On Monday evening I took a break from my weekly routine and treated my Dad to an evening at the opera. The performance - Georges Bizet's French opéra comique, Carmen.
There is something about going to the opera that makes you feel downright fancy...cultured and oh so refined. The performance was tres magnifique and even though I couldn't understand a single French lyric, the music still pulsed through my veins and I was completely transported to Seville, Spain, circa 1830.
Listening to the familiar orchestrations, I found myself completely wrapped up in the story of passion, jealousy and obsession. Watching Carmen own the stage as the enchanting gypsy with the fiery temper made me want to take up flamenco dancing, run with the bulls, get into a catfight with a chick who rubs me the wrong way.
My Dad kept saying it was nothing like the movie. Yes, when we hear the name Carmen it is nearly impossible to avoid referencing Carmen Jones, the 50's musical film adaptation starring Dorothy Dandridge as the Big C and Harry Belafonte as her lovestruck soldier boy Joe (aka Don José).
I found it interesting how Carmen's style, both in the film and the opera seemed to share the same timeless bond. Something black, something red, hoop earrings, high heels and a flower behind the ear all merge together to form a commendable Carmen costume that any gal can pull off.
One visit to Arden B is all it takes to evoke the modern day spirit of Carmen with a Black Eyelet Off the Shoulder Top, a pair of Diamond Dust Hoop Earrings and Rhinestone Ruffle Heels (available in both black and red). Slip on a red skirt and a Satin Flower Bobby Pin from Forever21 behind your ear and you're ready for your solo.
I'm showing off my own take on Carmen style today as well, sporting black pencil jeans, a red top, hoops and black, flamenco stomping high heels.
I just hope I don't get stabbed by the end of the day.
Oops. Spoiler alert.