Okay, so I admit I posted briefly about this 2000 Steven Meisel shoot at the very birth of my blog... but because my mother was my only reader, the rest of you probably missed it (and we can't have that)! Beauty is meant to be shared... if I could spend my summer adorned in nothing but bright bikinis, silky kimonos and bedazzling baubles, oh! What a world it would be :) Also, I would die to live in such a luxuriously opulent environment--these photographs are the absolute acme of my aesthetic ideal. I suppose that living full-time in a tropical clime is a little bit different than suffering through a few months of stifling heat in boring old Vermont, but I could relocate. I couldn't bear to omit a single incandescent image from this homage, but I dare you to select one that isn't extraordinarily vibrant and alive.
I was originally directed to these photographs last year via the infinitely inspirational Glamourai, who completely epitomizes the effortless extravagance of a modern Belle Epoque lifestyle (envy!!!!) and, in the photos (below) from her trip to Mexico, looks as if she could have stepped right off of Steven Meisel's set.
(photos via The Glamourai)