’t confess what I knew…. Poor Biddy. Thank god only nobodies about.

  4. What an exotic creature you are, Lady Parvula! Meeting you took me back to the heady days of Lindsay Kemp’s Flowers or maybe even further to the joss sticks and jock straps of public schooldays….
    I do want to track down the dark and rugged Belgian…more about him please? (What a treat to have a Real Man at such a nellie event!)

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