Friday, September 24, 2010

La Dolce Vita

Forgive my substandard photography and write it up to drinking limoncello and jumping in fountains. Well, symbolically anyway.

Mr. Blandings and I were out on the town last night to visit the opening of La Dolce Vita, 1950 - 1960: Stars and Celebrities in the Italian Fifties at Hall's on the Plaza. I wore heels. And red lipstick. It was wonderful.

Vintage photography of movie stars cavorting in Italy combined with iconic pieces from Gucci - what more could a jewelry junkie want?

Not a thing, but to take the opportunity to note Cary Grant's patent tuxedo slippers with the grosgrain bow to Mr. Blandings and make the point of, well, "I told you so." Those moments don't come along every day.

The exhibit, which celebrates the golden years of Italian cinema, is a portion of the pieces being shown at the Mercati di Traiano Museum in Rome. If you are in the throng (I said "throng", not thong) at the Plaza Art Fair, take a moment to escape the crowd in the jewelry rooms in Hall's. The exhibit will remain until October 1st. The gold bamboo hoops are forever.


Splendid Sass said...

Thanks for sharing. Beautiful.

quintessence said...

Halls gets immediate brownie points in my book for even conceptualizing the exhibit. How FABULOUS! And laughed out loud re: the patent tuxedo slippers (also tried to convince my husband he needed something similar in the days when we did more black tie). Clearly we both had Italian on the brain today!

pve design said...

I remember those gold hoops in the 80's being all the rage, large golden bamboo hoops. 20 years and they still look classic. I wonder if the same will hold true for thongs.

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

Just perfect.... I laughed several times reading this divine post. Bamboo hoops!!!

Mosaicista said...

the golden years and the sweet life (dolce vita) are a thing of the past in Italy, so sad ..and these pictures are a strong reminder of that epoque. love exhibitions like these, thank you for posting

kayce hughes said...

Look like the perfect date.

beachbungalow8 said...

great exhibit. vintage euro glam. How could that go wrong?

as for the hoops? very, 'South Central'

little augury said...

the photographs are wonderful, love the concept and red lipstick is always makes things more glamorous

pretty pink tulips said...

Love Italy. Love old photography. Love Gold Bamboo Hoops. Sounds like the perfect evening!

LPC said...

I want some more dolce in my vita. I will go put my hoops on right away. Bamboo or not.

Karena said...

Beautiful!! I love the nostalgia and glamour of those days. Oh, and I remember begging my husband to get the Ferragamo quilted evening shoes! Men can be such Men at times!

Art by Karena

home before dark said...

I avoid thongs and throngs at all costs, but the gold is exquisite and timeless.

Claudia Juestel said...

Kansas City rocks for putting on this exhibit. Thanks for sharing. A toast to you with some Limoncello.



Penelope Bianchi said...

Here is the secret: Belgian shoes. Those are the shoes to wear with black tie.
New York City. One store. No advertising. "Hand made shoes from Belgium" Henri Bendel. Google.

They keep your name on a 3x5 card in a file until you die.....and maybe beyond. I bet if I called with my father's name.......he has a card still.

(Oh dear lord; I think no internet. not sure)
These shoes have a soft sole.......(don't make the mistake of putting a hard sole on the bottom of them)
After a few wearings.........(only to black tie much wear can they get?Even if he is a GREAT DANCER like my husband!! dance floors are not like sidewalks)

They will mold to his feet. His favorite shoes....they will be......honestly. He will be thinking of places he can wear them! (no asphalt)
Mr. Blandings...........(if you can get him this far).......will be thanking you for the rest of his life.


ps you're welcome!

Penelope Bianchi said...

oh ps

black patent leather. Only. little bow on front. Divine.

Anonymous said...

The sweet life, indeed. Makes me want to eat pasta and watch Fellini's 8 1/2.


eddieross said...

Those bamboo hoops are killer! We would have loved to be at that exhibit with you!

E + J

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

I bet you were a vision of now-ness, 50's style. What a fun night out for you and Mr. Blandings! xxx

Sitting In A Tree Kissing said...

Ohhh! What a fun night! Halls is really the best store in KC . . . and this just takes it one step further. Love it!!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

You had me at Limoncello...created 100 years ago, a delicious classic. I hope it eased the pain of wanting the spectacular jewelry!

VictoriaArt said...

How delightful, nothing better than out on the town with the man on your side, filling him in on the heels and red lipstick!
While watching those glamorous days gone by!!!
Thanks for it! made me think of Italy again!

Barbara said...

Love the bamboo hoops. Sounds like a great evening for the Blandings. I think I recognize Claudia Cardinale in one pictures.

Easy and Elegant Life said...

You really can't go wrong with the Opera pumps. But Belgians are far more comfortable.

And if Mr. B. is putting down his foot, so to speak, I do have a shot of Cary Grant in highly polished penny loafers and his dinner jacket.

Wish I'd've made this one!

Millie said...

Oh I do love limoncello, but in our house it's known as Roman Rocket Fuel! Australia has been truly enriched by our Italian immigrants - so we love all things Italiano. Looks like your evening was molto divertente!
Millie ^_^