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In Editor's Desk on October 2, 2011 at 11:33 pm

THE CHARM OF YESTERYEAR                I definitely see a trend brewing. We consistently seem to be looking back to the days when life was more charming. Of late, the words retro, vintage and charm seem to pop-up endlessly. You all may remember Emily Post, she’s the lady who for 90 years taught us how to mind our manners, and she seemed to do a pretty good job of it. There’s a new edition of “Emily Post’s Etiquette” which bears the subtitle “Manners for a New World”.

Apparently manners have to be updated and the younger members of the Post clan jumped into the breach. The New York Times gave this book along with ” How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age” by Dale Carnegie and associates a scathing front page review. It’s not charming to think that we need to update manners.  According to Emily and Dale all we need to learn is to just do the right thing. That’s charming …                                        

When we think of vintage what comes to mind fastest is tweed. This past Sunday Bill Cunningham, in the style section of The Times, covered the first New York Tweed Run, a bicycle race in which the participants dressed in the style of 1930’s and 40’s England. The Tweed Run was founded in London in 2009 by enthusiasts of vintage clothing and cycling. How charming.

If that doesn’t take you back far enough, it seems that designers are now doing fairy tale books to really take us to ‘once upon a time’. The writer Camilla Morton has come up with a series of fantasy designer biographies. First up is ‘ Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty”with his stunning baroque  fantasy drawings it’s bound to be a magical success. Sooo charming...

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CHARM SCHOOL READING LIST                        

 Let’s continue to look back with these authors. Marisa Berenson,daughter of diplomat Robert L. Berenson and socialite Gogo Schiaparelli and model extraordinaire has written her story “Marisa Berenson: A Life in Pictures” a lush coffee table book published by Rizzoli.

Rosamond Bernier the doyenne of art lecturers has written her memoirs,” Rosamond Bernier-Some of My Lives-A Scrapbook Memoir” and what a life she had…  Married to writer, John Russell, friend of Picasso and Matisse from her Paris days at l’Oeil Magazine.  I’ll let her tell you about it…

 And if you must update -“Emily Post’s Etiquette-Manners for a New World”.