Posts from April 2017

New Romantic

April 28, 2017

A summer wardrobe made up romantic Thierry Colson tunics, kaftans, rompers and blouses is my idea of sartorial bliss. The high neck and billowy sleeves on this tunic is a dream, as is the fabric on this kimono-style dress. The clothes look great with oceans and castles and whitewashed cycladic walls as their backdrop, but I can see this dress anywhere –– even Loblaws.



April 27, 2017

There are so many things about Georgia O’Keefe that inspire me. When she moved from New York to New Mexico, her heartland, she taught herself to drive –– a rarity for women in 1929. I imagine her driving those open desert roads all alone in her Ford-Model-A, (nicknamed “Hello”) a couple of horse skulls and three canvases in the back. She used the car as a makeshift studio, folding down the seats and setting up her easel so as to avoid the harsh rays of the sun. ‘This afternoon, G. and I put on our bathing suits, connected the hose, and washed the Ford. Much shrieking with laughter and it came out shining like a new button,” wrote O’Keefe’s friend, Rebecca Strand to her husband back in New York. Here she is, in her mobile studio, shot by another great friend, Ansel Adams.

Khethiwe and the Leopard

April 27, 2017

“What if the world asks you to be big at the same time it makes you small?” I watched a beautiful short film today, from Brooklyn director Pamela Romanowsky called Khethiwe and the Leopard. It’s set in South Africa and tells the story 13-year-old Khethiwe, a courageous dreamer who faces her bullies with the help of a leopard that she befriends. My beautiful, and richly talented friend, Zelmira was the DOP on the film. Please watch it when you have a moment, and while you’re there check out other films in the ShatterBox Anthology series.



luck of the draw

April 25, 2017

What a joy it would be to create a children’s book with illustrator, Oamul Lu. His drawings are charming and sensitive. On the road –– two, three and four wheeled vehicles carrying books, cantaloupes and flowers –– is a wonderful series, and so are these beautiful scenes of lone figures against the Icelandic country side. I love Oamul’s wooden sculptures, too, and look at his marvelous work for Google, Airbnb and Kinfolk.


All Dressed

April 24, 2017

I like an evening dress that works for day and night –– something that can be worn with espadrilles and lip gloss or heels and Chanel’s Pirate. Magnolia Antic has many such dresses to choose from. There’s this frock, with delightful splodges of orange and pink, and this one, that looks like vintage Ozzie Clarke. This mid-length leopard print would look as perfect at a daytime meeting as it would at chic nuptials. As for this modern day Eliza Doolittle, I want to wear it morning, noon and night!


April 21, 2017

These flower portraits by Steven Meisel are just so beautiful. They pay homage to Constance Spry, a famous British educator, florist and author. She created exquisitely grand arrangements for high society clients such as Cecil Beaton, and she did the flowers for the weddings of the Duke of Gloucester, princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, and for the coronation of the Queen. This is my favourite of Meisel’s homages, anemones that look like the prettiest and most delicate fried eggs.

Be Our Guest

April 20, 2017

With whimsical wallpapers, tiles and art, and a stuffed peacock in the living room, who wouldn’t want to live in this gorgeous 16th arrondissement apartment? I love the master bedroom, with its layered Berbers, Hermes blanket and petit fours pink walls. Just look at that darling flamingo wallpaper! The children’s rooms are an utter delight, and the tiled floors in the bathroom and kitchen just beg to be danced on. This home is too much fun.





Textile Me

April 19, 2017

Heather Chontos is an artist whose work I adore –– so much so, that we own a piece in three shades of pink. Her textiles have me really excited with their bold shapes and jubilant colours. I would love an antique chaise upholstered in any of her high wattage fabrics. Or a smattering of summer kaftans would be fabulous, too.




starry day

April 18, 2017

If I ever get the chance to design my own loo, the tiles will lead the way. A bright blue hexagon would take us to a Greek island or to Marrakech, and these terracota tiles are taking us to Tuscany. And as for these Popham Design hexagonal stars, well, we’re off to the moon with these.



I dream of Genie

April 17, 2017

I’m a little potty about these genie pants. They look like they’re made from some beautiful organza, but even in a 100 per cent rayon, I’d love them. I see them with a fun, embellished t-shirt and a flirty heel or a plain white t-shirt and espadrilles. And yes, I’ll take them in every colour of the rainbow, please.

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