Back In Bohemia | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Welcome to my Friday Fashion episode.
I am reflecting on the word Boho as vulgarly used in place of Bohemian and what it really means. In my seamstress shop last week the word Bohemian was thrown around so loosely that it was clear to me any of the people there knew nothing about Bohemian style. In fact the purchased wedding dresses they brought to the seamstress to be remade in the Bohemian style would turn out everything but Bohemian at the end of her work. I sat and laughed quietly at people who want so much to conform to the mass and comply with fashion.

The region of Bohemia is a region in the Czech Republic. The Czech lands belonged to the Czech monarchy. Later the land passed in the hands of the Holy Roman Empire until 1806, then became a province of the Austrian Empire under the Habsburg monarchy and finally in 1918 became Czechoslovakia Republic. The original “Bohemian People” were travelers or refugees from that part of central Europe, they were gypsies, some of them settled in France in the 15th century, hence the French word Bohémien. Being a gypsy was not a fashion statement dictated by some fashion guru of the era, gipsy girls did not give a hoot for fashion, they felt sexy and delightful precise in their folk costumes reflecting their lifestyle and heritage.

In the nineteenth century France and England nonconformists, free spirits, dropouts, avant-garde people, artists, musicians, writers and people of informal and unconventional social habits, wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds adopted the Bohemian lifestyle and congregated in lower-rent area, around lower class café-pubs in the company of like-minded people where often talks of politics and anti-establishment took place.

(All photo credits given to the respective owners)

In 1960s, the era of the hippies, the Bohemian lifestyle came back strongly as a sign of rebellion, free love, frugality, libertine and looseness of customs. In this new Millennium women even in the aristocratic or wealthy circles are mimicking the gypsies style in the hope of looking bohemian, nomadic, non-bourgeois and voluntarily poor, hence the new coined expression “haute bohème”, which makes no sense to me. Bohème is a poor looking style, not a chic designer style. You either dress down or dress up and flaunt your wealth.

What do you think? Why is this 1969’s hippy fashion so loved today? Is it because there is nothing new to invent, because newer generations want to experience a relatively old past, or because young professionals are not proud of the amount of money they make and want to dress down?

I must say that conforming has bored me always, if everybody wears it I don’t want it. I will wear a Bohemian style if I can make my own interpretation.  Everyone wants to wear what others wear and think they are so individual and original. I dress according to my mood.  My idea of chic is my idea!!!

I hope you too have your individual style that reflects your personality, exalt the beauty of your eyes, your hair and speak of you in an instant. If not, you might want to consult with me, do not hesitate to contact me. Ciao,
Valentina
https://valentinadesigns.com/services#fashion-services

 

Copyright © 2015 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

Val:FarfalleStampValentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. To better help people in the world she offers consultations online. She is the author of three books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on
Amazon: http://goo.gl/qNxXrB
Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w

Bohemian Wedding | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Girl-Pink-Green-1aWelcome to my usual Friday Fashion, this blog will be about a wedding.
It all started when this woman, we will call her Possum, started to frequent my home. She could not pinpoint what was about my style that she liked so much, until one day I told her it was a Bohemian Valentina’s style, not just any hippy Bohemian from the ‘60s. In my décor there is modern Italian with country French, Venetian 1700s style with American classics, found pieces mixed with hand-painted pieces, travel memorabilia and personal memories. All and all is a style which suits my personality and it feels just comfortable for me.

Fast forward a few years later Possum found the right man she wants to marry. Influenced by my style, she started redecorating her home in the Bohemian style and now she wants to marry in the same style.

Preparations have begun with a delicious brunch prepared by him (a chef) for us the girls of the wedding including myself. I will be officiating the ceremony for the very first time in my life, the other girls will be the bride’s maids.

Nothing in this wedding will be ordinary, nor conventional. Possum decided to get married on the beach bare feet somewhere on California coast. She will hire a party bus to take us to the beach, then to the reception place and back to her home at night.

Anklets
(Possum will wear these anklets – Source: https://www.ebay.com/p/swarovski-foot-jewelry-beach-wedding-anklet-destination-bridal-bridesmaids-gift/1177730856)

Our brunch was full of ideas and full of flavors, her man cooked delicious food for us. Possum started with a Bohemian tablecloth and two seahorses as table centerpieces. You might have imagined already, the theme of the wedding is the beach with its beautiful calming colors.

Beach_Table

Bridal_Brunch

At the end of the brunch, she gave us a surprise: champagne color bracelets for us to wear at the wedding, shells, a small glitzy jewelry box and chocolates to remember how we started it. It was presented to us as a treasure chest as if she found it floating at the shore. Guess who in the photo is wearing the blue polish with a large shell ring?

Treasure_Chest

Our_bracelets

I designed her Bohemian dress already. The day we were going to the seamstress to share our idea, Possum almost fainted when she saw my drawing, could not believe it was exactly how she had imagined. The seamstress will make her ensemble, which we will not call a wedding dress. The look, the colors, and the design do not scream wedding, this is a dress for a day on the beach with loved friends, free of conventions made for a free spirit like Possum and if she wants to wear each piece separately later with the jeans she can.

Underwater_World

 

My inspiration is complete and all together, my ideas are clear, from some of my beach photos I will extrapolate the colors for the reception decorations and for the bride ensemble. The bride’s maids will wear whatever they want, hopefully, they will choose wisely and not black. I will have something bluish-turquoise-aqua to match my eyes. The wedding will be the first week of June. Time is of the essence. Ciao,
Valentina
https://valentinadesigns.com/services#fashion-services

 

Copyright © 2015 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

 

FedoraHatStampValentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, working in the USA and Europe. Born in Italy in a family of artists, style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. To better help people in the world she offers consultations online. She is the author of three books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on
Amazon: http://goo.gl/qNxXrB
Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w  

 

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