Summer 2014, Bella Figura

June 15, 2014

I went to a wedding the other night on my church steps.  I wasn’t invited, of course, but what I love about Sicilian weddings is that tourists and others can stumble through the church while the wedding is underway and hang around afterwards. Weddings here are fashion shows. (And the bride wasn’t the only one in lace.)  Sicilians may be experiencing serious economic woes, but you’d never know it judging by their glad rags.


Sicilian Woman in Orange Dress, copyright Jann Huizenga

Sicilian Woman in Black Lace Dress, copyright Jann Huizenga

Yellow nail polish and gold rings on 6 fingers

Young Sicilian Woman in Lacy Dress, copyright Jann Huizenga

Sicilian Woman in Pink Shoes, copyright Jann Huizenga

Sicilian Woman in Red and Black, copyright Jann Huizenga

I’m sure her nails and lipstick are red too.

Sicilian Couple, copyright Jann Huizenga

Young Sicilian Couple All Dressed Up, copyright Jann Huizenga



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30 comments to Summer 2014, Bella Figura

  • Such elegance.
    Such class.
    utterly, beautifully European.
    I Adore the couple on the last photo.
    I want them to come to my house for wine!

    xxxx Have a great weekend, sweet Jann. xxx

  • Mary Jane Mortimer

    That final photo of the elegant couple on the church steps – he in his perfectly fitted suit and she in her flowing scarf – outdoes anything I’ve seen in any recent “fashion” magazine. Great work!

  • Vicki Carol

    I found your statement about the difference in attitudes about using credit cards in Italy interesting. Why do you think you think differently there than back home in USA? Is Credit pushed as much as here?
    Vicki Carol

  • Sam

    The guys could be wearing the same outfits to a funeral, but that’s not true for the women. So how does that reflect on gender specific attitudes toward marriage?

  • Aaaaahhhh Jann. There’s nothing finer than Italians in their wedding finery….. I love the natural inclination to share the occasion with one and all. Just as it should be! Lovely lovely post! xx

  • Jann, I’ve just spent the last twenty minutes reading all the wonderful entries I missed on your blog. Whilst the comments are closed on some, please know how much fun I’ve had reading your posts! Without a doubt, Italians are amongst the most stylish in the world. I could never pull off lace but it sure is a joy to see these beautiful women rocking it like nobody’s business! 🙂

    • Jann

      Hi Bella–Thank you for reading–even the ancient posts!! There’s something about lace that fits right into this culture, also into Spain, I’m sure. It’s like they took their granny’s old lace and refashioned it. xxxx

  • dennis

    I want to see you in the outfit of the 1st photo, shoes and all.

  • nan @ lbddiaries

    Absolutely breathtaking, both men, women and the fashion! I love the lace dresses, love love love them! Your pictures are just wonderful for breakfast. They help me start my day out on a beautiful note.

  • Carole

    So true about “la crisi” that I hear so much about from family back home, but when it comes to fashion they find the means.
    On the other hand, here in America it’s a different perspective. No jobs no shopping unless you charge. In your opinion or experience, do Italians live on credit?

    • Jann

      Carole, I don’t see Sicilians pulling out credit cards, and even I live differently here. For instance in the US I never carry cash and charge even a cup of coffee if I go out. Here I pay in cash almost every place. Funny.

  • Gregory

    You are so right regardless of economic conditions; Sicilians always wear their best ; clothing and jewelry to public events.

  • John Schinina

    Ciao Jann, Italy has it all, first in Fashion, beautiful Women, Handsome Men, the best food, beautiful Country, and Sicily, but wait, it has you too. Thanks Jann, as always your number 1.

  • Sigh, I will never be elegant. They do it so well.

  • Dear Jann,
    Your work is rather lovely and highly reflective of Sicilian culture. Your images express the antithesis of the stereotype which unfortunately persists in too many minds.
    I am also a photographer, being retired after a career teaching it in a Middle school in Brooklyn NY as well as doing weddings and affairs in NY and also,like you, uninvited but still given the opportunity gladly in Sicilia.
    If you are in Sicilia during July and August perhaps we could meet for coffee or whatever and share experiences. I live in Sant’Alessio which is about 20 minutes north of Taormina. In any case, I admire your beautiful soulful work tremendously and look forward to seeing more of it.
    Joe Zarba

    • Jann

      Joe thank you for these sweet comments. You are living in a very gorgeous part of Sicily–and I hope we can meet sometime soon.

  • And just look at those HEELS!! How beautiful these people are, Jann. I’m so glad to be seeing Sicily through your camera lens!

  • Liz

    Oh to be Italian!

  • Gorgeosity! Bella figura for sure on the part of both sexes.

  • Cathy

    It always amazes me how men & women alike can always look so effortlessly, absolutely gorgeous!

    And those shoes STILL make my feet hurt just to look at them…..


  • Love love the Italian fashion sense and how everything is seemingly a public event. And the Italian women wear it so well.

    My brother and I happened upon some sort of party in Cortona on our Thanksgiving one year. They called us over, served us food, wine, more food, wine, etc. Lovely. It was my first to Italy — maybe that’s why I keep returning.

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