Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Butterflies On A Garden Path: Valli, Monet and Me

When Giambattista Valli presented his Fall 2012 Couture collection in Paris earlier this month, it took my breath away and then stayed with me, fluttering like a butterfly somewhere on the outskirts of my mind.



It winged it's way back to the surface yesterday and recaptured my imagination as I strolled through a rose garden...


 

Vali had explained that his mind was on two parts of a garden when he created the collection, "a flower garden and a nympeah."



Which brings the butterfly now floating through my memory to Monet's Garden in Giverny, where I once spent blissful days painting in the artist's allées and under the willow trees.



I remember Frank, our art historian guide, explaining the theory that the two parts of Monet's creation were like two parts of the self: The light-filled-flower garden, a bursting riot of color lining well-ordered pathways--the conscious mind, the public self. The shadowy water garden, with an ever-changing, rippling pond half-hidden by willow trees--the subconscious, the interior self.









What a lovely garden path of art, fashion, flowers and memory to wander down on a sunny summer afternoon.

Happy Wednesday, all. Hope it's a rosy one! XO

Images: 1/Vogue, 2/Giambattista Valli tumblr, 3/I Dream Of, 4/Style.com, 5-6/Vogue.com, 7/Georgia Lane, 8/Monet.org, 9/Claude Monet, 10/I Dream Of; 11/Style.com, 12/I Dream Of, 13/Claude Monet 14/Style.com, 15/I Dream Of, 16/Prince of Scots

8 comments:

  1. The vibrant color in these dresses are so beautiful! My favorite is the last green dress. Butterflies are so amazing and I love that this designer took something from nature.

    XX
    Debra~

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  2. Only you could put this together in just this way, Jeanne. Absolutely beautiful. Valli just keeps getting better and better, doesn't he?
    xo,
    h

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  3. What stunning work! I love how you draw the parallels here and I can only imagine how much inspiration Monet's Gardens brought about for you! Have a lovely Wednesday...:)

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  4. wow - love how you found just the right things in nature to parallel these dresses!!!

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  5. What a stunning collection!!! Anything that comes from Monet's Garden and butterflies is a winner in my book.

    Today, I had the delight of eating my lunch on my patio while a hummingbird and butterfly alternated their turns at my lantana topiary. Gotta love nature. It just can't be improved upon.

    Happy Wednesday!
    xoxo Elizabeth

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  6. Oh goodness, such a beautiful post, Jeanne. I love that way you have orchestrated the two.
    Happy Thursday.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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