“A pashmina, some bracelets, a scarf…”- I gave Trish a full list of “things to bring for Ana from foreign travel”. Trish was going to Mexico and Peru- no way I was going to pass on that opportunity! Because even if the world got so small and we can now buy Zara in almost every corner of the universe, I still covet spécialité locale we can only get after hauling ourselves half way across the world.
I can say it runs in my family. Deep in the communism times my grandmother would set out on long train journeys to Russia, Ukraine or East Germany. She would wear a chic coat she had made to measure, trimmed with fur in the winter and with matching fur hat (I told you all about her glamorous closet here and here), a duster coat and gloves in the summer, and a scarf covering her hair, a vision of elegance one normally associates with Italy. She had specific things in mind- jewelry from Russia and Ukraine, porcelain and fabrics from East Germany. She bought jewelry for their stones and had them redesigned exactly the way she wanted. She is from a generation who cherished their possessions and wore them for many years. A wedding? Out came regal rubies. A dinner party would be graced by appearance of a sapphire set.
Taught from the master, my mother had put her own spin on things. It’s the vintage shops in foreign destinations that catch her imagination. Like treasure troves, these shops are can make any fashion dream a possibility. A beautiful wedding dress was bought just for its lace (you saw the results here), an old coat for big military buttons, a curtain for its cloudy grey silk spattered with dusky pink dots. It became a “new look” style skirt worn with white t-shirt and leather jacket (btw who remembers Scarlett O’Hara’s green velvet dress made out of a curtain?).
“You should have seen emeralds in Bogota- said Trish- you’d go crazy for all those loose stones you could have made into jewelry”. You see, Trish knows me well. She knows I’m permanently on a hunt for a good turquoise I’m planning to set in gold, she saw my bracelets made to order (by a Polish man who in his spare time makes jewelry for theaters) and saw my collection of silk scarfs brought for me from India by my friend Irina.
One of these scarfs you see me wearing on today’s photos. I had it made into a skirt and paired it with a stack of hand made bracelets that Trish brought for me from Peru. I mixed them with my gold bracelets. To tone down the hot pink hue I wore my Isabel Marat jacket and suede boots from a Polish brand Prima Moda- yet another purchase during one of my not-so-foreign trips.
T-shirt Zara (men’s department)
Sunnies Dior (here)