Happy Monday and back to the Grind with a Smile! :) Today I am featuring an outfit I wore recently, when it was a bit warmer than it is now, that consists of a fur cape ( or capelet?) by Missoni, and a silk print skirt by Etro.
I like to think of this as my Italian Wedding ensemble, as both labels are venerable Italian icons. Etro is a (still) family owned business that was founded as a textile house in 1968. They produce and are known for their paisley prints in bright colors and their more whimsical prints, like the one I am wearing in silk charmeuse. I believe that no introduction is needed for Missoni, who has designed this fur cape that is lightweight, warm and versatile. I have worn this with skinny jeans and boots, too, and it looked very well in that combination!
Another photo of the skirt and fur cape:
I was thrilled to find my Etro skirt in a thrift store. It is not this season, but it was unworn and has all of the tags on, except for the price. I paid, I know you tire of this sort of thing, 6 dollars, which is about 91.2 % off! The store proceeds benefit Aids, and is known for designer merchandise, and lots of new merchandise. Recently I was there when a donation of new Ted Baker dresses, skirts, and jackets were donated, either from the retailer, or a store who had gone out of business. It is current, in- season merchandise, and you will see soon what I got that day!
I edited this picture while under the influence! Okay, under the influence of a cancer drug, that I use for autoimmune disease. It slows me down, makes me feel sloggy, but, happy note: it works well and in this mood I love to be creative, so we have this photo here:
I bought my little mock-croc bag because of the warm cognac color and cool hardware. It is vintage, and has great character I think; perfectly maintained with golden hardware still gleaming. Here is a close-up, as it looks spotty in the other photos- it is not- just lighting artifacts.
I am inside for this mini-shoot, since I am not feeling perfectly. Sitting like the lady of the house, since I am in fact the lady of the house ( co-op, does that count?) Here you can see my pumps a bit- black stilettos by Charles, by Charles David. Certainly, there is no way I would venture out in these heels, with snow and ice littering the ground. You can see best how the fur cape fits below. It can be worn many ways.
Etro's label is distinctive for the winged horse, which I believe is Pegasus. The mythological Pegasus, after the Renaissance, took on a new meaning, symbolic of poetry and creative inspiration. Before then, Pegasus was a pure white horse-god that was a warrior/savior, and became later, according to mythology, a constellation: inspiration in the skies. This is fitting, as the creations of Etro are awe-inspiring. But please excuse my summary, what I learned in school about this is pretty murky. Here is a photo of the label:
My favorite photo is this one. It does nothing to edify the outfit, but I like it as a composition.
If you would like to see more of Etro's designs you can do so here. I think you will be inspired, and I believe there is a sale. Now that is a great way to start the week!