Dress by Burberry and jewelled sandals by Dolce & Gabbana
Dress and jacket by Dolce & Gabbana and hat by Jessica Broas
Shirt and skirt by Giorgio Armani and shoes by Paul Andrew
Floral gown by Etro
Dress and shoes by Calvin Klein, hat by Jessica Broas
Dress by Gucci and hat by Jessica Broas
Dress and shoes by Gucci and hat by Jessica Broas
For that, we turn to Grey Gardens, that classic portrait of blue-blooded decay; the massively influential documentary is referenced nearly every season. And indeed the Beales were fascinating characters, but their story wasn’t exactly a happy one. So, what if they were still around today? What if they were a little less isolated, if their house was infested with fewer raccoons?
Here, we took on a more playful style that still embodies a quirky spirit--like if instead of the raccoons, the house was filled with bright birds and flowers. Pattern-filled Gucci with a big church lady hat certainly seems like something both Beales would gravitate towards. Cummings had his spring lady, and in the famous doc, the two Beales often referenced Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Marble Faun -- both seem like lovely descriptors for a creature in these clothes.
E.E. Cummings wrote that he “swore by all flowers,” that love entails the need to “wholly be a fool while Spring is in the world.” It’s one of the oldest metaphors in the book: love is like spring, like flowers blossoming, like color coming back to a grey world. And while the aforementioned association may be ancient, that doesn’t mean it’s not true. As romance blooms, so should flowers—meaning that whomever you’re dating should go buy more of them.
These looks, featuring the likes of Etro, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, and Gucci, are bright and airy, perfect for the beginning of a new love (let’s not think about the end). Textured flowers and tropical birds and light fabrics are what spring is all about, both in the metaphorical and literal senses.
But romance might be a bit too tidy and happy for creative types. Most lovers wouldn’t necessarily appreciate big church lady hats. But maybe someone would who’s a little bit kooky, a little bit off.