Friday, December 20, 2013
a study in scarlet
Fall/Winter Ready-to-Wear collection was a nod to the Renaissance filled with cardinal reds and golden crowns bedecked with rubies; Valentino took its signature color and turned out an entire line exclusively comprised of clothes ranging from shades of scarlet to burgundy in their Shanghai Collection in celebration of a new store opening; and let's not forget the always stunning gowns at Elie Saab's Fall/Winter Haute Couture show and the gown I love so much I featured it twice in this post.
Maybe it's just because I just landed in Seattle yesterday afternoon and woke up to a view of snow blanketing the streets this morning, but colors look less vivid here without the sunshine to brighten the landscape. Nonetheless, I genuinely enjoy this change of scenery (although I wouldn't mind if it was a bit warmer than freezing) and it's nice to be back home after four months. It never really hit me that the semester was over even during finals week while I was at Berkeley because of the constant sunshine: how could it possibly be mid-December when it's still 60°F and sunny all the time?
At least now that I'm home I finally have an excuse to stay indoors! Cold, wet weather is the best weather to read or marathon TV to, and I have a pretty ambitious list of things I can do without having to move for hours on end. I've already spent today catching up on some of the TV shows I started and couldn't keep up with (I'm watching The Carrie Diaries, Downton Abbey, Elementary, Reign, Revenge, Sherlock and Witches of East End this season), and I may or may not have planned to start more shows this break...
Images from this post were taken from: Le Bal des Debutantes photographed by Jane Aldridge; "7" by Anna "Shakti" Shakina; "Valentino Haute Couture" by Gian Paolo Barbieri for Vogue Italia March 2013; "The Paris Issue" by Antidote Magazine Fall/Winter 2013; "The Season of Grandeur" by Federico de Angelis for Mojeh November/December 2012; "Eleganza Gipsy" by Zoltan Tombor for Grazia October 2010; "Couture Adventure" by Jumbo Tsui for Harper's Bazaar China December 2013