my lovely friend claudia and the catch-22

It's hard to believe that my dear Italian friend Claudia was ever a stranger, but strangers she was, when I came upon her & her boyfriend right around the corner from home, at the Boltons, and took her photo ('mystery brunette', 9 April). And now she's flying back to Italy tomorrow (she lives in what sounds like paradise to me: on a lake in the countryside, but not far from Milan for when she needs fashion & civilisation). And we're about to have lunch soon, it's raining outside (this will be my first big venture outside apart from Thursday, which really was too soon) & I'm going thru all the photos and I CAN'T DECIDE!

I had been trying to explain Catch-22 in relation to her relationship, and by coincidence, her boyfriend used the phrase, too, and now I'm stuck in this Catch-22 that, thru being all wishy washy on the shots, I could well miss out on lunch altogether. So I'm just sticking one up for now, and will do a proper post on another time.

Everything she's wearing is Italian: her trench and I believe the dress, too, are by her favourite designer, Patrizia Pepe. I love her look, so gamine & Audrey Hepburn, and in this series of shots, so 1920s flapper. More to come! xx


Mom Fashion World said...

hi jill.

it's not only the beautiful outfit of claudia that i adore
about her but her killer smile as well. she's really cute.

it's been raining here too. i guess, the weather is gonna be like
this the whole day.

Cafe Fashionista said...

I have to agree with your description of Claudia in this photograph. The more that I look at it, the more that I get the very 1920s flapper vibe from it. Her pose, and the hat, and the way her outfit hangs somewhat haphazardly off her frame is just very twenties inspired. I absolutely adore it! :)

daisychain said...

this is such an incredible photo.

have a fantastic weekend x

Ashley said...

Hey thanks for the tip on the faux ChloƩ Susans! Also, great blog.


Cristi Silva said...

OH!! she is so cute!!!

Anonymous said...

Just one word for you, my dear friend: grazie.


sib said...

the dress is adorable... =)


Style Odyssey said...

i like her rainy day look. and J, if it's any consolation, it's rainy and gray here in the islands, too. typical caribbean november weather!

Unknown said...

What can I say? Claudia, who once long ago in a gentle embrace I kissed. The soft touch of her lips on mine still lingers in my memory. She will always have a special place in my heart. It’s so nice to see her smiling. And yes she has always dressed to kill. Cheers john.