It’s lovely being able to sit and eat outside and better still now lockdown has eased a little and we can meet in groups of up to six people, (albeit with social distancing still in place). So yesterday, we went to my parents’ home for a barbecue. The sun was glorious.
But no matter how sunny it is, I always take a scarf or serape. It keeps the shoulders and upper arms warm and makes all the difference when the sun goes in or when it gets to evening time. This absolute beauty is the Klimt Ria Munk stole, (Poshmina™), from British brand Fox and Chave.
Their designs are inspired by history, nature and the arts and they’re the chosen supplier for some of the largest museums and galleries in the world. As always I was drawn to my colour comfort zone, in this case, the aqua background and tassels. However, it was the stunning vibrant floral print that made me look twice. It’s inspired by Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Ria Munk.
The young woman, Maria (“Ria”) committed suicide in 1911, after the writer Hanns Heinz Ewers called off their engagement. At the time, Klimt was the most sought-after portraitist in Vienna, so Ria’s mother commissioned him to paint this posthumous portrait of her beloved daughter. The first two portraits he did didn’t meet with the family’s approval and while he was still working on this third portrait, Klimt himself died, so the portrait remained unfinished.
This Klimt Ria Munk stole is beautifully made and the weight attests to its quality. The printed side is satin and the reverse is brushed silk, so it’s incredibly soft. It’s an utter joy to wear and an investment piece which will last a lifetime.
Back to work…
I’m going back to work tomorrow. I’ll be doing three long days: 7.30am-6pm Monday to Wednesday. it’ll take some adjusting to after being furloughed for 12 weeks, but I’m looking forward to it and feel ready. I’ll be back late next week. until then, stay safe and good luck if you’re back to work too.
Sapphire dress: Hobbs SS19
Klimt Ria Munk stole: Fox and Chave, current, (gift)
Stacking bracelets: Annie Haak, part of the Pure Collection coming soon, (gift)
Rainbow wedge sandals: Boden SS19
Neon clutch bag: Aspiga Beach SS18