As some of you may know, Madame Arcati sprang first from the imagination of Noel Coward for Blithe Spirit and then took possession of the person of Margaret Rutherford whose movie and stage rendition has never been bettered (same with Miss Marple, by the way). Now, style icon, writer, poet and GODDESS, Molly Parkin, has written to Arcati - savour her words, delight in her precedence, and damn well behave yourselves before you visit her excellent site wwww.mollyparkin.co.uk ...
DEAR MADAME ARCATI
MARGARET RUTHERFORD WAS MY FIRST REAL-LIFE SARTORIAL ROLE-MODEL. I QUEUED AT A STAGE DOOR, BEGGING HER AUTOGRAPH, WHEN I WAS 12. SHE WAS SWATHED IN AUTUMNAL SHADES OF SOFT CASHMERE, WITH A PAVEMENT-LENGTH CLOAK OF CLARET TRIPLE-DEPTH VELVET AND ROPES OF AMBER GRAZING HER KNEES. ALAS WE NEVER MET AGAIN, THOUGH I GENUFLECTED BEFORE BLITHE SPIRIT MANY TIMES OVER THE YEARS.
NOW HERE YOU ARE.
MOLLY PARKIN, ENCHANTED!