LES LOUPS VENITIENS
I have always loved this simple graphic black mask motif and seeing the Repetto flats with a mask appliqué on them featured on Letitia Jett's greatly fun blog yesterday, reminded me of just how much I do.
It also reminded me of a small barette brooch I have, with a tiny black enamel mask on it. I often wear it to close a kimono-like black evening top. Funny how the mind meanders from one idea to the next.
This kind of mask is called a loup in French, I am not sure why, so if anyone knows, I would love to learn something new. A loup is a half mask usually made of a black material and worn at Carnival time in Venice or to costume parties, like the one printed on this lovely Karl Lagerfeld scarf I have had for years. I said I loved the loups motif and I guess KL
does did too...
The motif has inspired a number of items relating to masks and Venice, always with striking results.