In these days where fashion welcomes, nay proliferates, all kinds of silhouettes, we find ourselves designating “It” items to replace absent mandates. The It bag, those shoes, or, occasionally, that “motif.” Do you remember a couple of years ago – bird prints everywhere?
This year, I’m noticing butterflies. Which pleases me to no end. As a fan of the actual creatures, I’m happy to see them figured in home and on persons.
I know some people are scared of them. I get it. They are bugs. They do have scary legs. But the symbolism is lovely. In China it means young love that never dies. Let us not forget the old really annoying song, “Elusive Butterfly of Love,” in my memory fraught with pre-teen and pre-love angst.
And there’s always reality; butterflies are pollinators, they look like stained glass, and remind us of the almost infinite variety of nature.
The Butterfly Home
I have five of these glass guys, I like to experiment with random arrangements. As for the Mackenzie Childs guest towels, were they linen they’d be on their way to me .
Your Butterfly Wardrobe
If money were no object I’d wear Valentino’s “butterflied” denim barn jacket for the rest of my time on this earth. Even Alexander McQueen’s line, notable for elevating the skull to high fashion, has joined in.
How About Butterfly Jewelry?
Jewelry is probably the most traditional way to get your fix. I will never forget a pair of earrings I didn’t buy. Made from four diamonds, marquise for the forewings, a pair of pears for the rear. So, so, beautiful. Betsey Johnson wants to make it up to me.
Or, Perhaps My Favorite Icons, Butterfly Shoes And Bags
You can find your butterflies gaudy or severe. I love those Sophia Webster shoes. Wouldn’t they be great for the holidays? Still, Valentino wins this round, with embroideries appliqued again on denim. Sigh.
Finally, in the let’s not spend a thousand dollars on a whim category, we have McQueen’s t-shirt, Johnny Was’s tunic, and this pretty inexpensive top (it can be hard to find inexpensive butterfly prints that aren’t tacky but I think I like this one).
And I just remembered the scientific term. Lepidoptera. There you have it.
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