dimanche 25 avril 2010

Be a Lady not a Tramp

©Olivier Zahm

“Every women should have four pets in her life. A mink in her closet, a jaguar in her garage, a tiger in her bed, and a jackass who pays for everything,” Opening quote of Classy 's Derke Blasberg book

Have you ever heard of Derek Blasberg? Never mind me neither, I just came across his book. He's just another fashion journalist.
And as a fashion journalist we all know one of the perks of that job is to travel. To travel all over the fashion world, it means Paris, London, Milano, Tokyo New York etc etc . It also means hours waiting in the airport lounges. Hours to spend either reading a good book, which apparently he forgot several times, or reading the trash of any tabloid magazines, most supplement of the well known newspapers… Which he did most of the times.
And perusing through the page-turning salaciousness during long distance flights, he couldn't help but wonder what sort of female role model the media is putting on a pedestal.

More than once , he says, he has been sat next to a so-called well-mannered actress at a gala dinner who didn't know which were her bread plate and water glass and when to put her napkin in her lap and what was appropriate dinner conversation.
That made him just think of…there are far more tramps in this world than ladies!

And as for many the idea of a handwritten thank you note never arises, he thought that we have to give today's youthful generation some inspiration, some semblance of elegance and chic in a world of scandalous tabloids and celebrity worship websites. We have to remind them of what it means to RSVP, and how meaningful it can be to send a thank you note.

Classy, wishes to answer, in an humourous way how today's young women can differentiate between a lady and a tramp in their own behaviours. From fashion to dinner etiquette to vices to expanding horizons.
I like to think I've got
a helpful book, says Derek Blasberg.
I hope Derek is right even if I think we would need more than one book...otherwise, why bother? tramps will always be tramps !