Vogue Italia: Home Chic

Posted on October 20, 2011

Precious unborn fawns, does work-a-day drudgery have you feeling down? Do you sometimes fantasize more about an imaginary maid than an imaginary lover? Do you find yourself wishing that you looked like a model after a day of cleaning baseboards and scrubbing toilets? Well Vogue Italia (and T Lo) knows exactly what you need more of in your life.


Ruby Aldridge as a domestic goddess in an editorial titled “Home Chic” in the October 2011 issue of Vogue Italia, styled by Cathy Kasterine. All looks by Blumarine.


COLOR, darlings. Bright, bold, glorious color; a world where one’s ensemble always perfectly coordinates with one’s kitchen. Don’t you agree that one’s dress should always complement the dishes one just threw on the floor in a fit of ’60s suburban housewife ennui? Shouldn’t one always deal with a leaky faucet in 4-inch heels?

No? Well, let’s all pretend we live in this world for the next couple of seconds, then.





Blumarine Fall 2011 Collection


[Photo Credit: tarsha via thefashionpost.com]

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  • Anonymous

    I’ve been avoiding cleaning my kitchen all day.  Think I’ll put on a brightly colored cocktail dress and just get to it.

    • S. Jenna Lutz

      Makes sense – I wear the tiara my mother insisted I wear in my wedding when I have to clean the bathroom.

  • Sobaika Mirza

    How fun! Maybe I’d be up for chores if my kitchen were that bright.

    … Maybe.

  • Anonymous

    …Carmen Carrera?

  • Anonymous

    The one with the dishwasher and the carving knife?  That’s often how I feel about the muddy paw prints…

  • Anonymous

    Hilarious! love it.

  • Anonymous

    That hair is alive and eating her head.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll take the risk of hair eating my head if I could just get that kind of volume.

  • Anonymous

    Love especially the under sink. Perfect expression. Really fun series. Thanks TLo!

  • Anonymous

    if i only had those red shoes my house just might be clean.  i adore all the photos!

  • Anonymous

    Ha!  Yes yes yes to your second question.

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t describe those as “glamorous”.  More as “suppressed rage”.  Which is more interesting, but…worrisome.

  • CQAussie

    Just once I’d like for the Hubs to come home and see me in that red dress, with that hair and that expression holding his dinner tray with dinner actually prepared.  He would literally have a stroke.  From the fact that I successfully cooked and didn’t burn down the house.  Or my eyebrows.

  • Anonymous

    super layout and unlike many it makes me want to buy the clothes, which is the point, non?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    For once, women pissed about doing housework. Thank you Vogue!

    • Anonymous

      I know I like that too.  I can relate.  Now I don’t exactly look like that when I angrily clean up the kitchen.

  • Anonymous

    These photos are hilarious!  I especially love how the model is gripping the butcher knife in the dishwasher shot. 

    And I also really like the clothes–that intense, saturated color.  YUM!

  • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

    I believe those are Pagnossin dishes, which is what I have.

    • Anonymous

      Those are very cool dishes.  Which means you must also be very cool!

    • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

      Is that what they are? I love the colors.

  • oohsparkley!

    I want the green boots and they look like they might have a lower heel.

  • Anonymous

    I find the photoshopping of the model to be totally creepy. I seriously can’t tell if she’s a mannequin or a real person in some of these shots. That may be the point, but…creepy, nonetheless.

    • Melanie S.

      Yeah, and full of unnecessarily sexualized photos–the last one is practically porn but some of the rest have her contorted in pretty weird ways.

      (I feel like I only comment here to complain about sexism in photography.  I love you, T Lo! I just can’t compete with anyone here as far as fashion commentary goes. :D)

      …oh, extra creepy, I just noticed that the model is the photographer’s little sister. D:

  • Anonymous

    She reminds me a bit of Elizabeth Hurley.

  • Grace Armstrong

    honey, don’t drink from the faucet while doing the dishes. it’s weird.

    • Bridget Dierks

       My thoughts exactly!  That particular photo struck me as completely bizarre.

  • MilaXX

    Hee! I like it. It doesn’t make a lick of sense, but it’s bright and colorful & the clothes are pretty.

  • Anonymous

    Sometimes I drink the dishwater when there is nothing else in the house . And I hide under the sink when I’m having a sad and I don’t want to see anybody.

  • Anonymous

    Somehow, I have absorbed from the dominant culture that a woman with breasts, legs and hair like that shouldn’t have to be doing housework if she (as so clearly she is) is angry and resentful and fed up about it. Especially if she is flinging said legs about in a short skirt.

    Was this fashion editorial dreamed up by people from Mars? Persons who have not watched televisions??

    Lisa Douglas damn sure didn’t crawl about under the sink with a wrench.

    So these, sadly, do not compute.

  • Anonymous

    I love this. That’s probably wrong, ain’t it?

  • Anonymous

    When I spill my peas I do exactly what she’s doing.  Funny, I thought I was the only one.

  • Anonymous

    That’s EXACTLY how I position myself when I’m loading the dishwasher.

  • Anonymous

    Technicolor Stepford wife, esp. the one where she’s holding the serving tray. And nothing says plumber like a pair of smoking hot red heels. Over the top campy colorful goodness. Very fun.

  • Aly Light

    Why is her hair styled like a mannequin’s?

  • T Jewell

    Flashing on the video for the Eurhythmics’ “I Love to Listen to Beethoven”…
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbuMXyzouJQ for the younger set)

  • Anonymous

    What a great concept, and it’s all photographed and styled so ingeniously.  Thanks, TLo!

  • Anonymous

    I told you that the Stepford Wives made bad housekeepers.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

    That’s exactly how I look when I empty the dishwasher — how did they know? 

  • Anonymous

    love the clothes, but i really want that kitchen.

  • Anonymous

    Pow. Love, love, love the styling.

  • Lisa

    Honey, I’d love to live in that world for more than a couple of seconds!

  • Anonymous

    Apparently color will not prevent you from looking like a Stepford wife.

  • http://twitter.com/Wild_Horses__ Beth

    “Do you sometimes fantasize more about an imaginary maid than an imaginary lover?” LOL, oh, do you have my number!

  • Anonymous

    Love the colorful clothes (and the kitchen). I’m assuming the photographer wanted the model to look dead inside. You know, suburban ennui and all that.

  • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

    Oh. Drat. From the pics I was hoping the dishes were for sale. Not sure I could pull off the yellow or green, but I want the dishes. And a maid if they have the robotic kind ready.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if anyone who steps in her kitchen actually makes it out alive?

    • Anonymous

      Judging by the dishwasher picture, I’d venture to say no.  She’s got her knife in hand and looks like she’s ready to start using it.

  • Anonymous

    I might actually want to spend time in the kitchen if mine looked like that!

    Is it wrong that I LIKE the lace in the bright yellow?  I couldn’t wear it in a million years (pale skin, dark hair, yellow=corpse city), but it makes me think I would enjoy lace in lime green, fuchsia, etc.  It’s different, anyway.

    • Anonymous

      No, I like it too – the bright color makes it just unexpected enough.

  • Anonymous

     Gorgeous! I can’t get over the colors! It’s been raining for 48 hours straight, I needed this. Thanks T Lo!

  • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

    How freakin’ fabulous is that! I love these posts. How would most of us ever seen this otherwise and it’s just stunning. I’m running down to load the dishwasher right now…in my hot pink crepe capri pants. Thanks guys!

  • Natasha Fairweather

    Love the clothes, love the colour, hate the mannequin look.

    • Anonymous

      Agree so much. The blank stare, overdone makeup and awkward poses make me want to retreat from the uncanny valley.

  • Anonymous

    How unusual. For once I enjoyed a fashion editorial. The clothes are hiddy (those colors! ugh!) but the styling is hilarious and the storyline amusing. 

  • Cathy S

    The last picture doesn’t fit the “I’m going to kill all the people who made these dishes dirty” vibe so I don’t like it as much. The colors are awesome and that dishwasher picture is the best.

  • http://twitter.com/Sara1Babe Sarah Archer

    If this editorial featured a signature cocktail and a tablescape I’d swear I was watching an especially fabulous episode of Sandra Lee

  • Anonymous

    For my mom, heels, lipstick and everything in between were considered de rigueur for anything from vacuming to cooking. (“That’s what aprons are for darling, now fetch mommy the creme de menthe and I’ll show you a simple dinner party desert”) When we closed up the house, I snagged her 40’s black lace apron with attached red silk flower.  Ah, my mom was awesome. Thanks for bringing up a memory TLo.

  • http://profiles.google.com/natalierdaniels Natalie Daniels

    I made that house for my SIMS. Vogue Italia has been spying on my computer.

  • http://angryfemur.tumblr.com Andrea Lane

    That is hilarious. I almost wish my kitchen looked like that, but on further consideration, I think it would seriously stress me out.

    I want those yellow pants.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HREPOWNBVUBRIVPQCF3ST2IKDM Euphory

    She looks like she’s made of plastic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rachel.council Rachel Council

    I love the colors and the clothes, but this Stepford Wife model looks about one ruined dinner party away from sticking her head in the oven. 

  • Anonymous

    it is Samantha Stevens wardrobe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/suzie.vazquez Suzie Vazquez

    love it. minus her face/expression.

  • Anonymous

    “Do you sometimes fantasize more about an imaginary maid than an imaginary lover?”  How about fantasizing about a husband who washes dishes and mops the floor? Does that count?  😉

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