KUDOS FOR MALVENSKY
My love for black and white is constant and forever. As Gabrielle Chanel said, black and white are perfect, they compliment each other in such a perfect way. Still, when these two conservative colors are separated and interwoven with a drop of color, they gain totally different dimensions. It takes you, the human, from the daily monochrome life, and puts you back where you belong, in communion with nature full of energy and vibrations.
This is exactly how I see this scarf in these pictures. A drop of colour that attracts and impress. Of course, it could be a different scarf of a different colour and have the same effect, no? This scarf, actually is more than an accessory or a piece of embellishment on a sunny afternoon. Besides the fact that it was an artful and very thoughtful gift from a very precious friend of mine, this scarf is full of meaning, symbols, feelings and history. I wasn’t familiar with all its meanings until I got it and then I researched it. It is a Malvensky scarf from “Marame” collection invented and created by a famous Romanian designer, Malvina Cervenschi. She is trying to reflect in her collection the numerous Romanian motives from different regions as Maramures, Bucovina, Harghita, Transilvania or Moldova that not only survived the different epoques, but are indoubdtedly immortal. Her scarves reflect through their symbols, the rich Romanian folklore and remind us about our roots and values. They maintain and gracefully portray our old origins through the floral and geometric designs and remind us never to forget where we come from. Life is full of challenges and various changes, especially in our modern times, but we never should forget our roots, the songs we were raised with, the places we grew up, our grandparents and their life style.
I also like that each scarf from the collection has a very traditional Romanian name like: Dumitra, Antoaneta, Aurora, Paraschiva, Dumitra, Tamara, Elisabeta, These names could represent grandparents’ names, sisters’, mothers’, neighbours’, people we love in general. They are the most used names by our ancestors. Nowadays, there is a strong tendency towards a more sophisticated and internationalized nameology and the old ones tend to be forgotten or considered old fashioned. Which is sad, because this very fact wipes out the originality and particularity of a certain country and culture.
The scarf I am wearing is called Dumitra. Its blue color is the color of Voronet Monastery situated in Moldova and is one of the most beautiful and oldest Orthodox monasteries in the world. It is a must see if one ever visits Romania. Only by visiting that Monastery, one can truly understand and “feel the feel” of genuine Romanian culture and its deep old roots. This exquisite artistry is beautifully translated into fashionable accessories that give you an edgy, clean and classic look. I am happy to see the entire collection featured in New York, thus giving Romanian culture a well-deserved place in the fashion industry.
WHAT I WEAR?
BLACK PANTS: ZARA
BLACK SHOES: JESSICA SIMPSON
BAG: KATE SPADE
WATCH: BAUME AND MERCIER
BRACELET: DAVID YURMAN
WHITE SHIRT: H&M
SMALL BLACK CLUTCH: JUICY COUTURE