"Some supernatural force drew Kitty's eyes to Anna's face. She was enchanting in her simple black dress, enchanting were her full arms with the bracelets on them, enchanting her firm neck with its string of pearls, enchanting her curly hair in disarray, enchanting the graceful, light, movements of her small feet and hands, enchanting that beautiful face in its animation; but there was something terrible and cruel in her enchantment." -- Anna Karenina by Leo TolstoyThe translation of the great novel, Anna Karenina, that I'm currently reading for English class is over 800 pages long -- and I admit it, I adore every night's 40-page assigned reading. Maybe I just adore Russia in general; I want to study art history in St. Petersburg while I'm in college, I wish Sasha Pivarova could be my best friend, Miroslava Mikheeva-Duma of Russian Harper's Bazaar is my fellow petite style idol, and Russian Vogue once featured a spread with Minnie Mouse. And the Bolshoi Ballet? I still hope to catch their rendition of The Nutcracker someday.
Chanel Pre-Fall 2009 Collection for all of its Muscovite/Parisian luxury and references to Russia's rich past -- from communist red to Cossack boots to pseudo-military pins to Fabergé egg-like embroidered patterns.
Coincidentally, I'm off to finish tonight's reading of Anna Karenina.