Friday, 16 August 2013

Mid-century Monochrome

Few shots I took before the summer heatwave we enjoyed recently. I'm wearing a beautiful mid-century lightweight swing coat with bishop sleeves. Probably an opera/evening coat, but I wore it in the day as a Spring cover-up when I just needed something light. I fell in love with the couture-like proportions: the gathered volume of the sleeves; the shawl lapels which continue down to the hem and of course the lush textured fabric. The sheeny fabric looks like brocade but is actually embroidered upon with a sinewy abstract floral pattern. Blush pink silk lining and a label with 'Eileen' on it (my great-grandmothers name) were the cherry on top!

I'm rather enjoying all the monochrome around at the moment, especially when it comes to shoes. These triple-strapped pointy stunners are from ASOS, and are complimented with a monochrome striped skirt. 

Vintage coat, skirt, belt and bag. Shoes; ASOS. Blouse; Math Collective. 

Glorious starburst patchwork snakeskin bag, in mint condition. Love at first sight. I used it obsessively throughout last winter and plan to do so again this winter. 

This vintage (antique?) brooch features the Latin oxymoron Festina Lente - meaning 'make haste slowly.' The 1541 and 1888 inscriptions must relate to Berkhamsted School in Hertfordshire, founded in 1541, which established a School for Girls in 1888, whose motto was Festina Lente. (Thanks Wikipedia) The K.I  inscription I have no idea about though...anyone have a clever idea? And who is the crowned lady?

**4 years later, mystery solved! K.I is Katherine Incent, the mother of the school's founder.**


Lolli K said...

Love your shoes!! Also your long jacket is really pretty!

Lorraine x

Marie Trepanier said...

I am so in love with your shoes!! It,s too bad Asos shoes are too big for me because I would be ordering a pair just like yours.

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