A kiss on the hand may be quite continental
But diamonds are a girl’s best friend
A kiss may be grand but it won’t pay the rental
On your humble flat
Or help you at the automat
- “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” by Jule Styne and Leo Robin; from the musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
I honestly can’t remember exactly when I first happened across Donna Flora. I’m thinking it must be back around 2010, if my shaky memory works out. There’s no real way to tell from my inventory, due to the way I organize it, and that I may have thrown things out at one point or another. All I can say for sure is that I enjoyed Squinternet Larnia’s sense of retro design, infused with a delicious Italian romanticism that is the hallmark of her work. It’s not always original creations, though; for those who desire a classic reproduction, there’s her interpretation of this dress, which had a bit of a vogue back in the Fifties when worn by some chick, name of Monroe. Caused a bit of a stir, as I recall….
Men grow cold as girls grow old
And we all lose our charms in the end
But square-cut or pear-shaped
These rocks don’t loose their shape
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!
Here’s a sampling from Around the Grid of other of Squinternet’s creations, interpreted by me at various places:
Unfortunately, Squinternet is needing some diamonds now, in the form of both linden love and a lot of personal support from something more valuable than real diamonds: friends and well-wishers. Pay attention to April and Bonbon. Those two were photographed and written around February 2012, when Squinternet was diagnosed in RL with cancer, and was fighting to overcome it. A support campaign, “Donna Flora A to Z,” was organized, and dozens of fashion writers (and casual models like myself) did pieces to show our love and support for Squinternet, as well as help her to keep roofs over her head, real and virtual. Squinternet was able to battle back the cancer, and went on to do more fine work. But Gidge Uriza and Cajsa Lilliehook report that the cancer has returned with a vengeance, and Squinternet is now requiring home nursing care as she begins the fight again. You can read more here and here, and a major benefit is being organized to help out on her nursing expenses (not covered by Italy’s state health insurance). If there’s anything you would like to contribute to the effort for sale, go to this page and fill out the form. You can also leave greetings for Squinternet on a special comment page. Let’s all support this beloved, talented designer!