No, you have not fallen into a time warp. It is Wednesday. So: why Friday Photos today? The celebration of Succos starts tonight and continues into Shabbat. And because Orthodox Jews (that’s us) do not use electronics during these holidays you get Friday Photos early. We hope you enjoy this edition.
Hollywood was once the dream capital of the world. Movies peddled glamour and fantasy. This was La-La Land where outrageous plots and larger than life characters allowed audiences to construct alternate realities — entertainment.
But La-La Land has relocated.
On Wednesday, President Obama delivered the commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. The mission of the Coast Guard is to protect America’s coasts. But according to this Commander-in-Chief the real threat to America comes not from enemies attacking the homeland, but from so-called global freezing/global warming/climate change — whatever they’re calling the weather this week.
Hollywood’s greatest era, the 1930’s, gave birth to two luminous and entertaining genres: the screwball comedy, and the lush musical.
It is no coincidence that these escapist movies, filled with glamorous women swimming in fur and jewels, and painfully handsome men in perfectly tailored tuxedos, were produced during the depths of the Depression.
You might think that audiences would resent these carefree swells whose only worry was the next martini, and the eternal love triangle. But for several years, audiences escaped their daily woes, and lived through the fantasies of the silver screen.
Today, America is not in a depression. But Americans are depressed. Across the aisle, Americans recognize that this country is in trouble. ObamaCare is an unmitigated disaster. Millions are suffering. And millions more will be forced to suffer by this horrendous collectivization being forced on the American people.
Fashion reacts to uncertainty and disaster as did Hollywood in the 1930’s: with great dollops of extravagance, and wit. Seraphic Secret sees a trend in ladies footwear, with designers reaching beyond the anxious here and now, and offering customers a taste of fashion transcendence.