Today I am happy and carefree, sitting by my kitchen table with the sun in my eyes, drinking some scented tea and feeling inspired by the 1920′s music, style and the Flapper woman.
Did you know that word? (I didn’t, until today). A flapper was a 1920′s woman who was not not afraid to take risks and loved to push boundaries. She would have a libertine approach towards life, art and sex, she would listen to jazz and dance charleston till the small hours of the morning.
Such as the lovely Louise Brooks.
Those charleston dresses, art deco architecture, the jewelry. Ditching the corset and kicking one’s heels up. The bob cut.
The icons. Coco Chanel. La Dietrich. Clara Bow.
The Italian Countess Elsa Schiaparelli – Chanel’s greatest rival in fashion - designed clothes in which women could dance, play tennis, go to work… Revolutionary at the time, but what else would you expect from a woman who lived a life so bohemian that sensual poems she wrote whilst studying Philosophy at the University of Rome led her family to send her off to a convent. That she swiftly departed, after a successful hunger strike… To move on to Paris, London and New York. All of which she took by a storm.
The lady sure sounds like quite a flapper herself, if you ask me…
Hmmm. The next thing on my nightstand shall definitely be Elsa’s autobiography. I think the lady could give me a lesson or two on That Attitude…
Just as I was writing this and dreaming away, my friend Annica – a real fashionista - posted a photo of these shoes on fb, commenting that they would be perfect for a Woody Allen movie “Midnight in Paris”. Placed in the 1920s Paris.
Uncanny, isn’t it.
It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing…
Ps. Those divine Sergio Rossi heels are actually available at outnet.com… Haven’t dared to check for how much, though…