Future Now

August 3, 2018

Iris Van Herpen is a Dutch designer who brings digital technology to the world of artisanal craftsmanship to create pieces that are time-defying and utterly otherworldly. Just imagine a dress crafted from laser-cut acrylic mesh, silicone, metal, transparent photopolymer or resin. More sculpture than frock, many of the couture pieces are barely wearable, unless you’re Lady Gaga or Tilda Swinton. Nature inspires almost every design –– a mass of black snakes, a splash of water, skeletons and smoke –– and exciting collaborations broaden possibilities. Von Herpen is only 34, but already so dynamic, sophisticated and daring. I can’t wait to see what comes next. Transforming Fashion is at the Royal Ontario Museum until October.

table of contents

August 2, 2018

I love this dining room table, it’s organic shape, that it’s neither a rectangle or a circle. I like the heaviness of its three legs. Of course, it helps that it’s in such good company. The chairs! The banquette! Oh, and that the surrounding room is just so damn lovely.

pink villa

August 1, 2018

Paola Angoletta’s home in a valley of the Veneto mountains is utterly charming. Maybe it’s the many shades of rose that pull me in, but I’m smitten. There are so many jaunty details –– copper pans, vibrant textiles, flowers and whimsical chandeliers –– throughout the house. Plus, a claw-foot tub and vintage beach chair is a winning combination.

into the forest

August 1, 2018

This beautiful bedroom, at Arniano, the Italian villa of interior designer Camilla Guinness, feels like you’re in an enchanted forest. Guinness collects textiles, and all the bed linens are sourced from antique shops and markets in Tuscany and beyond. Such simple, sinuous elegance in the iron bed frame. Have a gander around the rest of the house. It really is dreamy.

summer streetsyle

August 1, 2018

High waisted shorts, check. Button down camisole, check. Plain Jane hair, sans maquillage, check. I like it all, head to toe. I can’t see her shoes, but I am picturing these.

 

kiss the cook

July 30, 2018

My grandfather was a great cook. We’d land in Bermuda, where he and my grandmother spent half the year, and within minutes of arrival, he’d be in the kitchen preparing a bolognese. Chicken à la King served on vol-au-vent was another favourite. Oh, the butter! In everything! Two whole sticks went into his tomato sauce! For dessert, there was always a baked apple, slathered in more butter and brown sugar. All this was prepared in his signature plaid shorts, (worn way above his belly button) a sleeveless, white undershirt and an apron. And at the end of the meal, my grandmother would always say, “excellent PAM, (his initials) just excellent.”

bleu to well done

July 27, 2018

Say yes, to Matisse blue kitchens, that standout in a sea of white ones. Vases full of hydrangeas are always a good idea, and great, great Uncle Edward will look dashing in a gilded, antique frame. Charming on charming, don’t you think?

modern romance

July 26, 2018

This is a dream of a dress, from Madrid based dressmakers, Romencera. It would be fabulous for a bride –– but not exclusively for one. I’d wear this to something really special with orange lips and a brilliant shoe. Take a look at the other frocks, all so ethereal and unique.

room with a view

July 25, 2018

When you are staying somewhere this beautiful, you don’t need much out of a hotel room. This is fairly typical of Greek island hotels –– whitewashed walls, simple white linen, and a view of the sea. When we were in Syros in June, we happened upon a simple bed and breakfast right on Achladi Beach. There is a taverna ten steps away, and the bay is quiet and beautiful. I can’t think what else one might need.

and the bride wore

July 24, 2018

A crisp white shirt dress, full length veil, red flats and a wild amount of white anemones –– say yes to the dress. Truly, how cool is this duo. Auguri!

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