I like the laid back attitude of this shot, actually I like it a lot. There is not much to look at, a pair of jeans and a shirt, both oversized and both striped. That doesn’t sound like a recipe with a lot of potential, visually speaking, but it does work out quite well. Surprisingly. I mean, striped jeans. Pulling that one off is quite an achievement. Throw on top a striped shirt and you deserve a medal.
Maybe it helps though that the “laid back” aspect of this shot has been pushed a little bit further than usually. Often times we see an oversized garment complement by something opposite, say an oversized jeans with a good fitting shirt. It is all about contrast and all about proportions, these rules are practically carved in stone. Whereas in this shot, both pieces come in a generous fit and additionally the shirt’s cut is pyjamas inspired. I’m tempted to say something very cliché now and I think, I just might go with it: rules are made to be broken. How about that.
Ps: Here is another shot from the same editorial.
Image: Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer
Ultimate sleekness. That’s what I thought when I came across this beauty. The absence of little details, or actually any details at all, is like a breath of fresh air.
So, we spoke about trends in terms of design and more specifically websites and blogs, one of them being handwriting. It clearly has stepped into the spotlight of the design scene and managed to reach pretty every area by now. From packaging to magazines, there is more and more use of this particular element and it seems that the trend will go on (yes, I actually wrote down those words…). So, I had this little observation in mind and at the same time I mused about my personal relationship to pen and paper. That made me think that the internet is one curious thing (yes, I just said that as well. That sounds oh so profound of me. A blogger gets philosophical and all. Ladies and gentlemen, this is one weird day). I would like to elaborate on that.
As you saw in my yesterday’s favourite list, I always carry a pen and a notebook with me. Sure, there is by now an app for every task ahead of me and I do make use of quite a few of them. They are very practical, by the way. Nothing gets lost (where did I write the number down?), nothing is forgotten (goodbye little post-its) and nothing has to be written four or five times from top to bottom (to accomplish a story without editing is a fairy tale). Everything is taken care of and in theory, I hardly need those classic tools. If you will, they almost seem like prehistoric relics in this digital age. I guess, this is something which is not even that far away from the truth. Even if we still make use of them, the frequency changed for sure. I guess, some people use a pen uniquely for the purpose of signing their names by now. With this evolution in mind, isn’t it astonishing that handwriting has become a trend in the design area. It almost seems like it made its way from paper to screen, being banished from one medium, it conquered another one.
Image: The blue hour
It’s time for this week’s wanted list and so I created a tiny collection of things which I find quite irresistible. (1) Since it is high time to think more and more about layering, the idea of a sleeveless coat is quite appealing. I think that the clean cut is perfect for all kind of combinations. (6) My earring’s collection must be the smallest part of my jewellery box. These seem not really like the type you would wear on a daily basis, but they surely would be perfect for the evening. (5) It is incredibly easy to imagine this bag as a daily companion. I came across this beauty when visiting Wit & Delight and was immediately won over. (4) Speaking about leather goods: if you are in search of a classic and elegant wallet, I highly recommend Il Bussetto. The quality is divine and you will not faint once you see the price tag. (2) Although you can do pretty much everything with your smartphone, I find it important to have a pen with me. This one is a lightweight, writes beautifully and looks sharp. A keeper! (3) And since I need some paper to write my notes down, those ideas books make a lot of sense and look lovely on top.
(1) Boutique: Notch Collar Sleeveless Coat (2) Muji: Wooden Ballpoint Pen (3) Poketo: Ideas Book (4) Il Bussetto: Bi fold wallet (5) Lotuff: Leather Tote (6) Monica Vinader: Nugget Zodiac Earrings
I must say I do love everything about this picture. Not only the colours are utterly amazing, the composition is flawless. It is not that improbable that one ends up looking at it for quite a while. And a little while longer.
Image: Julio López Saguar
All these colours are matching incredibly well together, don’t you think? Blue and black and wine red seem to be made for each other.
Image: Snakes Nest
To throw in the word “trend” at some point in a conversation or an article is maybe mostly common in the fashion field. The word comes with a heavy connotation a lot of baggage. Some people use the term reverently, some people do the contrary. Of one thing one can be sure, though: it will not relinquish its place of one of the most frequently used words when it comes to garments, fabrics and cuts.
Yet, as we know, trends can be observed pretty much everywhere. When you take a look at the blogosphere and website landscape, for example, you most certainly are going to notice a few elements which pop up repeatedly. Those elements are used either in the exactly same manner or they have been pushed a little or a lot further. If you will, they are a testimony of a certain taste which has developed over time, a certain visual preference which is shared by more and more people. A few years ago, for example, there were two materials which were very much beloved when it came the choice of the background: wood planks and patterned wallpaper. Those ones really got around, so I’m sure you encountered just a I did, many many versions of them. That’s not to say that this is something I think disdainfully of. Sometimes I fall for a certain aesthetic and well, why shouldn’t I? It happens that just after a little while, I’m visually satiated and I can’t see it any longer. But it is not unlikely that this while lasts and I end up liking the idea for quite a long time.
Right now, we can see more and more handwriting ruling the design world. I guess, it is not that hard to know how I feel about that trend. In my opinion, it adds something organic to a lot of straight lines and when done right, it adds a little bit of warmth and a personal note.
Do you happen to make assumptions from time to time? Well, my guess is that two of my favourite pictures posted in a row couldn’t possibly hurt.
Image: Paolo Roversi
The image above was part of a Vogue UK editorial named “Couture stripped”, back in 2006. One grabs the concept behind it pretty easily, so that wasn’t really something I wanted to dwell on. Neither the fact that I already pusblished it once on my blog back in the days (aka before the relaunch).
What I wanted to say though, has something to do with the latter: it is one of those editorial shots I would post again and again. To say it more elegantly: it is one of those editorial shots that I find it somewhat timeless. This is certainly partly due to the fact that the focus is not exactly set on the gown in particular and fashion in general, although it is very much present. It is a fashion editorial, but fashion takes the backseat here. Well, it is couture after all and not ready-to-wear which certainly makes that much more probable. There is not a certain colour, wardrobe item or a particular cut which would betray its original date (and by the way so does not the styling). Couture being what it is, allows also a little bit…or no, strike that…a lot of dreaminess. It can be all about feathers and jewels and pastell colours and it can be serious about it. Not because a lot of women are going to end up wearing the exact dress one of the seasons to come. Not because a lot of women are going to translate the inspiration into their daily lifes neither.
Couture is serious, but about something else entirely. About what? you might ask me. Hold that thought, I think we have an interesting topic here.
Image: Javier Vallhonrat
Fluffy feathers are maybe not on your mind when you think about jackets or coats. From now on the probability might just have gotten a little bit higher.