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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Siegfried Farnon: Sartorial Inspiration

I've been assembling my closet into a fall colour story and the whole thing has been reminding me of something... or of someone, who is it?  I've been scouring my brain for the answer...
 It's definitely Siegfried Farnon and The Whole Yorkshire Look!
 We've spent many happy hours watching episode after episode of Creatures Great and Small these last several months.  We fell head over heels for the scenery, so much so that we've booked a holiday next summer in the Yorkshire Dales.

I know exactly whose look I'm going to emulate for that packing-up.
 I'm missing a few key accessories: the signature yellow vest, the pipe and the tweed hat.  Siegfried does enjoy the brandy and so do I, he is an excellent horseman and I am terrified to ride horses so I'm definitely lacking there...
My Siegfried Farnon Inspired Tweed Jacket
Well, it's a work in progress, like so many things.

Do you have any unexpected Sartorial Inspirations?
xoxDani

40 comments:

  1. Ahh, one of my favorite shows! We too spend many hours watching this series on Netflix, I'm up to season 4 now.:)) I long for the snowy weather, hot chocolate and curling up on the couch crocheting and watching my favorite vets! I also, am very fond of the whole English countryside way of dressing or The Ralph Lauren look. I can't wait to wear my Black Watch wool trousers, black watch shirt, Hacking jackets (any one of these combined with riding boots) and my 23 year old Gucci cross body bag, and my hair pulled back with a Coach scarf. :)) I do love these more Classic looks for Winter and more vibrant colors for Spring/Summer.

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    1. ad-to-JC: We're on season 4 too, with the New Helen. I have to get used to her!
      Loving your Classic Looks.

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  2. We loved that series!
    Every Sunday after our roast beef dinner we'd sit glued to the TV.
    Love a good tweed...my husband wore Harris Tweed jackets for years.
    I prefer a soft cashmere next to my skin as I find some of the heavier tweedy wools can be a wee bit scratchy.
    You might find the weather is warmer in the summertime in Yorkshire so pack some of your lovely frocks!

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    1. Hostess hopefully it will be frocks though I've read it can get very cold in the north of England? Maybe I'll wear my tweed with my frocks, Siegfried would like that.

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  3. Love this post Dani - it is most excellent and he is such a lovely fellow, so of course one ought to emulate him!

    Oh who would be my sartorial guides for this world? I think I would like Vanessa Bell and Olivia Palermo to guide me through. I was besotted by some of the things I saw in the Poetry website today, but my size was sold out in all! I just love All Creatures Great and Small! We played that hymn at both of my parent's funeral!

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    1. WMM did you play the hymn? I didn't know that. How lovely that is!

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  4. You know what it is! It's the celine gilet coats...I didn't even care but after I saw it on that woman I am obsessed but I must remember that she was skinny tanned 6 foot Italian...

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    1. CSW - I stare at every tall woman I see, because of my height I can only ever look " pretty or cute" and that isn't going to wash post 50.

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    2. Me too. My husband has a client that I'm going to have to meet one day.... he is married to a former supermodel. I'm not keen to catch up with them for dinner, as I know I'll feel like a little dumpy dwarf next to her.. no matter how high my heels.

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    3. Height is nice but cute is better. If i had to choose between cute and petite versus tall and handsome i choose cute and petite anyday. You two have nothing to worry about!

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    4. Heidi - oh no, I've been through that, a few years back I met hub's PR, jeezo she looked like a 5 ft 10 NIgella, I felt sick. I ran after him saying " you didn't tell me your PR was utterly gorgeous?" 'Oh I never noticed' - the thing is I believe him, he lives in his head.

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    5. Tanned height, too easy! Those women look good in garbage sacs!

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  5. Hi Dani, the movie I love most for the clothes is A Perfect Murder, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Michael Douglas. Also The Thomas Crown Affair with Rene Russo. And I always loved Jenna Elfman's clothes in Keeping the Faith.


    I have a recommendation of another TV show set in Yorkshire - I've just discovered Last Tango in Halifax, a wonderful series about a man and woman who were childhood sweethearts and meet again in their 70s. Derek Jacobi is one of the stars and it is SO sweet. We get it on PBS.

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    1. Patricia - oh how amazing was Rene Russo in that film? I loved her outfits.

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    2. Thanks for the recommendation Patricia I'll look for that! You never steer me wrong!
      I don't think I saw that Rene Russo movie, must look for it for the clothes!

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  6. That is a wonderful show! I am sure I've watched every episode at least twice. A perfect show for inspiration, I love the tweeds and the earth tones.

    I agree with Patricia on Renee Russo's wardrobe in The Thomas Crowne Affair. I am obsessed with it, I have tried to replicate each piece. I would wear every one of the outfits. And that head of hair! But I digress. Turns out the wardrobe was designed by Michael Kors, whose clothes I don't normally care for. He restrained himself mightily to create such a classic and elegant yet edgy wardrobe for that movie.

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    1. But DF - he was designing for Celine at the time, so that probably has something to do with it!

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    2. DF now I really want to see that movie!

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  7. I love tweed but I end up looking a bit like Margaret Rutherford playing Miss Marple.For inspiration I'd choose GP in The Talented Mr Ripley.And, I'm desperate to see Blue Jasmine for Cate Blanchett's wardrobe (amongst other reasons)...

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    1. Dying to see that too, I love Woody Allen's talky films.

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    2. Blue Jasmine has been top of list for us but I want to go with hubs and he is always working these days... by the time things let up for him it will on the Demand Channel!

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  8. oh, I loved the books! and the tv series for once DID NOT DISAPPOINT. What a nice man Mr Heriot must have been.

    Beware of the good tweed jacket, it's a commitment, it never wears out. I had a Harris tweed coat in college and finally had to leave it on a train.

    You'll love driving around Yorkshire, Let me suggest that you specify automatic when you reserve your rental car. Even people who say they love to drive stick find it wearying after a while.

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    1. Well, Fred, send ME the next one!

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    2. Fred good tip I'll remember that. I'm looking forward to the driving I must say. I'll try not to take lessons from Siegfried though.

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  9. Siegfried Farnon! I would never guessed you would know about that programme! I used to watch it with mum after school. I've never been good at tweedy country style dressing, it's just not me at all but I love it, it's very Patrician round these parts. In fact, when I was young, Wednesday was always country day in town here ( the day folk from the country came up to town) and the country folk would stand out in their different clothing style and cars. Now everyone drives a Range Rover!

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    1. Tabs I wish I lived in your neighbourhood!

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  10. We used to watch All Creatures Great and Small as children... my younger sister loved it so much and ended up becoming a Vet. Although, she's not fond of tweed and doesn't smoke a pipe, so there the inspiration stops. Tweed does have a lovely colour palette, but I think it would actually be too hot here for me!

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    1. Heidi I think it may not suit the Australian climate, very true! That's interesting about your sister... back in the day they all smoked and drank, things seemed much more fun!

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  11. People should wear more tweed and less fleece, I think. Is that jacket brown or grey, or both?? Looks great with the dress.

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    1. Lane grey-ish brown with flecks of green and iris! Tweed is stunning for its variations of colour. I agree, I find fleece very uncomfortable, it doesn't breathe and makes me feel claustrophobic.

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  12. Never seen this show,gonna try and track it down. Love the tweed! Dani did you make any purchases during the 25 percent sale at jcrew? Always love your style.

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    1. Anon please do find it. I bought mine on Amazon. I did buy some shirts for MrBP on the sale and Wendy made me buy those navy blue glitter Kiki ballet flats! Well it wasn't by force but she convinced me, you know how it is.

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  13. I agree Lane--swap out all the high tech-y fabrics and go back to wool and tweed (except for your skivvies!)
    I adore Seigfried Farnon--always have. I started watching when I was a kid too and it has been the most soothing thing to watch before bed these last 10 years for hubby and I.
    As far as clothing--What Would Seigfried Do? has motivated both of us many times. I love the country gent look for both sexes.

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    1. And Dannie you wear it so well too!
      Perfect description, it's such a soothing show to watch, it instantly makes me feel good.

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  14. I love Muffy Aldrich because I love my home New England and I adapted some of her staples such as the simple LL Bean French Sailor Turtleneck. I love tweeds but I struggle to find a slim cut item. Most blazer have strong shoulder which do not work on my large busted small frame. I love your blog. I am French and now in New England. I found your blog via Reggie Darling's and have enjoyed all of your posts.

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    1. Mona thanks so much and welcome to the blog. I hope you check in as frequently as you can.
      I adore Reggie, really adore him. His style is impeccable!

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  15. I love how Siegfried's pocket square goes all wacko on him and looks like it's trying to escape. No neatly folded GQ rules for him. His pocket "squares" inspire me when wearing a sports coat - you know, so I don't look like a hillbilly out in public.

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  16. I hate to be a cliche, but Audrey Hepburn is my thing. Love the fit and flare dresses, skinny pants and the like.

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  17. I can see you in tweeds Dani, totally your style. I am sticking with basic neutrals this season. Seems to be most of what is available for my new shape and size anyway.

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  18. Unexpected ... I have to think about that ...

    This suits you, Dani, you still look ladylike while polished and classy. I'd have to be careful I don't look like a little man as husby would describe me.

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