For me, there are many moments in my life where I have felt utterly humbled and in awe. My heart shudders a bit, then my brain goes out of focus, and sometimes I even go into a mini existential crisis (what have I done with my life?). Whether it’s when I first set eyes on the Temple of Heaven, learned about how many times a neuron can fire per second (200 times!), stood at the edge of an endlessly vast pineapple field in Hawaii, or stared at the way-too-lifelike figures on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Seeing the Duomo di Milano on a recent trip to Europe probably counts as one of those moments. From below, the massive cathedral is overwhelming, grand yet delicate, covered with a forest of pinnacles, spires, and sculptures that reach for the skies. Going to the roof allows for a completely different perspective, and you really get to see the immense amount of effort and vigor that went into designing and building each detail. The whole cathedral took nearly six centuries to build — I felt seriously tiny.
The dress I wore to the duomo is something I picked up at Zara in Paris. Something about the mix of girly florals and gothic lace gives the dress a Dolce & Gabbana-esque feel. I wore it with a simple black bag and nude sandals. The colors and length make it a great transitional piece into fall — can’t wait to wear it with burgundy block-heel boots and a long trench!
zara lace midi dress
gucci soho leather disco bag
raye the label ava sandals
whistles slim square bangle
photography by the extraordinary alice xiang