.

.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Bound To Please



Did anyone read the The Man in The Iron Mask as a child.? The thought of being encased in metal always terrified me, but it seems that a lot of you popsies can't wait to have the cuffs slapped on and for your handsome jailer to throw away the key. LV have just brought out their new Lockit range; the Cartier love bangle continues to capture the wrists of the fairest maidens in the land and Tiffany's alchemy is  making bicycles out of embonpoints.
Me? I'd be happier with an airline ticket to Florence or Paris and a rusty old padlock.






Tiffany 



Locked in by love or  prisoner of fortune?


50 comments:

  1. Much rather have the trip than the treasures! I love the old clanky skeleton keys better. I picked up one at a Paris flea and use it as my KEY key chain.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Danni - I love old keys, I think they are fascinating objects.

      Delete
  2. Taxi to heathrow then flight to freedom please. I like the love bangle - on others. Knowing myself I would lose the tool then Cartier would go out of business then I would be stuck on my wrist only for me to get so fat and it get enveloped.

    This is what those locks make me feel.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Well, I just got 'liberated', so no, thanks but airline ticket, yes, of course. Like always, you made me laugh, this is priceless.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh the man with the iron mask made me feel claustrophobic.
    My girlfriends and I walked by a sexy clothing shop and the mannequin in the window had a leather mask on with no way to see only what appeared to be breathing holes. We all gasped then got the hysterics if anyone I know got me this get up for Valentines I'd b on a plane so fast it would make ones head spin!!
    Tabitha you have the best posts. I always look forward to reading them when I see your blog name pop up.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Oh the whole lock thing. My son has been wearing one from the hardware store on a heavy duty steel link (like the kind you'd use on a fence or something) for years and years and I HATE it. I really can't stand it, it ruins his good looks and I find it quite juvenile!
    Maybe if I tell him that the posh retailers are pushing the idea he'll take the wretched thing off!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Trust oldest rascal for being ahead of fashion curve. Just show him photo of wizened Duchess of Windsor with her Cartier Love lock bangle, or Blake Lively with a Tiffany padlock charm necklace, that reverse psych might work.

      Delete
    2. Yeah I think oldest rascal gets a pass here but yes if you let him know about the new LV ones that are out, he'll probably rip it off.

      Delete
    3. hehe good advice, I should send him a product shot and tell him I bought one (he doesn't have a tattoo because I have one, scored on that one)! Old Rascal came into the Toronto LV Maison with me when I bought my agenda insert for 2013 and had to leave as he found it so stuffy (or Mom-ish is what he meant).

      Delete
  6. It's not that appealing to me.....a plane ticket would be far more welcome. Brings a new meaning to the term "the old ball and chain" perhaps?

    ReplyDelete
  7. Very 50 Shades of Grey! As you know, I do have lock in Paris (until some bugger cuts if off!) but i have never worn a key and lock as jewellry. I am like you - I feel almost panic stricken when I even watch a jail door close, so no locks for me! I think I will catch that plane with you! I am afraid of expensive jewellry anyway - I am such a kluz, would likely lose it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. WMM: That was the most beautiful gesture and I love your husband for doing that.

      Delete
  8. what a great post - the cartier love bracelet is so pretty but it's SO expensive! xox P

    ReplyDelete
  9. Call the airline, please.
    As for the jewelry, do we really want to wear what everyone else is wearing? I feel the same about the "it" bags, such as Birkins or Kellys, especially when it's stamped with yet another logo. I know these items popular and certainly I do not intend any offense, I'd just prefer the ticket.
    Great post, Tabs
    P

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. P: me too anything stamped/logos just turns me off but each to their own.

      Delete
  10. I am with you, I would much rather have a plane ticket to Florence or Paris!!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Tabitha, the airline ticket plse, every time! The idea of something I couldn't take off would freak me out - just a bit claustrophobic. Can't see the point of those padlocks and chains on bridges either. Would rather throw a flower in the water and watch it drift along (the river of life image), a much more romantic memory and maybe truer. Locks to me signify compulsion and imprisonment and are not a good symbol of love which should be freely given and received - and celebrated. Best wishes, Pamela

    ReplyDelete
  12. Give me a trip to Paris any day! I'm with Pamela...the idea of the locked bangle freaks. me. out!! Shudders.

    ReplyDelete
  13. OFF KEY I'd take a ticket to anywhere, doesn't have to be a city of wine-soaked love stories and romantic bridges. Glad I am not only one who thinks of human bondage device. No matter how pricey or storied, just another variation of the slave ring (IMO). I am a fan of lockets and the Locks of Love cancer recovery charity. And oddly I guess, I like the padlock (and still have the key) for my mum's prized LV Speedy. But that's a museum piece and "keep safe" not carry for me.

    ReplyDelete
  14. In my uni days I had a brief brush with punk. Didn't do the hair but wore a heavy chain and padlock from the hardware store as jewellery for a week. Spent the next three months having physiotherapy. The old noggin still tilts a little to the left to this day.

    I'd much rather spend the readies on a business class ticket to anywhere.

    ReplyDelete
  15. They're all hideous, rusty or retail. I'd much rather be locked into my seat on a plane headed somewhere sunny.

    ReplyDelete
  16. I don't like jewellery trends, there is so much social signalling involved and little personal style. My husband likes the Tiffany locks on me (we were bored in Heathrow and trying things on), but I'll likely never buy one because of everything that they mean.

    As for the locks on the bridges, I'm not too keen on those either. Then again, one of the things that I love about good cities is that they are always living and evolving, and I like the locks in the sense that they are something contemporary and a way to interface with those old historic bridges.

    Here's an interesting, if somewhat overwrought, article in the NYT about the locks: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/19/opinion/sunday/the-locks-on-pariss-bridges-represent-a-misunderstanding.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, I mean the Tiffany keys.

      Delete
    2. Abby, the keys are the prettiest of the bunch but I'm with you on social signallling - loathe it.

      Delete
  17. I like the keys, I think that they are interesting. I have a lock watch so I can't say I don't care for locks. Yet I don't care for locks! The LV would, however, look much better with out the LV all over them.

    ReplyDelete
  18. I started wanting the Cartier Love bracelet about 40 years ago, when it wasn't so commonly seen, and a very stylish young woman I knew had one, that her boyfriend had bought for her ~ I found it highly romantic then. So, I'm a bit torn on that one, as I still have that very strong memory that battles with the current reality. In any case, I've never had one, or asked for one, but I do admit to still sort of coveting it at times. And feeling embarrassed that I do.
    Don't care much for the other stuff though.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Kathy - me too, 30 years ago I absolutely loved it.

      Delete
    2. And now, I've sort of starting loving it again. It's a real dilemma this sort of thing. Many years ago in Paris, I bought a Goyard bag, long before Barney's or any store in the US began carrying them. I loved it. Then, when it became so available, and so common that their were counterfeits on every street corner in NYC, I stopped loving it. But is that "reverse snobbery" real? Or helpful - not sure. I don't want to be influenced either way I guess. If I love something, I don't really care anymore if it's unique... or if it's common - does this make any sense? I want to choose with blinders on.

      Delete
    3. Kathy, I can relate to what you're saying. If those Tiffany keys existed in a vacuum, I'd want one. I won't buy one, because of what I'd be "saying." But then again, maybe I should just get one and stop assuming that every one who wears one represents their current symbolism!

      That said, I still strive to find less mainstream items that reflect my personality without the extra baggage.

      Delete
    4. Abby & Kathy - I know, I'm keeping my eye out for a new car but can't past the brand messaging involved!

      Delete
    5. Oh yeah, cars. In LA the car you drive (and the color) supposedly says so much about you. I've decided as per Abby's comment - that I'm going to try to live in my own aesthetic vacuum, and not worry about what "message" I'm sending to others.

      Delete
  19. Would rather have a Cartier watch than locks etc; would not turn down one of those Love bracelets, though. As I am quite out of social signals, these are new to me!

    ReplyDelete
  20. This stuff plays to every possessive, attachment-issued cell in my jealous, attention-seeking, narcissistic body. Lock me up with the Cartier, baby!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Plane ticket, of course! Bye...........

    I would panic if I couldn't take off a bracelet without assistance. *slight control issues here.*

    ReplyDelete
  22. When I was in Florence I bought a tee shirt for a friend back home. He noticed it said made in U.S.A. on the tag.

    I think the jewelry is very pretty. My mom gave me her little key and heart pin as in key to my heart. It is only costume by I feel like it is Cartier. She was wearing it when my parents were engaged.

    Florence and Paris are such a long, long flight from here. Can I just pretend I'm there? So much easier.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sheree - Paris is just over 50 mins away, I dream of your side of the world.

      Delete
  23. as a mild claustrophobic, the thought of putting anything on my body that can't easily come off makes me break out in a sweat. i even get panicky when i can't slide my rings off during a summer swell (hmmm... maybe the claustrophobia isn't so mild)

    ReplyDelete
  24. I remember the punk rock kids in high school used to wear chains and locks.
    I remember that time my husband told me I could have the VC&A necklace OR a kitchen. For the record...I still dont have the kitchen and I could've worn the necklace 100 times by now.

    ReplyDelete
  25. I am claustrophobic too- so anything in the prisoner genre- even for the sake of love or fashion- doesn't do it for me...Firenze or Paris for moi per favore!!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Haha, no locks, please! I know it's very trendy, but it creeps me out.

    ReplyDelete
  27. I'll take the trip like theother Australians,

    none of the jewellery excites me much, but I carry around a big bunch of keys is it an accessory ?

    ReplyDelete
  28. After reading the book it took weeks to get the horror of it out of my mind!

    HB bought me the Cartier love bracelet in the 70's,wear it with my Cartier tank watch...to hell
    with the repros. or newbies...love it.Ida

    ReplyDelete
  29. Why on earth should I be the one in chains? How about him? Not the slightest interest in reading any of the 50 Shades...

    I'll take the antique keys and the money. I seem to have gone off jewellery for the moment (maybe it's too hot down here in Australia, even though it's no longer in the 40s), but I don't particularly want to leave home either. For the money, I should be able to hire a gardener to sort out everything that's run amok while I've been ill as well as institute new garden beds and the plants to go in them.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Ah yes, I read The Man in the Iron Mask as a chil. Little did I know that a few short years later I would be grappling a gimp mask onto a model on a photoshoot for a very wellknown global brand. There was also the purchase of said item on Old Compton Street, which was hilarious; not to mention the latex catsuit, and a large pot of talc. Then there was the pantomime horse... oh the stories I could tell.

    ReplyDelete

Marquess of Queensbury rules apply and please,
remember your manners.

Note: only a member of this blog may post a comment.