Princess Irene Galitzine of Russia popularized her version of the Palazzo Pant in the 1960s. Traditionally, these pants were wide-legged trousers made of silk or sturdy tapestry fabrics that were embellished with different types of embroidery and jewels, but her version of the pant were slim, flowing, and graphic. If I had to pick three pieces of clothes to live in for the rest of my days, the palazzo pant would be one of them. The wider the leg, the more colorful my personality becomes.
Èze, a gorgeous commune in the Alpes-Maritimes in southeastern France, is a place not far from the city of Nice. In Èze, we woke up to coffee and croissants on the balcony overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Château de La Chèvre d’Or has the most gorgeous china that is hand-painted with little animals and dainty leaves drawn on the cups and saucers. They were created from the local ceramics craftsmen that are local to the village of Èze.
When I was a child, my mother would make her own pottery and when it when she finished molding her various teacups, water glasses, and bowls, I would get to watch them "bake" in the kilns. She would lend me free use a needle tool to draw different kinds of squares on them (since I loved the shape of a square). After they were finished in the kiln, she spent hours asking me about a world that only existed in my dreams. I would run free with the animals in the wild and enter into rooms that were either too small or too big for me to walk through. These rooms were colorful and sometimes geometric in shape. I guess you can say it was my own version of Alice in Wonderland. Days later when the ceramics were done, my mother would spend days drawing my dreamworld on each of them. I lived in this world created entirely for me. Thanks to my mother, I was able to have the inspiration to dream the imaginable and create the unthinkable. She taught me to dream.
In the late morning after coffee and croissants, Sarah and I explored the village, shopping for the most rarefied art and antiques in local stores with buzzers and chalk signs welcoming you in. To reach the very top of Èze, one must climb a number of spiral cobbled-stone walkways and then reach a cactus garden (Le Jardin Exotique) with one of the most stunning views I have ever seen in my life. We were overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and seeing everything below us that makes up this spectacular land.
Coco wears: Vintage knit top, Vintage floral Palazzo pants, Suede mules, Celine envelope clutch. Photographer: Sarah Son. Location: Château de La Chèvre d’Or, Èze, France