Reprinted in altered form from my own blog, Around the Grid with Harper
A kiss on the hand may be quite continental
But diamonds are a girl’s best friend
A kiss may be grand but it won’t pay the rental
On your humble flat
Or help you at the automat
- “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” by Jule Styne and Leo Robin; from the musical motion picture Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
I honestly can’t remember exactly when I first happened across Donna Flora. I’m thinking it must be back around 2010, if my shaky memory works out. There’s no real way to tell from my inventory, due to the way I organize it, and that I may have thrown things out at one point or another. All I can say for sure is that I enjoyed Squinternet Larnia’s sense of retro design, infused with a delicious Italian romanticism that is the hallmark of her work. It’s not always original creations, though; for those who desire a classic reproduction, there’s her interpretation of this dress, which had a bit of a vogue back in the Fifties when worn by some chick, name of Monroe. Caused a bit of a stir, as I recall….
Men grow cold as girls grow old
And we all lose our charms in the end
But square-cut or pear-shaped
These rocks don’t loose their shape
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!
Here’s a sampling from Around the Grid of other of Squinternet’s creations, interpreted by me at various places:
I have admired much of her work over the time I’ve shopped at Donna Flora; it’s simply been a case of I haven’t had the budget until recently to purchase as much as I’d like to have indulged in. I truly hope we’ll have much opportunity to enjoy more of her beautiful work in the future, and I plan to head off to the new store when I get a chance.
Here’s to you, Squinternet! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.