If you jump over to my Pinterest account (link at bottom of page) you may see that there is a certain celebrity who I have pinned to basically every one of my boards.
The timeless Italian Queen – Monica Belucci.
There has been a huge fashion buzz since the incredible Dolce & Gabbana: Alta Sartoria 2021 fashion show (from the 28th to the 30th of August).
It is truly one of the most glamorous and entertaining shows every fashion season. Countless famous faces can be seen during the entirety of this spectacular show – from Doja Cat, to Helen Mirren, and Heidi Klum. The insanely creative fashion designers Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dulce continue to put Italy on the map as the leaders in fashion design.
As I watched the show (from the comfort of my home) one face in particular caught my attention.
The strikingly beautiful Monica Bellucci, who made an appearance not only in support of her designer friends, but also her lovely daughter Deva Cassel, who was walking the runway that evening.
Monica Bellucci is simply breathtaking.
The Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda runway fashion shows are, in my opinion, the most beautiful runways of the season. I dream of going in person someday.(More on them another time.)
The 90s fashion trend around the world is still going strong (most of which I don’t understand, speaking very frankly. It can be just so ugly and unflattering) – and while it seems a majority of people are drawing inspiration from icons like Britney Spears (praying she continues to receive victory in her life), Spice Girls, and Friends (ok there are some cute looks in that show) – I am being inspired by a different icon.
Who doesn’t remember this striking woman in her role as Persephone in the second Matrix? Where she got to kiss my future husband Keanu Reeves – but I digress 😛 Or her being a Bond girl in Spectre? Minor note, Bellucci happened to be 50 when she played that role.
“I am not a Bond girl,” Bellucci said in an interview with Time Magazine, “I am a Bond Woman.”
When I stop to take in her appearance I realized one can barely pinpoint where most of her beauty comes from.
Her face is gorgeous, yes. Her figure is stunning, also true.
But there’s something about how she carries herself. The mysterious persona, the confidence and elegance of how she walks into a room – while her dark brown eyes tell such a haunting emotional story.
Remember, it is the entirety of the person – not simply the style – that defines said individual.
I am sure there is a “bad” picture of Bellucci – I just have not seen it yet.
When the great Dolce & Gabbana, two of my favorite fashion designers, made Bellucci part of their 2012 fashion campaigns – a new legacy was born. She has been part of their advertisements since. Though her and the two designers have had an extensive history, it was this particular 2012 campaign that a huge impact.
Though she is a very loyal wearer of Dolce & Gabbana, this woman can be styled from any designer and make it a work of art.
Yet another trait of Bellucci that I want to highlight is how feminine she is – there is no need to defend it, no need to explain it, she simply is all woman. However she is dressed for most of her appearances one remembers her, often times forgetting what she was actually wearing.
Yes, she is basically dressed only in impeccable designer clothes – but fashion is nothing without the person in them. Hand in hand.
Now, that is a woman.
My girl Coco Chanel can back up those words for me:
The first 3 images below are from the 2000 Italian film Malena. What I absolutely love about the wardrobe in this movie is that it is set during World War II. (I am a lover of all things from the 1940s). I give this film props for trying to capture the 1940s fashions and more gritty lifestyle, yet the late 90’s influence still has its way. I do not see that in a negative way, I loved it – this blend of decades makes for great fashion inspiration.
Another interesting thing about watching films and tv shows from the 90s and onward is – you realize how our current fashion is very copy and paste.
Monica Bellucci is one of those celebrities who stands apart from the usual famous crowd. There are a ton of beautiful people in the world, especially in entertainment – and yet she reminds me that beauty is in elegance – she is who she is and does not have to explain it – she’s mysterious, cultured, sophisticated, womanly, and mature.
That is a real influencer in my book.
This summer/autumn has been the season(s) of the slip dress!
It is sexy, easy to wear, and makes a statement at the same time. What is not to love about this dress?
Wear it in a lovely light peach color for summer, with floral prints for spring, or get it in a stunning emerald green and pair with a good leather jacket for autumn. I personally see this dress staying on trend for some time.
Here are three gorgeous examples of how Bellucci has worn this seemingly simple dress for all occasions, casual to evening.
Pair with simple gold earrings for day, or diamonds for night – this dress makes for a stunning look.
Pictured below is Bellucci wearing a variety of gorgeous, versatile styles that are perfect inspo for your autumn wardrobe.
From her time walking the runway in her early 20’s to now, black has remained her preferred color to wear.
Her choice of wearing black always makes ones eye go to her striking features, making the viewer remember her – not simply what she wears. That said I found her outside her classic color and, not a shocker, looks impeccable in a variety of colors and prints.
Can we bring black gloves back into trend again? thanks.
In preparation for your winter this year, I highly recommend finding yourself a good black blazer and black trench coat. They are timeless (check out the early 1920s fashion and on), they both are still being worn to this day.
Monica Bellucci would approve.
SHOP THE LOOKS
I did my best to score some outfits that are as close to Bellucci’s style as possible. If you want to find actual pieces from the 90s, I highly recommend you check out a good thrift store near you. Trust me, it will be worth it.
I will soon be doing a post of how to thrift like a pro and score some one of a kind pieces. That is going to be a very fun post.
But in the mean time enjoy these designs you can buy right away, brand new, and not expensive.
Again, I am always thinking of women who can not afford designer pieces but still want to dress and look a million bucks. If you would like more luxurious outfit selections, please contact me via my email or DM me on my instagram.
As the great Gabrielle Chanel once said,
I just want to send you my thanks. You are an incredible woman who carries herself with maturity and elegance. I hope those characteristics come back on trend for women and men, making clothes truly secondary in beauty.
One can wear designer clothes from head to toe – but if you do not carry yourself with self respect, elegance, kindness to your fellow human, and with a cultured balanced mind – what even is style?
Enclosing I will say this:
I hope I become Monica Bellucci when I grow up – I believe I’m heading in the right direction.
What woman, or man, from the 90’s inspires you? Let me know in the comments below!
Live and dress well loves,
**I own none of these images. They belong to their respective owners.