First time novelist based in Baltimore Laura Lippman dress for Twitter, she didn’t know it would turn out to be a normal thing.
The hashtag Twitter #DistanceButMakeItFashion was conceived by journalist (and connoisseur of all things glamorous) Rachel Syme. Fashion has been one of the first things that happened on the side of the road during a pandemic, so Syme thought it would be fun for people to occasionally get out of yoga pants and be something a little extraordinary. He suggested doing it every Sunday.
“And I’m like, of course, I’ll do that,” Lippman said with a laugh. “It looks funny and ridiculous … I did it and it felt fantastic, like beautiful. I posted my photo that night in the very luxurious nightgowns and robes that I wore at Orient Express.”
Several days passed and Lippman decided to do it again.
“I reached into my closet and pulled out a red suede boots on my knees and paired it with a checkered dress and I put up a photo and wrote,” Oh Rachel, what have you made? ‘”
From there, more clothing came – a coat dress with velvet tights and knee-high gray suede boots. Leopard coat with giant red sunglasses. Clothes – pink pants and black tops – are arranged by Georgia Ray, Lippman’s daughter with writer / producer David Simon.
“There are very good memories in my closet. I have enjoyed it, “said Lippman. (It doesn’t hurt that he has more or less the same size for 25 years).
At one point, Lippman began to tell the story behind the clothes – the dress she was wearing to the Emmys, another dress she was wearing at the premiere The Sopranos at Radio City Music Hall – and he thought he would continue the exercise.
“They almost like a little writing,” he said.
The response to the outfit was very positive – although Lippman said he had a filter installed on Twitter to minimize the appearance of bots or trolls.
“I’m sure there are some people who find it annoying,” he laughed. “There’s always someone who hates you online – it’s just been given!”
Lippman really appreciated the ritual of creating clothes, but he also wanted to explain that he was “very aware” of how “lucky” he was.
“Knock on wood, no one in my house is sick and no one near us is sick,” he said. “For now, we don’t need to worry about checking our paychecks. I don’t know how to be more fortunate than that now. ”
So does Lippman recommend everyone to get into the #DistanceButMakeItFashion phenomenon?
“I recommend that people do whatever makes them feel good now,” he said.
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