9 Jan 2011

~Wallis Simpsons~

Last month, I was lucky enough to get a look at Wallis Simpson's jewellery collection which was later sold at auction at Sotheby's. Simpson, the twice divorced American for which King Edward VIII abdicated his throne, had an insatiable appetite for expensive and lavish adornment. Famous for saying "you can never be too rich or too thin", this collection is similarly gaudy in sentiment and teeters precariously on the brink of bad taste. The pieces, in particular those specially designed for Simpson by Cartier are louche, camp, giddy and speak volumes of the defiance of a woman who cared so little about matters of taste and decorum that she took on the pinnacle of the British establishment and won. In short; pretty fabulous.

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