These super-cute "Painter's" python sandals from Stuart Weitzman's Spring 2011 line immediately put us in a festive Frida frame of mind. When she dressed each day, she paid close attention to both her jewelry and her nails - variously painting them purple, green, and even orange, depending on what best matched what she was wearing that day. "She used to say she dressed de chango, like a monkey, for fun, in a silly and playful way," and according to Bertram Wolfe, "would have seemed outlandish were it not for the artistry with which she designed and adorned herself." A pint-sized venus (measuring a little over 5'2"), she made every effort to look taller with long skirts and hair piled high and festooned with blooms.
When finally dressed for the day, she looked "like a princess, like an empress," according to descriptions by her contemporaries; "scrupulously clean and heavily perfumed, 'she was as resplendent as a rainbow.'"
Don't forget to whittle your waist in a tone-on-tone belt, and then show off your own painterly panache with striking necklace and, of course, a flower-adorned coiffure (we LOVE a sparkly floral hairpiece!)
- Lesley Scott
(image above: woman in traditional Tehuantepec costume)