PICTURE: #3 IN TWELVE ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
JEAN SHAFIROFF TALKS ABOUT HER 3rd OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
The outfit is architectural. The dress is a form-fitting black
stretch-satin Michael Kors knee-length creation. I combined it with a luxurious black Valentino silk ruffled bolero. The earrings are Prada faux jewelry and the necklace is rhinestone with silk bows designed by Betsey Johnson. To complete the outfit, I wore black and deep grey metallic satin open-toed Oscar de la Renta jeweled pumps.
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I have worn this dress and bolero with other accessories and wanted to give it a playful updated style. The faux jewelry added sparkle and wit.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
The dress and jacket have been worn a number of times before, but the accessories were planned.
In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
I would rate this an 8.
What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this
The color is monochromatic; this outfit is more about architectural
shape and texture.
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I would change it slightly and repeat it again.
There is perhaps a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to the what/how we dress. What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit?
This is one of the few black outfits that I wear. I enjoy its drama
and classic glamour. I feel joyful in it!
Albeit, a marvelous dress few notches above the knees with multi-directional darts for drama and movement, the top, however, held a particular sway. Thus, I instead went closer to Jean—with my lens—in order to better harvest the hypnotizing riot of the imbricated satin—petal-like, circling about her top in an arch.
Most of us habitually wear black to a yawning degree. Jean’s noir number, pictured here—an exalted classic little black dress—is a beacon of hope for a city suffering from a fatigue of black uniform.
If one must wear black, at least give us something to work with, work something above average, something for the eyes to feast on and savor.