Posts from June 2021

comeback

June 30, 2021

Marc Jacobs returned to the runway yesterday after a two season hiatus with a collection that prioritized comfort and functionality while being bold and outlandish. I loved it. Oversized utilitarian knits, ridiculously chunky shoes, puffer ballgowns and a palette of high wattage hues. Even more, I loved the statement that accompanied his return: “On the journey back to doing what we love most, in the wake of immeasurable loss, loneliness, fear, anxiety and uncertainty, I am reminded of why creativity is so vital to our existence. To life. Our decision to pause allowed us to slow down, reflect, ruminate, reevaluate, grieve and take a thorough inventory of what works, what doesn’t work, what we love, what we are willing to let go of and what has value, importance and meaning. Creating a collection requires enormous effort over many months from our small group of extraordinarily talented and dedicated individuals. We find purpose in the work from and for periodic but powerful transcendent moments of joy. And while the world continues to change with unimaginable speed, my love for fashion, the desire to create and share collections through this delivery system – THE RUNWAY – endures. Through the physicality of this shared experience, I hope to offer a moment of inspiration, curiosity, wonder and possibility.”

Around and around

June 30, 2021

Giles Newman’s exquisite wooden spoons.

The beautiful, organic vessels of Leza McVey.

The gardens of  Fernando Caruncho.

Elizabeth Mayhew’s fabulous cake designs.

Erdem’s Antibes kaftan.

The work of Japanese paper craftsman, Hatano Wataru.

sweet pea

June 29, 2021

Sweat peas are one of my most favourite flowers. They’re so delicate. This is the season to stuff a jam jar full of them. Pinks! Lilacs! Scarlets! “Once a wild plant, the bloom enchanted a Sicilian monk at the end of the seventeenth century, and he sent out its seeds across the globe, including to English growers,” writes florist, Nikki Tibbles in House & Garden. “Cultivated over the course of succeeding centuries, it became a firm favourite of the Victorians and has graced green English gardens ever since.” Here, Tibbles shares her tips for how to arrange sweet peas. Just make sure you give them a good sniff. Their scent is divine.

petal pusher

June 28, 2021

Cassie Byrnes‘ clothes are walking works of art. Think large canvases covered in bold abstract shapes, high wattage florals and lush, leafy greens; now turn them into summer frocks, skirts, scarves and tops. Who doesn’t need “lounge shorts” splattered with plump tomatoes or a field of tulips on her back? Byrnes is so prolific. Anthropologie, Google, Nike, Häagen-Dazs, Microsoft and Penguin are among her many clients. There is joy in her designs, and a love of colour and nature sings through everything she creates.

blue

June 28, 2021

“The secret of blue is well kept. Blue comes from far away. On its way, it hardens and changes into a mountain. The cicada works at it. The birds assist. In reality, one doesn’t know. One speaks of Prussian blue. In Naples, the virgin stays in the cracks of walls when the sky recedes. But it’s all a mystery. The mystery of sapphire, mystery of Sainte Vierge, mystery of the siphon, mystery of the sailor’s collar, mystery of the blue rays that blind and your blue eye which goes through my heart.”— Jean Cocteau, from The Secret of Blue, Tempest of Stars.

chennai

June 25, 2021

There is a beautiful movement and sense of play in the images of Indian street photographer, Sasikumar Ramachandran. You can tell that the people in his photographs are having fun. There is joy and celebration. There is also hardship and sadness. Ramachandran captures the full human experience as he sees it on the streets and beaches of Chennai. There are 8 million people living in Chennai. Listen here to the sounds of Chennai.

modern ruins

June 24, 2021

In this mesmerizing short film, British documentary producer, Alex King shows us a very different Athens. Far from the charm, majesty and grandeur of Plaka, the Acropolis, and the National Garden, there is another Athens, one that speaks of ruin, abandonment and neglect. Former Greek National Opera Ballet dancer, Michael Doolan moves eloquently through the capital city’s forgotten relics; a hilltop mansion, an old drive-in cinema, and the Tatoi Palace to an hypnotic sound design created by Costis Kontos. “The stillness of these forgotten spaces seemed so surreal and alluring while the rest of the world continued on the rat race,” says King. “But now, we have become familiar with major cities around the world locked down and completely still. At times it has seemed like the whole world has become petrified and devoid of life, just like the ruins we shot in.”

around and around

June 23, 2021

The work of land artist, Chris Drury.

Alessandra Sanguinetti’s images of sisters on a farm in Buenos Aires.

Artist, Robert Nava’s childlike imagination.

Monogrammed towels and decoupage.

The perfect boiled egg.

A tiny copper clad home.

Children playing by Hiram Maristany.

Bather

June 23, 2021

Not everyone is into clawfoot tubs. Not everyone is into tubs. But if your daily scrub includes bubbles and a good book, this one here may inspire you. It’s not just the tub, I know — it’s the reclaimed wood, the weathered corrugated screen, and the overall French country fabulousness of it all — but I kinda want to dive right in and stay here ‘till next Tuesday. I may even grow a tail.



Wall to wall

June 21, 2021

Eleni’s playroom was a delight to visit. Her family lived across the road from mine, and she and her two sisters shared a large playroom filled with dolls and puppets and heirloom prams. The walls were handpainted with flowers and kites; the kinds of things that stir a child’s imagination. The walls were my favourite thing about the room. To this day, I dream about handpainted walls. My artist friend, Dasha covered a wall in our living room with colourful Twombly-inspired scribbles and splodges when we first moved in, and I hope she’ll come back one day to paint flowers directly on to the concrete wall in our garden. This wallpaper by Atelier Wandlungen is my inspiration. What a thrill to see daisies and dandelions in our garden all year round.

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