Although you probably know him for his dreamy Rococo work, The Swing, Fragonard's The Stolen Kiss, is a perfect example of his intimate and erotic body of work from the 1700s. It leapt out at me this week as such a pretty point of fashion inspiration for fall, although I'll admit I was drawn in more by her creamy skin and the romantic tableau than the actual gown. But once I stopped to think about it, there's something appealing about a softer alternative to the sea of black, oxblood and cobalt. And just like the prolific artist himself, (Fragonard produced more than 550 paintings in his lifetime) there are almost as many ways to style a white gown! I really love the idea of pairing it with modern bags and leather jackets for a sweet contrast with a little edge.
I went ahead and took some liberties below because I think the spirit of The Stolen Kiss can still be captured whether it's with a gauzy top and jeans, a tee with lace sleeves, or a romantic tunic styled with wild boho scarves or leather pants.
Did you think I'd forget her winter wrap? Any of these would be the perfect foil for a stolen kiss, don't you agree?
Details: Rosabelle gown; Gypsy Heart Dress; limited edition Flapper Dress; White Romance embroidered maxi; Tuxedo Tunic; Kombucha Cuff thermal; Mi Amore lace dress; Untold Secrets dress; Tulle sleeveless dress; Phoenix Sweater tunic; Taffeta wrap; Zinke Harvard lace robe; Leaves of Grass silk chiffon scarf; Chloe lace macrame coat; Swan's Island blanket; Maxi lace jacket; Colette Dinnigan faux leopard coat.