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
These are the last days of summer and in the end one cannot help but surrender to doing all the things one more time before autumn is here for good. Spending the whole day outside armed with books and magazines. Wearing sunglasses and sandals. Having an evening stroll by the river and enjoying drinks with friends. So yes, this is some kind of farewell to summer. A bittersweet one.
Images: Instagram (1) and (3) @fuglen, (2) @70percentsteph
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
Way back, when blogs were still unexplored territory and very far from anything that would ressemble an actual business, I came across This Is Glamorous. I was instantly smitten, Roséline was for me one of the first bloggers who has developed a voice of her own through carefully chosen pictures and elegant wording. It goes without saying that I have instantly bookmarked this little newfound gem. Over the years This is Glamorous evolved and yet stayed true to the core idea, something that is pretty remarkable in my eyes.
When Roséline invited me to be a contributor, I obviously didn’t have to think twice. I am thrilled to add my perspective to a space full of beauty and inspiration, even more so because it was one of the reasons why I wanted to start a blog of my own. I must admit that it took me quite a while to get this particular post done. A whole week to be exact. Over the last few days I tried to find the right pictures in order to portray Roséline’s aesthetic. Every single day I came up with a different idea for the post and I simple couldn’t decide which one of them would get the essence of this blog across. And this is exactly what this blog is all about: starting a visual journey and get a little bit lost, one story at a time.
Images: This Is Glamorous
My intention for this post was to speak about vacation. Now, how come that I choose a picture which is mostly about concrete when I am usually so trigger happy when it comes to stunning pictures of the sea? For a moment I pondered the idea of choosing something else. Something airy. Something soothing. But then, I stopped in my tracks and thought that this picture will do just right. Not because I just finished an excruciating episode of Breaking Bad and therefore everything else, anything really, evokes a calming atmosphere. No, it’s because somehow this exact moment captured in this picture allows me to think about a relaxed morning. A morning during which I will do nothing else but drink leisurely a cup of coffee and overlook whatever it is in front of me with all the patience in the world.
Image: Columbine Smille
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
Note to self: bake banana bread this weekend. If the heat wave doesn’t strike once again that is. And who is the best person to turn to when it is about finding the perfect recipe? I would suggest someone who has gone through a banana bread addiction. Molly Winzenberg from Orangette. Now, this sounds maybe like a harsh thing to say or like a complete exaggeration. And yet, I quote:
“Clearly, I have a problem. If my count is correct, this is the sixth, SIXTH, banana bread and/or cake recipe that I have written about here. Is there some sort of treatment facility for this? A Betty Ford Center for Banana Bread Dependency? I try to stop myself, but I am weak. So weak.”
I don’t think that there are more words necessary to convince you that you need banana bread in your life. And the perfect recipe can be found here.
Image: simply breakfast