"Whenever you see flies or insects in a still life- a wilted petal, a black spot on the apple- the painter is giving you a secret message. He’s telling you that living things don’t last- it’s all temporary. Death in life. That’s why they’re called natures mortes. Maybe you don’t see it at first with all the beauty and bloom, the little speck of rot. But if you look closer- there it is."
— From The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro
Jane Birkin reading book. Les Midis de Jane. Paris Vogue c.1970.
A fashion muse with her simple and feminine outfits in the 1970s, Jane Birkin has also given her name to an iconic Hermès handbag that perfectly suits the woman who once declared: ‘My mother was right: when you’ve got nothing left, all you can do is get into silk underwear and start reading Proust.’