What would Anna Karenina wear?

“He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.” - Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina Anna1 Anna2 Anna3 Anna4 Anna5This photo shoot makes me feel like Anna Karenina has just stepped into our time. I am picturing snow, and Grand Tours, and lonely wealth, and art and love and lust and disgrace, and each unhappy family unique from all the others.

It's been many years since I read Anna Karenina. It's one of those sweeping books, I think. It swept me along, miserable in the inevitability of Anna's decline, and yet compelled to keep on reading. It was also grand and vast and old and beautiful.

It might almost be time for me to read it again. Almost. I think I need a few good nights' sleep before I tackle that particular emotional journey.

Meanwhile these dresses, aren't they glorious in all their old-world rewritten charm? They are from here and I don't even know what I'm looking at or what I'm (not) reading, but I couldn't resist sharing because they are so beautiful. Bring back bustles!

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“All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.” - Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina