A few days ago I had lunch with my dear friend A. at Le Grainne Café in Chelsea. When we’d finished our meal, we strolled a bit in the dazing heat, trying to decide whether to do some shopping or just say our good-byes and head back to our (air-conditioned) homes, and then we stopped to admire this window.
The store was Philippe Wine & Liquor on West 23rd Street and the display was promoting a new Lillet aperitif. (You can read more about it here.) A. and I both enjoy cocktails and we both love French style from the 1920s-30s. “Look, it’s us,” said A., and she was right: the two figures in this set-up actually do look a bit like us, if we were captured in a fashion illustration from those years. It was like a fantasy snapshot of the lunch chat we’d just had. (And it’s difficult to see through the window-glare of my photo, but the table had a real gilt clutch-purse and a pair of gloves resting next to the bottle of Lillet Rosé.)
Image: photograph by Tinsel Creation.