Sometimes a simple detail makes me fall in love with a garment : a special colour, a beautiful fabric, a seductive print. With this polka dot skirt I had my little heart time and caught a glimpse of Monica Bellucci's Southern Italian style in Malèna. Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, the film is set during WW2 in a rural Italian town; Monica Bellucci plays an impossible vision of beauty, a woman so striking she is immediately sexualised by all who lay eyes on her. Malèna’s reaction to the leering male gaze and subsequent scorn of jealous women is expressed through her hair, make-up and clothing.
Our introduction to the character occurs with Malèna wearing a just-below-the-knee white dress, lightly padded shoulders, deep neckline incorporating dotted bow detail (this fabric being reused later for another outfit) to match black and white edging on the revers. Its tubular fit is reminiscent of the form-fitting 1930's; Bellucci’s figure is emphasized within the story world, aligning our viewpoint with young protagonist Renato and not his leering friends. Renato sees Malèna as the perfect – if not the only – embodiment of a woman.
Feminine, sophisticated and evocative of 1930's-1950's elegance, polka dots perk you up pretty much instantly. A playful pattern not only turns you into a sultry femme, but gives off an energetic, fresh vibe that's appropriate no matter how many candles you're blowing out this summer.
~Now all that's missing is a delightful jazzy tune, gelato & a few drops of exquisite perfume.~
Photos: Maria M.