Interesting. I know her design work. Would love to know more about her sartorial style from your perspectve. I am guessing it is the fit of her suit and the judicious accessories and her overall dignity…
I understand why people say “intimidating,” and while I don’t want to put to fine a point on this, wouldn’t it be more appropriate to say “mysterious?” I think that is what Mdme Putman is displaying here, there is softness, but also authority and a question denied anyone who asks it. The glasess make her a sphynx. She carries herself in a way that the kids today will sadly never get, and if they did, would never be able to replicate. It’s a Becall / Dietrich / Deneuve thing, and she’s carrying it like a lictor carries the imperial “faces.” She possess her sex completely, wraps it in mystery, and uses it as a weapon.
Imperatrix of her own device — The Timeless Woman.
She’s amazing. This woman lives life by her own rules and does so gracefully. I love her work – she literally changed the way people view landscape design with the Pershing Hall Hotel vertical wall. I love it.
The cut and fit of the suit is incredible. I love the slight bell of the sleeve. I actually think Mme. Putman’s look has softened since the 80s, when she was all about sharp edges and architectural shapes.
I had the pleasure of being invited to a dinner with about 12 people here in San Francisco, our special guest Andree Putman. She is incredible, simply incredible. She is striking, impeccably dressed, wonderful voice, smart, strong, witty, well read, well spoken, comfortable in her own skin and with her own likes (she brought a tape of Nina Simon singing in French for the restaurant to play) – honestly I could write for hours about her. THIS WOMAN IS STYLE PERSONIFIED.