Fashion is not necessarily about labels.
It's not about brands.
It's about something else that comes from within you.
Ahhh ... Valentino Red. Don't you just love it? And how 1960s is this little number? Imagine if she had on some Nancy Sinatra boots! There was a lot of retro going on in the windows, as you'll soon see. If you look closely, you'll see it's made of gorgeous red lace.
When in doubt, wear red.
By the way, I was all set to kick my Italy postings into high gear and then I got the flu! Fortunately, (and I'm guessing this is because I got a flue shot) my fever didn't go as high as a lot of folks and hasn't lasted as long. (knocking on wood over here!)
Anyhow, it's time to take a break from posting about churches, monasteries and other more "serious" fare ... and get to something else I love. Fashion. In Rome! These photos were mostly taken on a couple of different nights, after the rain, and after the shops had closed.
This shot, above, was taken with my back to the Spanish Steps, looking down Via Condotti, the swankiest shopping street in Rome. On the left corner you can just make out "Dior" on the window and upstairs on the right "Prada." Not a bad location, right on one of the most popular Piazzas in Rome.
The Christmas Lights were already up on Via Condotti when I arrived in Rome and on the main drag that runs perpendicular to it, and right through Piazza di Spagna. (This was November 30th.) Most of the lights on the side streets didn't start going up until around the 6th or 7th of December, as I was leaving Rome.
Looking back up Via Condotti to Piazza di Spagna, you can just barely make out Trinità dei Monti, which I talked about in the previous post.
Lace was big, as you can see, along with gorgeous gold Baroque style accents that looked like they'd come right out of a Bernini church and onto a handbag.
A woman's dress should be like a barbed-wire fence:
serving its purpose without obstructing the view.
That lace was so beautiful and so fine, as if it had been made in the late 19th century. Just gorgeous! Loving the contrast of the gold belt fabulousness, that keeps it from being too sweet and virginal.
You can never be overdressed or overeducated.
The only real elegance is in the mind;
if you've got that, the rest really comes from it.
And the guy selling roasted chestnuts, next to Christian Dior. Good gravy, they smelled good!
I try not to covet material objects but come on. That dress on the right? With that sweet, but not too sweet, ruffle across the shoulders ... Anyway, everyone needs a LBT. (Speaking of which, my mom just found my 1950s Little Black Dress that my friend Evelyn bought me when I first moved to LA, and it still fits! But I digress ... )
One is never over or under dressed
with a little black dress.
Fashion changes, but style endures.
The white blouse and black pants are screaming Ginger Rodgers to me! LOVE!
Love Leopard print, done right. So chic and adds a little spice.
This blouse below was so pretty in person. Layers of of silk chiffon ruffles ... sigh.
Again with the vintage looks! I may be getting the decades wrong but the coat on the left screams 1920s to me. And how cute is that striped dress?
The thing is, that everything is so beautifully made ... so beautifully crafted, you can help but appreciate the beauty. Or at least I can't!
Max & Co.
A girl should be two things:
classy and fabulous.
Over the years I have learned
that what is important in a dress
is the woman who is wearing it.
~Yves Saint Laurent
1920s cloche hats at Alberta Ferretti
This tree, below, looked so beautiful, as well as the chandeliers down the street. On closer inspection, you realize though, someone does have to pay for all of this and the sponsor, in this case, was Mercedes. It's difficult to see in the photos but there were little Mercedes logos hanging from the tree and the chandeliers. Kind of funny, but it was still beautiful, as you can see!
Treasures to be found on little side streets ...
How wonderful are these?!
And, of course this post wouldn't be complete without fabulous Italian shoes!
sandalo strass rosso 469,00 euro
Red is wild. She is unsettling. She intrigues.
Wear red and other women will assume that you are a predatory vixen
who is out to steal their husbands and suck the blood of their Children.
(he cracks me up!)
sandalo strass nero 495,00 euro
I loved the menswear and there was something so cozy about this look! Just look at that gorgeous plaid! I don't know many guys here who could pull this off but I would be temped to pull Annie Hall if I'd had the cash!
As the week progressed, more windows had the Christmas vibe.
This just cracked me up! As I recall, I think they were right on Piazza di Spagna ...
Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say,
and not giving a damn.
Via del Babuino runs from the Northwest, right down into Spagna
Guiseppe Zanotti Design
(I mean seriously!!! I couldn't stand up in them, without risking a broken ankle, but they are certainly sculptural shoe porn, at its finest! Maybe just a photo in them!? At 650,00 euro a pair, I didn't ask to try them on.)
Dress shabbily and they remember the dress;
dress impeccably and they remember the woman.
Guilty feelings about clothes are totally unnecessary.
A lot of people earn their living by making clothes,
so you should never feel bad.
I looked in the window (below) and saw this lovely, very small, ink rendering and thought, What a lovely Christmas gift this would make! At closer inspection, it turned out it was a Tiepolo. That Tiepolo. Yes, I'm sure it would make a lovely Christmas gift for someone. Like, the queen? The price wasn't in the window.
Giambattista Tiepolo, Venezia 1696 - Madrid 1770
This dress was adorable and I'm not sure who designed it!
What a strange power there is in clothing.
~Isaac Bashevis Singer
This window below, cracked me up, with the mannequin being swallowed by Christmas tree!
I've been purging a bunch of clothes I used to wear for auditions and that had seeped into my everyday clothes. Some, I never even felt that good in, but every commercial actress needs a black polo, a conservative black suit, a blue work shirt and so on. (At least for the types of things I used to go out on.) There was a time where everything seemed to be getting pretty beige.
I like dressing up. I am a bit perplexed when people show up to bridal showers in shorts and go to dinner in baseball caps (Even if you are going bald! Bald men are sexy, get over it!)
Part of me thinks, it doesn't really matter, it is what's on the inside that counts. Well, it is but on the other hand ... do the sweatpants represent you? If so, go for it. Personally, I don't want to be sweatpants. And, with all the fun things out there ... at least be pink sweatpants! Or aqua blue! Really, what is your favorite color? What do you feel fantastic in?
You don't have to dress up, just dress your self. (And maybe have some fun while you're at it?)
I find these ladies sooooooo fun and inspiring!
I loathe the idea of growing old gracefully.
I fully intend to grow old eccentrically and dramatically.
-The Associated Press