I'm in the midst of a few projects at the moment, planning a road trip in August, learning about glove making, and spending the wee hours in alleys to hunt for new graffiti. Blogging has to take a backseat this week while I try to catch up with offline life, but there are a few things to leave you with in the meantime...
// Painting the Town Red //
Valentino's 300 dress exhibit at the Ara Pacis Museum in Rome is open, and it looks spectacular. His creations are usually too opulent for me to appreciate, but the red gowns in this collection are stunning and remind me of the famous elephant scene in Moulin Rouge. I like the way Valentino's crimson clad mannequins have been grouped around the ancient Ara Pacis monument like an ecstatic Greek chorus.
// Guerilla Gardening //
As regular visitors know, street art is a passion for me second only to boots, so I was delighted to come across the work of posterchild, a Toronto stencil artist who erects little boxes of celosias in unlikely places all over town...
// Hello, Silver //
I walk by these Casadei boots almost every day and stand (in the words of my mother) "like a stunned, alien ostrich" gazing wistfully through the glass. Luckily, they've gone on sale and if fashion fate is on my side, there will still be a size 41 knocking around.
According to Casadei's website, "the latest collection communicates a return to the future, lived in the prism of a dazzling universe populated by galactic sirens who sing the opulence of metals..."
If you're into metallic footwear, the rest of this blurb is fun to read. Either the translation didn't quite work, or the company hires wild and dreamy writers.
// Making Plans for Nina //
In the past, cruise collections have never really captured my attention, but if I was a "galactic siren" as Casadei envisions its boot wearers to be, I think that I would wear Nina Ricci all summer long. The silvery dresses, paired with blue ombre stockings are an inspired combination. At least for this alien ostrich.
// And Finally... //
Vanity Fair's International Best Dressed List is out. Any favourites?
Happy August! See you soon.