Not everything has to be va-va-voom, does it? I am fascinated by Marni, an advanced Italian fashion house whose aesthetic has been described as off-beat, under-the-radar cool, marked by asymmetry, unusual shapes and large volumes. (Just to be clear: the clothes – not the house – are marked by asymmetry, unusual shapes and large volumes.) Think of a late 1950s librarian in orthopedic shoes seen through the veil of an acid trip. That’s Marni! An elegant woman wearing a sack? Also Marni!
Marni in technicolor is a little too adventurous for me, but when I see something in an understated solid, I am sometimes forced to take action. See:
This dress is made of the most beautiful fabric — from a distance, it reads light grey, but up close it’s a loose weave of mohair and other fibers in grey, white and a pale copper, and it’s lined with a pale copper silk. The lining is actually stitched to the dress along the hem, which ensures coverage (because the fabric’s loose weave is not opaque) as well as creating volume.
Even though I bought this dress in a size smaller than I usually wear, the cut was still over-sized. The look was intentional, but too big for me, so I had the bodice and waist taken in. The fit is still very relaxed; some days it is nice to wear clothes that don’t even skim the body.
Things that I could be hiding under that pleated skirt, in order of likelihood (most to least likely):
b. innertube (for flotation)
This dress might also look nice with a skinny black belt cinching it at the natural waist and black wedges. Just a thought.
When the Smithsonian announced that the open courtyard of this building would be enclosed with a glass roof, people freaked out. It’s turned out to be beautiful — the roof evokes the feeling of a sheltering sky — and thereby reminding us that while change is difficult, it is often good. For stunning photos of the courtyard and roof, see the work of Scott Davis.
A dress that is somehow both elegant and quirky deserves a necklace of the same description. I found this charming one by Gabrielle Desmarais at the Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h while taking in the sights of Montreal with my husband. Come closer and see:
Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h is a gallery devoted to the work of artists producing contemporary jewelry and small objects. The pieces are individually produced and range from very affordable (like my necklace) to more precious. Mr. Guyomarc’h is passionate about the work, fluent in French and English, and ships to the United States, so you should check it out.
UPDATE July 15, 2015: For more of my Marni-based raptures, see this new posting on Frankenstein’s Jacket.