No matter the time you lived in or live in now, everyone would agree that a Chignon is and will always be an undisputed sign of Haute Couture Style ¿no? For me, it has always been the definition of High Drama, Haute Couture and a mayor source of inspiration. All the women I have ever admired have worn their hair in this fashion at one time or another.
|Lady Pamela Hicks - A very day time chignon|
¿How can one look at the above photos and not feel inspired to entertain and get dressed beautifully?
Of course there are daytime chignons and evening ones. Around our fair Garden, there are a few examples of women who by definition of their chignon are incredibly Chic. There is Madame Mary Zipser always elegantly as coiffed as she is dressed, Jackie Capra always had the most amazing chignon styles involving braids & Chanel barrettes! (so sad she moved away!). There was the fashion Dowger Countess Midge Rossini, who would add just a little more drama to her amazing day & evening chignons (a daily staple for her) with feather collars & cuffs to match! My dear, La Condesa, whose blonde chignon is always dressed by the addition of fresh cut petit roses from her beautiful courtyard garden and of course there is one of my all time favorites über –chic women Ms. Susan Mason. Though I have never seen her in a chignon, I always imagine that she secretly does so at home. She is by far one of the most sophisticated, FAB southern women I have ever met (perpetually adorned in all manor and styles of Pearls...my absolute favorite jewel!).
|Evening Chignon ¡Perfección!|
The most infamous of this set, is of course the Mistress of the Keys, with a chignon that has morphed into a huge helmet coiffe. Say nothing of the red lipstick, that God Save You, of having to watch it stain the outside of a hamburger bun before being devoured by the said Mistress…. then you have the "tired & abused" chignon look that old Madame Iguana prefers, and there are many more sad, grey, dowdy dead chignons running loose around the Garden…
But as I do dahhhling, should you come across such atrocity, immediately consider them part of the walking dead who like spirits roaming the Garden, are never heard, their presence is never acknowledged & above all they are barely visible, if for a second.
The Duchess of State
|The perfect daytime Chignon, sans the gold facial of course...we don't want it to be too much ¿no?|