Even if she were not a dear friend, I'd applaud this "Style File" shot run in this week's Capital Times:
1. Because - as always - Suzanne looks stylish but not try-hard or over the top.
2. Because she's une femme d'un certain age, not a kid - and well done that photographer.
3. Because she's smart, smart, smart - in normal life as well as on the page, and I love her answers to the routine questions:
WHERE ARE YOU IN THIS PICTURE?
In front of the Supreme Court, about to jump on a bus to Unity Books for the celebration of the 100th issue of New Zealand Books: A Quarterly Review.
I AM …
a Parliamentary Counsel; I draft legislation.
I GOT MY OUTFIT FROM …
Suzanne Giacometti! I made it from silk fabric and lining that I bought from the Fabric Warehouse. The shoes and earrings I purchased on a tango-dancing trip to Buenos Aires.
IT REFLECTS MY PERSONALITY BECAUSE …
it’s “slightly flamboyant,” says a fellow drafter of legislation.
I’D NEVER BE CAUGHT DEAD WEARING …
shapeless, dull clothes.
IF MONEY WEREN’T AN ISSUE, I’D FILL MY WARDROBE WITH …
well-cut clothes made of beautiful fabrics, and shoes and bags to match.
WHO’S YOUR STYLE ICON?
Dior, because his designs reflected the beauty of the female body, without sacrificing boldness, elegance, and taste.
I'm a writer. Sometimes I write fiction and sometimes I'd rather do something else, like earn money, travel or dance tango. Whatever I do, I never stop looking. So this blog is about looking to write, writing to see, and seeing to think. I was once the kind of feminist who believed it was wrong to delight in such things. Now I'm the kind of feminist who doesn't believe that at all. I will never, as Linda Grant puts it, go beige into that good night.