I remember driving around New Mexico with an ex-boyfriend and his mom. She offered me a pair of HUGE sunglasses (I didn’t have any on the trip) that she had had since the 70′s. I had to politely refuse her generosity. Oh, I wish I had them now!! The woman in this shot, by the way, pulls them off perfectly!
OH! Things like that will haunt you forever. My grandma had the most insane, perfect condition shearling coat from the 70′s. We used it for a Halloween costume. I didn’t want to, either! I thought it was too nice. But everyone was like â€¦No one is ever going to wear it again!!! Its just going to collect dust!!! Now, the shearling, and the glasses, as shown here, are prized.
Nobody any longer gives a sh*t about people wearing fur, as it seems! Remember when even supermodels refused to wear fur and participated in the spectacular PETA-campaign: “I’d rather go naked than wear fur” ?
Many people continue to abjure the wearing of fur, although I agree that anti-fur protests practically seem like ancient history. However, while I could be mistaken, I think this photo provides a clue as to why the issue gets much less attention in the fashion industry these days: for some years now, we’ve seen some really good-looking synthetic furs, alternative materials which can provide much of the desired look and feel at a far lower cost in “blood and treasure.” I think the young lady pictured here is clad in a faux fur coat — perhaps Scott could confirm or deny?
As to the sunglasses, they create a very striking look, but I think that the practical disadvantages associated with extra large frames often outweigh the stylistic advantages: they tend to be heavy, more likely to gouge or slide down one’s nose (are they doing that here?), and of course they don’t as easily store in a pocket or bag.
For me, the winning effect in this shot is the way this woman’s long dark straight hair is held under the collar of her pullover or shirt, backed by the collar of the coat. Her hair frames her face (as much as the sunglasses do) and lends her an air of sprezzatura — as though she pulled her shirt quickly over her head, threw on her coat, pushed her sunglasses on, and strode out into the cool winter sunshine to see what the day would bring….
Addison de Witt – I always appreciate your thoughtful and intelligent comments; this is one of them. There’s lots of faux fur around which is basically a very good thing, except that it blurs the issue re real fur. In this case I think it IS real, which is why I commented as I did. But of course it’s hard to tell from a photo.
You’re right about the air of sprezzatura :)