Spring Simplicity

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Vivienne She, writer/creator of White Caviar Life and vivalaViv. Fashion shoot at Queen Anne's Summer Palace in Prague by Sydney photographer Kent Johnson for White Caviar Life.

Strolling through Queen Anne’s Summer Palace in Prague’s springtime, I thought of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’ quote. Although there’s nothing simple about this Renaissance architecture; the beauty of simplicity shone through those orderly arrangements of columns and the regularity of arches. When Kent discovered this hidden gem inside the Royal Garden of Prague Castle on a morning walk, we immediately decided to have this gorgeous palace as our backdrop for a photoshoot. Then I asked myself, what could I bring to compliment this masterpiece?

Vivienne She, writer/creator of White Caviar Life and vivalaViv. Fashion shoot at Queen Anne's Summer Palace in Prague by Sydney photographer Kent Johnson for White Caviar Life.
Vivienne She, writer/creator of White Caviar Life and vivalaViv. Fashion shoot at Queen Anne's Summer Palace in Prague by Sydney photographer Kent Johnson for White Caviar Life.

My Outfit-of-the-Day choice – a knitted maxi dress, a fedora hat, and a fur neck wrap. Here’s what I think of this black knitted dress… I have always seen it as a blank canvas, not one to draw on but to be accessorised. Yes, like a canvas to a painter, this black number provides various possibilities when it comes to styling. The purple fur collar scarf… not only does it give the look a different texture and colour; it transforms a minimal black dress’ appearance into a glamorous ensemble. Whereas the hat? Well, there’s nothing I could explain about my fedora hat; we were inseparable during our Prague trip. Don’t you think that like a Panama hat, a fedora hat just makes a person looks stylish instantly?

Vivienne She, writer/creator of White Caviar Life and vivalaViv. Fashion shoot at Queen Anne's Summer Palace in Prague by Sydney photographer Kent Johnson for White Caviar Life.
Vivienne She, writer/creator of White Caviar Life and vivalaViv. Fashion shoot at Queen Anne's Summer Palace in Prague by Sydney photographer Kent Johnson for White Caviar Life.

If you have read one of my previous fashion stories, you might notice that I wore the same dress differently. That’s how significant packing versatile clothing is for me, as someone wishing to maximise my daily travel looks! Last but not least, I would like to use my own example here to encourage us all to continue restyling what we have in our wardrobe – if they still fit. By doing that, we really don’t need to keep buying new outfits. A simplified wardrobe is still full of potential if one knows how to mix and match. We are living in an era when we should think more of our environment. Loving our garments and giving them a longer life through styling might seem like a little thing to do, but it certainly helps reduce fashion’s eco-footprint.

Vivienne She, writer/creator of White Caviar Life and vivalaViv. Fashion shoot at Queen Anne's Summer Palace in Prague by Sydney photographer Kent Johnson for White Caviar Life.

Photography by Kent Johnson. Styling by Vivienne She.

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Vivienne is a traveller, author; story teller and sometimes a muse. She seeks a balance between travelling in comfort and style with value; perhaps being the daughter of a hotelier helps there. Through White Caviar Life, you will share in her travel experiences, stories and tips that she hopes to help enhance your own travel.

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