To me, this close-up encapsulates the essence of Maison Martin Margiela. A lot of elements which evoke pureness and simplicity. Such as the clean neckline, the bare face and the perfectly tousled hair. And an element which is unusual in this particular context, but at the same time makes totally sense. Such as this rather unusual piece of jewellery. One of the rare cases where „effortless elegance with a twist“ is more than appropriate and not just an expression.
Image: Maison Martin Margiela spring 2013
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
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
Taaaada! Unbelievable, but true. I’m going to do what I promised at the beginning of this week* and talk about the second object: the watch.
In a time where practically every single device comes with a clock, a watch can almost seem superfluous. From the oven over the laptop to your heat regulator. Time is everywhere and if you want to or not, you are constantly informed how late/ on time you are. It is almost hard to imagine that there was a time when hanging a clock on the wall had above all a purpose and a watch was a necessity. When the mobile entered the scene of everyday life and became mainstream, the watch itself became moved from being utility object to being almost solely an accessory. As you might have noticed, my exact words where „almost superfluous.“ Almost, because it is not strictly true for every single situation. Imagine being in a business meeting or on a lunch date and you absolutely have to know what time it is. Now, you can put your mobile on the table and switch it on or you can glance discretely at your wrist. It is not that hard to guess which one of the possibilities is more elegant. Personally, I’m very happy to own a watch after I don’t know how much year of abandonment. So yes, you can consider this a plead in favour of the little relic called watch.
*I’m relating to this post here and the first object here.