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30 August 2007

Opera length gloves

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I first became obsessed with long gloves several years ago when I found some longish cashmere gloves at Nordstrom. I liked the look and I liked the extra warmth the provided against subzero temperatures. The obsession was taken to the next level when I found a small cache of elbow length leather gloves at TJ Maxx of all places! I purchased in black and hot pink. I love the way they look when holding a clutch purse or when worn with a 3/4 length sleeve. One cannot tell if the black pair are a little lady like or a little S&M and I love it! But, they are not long enough! Not fancy enough! I want debutante worthy, soft as butter, blemishless white opera gloves.

My ultimate quest is for white over the elbow second skin fitted gloves, like the ones that the lovely Carmen Kass is wearing in the large shot from the Versace show. It would be a bonus if they had little slits beneath the wrists held together with delicate little buttons, that allowed one to flip just the glove up off the hand as the women did in the Age of Innocence dinner scene.
I told you I am obsessed! I first tried to obtain such gloves about a year ago from an online vendor to go with my wedding dress. Tragically they sagged at the elbows and looked as if the leather had come from a very weather beaten sad...if only I had been married one season later! But, still I quest. Today, I have visions of attending the State Opera in Vienna or the Met in New York in the early winter, hair elegantly swept up and shining, black dress skimming the floor and of course gorgeous white over the elbow gloves protecting my arms from the cold.

Given the profusion of fabulously long gloves in the Fall 2007 collection I just may get my wish (well the glove part of it anyway). While I find the embellished gloves shown by Christian Lacroix fabulous, I think I am a purist at heart and will still opt for an unembellished pair, like the ones shown at Versace, Yves St Laurent and Valentino. After all, I have been fixating on these gloves for at least two years! It would probably be a let down to get anything but the classic white. E-luxury already has about a dozen different opera length options from Carolina Amato including white! I was in Bloomingdales the other day and they had an almost affordable pair of just beneath the elbow black gloves! A quick click over to Net-a-porter and one is accosted (today anyway) by a vixen wearing the most lust inducing gloves yet, which sadly are not listed for sale (have they sold out so soon? or are they one their way?). I think I will wait another month or two until the fall collections are fully out to decide where to buy my dream gloves!
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perfect bound said...

I'm a fan of the fabulously long glove as well as your blog! So glad I found chic and charming. I've added your to my inspiration list on perfect bound.

Chic and Charming said...

Thanks! I checked out your blog and was also enamored, so I added you to my list of "charming blogs," which I usually check at least once a day!