above: the cast of Mistresses on BBC
I walked through Soho this weekend for a shopping stroll and encountered high winds and a long, long line that wrapped around the block for Topshop (the queue was really civilized and contained behind velvet ropes, like some sort of hot club opening in Chelsea).
Instead of waiting in line, I decided to head home to catch up on my DVR'ed television shows. One show that has caught my attention just started airing on BBC America: Mistresses, a show about four thirtysomething women who live somewhere in England (the show is filmed in Bristol) and bond over difficult relationships, including, in some cases, infidelity. At first, I was a little scandalized about the title, thinking that it would be some sort of misogynistic fantasy about men and their mistresses, but it's actually interesting and far more complex than its title would suggest. It's refreshing to see women who haven't been botoxed to heaven on the screen playing complex characters.
As for the fashion, it's not exactly Sex and the City "fabulous," but given that some characters are professionals in a small town, you wouldn't exactly expect them to traipse around in head-to-toe Chanel or Alexander McQueen, but I did spot a Vivienne Westwood blouse on Orla Brady's character, who plays a lawyer on the show. If fashion plays a role in the show, it's a backdrop to the drama, not a part of the main action. If you haven't checked it out, please do. It's pretty riveting, and yes, melodramatic. My new guilty pleasure. Has anyone else been watching?
Style Challenge Update
Last week, I made a vow (starting April 1st) not to wear black for one whole week. Surprise, surprise: it's been really great so far! I am not sure if it's an unintended consequence of mixing color (slowly and surely) into the wardrobe or the slow thaw of spring that's been lifting my spirits, but I feel more cheery sans black.
I am surviving-- actually thriving without black this week. But old habits die hard, and I can't help feeling envy and withdrawal when I spot a chic New Yorker dressed head to toe in black. Here are some pictures of days one through four... Apologies for the wonky poses. I am new to this whole "style post" thing.
Just three more days to go!!!