What Would They Buy Now: Esmeralda

What Would They Buy Now: Esmeralda

IN THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF WHAT WOULD THEY BUY NOW? V PREDICTS WHAT SENSUOUS GYPSY ESMERALDA WOULD SPLURGE ON TODAY

IN THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF WHAT WOULD THEY BUY NOW? V PREDICTS WHAT SENSUOUS GYPSY ESMERALDA WOULD SPLURGE ON TODAY

Styling: Tania Farouki

A fictional character in Victor Hugo's much-acclaimed 1831 novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Esmeralda is a gypsy public dance performer whose moves and beauty provoke craze and hysteria. Yet beyond her striking exterior lies an independent personality blessed with the kindest of hearts and highest form of charisma--the girl can't help it.

Born as Agnes, the love child of a prostitute, Esmeralda is kidnapped as a young baby and is given her new nickname while growing up with the gypsies of Paris. Her tumultuous yet short-lived life comprises the cathedral's archdeacon falling in love with her leading to an attempted kidnapping, being rescued by a captain and becoming infatuated with him, marrying a poet to save his life, befriending a hunchback before ultimately being tried for murder and later witchcraft.

Esmeralda was portrayed innumerable times on the big screen, yet it's perhaps Disney's 1996 rendition, voiced by V girl Demi Moore, who made us fans. With luscious ebony hair, emerald eyes and olive golden skin, it's no wonder 19th century Paris was in constant awe.

Come 2016, she'd still make heads turn while music and dance would inevitably be Esmeralda's essence, naturally feeling most at ease attending the world's biggest music festivals, from California's Coachella to New York's Governors Ball. A carefree spirit, flowy printed gowns and maxi skirts would be her go-to uniform: she'd turn to print masters Etro, Roberto Cavalli and Dolce & Gabbana. Another sartorial trademark would be off-the-shoulder pieces, which she would unabashedly wear from feminine champions Alessandra Rich and Rosie Assoulin, as well as bohemian sandals courtesy of Isabel Marant and Aquazzura.

Obsessed with color, Esmeralda would adore sporting rainbow-esque jewelry and decorate her (most likely temporary) home with vintage musical instruments, impressionist as well as abstract paintings, featuring Filipp Malyavin and Kandinsky. One thing the beauty is certain of: music will save the world.

ESMERALDA IN WALT DISNEY'S THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1996)
THE DRESS: ETRO PRINTED SILK CREPE DE CHINE GOWN
THE TOP: ALESSANDRA RICH OFF-THE-SHOULDER CROPPED SILK-MOIRE TOP
THE EARRINGS: DE GRISOGONO "GYPSY" EARRINGS IN WHITE GOLD, WHITE DIAMONDS, BROWN DIAMONDS, EMERALDS AND RUBIES
THE MAGAZINE: V51 FEATURING DEMI MOORE PHOTOGRAPHED BY MARIO TESTINO
THE SKIRT: DOLCE & GABBANA PRINTED COTTON-POPLIN MAXI SKIRT
THE SHOE: ISABEL MARANT "ASTRID" WRAP AROUND SUEDE SANDALS
THE ARTWORK: FILIPP MALYAVIN, "DANCING PEASANT WOMAN" (1913)
THE OBJET D'ART: FRENCH ART NOUVEAU BRONZE SCULPTURE TAMBOURINE WITH NUDES BY VILLANIS (1896)
THE ALBUM: RIHANNA, "ANTI" (2016, WESTBURY ROAD ENTERTAINMENT)

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