Fashioning Art: Get the Look – The Pink Girl

The Countess of Santovenia (The Pink Girl), Eduardo Rosales, 1871 [Image from Museo del Prado]

The Countess of Santovenia (The Pink Girl), Eduardo Rosales, 1871 [Image from Museo del Prado]

So it looks like we’re officially bidding farewell to the balmy haze of summer. Are you getting the winter blues as you button up and brace yourself for the inevitable dip in temperatures? Fear not, the trees might be shedding their leaves but you don’t need to be shedding a tear. You do not have to go gently into that good night. This week, we deliver you some cold weather fashion inspiration, courtesy of María de la Concepción Serrano y Domínguez, 19th century fashion icon du jour of the Spanish court.

This post was inspired by a recent trip to Cuba, where I had the opportunity to meet young Cuban artists who are rejuvenating Havana’s underground art scene. Upon my return to London, I was on a mission to learn more about Cuban art. I stumbled upon Eduardo Rosales’ The Countess of Santovenia (The Pink Girl) via Charlotte di Carcaci.

Maria was the eldest child of General Serrano, the Duke of Torre. She was born in Havana in 1860. Her father would eventually become the Commander in Chief of Cuba. In 1880, she was married to the second Count of Santovenia, Spain.

What struck me about this portrait is Maria’s fantastic winter wardrobe. Not one to be disheartened by the doom and gloom that so often follows a change in temperature, Maria here has decided to stick to her guns and rock that look come hail or snowstorm. With that lush fur stole slung casually over one shoulder, Maria is all pink satin, lace, bows and pearls. While I appreciate a confectionery dream of a dress, Maria’s choice of footwear is particularly pleasing. Winter is no reason to discard the summer brights in favour of a more sombre palette. I felt particularly inspired by these staunchly non-utilitarian blush pink boots and went on a mission to find their equivalents in shops.

 

Clockwise from top L-R:  Dorateymur; JuJu; Sam Edelman; Jimmy Choo; RED Valentino

Clockwise from top L-R: Dorateymur; JuJu; Sam Edelman; Jimmy Choo; RED Valentino

With great pleasure, for the ‘more is more’ kind of girls out there, here are my choice picks for rocking the look. Add a touch of Judy Jetson to your Spanish court princess with Dorateymur’s Double Delta patent leather ankle boots. For the bargain hunter Barbie, JuJu’s Pink Pearl Wellington offers practicality with personality. Sam Edelman embodies Maria’s devil-may-care attitude with the Taye ankle boots, with metallic-pink brocade embroidery on a classic leather ankle boot. Or take a leaf out of Maria’s military family background with the Jimmy Choo Mitsu fringe paneled satin ankle boots, which feature military jacket-inspired polished gold eyelets on lustrous pink satin with a playful fringe trim. If none of these speak to you, maybe it’s time to embrace Maria’s love of girly bows with RED Valentino’s cheeky fuschia rainboots.

Whatever your choice for how you rock your Girl in Pink look, tag me on @FashoftheTitans on Instagram to show me how you got the look.

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