Friday, October 16, 2015

Malibu morning picture of the day and N-M Xmas 1983 stuff - Friday, October 16, 2015

Dear Family, Friends, and Gentle Readers,

It's Friday, in case you lost track. Here's the view from the coast:

Thick, low clouds today, but there's breakup here over the ocean.

So rest assured it'll clear up for you all. I saw all the bus riders carrying umbrellas this morning, so I wonder if they know something I don't.

Squirrel on the left, Mongolian lamb
with python bands on the right,
if you're curious.

Ever see bus riders like this before?

Well, if you have, then you have the 1983 Neiman-Marcus Christmas Book. Gee whiz, I'm old enough to remember riding buses that looked like this (not pink with bunny ears though).

Yes, as Christmas is coming I will share with you on Fridays (when I can remember) various offerings from N-M catalogs that I have collected for a project. They're a lot of fun.

And they say we all dressed over the top in the 1980s. It was along time ago. Berets on women were apparently pretty "in" then, there are several on the models.

If you're diggin' wearing fur, then you must see the most expensive thing in that year's catalog, to the right. A James Galanos three-quarter's coat of natural Russian lynx.

If you preferred keeping your fur people alive and well back in 1983, they did give this option:

Ah! Lasma Arabians, starting at $5,000 each.

And of course, more fur people of the cute and cuddly variety as the His and Hers offering that year.

Yeah. Shar-pei dogs were starting to be THE thing. Puppies started at $2,000.

According to the text, in 1983 there were 2,495 registered Shar-peis in the United States. Who knows how many there are now?  I do see one now and then being walked, not in my neighborhood, but you do see them.

Of course it would not be N-M without putting a Chinoiserie tilt onto their offerings--you can get the themed dog house there, a black velour sleeping mat with red tassels, and a take-out carton of fortune-cookie dog biscuits.

There is just so much camp and irony here. Shoot me if the creator of this concept was not a gay, white male. You sure want to meet this fellow.

I hope you all have wonderful weekend plans in store. Take care all.


PS: If you want to see the whole Shar-pei spread, here it is.

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