Thursday, March 4, 2010

Gene Marshall: Mood Music

Designed by Lynne Day for the 1999 Gene Convention, Mood Music is a circa 1956 hostess outfit. This is a classic Susan Hayward look; I love the simplicity, the warm coppery colors of the skirt and the blouse; the aqua color of the sash is the perfect accent to an otherwise plain outfit. The record album is the kind of bonus accessory that I love! For the first photo, I posed Gene in the living room of a suite at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. What better place for a little informal party? From the storycard:

Hand-written invitations. Hand-delivered by the hostess.

If something like that arrived at your doorstep, how could you resist dropping by Gene Marshall’s place for an intimate cocktail party? What a perfect opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of studio demands—and just spend a little time enjoying friends and listening to the relaxing sounds of your favorite tunes.

It was a group that had fallen together naturally, drawn to each other by their love of simple things: marvelous music, fine food, close company, a lively laugh—and by the love of life itself.

Throwing this party was like a mini-vacation for Gene. There was hardly anything she liked better than putting together a gathering for her cohorts. What a wonderful way to spend the day. She was happily busy until the very last minute, arranging canap├ęs, setting out mixers, filling ice buckets, rearranging furniture…

To see more Chateau Marmont photos, visit my regular website.

To see more Gene Marshall & Friends photos, visit my regular website.

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