(More than…) Two Years in Torino

"Le cose belle sono lente." –Pane e Tulipani

Category: shop windows

Sixty pairs of shoes, all lined up in my closet…

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 I honestly have no idea what it is with me and these shop windows,

and I sure don’t want to wear these shoes,

but don’t you think they’re pretty

in a Hundred Dresses sort of way?

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Fashion planet Torino

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These are all photos that I’ve taken on my way to and from church. (Never mind the possible spiritual implications of walking up Via Roma on a Sunday morning.) I don’t take fashion seriously, but I do find these windows to be an interesting pastime. Over the months I’ve come up with some basic categories: “I’d wear that,” “I’d wear that if I were younger/taller,””Great design but I couldn’t wear that,””That is so Italian,” “Only in Italy,” and “What were they thinking?!” See if you can guess the categories of the photos below, or rate them according to your own tastes and preferences.

To get you started, the photo above rates, “That is so Italian!” I”ve actually seen people on the street dressed like this.  A lot. Besides, it’s from the store Luisa Spagnoli, and as my friend Francesca says, that’s the quintessential Italian store.

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Curiosities

 Am I seeing things?

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There are a lot of clever and brightly-colored products displayed in Italian shop windows. These are only a few.

Admittedly I haven’t seen anyone wearing high heels encased in clear rain boots,

but I have seen kids riding on the animal suitcases.

And then there’s the guy who constructs the city’s landmarks in Lego for a local toy store.

More shop windows

Happy New Year!

Dopo un viaggio di tre settimane negli Stati Uniti, sono contenta di essere di nuovo a Torino.

(Any guesses?)

I just thought I’d add a few more of the shop window photos that I took in December.

Sometimes I really don’t know what the people were thinking when they put together these windows.  But even the strangest ones have a certain style.

In the last photo, I like how there’s a tiny me next to the mannequin.  It reflects, literally and figuratively, how I usually feel in the context of fashion.

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Shop windows

It isn’t that I want to buy the items in these windows,

or that I want to be a fashionista,

or even that I’ve been thinking about shop windows a lot lately.

It’s just that these windows just say something about Italian style.

They’re inviting, sparkly, imaginative, and yet tasteful, and I appreciate the care that the shop owners put into them.

 Enjoy!

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