There must be a style renaissance going on in Savannah! Yes it is most definitely the shoes which play off the the matching striped top. I don't thinks tans look good, so her pale, untanned, monochromatic skin also works.
I wish people would stop using the term 'Lolita' as a compliment: Lolita was an 11 year old girl being sexually fantasized about by a middle aged man. For those of you who need reminding: This is not a good thing! Nobakov was a satirist, not a paedophile.
This lady is nowhere near Lolita, she is a self-posessed, beautiful, stylish young woman. And thank you to her for getting dressed so beautifully.
google it! Lolita is a girly, frilly style in Japanese culture and the name has nothing to do with Nabakov's book. In fact, the idea of Lolita is to flout the overt sexuality that is so prevalent in mainstream Japanese culture. I wouldn't call this girl Lolita really…. but I'm pretty sure that's what the above commenter was referring to.
I love the gaurded beauty of this shot. The reserved expression you've captured in her eyes amidst the undeniable beauty of her face is so harmoniously mirrored in the defensive posture of her frame. I think it's such an interesting play on our idea of female elegance. Her style is so minimal and distinct but I think the her real strength, and that of the shot, comes from what she holds back.
I am hyperventilating…but not so much that I cannot get this much out – She is simply stunningly beautiful, dainty and very mannered looking in an another time way. As uniquely unevenly perfect as the cobbled sidewalk beneath her feet. So much today's southern belle.
the term Lolita is certainly derived from the book by Nabokov called "Lolita" about an older man finding the innocence and lack of pretence of a young girl very alluring. I agree, that isn't good. Nabokov's book is not a satire. Its not saying anything about wether the pedophile in question (Humbert Humbert) is evil or good. Just that this is how the world seems to him. The Japanese Lolita style is without any doubt coming from this book. In fact the term Lolita is a universal understood one. A Lolita is a young and innocent seeming girl or woman who's sensuality comes from her naive, childish demeanor. And yes, this young lady certainly has a Lolitaesque quality. The very serene, shy stance, and her girlish looks.
I know this is about the fashion but I would like to comment on her skin. I wish all young people who are addicted to tanning booths could see this and see the beauty in pale skin and there is no need for putting yourself in danger. Look at the beauty here!
I absolutely adore this picture! Seems to combine southern classic beauty (shoes, fair skin, hair) with modernity (short blue jean shorts, fitted top, lots of skin). Her jean flannel blouse wrapped around her hips looks like a cross between the two- a notably modern act appearing though, in classic style, to form a bell shape around her hips.
"Lolita" may morph in its meaning with use, but it cannot be disassociated form ("have nothing to do with") Nabokov's book. His book invested the name with meaning we respond to. Awareness of roots and meanings is quintessential to intelligent discourse. Cheers.
Another Southern shot! Please do keep it up. What a classic Southern Lady (and that is a somewhat different term from the modern idea of Southern "Belles".) Such classic effortless style, one mark of true ladylike, Southern grace. Thank you for representing my beautiful region and one of its lovely demoiselles.
Also, (I must say it) – Brava! More power to pale skin in sunny climes!
I guess interpretation is everything – I, and quite a few others, have read 'Lolita' by Nobakov to be a satire about the delusions of a particular kind of perverted male sexual desire – hence the universal offence when children's items are assciated with the name. The novel is about the imaginings of a middle aged man. The knowing sexual flirtation of the 11 year old girl, Lolita, is the protagonist's opportunist and perverted fantasy run wild. I guess we all have the right to see things different ways though eh… 'Lolita' is about lust and delusion.