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Fashion Book: Death with Interruptions

2010 September 30

I finished reading Jose Saramago’s Death with Interruptions this week. It’s a poignant, powerful, and beautiful book that has your mind reeling from the very first line. What would happen if death stopped doing her job? One nation is forced to confront this situation and in Saramago’s hands, it becomes a lyrical journey of philosophical, political, and emotional impact rather than a ghastly revel of horror. Though it’s pretty heavy fare, I’d recommend giving this a try–once you get into it, the 200+ pages speed by and the ending is so rewarding that it’s worth it.

For this week’s Fashion Book, I thought about death, as personified by Saramago in the book. Though death is traditionally only clothed in black, I wanted to play with that image a little bit. If death was a woman, no doubt she’d be one classy lady and why shouldn’t she wear anything she damn well pleases? Though skulls and the macrabe are all the rage this season, I tried to stray from the expected skull earrings, etc. but I couldn’t resist that rib cage bracelet–it’s so striking I think even death would condescend to wear it. What do you think death would wear in the real world?

Death with Interruptions

Elizabeth & James Tokyo chiffon blouse

Alexander McQueen wool kimono cape

CJ by Cookie Johnson pure trousers

Givenchy leather lace-up ankle boots

Marc Jacobs large Camille leather tote

DSquared bracelet

Carolee double drop cognac earrings {via Max and Chloe}

Jack Wills Rosemount sunglasses

Aspinal of London kimono chrysanthemum silk scarf

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  1. Nicole permalink
    September 30, 2010

    I could not stop for death, so he kindly stopped for me.

    UM, it’s scary how much I psychotically love this outfit. And the Outnet has the E&J blouse in my size… DRAMA!

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