Great Trends after lockdown period: The Return of the Opera Glove

A quick glance at one of the key items in our Parisian wardrobe… “Opera glove” may sound quaintly antique, but it will become soon one of the most glamorous accessories of the next season.

guanti internaFollowing the recent period of latex-layered confinement, gloves have been shed of their dramatic dimension and reinvented as daily luxury. Several of the great fashion houses have reappropriated the glove, featured on the catwalk by Lanvin and Dior even on men!

  • In leather, velvet or satin, in a plethora of captivating colors – black, taupe or ice blue, from pale pink to deep rust – or printed and patterned. Just be sure to select a contemporary look.

The Glove and Its Historye13b6a438f6078dfde86660a3cdc948c

For some historians, the trend was set in the 16th century. Elizabeth I of England was seen with them, and by the end of the 17th century the opera glove was a regular fixture of the royal wardrobe. Covering even part of the bicep, gloves were worn by high-society woman both day and night, on virtually all occasions.

In the 19th century, the great actress Sarah Bernhardt is to thank for popularizing gloves on the Continent. Nearly a century later, Hollywood gave us gloved goddesses like Rita Hayworth in Gilda, Marilyn Monroe in Men Prefer Blondes, and the inimitable Audrey Hepburn in Breafast at Tiffany’s.

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