Two days ago, I was the lucky recipient of tickets to a "celebrity lecture" series. Previous speakers have been distinguished people like Itzhak Perlman or Condoleezza Rice. My friend had a conflict, and so, passed the tickets on to me. I was beyond thrilled. This lecture was delivered by Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist popular with the general public. Tyson not only writes fun science books for non-scientists. He also has a PBS program, advises NASA, and heads the Hayden Planetarium in NYC. The science geek in me was terribly excited. After all, I sometimes read his astronomical commentary in Natural History magazine.
|Sticking to scholarly fabrics|
The color and design are not mousy professor style
but perhaps a bit Prof. Dolores Umbridge?
Jacket: Luca Luca
Knowing this event to be populated by silver-haired scholars, I thought to limit my outfit to acceptable scholarly materials -- wools, tweeds, bouclé. At most, I expected some ladies to be in Chanel suits and Salvatore Ferragamo pumps, a sort of Prof. Dolores Umbridge look, for those who like Harry Potter. The venue was a concert hall, but this was not the time for glamorous furs and silks. So I dug through my closet for an old jacket. This one probably counts as vintage already. I used to use it as a young lady, hoping the serious fabric, tailoring and threads of gray in it would give me an air of maturity and gravitas. Now, that air is palpably real and I could do without the jacket.
|The wool "fur" is the element of fun I love in this jacket|
Jacket: Luca Luca
It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening. The silver-haired scholars let their tresses down, even cheering on an 8th Grader groupie in the audience who threw his Tyson t-shirt from the balcony for an autograph! Tyson is an engaging speaker, of the Southern-Baptist-Preacher style, and Science is his crusade. His lament for Science not being part of American culture these days is similar to my lament about Art. After all, this is our Universe. Shouldn't we all want to know more about the stars that grace our skies, not just those that grace our TV screens?
What topics interest you, outside of fashion?