Have you noticed that we fall under the spell of narratives that ricochet from mythical to architectural and back again? Continuing on our theme of exploring local Bay Area destinations for summer staycation pleasures, we invite you to join us as we make an entrance at San Francisco’s stunning Palace of Fine Arts. The Palace of Fine Arts was originally built in 1915 as one of 10 palaces in the the Panama-Pacific Exposition. A student of the École des Beaux-Arts, Bernard R. Maybeck, was chosen as architect for the Palace and designed the structure to reflect the impression of a Roman ruin. We loved the romantic, ancient inspiration of the Palace with its soaring colonnade, grand rotunda, and carefully constructed pond filled with turtles – and decided to reflect these references in a modern fairy tale. We had archaeological fantasies of regal Roman Goddesses lounging around ancient imperial temples structures – graceful and delicate, yet completely pagan.
We love Italy because its essence embraces the concept of layers and layers of history which can exist even in one place, where ancient temples lie beneath buildings which have been used for centuries. Layering is also our favorite part of dressing up – especially in summer – when you can add slinky pieces of lingerie, pajamas, silk scarves, and light jackets to create sensational, poetic shapes. For us, summer becomes that much more fun when we embrace the vibrancy and seduction of ancient Rome and take these lyrical outfits to picnics in the park, summer soirees and even a good American BBQ.
Francesca on dressing like a majestic empress for summer:
I wanted elevate this gorgeous, volume focused C/MEO dress to evoke a powerfully imperial essence while still being free enough to enjoy dancing the long summer nights away. I added my favorite sliky embroidered kimono as a light outer layer onto of the dress – secured as an ornament with my trusty red Oscar de la Renta belt. For an extra sparkly, eye popping touch I added my favorite new bold, embellished clutch from Bunai and ‘these boots are gonna walk all over you’ Prada ankle booties. Boom – ready to both conquer the world and enjoy the delights of summer!
Valentina on embracing summer’s colorful blossoms:
My feminine side is always drawn to beautiful floral patterns wherever I go! Summer is the easiest season to draw inspiration from the natural beauty of the world around me and its incredibly rich landscape. I turned my Anthropologie flower-bomb, granny-chic blazer into a mini dress for the day. Paired with my electric Kurt Geiger sneakers for even more color, I formed an outfit fused with youthful energy, making moving around San Francisco’s grandest monumental structure a wonderful experience.