Garden of Victoriana

Ana Prodanovich wearing the Victoriana trend from Forever 21.

This wouldn’t be a fashion blog if I didn’t talk about Victoriana – a trend that saturated Fall runways. Designers were inspired by 19th century British history when Queen Victoria reigned for over 60 years. Queen Victoria left a big imprint on fashion with two facets of style: light and dark. During the Queen’s happy days she wore lighter colors, ruffles, lace, and accessorized with opulent jewels. When her husband Prince Albert passed away she went into mourning and wore only black – a widow uniform that eventually became her trademark. Fashion is now channeling the same type of drama in a more modernized way.

The epitome of this style is high necks, sheer blouses, ruffled details, and lace. Usually worn after dark, this look is very sentimental and feels feminine, elegant, and sensual. Depending on your mood, you can execute it in either white or black and you don’t have to be in mourning to go with the latter. The clothes are lingerie like and sometimes flesh-baring; if baring skin is not your forte, I suggest wearing undergarments or a slip that complements the silhouette. Accessories can be anything from lace-up leather boots to jet black jewelry. Romanticism is written all over this style and when a woman indulges in it, she becomes both knowing and innocent.

Villa Vizcaya in Miami, Florida was the amorous setting for this post, perhaps the most enchanting historical landmark I have ever visited. Exploring the museum and gardens was like a dream, the discoveries were endless. I found it to be the perfect place to express this sensitive moment of fashion that we are in. With the architecture also possessing gothic elements similar to those in the Victorian period, the environment flawlessly complemented this Victoriana look. This just goes to show that you don’t have to look like Queen Victoria to get the same drama out of your wardrobe and if you are a hopeless romantic, this style is for you.

Ana Prodanovich wearing the Victoriana trend from Forever 21.

Ana Prodanovich wearing the Victoriana trend from Forever 21.

Ana Prodanovich wearing the Victoriana trend from Forever 21.

Ana Prodanovich wearing the Victoriana trend from Forever 21.

Ana Prodanovich wearing the Victoriana trend from Forever 21.

Ana Prodanovich wearing the Victoriana trend from Forever 21.

Ana Prodanovich wearing the Victoriana trend from Forever 21.

Ana Prodanovich wearing the Victoriana trend from Forever 21.

Ana Prodanovich wearing the Victoriana trend from Forever 21.

Ana Prodanovich wearing the Victoriana trend from Forever 21.

 

Credits: Styling by Ana Prodanovich, Stills by Hernan

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