La Greca Blog
My Facebook friends, although I did post it, indeed 'vintage' is not a feeling. But since language is a living organism which breathes and evolves alongside our own experiences, no one can claim that we, non-poets, cannot coin a term once in a while.
Trying on a fresh new version of an elegant floppy brim hat on the terrace of reborn Hotel La Reserve in Knokke, evoked more than one feelings. Presented under the new Belgian brand name "Les Caprissima de Knokke" by Karlen Crea, the straw brim hat was a fun amalgam of natural peacock, pheasant and ostrich feathers adorned with semi-precious stone details, and a strip of vivid sky blue silk ribbon tied around it. Strange how a hat can trigger thoughts and an intimate nostalgia of an era I never really lived myself, but have merely distantly heard of from my parents... Perhaps, this nostalgic emotion derives from the images of classic celebrities, icons of a lost romantic and sensual world which should inspire every woman. Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe were parading in front of my eyes - the setting was ideal for a re-enactment of the grandiose times of that historic hotel. These style icons still live at the back of contemporary women's minds. But, most of us pause and wonder: Can we still be that sumptuous, mysterious and daring? My new acquisition tells me so!
Contemporary stars don't hesitate to embrace this old-fashioned elegance and sometimes bring it out in a reinventing fashion that matches the concept of a modern lady. Kim Kardashian with her feather kashmir brim looks stunning in an unexpectedly refined way. Angelina Jolie supports the style of a sober black brim with great ease.
Bottomline, if we, common users, can invent social media terms and Facebook smileys, everything is allowed for those who can walk down the red carpet once in a while. Even if we have not yet walked the walk of fame though, the secret is to attempt new things, while staying true to our unique personality. Vintage may not be a feeling, but it can be an attitude and if you have it, there's no better way to show it than - feathery or not - with a brim.
Marianna Lagakou - Van Zandweghe