Fashion

flora and fauna

August 25, 2021

Anna Farba’s botanical illustrations are delightful. Her berries, flower petals, leafy greens and insects bring whimsy and wonder to walls, packaging, rugs, blankets and mugs. I really like Farba’s vegetable and medicinal plant posters –– the radishes are my favourite –– and I can see myself wearing this blooming cotton thistle on the daily. Have a look at her Instagram page; I’m potty about this recent palm tree chart!

around and around

August 24, 2021

Sofas the colour of Dijon mustard.

The intensely colourful paintings of Grace Hartigan.

Linda Lomelino’s sweet food and florals.

Sunbathing in Southend on Sea, Essex.

Jacques Henri Lartigue’s images of aviators, racing cars and life in motion.

around and around

August 3, 2021

Junket with strawberries.

“We fulfilled people’s fantasies. We gave them a chance to experiment, to escape their ordinary lives. The aeroplane backdrop was particularly popular.” The black and white portraits of Sory Sanlé.

Joanna Powell’s fabulously madcap ceramics.

Gautier Paris 2001 fringe eyewear.

Summer fruits by Josef Frank.

frock alert

August 1, 2021

Good golly, there’s nothing I don’t love about this Christopher John Rogers “Strawberry” dress. One fabulously original girl chose it as her wedding dress which only makes me love it more. The sash, the giant bow, the tulip shaped skirt, the clashing colours –– it’s all so wonderfully whimsical. The world needs dresses like this one to remind us of the fancy, the frivolity, and the sheer joy of life.

put a ring on it

August 1, 2021

Minus thumbs –– I’ve never been into thumb rings –– I love to see every finger stacked with a hodgepodge of metals and styles. It’s a look that some women pull of with aplomb. Here’s looking at you Frankie Bergstein. The jewellery of Ariana Boussard-Reifel is beautifully stackable. And mixable. I think you could weave her sculptural designs into any combination. Boussard-Reifel grew up on a Salish an Kootenai reservation in Western Montana, and is deeply inspired by tribal and Indigenous cultures. Personally, I adore the Raissa ring –– it’s simple and bold. Several stacked together look like vertebrae.

around and around

July 27, 2021

Mid-century glass art by Per Olof Strom.

A london flat filled with salvaged finds.

One of my all time favourite potters, Paula Greif.

Købn towels, a bathing ritual.

A scalloped, pleated skirt from the fabulous Rosie Assoulin.

The ultimate Mezze platter.

Low tide at the North Sea, Germany, Herbert List, 1930.

around and around

July 6, 2021

Ceramic canvases from artist, Roger Herman.

Protea grower, Diane Roy.

Citrus garden wallpaper from Schumacher.

Beet and celeriac cakes.

Robert Rispoli, “the artist who reinvented the fresco.’

let’s converse

July 1, 2021

My first pair of Converse weren’t even Converse. I bought my knockoffs at a small, dusty shoe shop in a suburb of Athens and they were the colour of Hubba Bubba. Pink has always been my favourite colour. After that, came red ones. Letterbox red. And they were the real thing. Then came the best ones. The classic canvas. I had at least three pairs of those. I kept them well passed their discard date until the canvas was torn in five places and the eyelets fell off. Come to think of it, I don’t see Converse all that often these days. Which in my book is a cue to buy a new pair.

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.

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