We might bid farewell to summer and yet the contrary is currently happening in the fashion industry: designers have started to showcase their spring 2014 collections in New York. Although it is a little bit confusing to muse about lightweight materials while one is just getting friendly with the idea that we need to carry a sweater, a jacket, a coat…one also is very much intrigued by what will be on offer next year. By „one“ I mean „I“ really since the same will probably not be true for everyone. But maybe you, dear reader, are just as curious a I am? If that is the case, let’s enjoy a little peek into the future together…
Image: Garance Doré
It seems as though I have a thing for fine jewellery lately, literally.
Lately because only a few posts ago I mentioned the jewellery designer Gaia Repossi. And literally because, as you can see, all these pieces above are exquisitely subtle. I love the designer’s approach of creating something modern and different and yet at the same time fluent and uncomplicated. One can easily imagine wearing this kind of jewellery on a daily basis, of them becoming a part of one’s everyday attire and maybe even a part of oneself.
And if that isn’t reason enough to fall in love with her creations, the exquisite mise en scène of the lookbook will surely do the rest.
Images: Sophie Bille Brahe
With the temperatures dropping and the feeling rising that autumn is just around the corner, I find myself swooning over these beautiful coats. Vogue UK has opted for the crème de la crème for their editorial „Under Cover“ in this year’s September Issue: The coats (Céline, Hermès, Lanvin and Louis Vuitton), the photographer (Alasdair McLellan), the model (Miranda Kerr) and the styling (Kate Phelan) make it somehow okay to think about the cozier additions to our wardrobes.
Images: Alasdair McLellan
A few minutes ago I assumed that this post is going to be nothing more than a little portrait of Gaia Repossi and her homonymous jewellery brand. Which would have been totally fine since there is a lot to be said about the creative director and her take on a craftsmanship which is shaped by hundreds of years of tradition. However, when I started to write about my first encounter with Gaia Repossi (Garance Doré) and to mention all the different kind of sources that have featured her (e.g. The Gentlewoman and The Coveteur) a question popped into my mind and got me distracted.
Is a strong link between a fashion brand and the creative head behind it nowadays de rigeur?
The possibilities of shaping one’s image can certainly be classified as countless, many of them venturing quite far from the classic interview. Think Karl Lagerfeld and Tom Ford who have opened the doors to their lives and ateliers in a documentary. Think Michael Kors enjoying his high chair and judging role in Project Runway. And think Russian designers Vika Gazinskaya and Ulyana Sergeenko who make smartly use of the current street style craze. Renouncing all forms of publicity and cultivating a certain kind of mystery seems more than ever a curiosity. Couturier Azzedine Alaïa is one of the rare fashion personalities who renounces the spotlight and opts for something different. His minimalist philosophy extends from his designs over the number of collections to his PR strategy. A demeanour like this seems probably like a luxury to a lot of marketing executives, a luxury which one cannot afford these days when personalities have become a fixed currency. And yet, one should not forget that secrecy, this particular luxury, is something that we are all attracted to.
Images: Jak & Jil and Interview Magazine
These two pictures by Lena C.Ermey for Grit Magazine are stunning on their own and even better when seen side by side. That is what an editorial should be all about right?
Images: Lena C.Ermey
It seems as though a new attitude towards sneakers has been shaped over the last months. It has become a real „thing“ by now. You can see them everywhere and you can buy them everywhere (hello Zara!). You can choose from an enormous variety and you can combine them with everything. Maybe it is quite daring to pinpoint a certain moment or even look as the trigger for this craze. And yet, I am willing to take the risk. There is one look who has been posted on various street style blogs during fashion week this March and who has practically exploded all over the internet. A woman wearing a classic camel coat, a pair of slim white jeans and — surprise — Nikes. (And by the way: I plead guilty since I couldn’t resist to dedicate a post to it as well.)
It is pretty certain that other factors have played a role in this development, than one single woman and a few pictures. However, I do think that it has contributed in some way. Maybe even in a big.
Image: Mija Creators of Desire
To classify this editorial as a „surprising move“ would mean pushing things quite a bit (and into the wrong direction). All signs of evidence are present: a lot of white and muted colours, simple styling and an overall clean-approach, beautiful tailoring and contrasting materials. But who needs surprises if the result is as gorgeous as these pictures?
Images: Kayt Jones
If the time to recuperate from last week is in any way an indication of its intensity, then let me just say that a lot of catching up on sleeping was done this weekend. I guess that preparing a tradeshow in a last-minute-kind-of-way will does that to you and the moment everything is over, the amount of relief and contentment hits you: somehow everything worked out fine. Even the little details, or at least some of them. I think that the part I enjoyed the most (beside the lovely dinners and parties) was to meet a lot of interesting people and also to learn a few things here and there. By now I am quite an expert when it comes to building materials which don’t damage historic buildings. Who would have thought that…
Currently on the hunt for a pair of black pumps. Simple things, classics really, are all about the right shape, the right cut, the right material. Think simple white T. Or jacket. Finding The One is not as easy as one might think, right?
When deciding upon the title for this post, several ideas popped into my mind. „Camel & White“ has been one of the most obvious ones. These colours are a match made in heaven — not big news really. Especially not since the camel coat had his big moment a few seasons ago (a quick plunge into the archives of the Sartorialist and you will know what I mean).
„Everything“ would be much more fitting then maybe? As in „Everything about this look speaks to me“. Or: „Everything in this look seems just about right“. There is much more to it than the usual approving nod toward the camel and white combo. Look at all these lovely shades in between: the dusty pink ballerinas and the cream coloured shirt. The perfect cut of every single item. And to top it of: the fringe. It almost makes me want to reach for the scissors on my table and…
Images: Emma Elwin