Not that Dolce, although this look certainly was inspired by them. Dolce as in sweet. Dolce as in finding the moments in life that aren’t just beautiful, but also innocent, vulnerable, unencumbered, unrestrained. How can I explain sweetness? It is an intimate feeling that we share with loved ones when we let our guards down. You can find it in a hug between friends that haven’t seen each other in years; the kind of hug that lasts longer than the average three seconds. It is twirling around in a frilly dress and laughing like we did when we were little. Sweetness is making breakfast for someone in bed, planning a surprise party, or sending little gifts to your Valentine across the country. It is all these simple things that say so much.
And speaking of sweetness, what’s sweeter than love? As I mentioned, this look was at least partly inspired by a recent Dolce & Gabbana campaign. I chose this dress/look not only because I adore embroidery, but also because the campaign really resonated with me. It was family-inspired, meaning that their ads included models in all walks of life, from children to grandparents. Last year, D&G even had some of their model moms walk the runway carrying or holding hands with their children. Celebrating a big family is not only so Italian, it’s also real and not exclusive feeling. It celebrates what is actually important: the honey nectar of life, one of the sweetest reasons we are here on Earth. Love. I’ve always thought Valentine’s Day was a cheesy holiday and never really got into celebrating it, but there might be an actual, non-Hallmark-benefitting reason why it is a good day. If for nothing else, it is a reminder to be sweet, not only to our partner if we have one, but to family, friends, and even ourselves. So, Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m sending love to you.
Chi Chi London dress, Versona sunnies, Amalfi by Rangoni shoes
Photography by Caroline Tan