Posts from February 2018

flash flower

February 15, 2018

I love this scene created by New York flower bandit, Lewis Miller. You may have seen his floral installations before. This one was created for Valentine’s Day using pink carnations from Tory Burch’s Fall ’18 runway show. She brought in 14,000 of them –– just imagine it! And that piles of them made it to the street where anyone and everyone could enjoy them. What a beautiful way to spread the love.

Textile me

February 15, 2018

Textile designer, Lisa Fine draws inspiration from all over the world –– India, Egypt, China and France. When not travelling, the Mississippi native now calls Manhattan and Paris home. Take a look at her chic pied-à-terre, a veritable feast of colour and print. The bedroom is combination of Schiaparelli pink and dijon yellow –– always a winning mix. “I gravitate toward most any textile as long as I like it,” she says, “anything from embroideries to ikats, block prints to solids—I truly love them all.”

 

Cyclades

February 13, 2018

One of my very favourite fashion shoots is Richard Avedon’s 1967 Vogue editorial starring Jeanloup Sieff and Jean Shrimpton in Greece. The light is magic, and the energy between them palpable. This image here of the two of them in Santorini is perfection. I know this light so well. The colours, the textures, the warm wind swirling around them, it’s all so familiar.

maximalism

February 13, 2018

My friend and neighbour, the writer Kerry Clare, sent me a link to these fabulous interiors by American heiress, Gloria Venderbilt. She knows my taste for mixing and matching bold colours and prints, and these rooms take my maximalism to another stratosphere. I think you’ve got to have such chutzpah, such passion, and such abandon to decorate this way. I want to be invited to dinner party where our hostess has coordinated her outfit to match her table linens, and where the drapes are the same shade of pink as our raspberry sorbet. Fabulous, really.

if this dress could talk

February 12, 2018

I came across this photograph today of French artist, Fernand Leger in his Paris studio with British model Anne Gunning, and all I could think about was how fabulously well Gunning’s dress blends in with Leger’s paintings. It was shot for LIFE magazine in 1955, just weeks before Leger died. The dress was designed by Claire McCardell, who until today I had embarrassingly never heard of. “We look at her as the founder of democratic American fashion,” said Valerie Steele, director of the F.I.T. museum. “McCardell spoke often and passionately about a need for clothes that fit an American woman’s life style and athletic carriage,” wrote the New York Times. “The sashes and wide, soft leather belts, which she said were inspired by kimonos or girdle belts worn by the ancient Greeks, were to avoid zippers and buttons.” Modern designers from Anna Sui to Cynthia Rowley owe much to McCardell. This dress is a dream –– a walking work of art.

a wave

February 9, 2018

I made a bowl a couple of weeks ago that cracked before it even reached the kiln. I’d spent a fair amount of time on it, so I wasn’t ready to bin it. I started carving, smoothing down the edge and creating an undulating rim that followed the line of the crack. And then it cracked again. And again. Thankfully, the second and third cracks were small enough that I was able to keep smoothing them down. I was amazed that it made it through its first firing. I painted the body bone white, and the outer rim bright blue, to accentuate the bowl’s story. It looks like a wave against a stark white backdrop. It made it through the second firing with just a few surface cracks. I was so pleased. Pottery is a continuous lesson in letting go –– but sometimes it’s worth embracing the cracks and seeing where they lead.

let them eat cake

February 9, 2018

I don’t usually wear sorbet colours, but today I was in a lemon yellow cardi and a watermelon pink scarf, and I felt like a walking gelato. I love Kirsten Dunst’s wardrobe in Marie Antoinette –– and this particular dress is a very grand version of me today. I just need bows and bigger hair.

San valentino

February 7, 2018

On Valentine’s Day, my children are encouraged to make a card for every child in their class. If I can get my act together, I may suggest that we bake a bunch of heart shape cookies for their pals instead. This recipe looks pretty easy, and I can always cut a corner with a shop bought frosting. Love comes through the tummy.

toast francese

February 6, 2018

In a pinch, french toast is our go-to dinner. I don’t feel too badly about it either. It’s a couple of eggs, a few slices of freshly baked bread, (we live next to a bakery) and some good quality maple syrup. Chuck a load of blueberries on top, and at least the kids are getting their daily dose of antioxidants. I like to serve with a glass of cold milk. Dinner, done.

tinsel town

February 5, 2018

What fun on a dreary Monday morning, to come across Rachel Burke’s jackets, all fashioned from shiny, high wattage tinsel. Each one is custom made-to-order using up-cycled jacket bases. Burke’s clients include Tavi Gevinson, Petra Collins and Lorde. I kind of want one in metallic pink. Just imagine the possibilities that unfold when wearing a tinsel cape.

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