warm minimalism

September 25, 2012

Krakoff is determined to carve out a signature look for his ready-to-wear—warm minimalism, he calls it—and step-by-step, he’s doing it. (x)


clare waight keller

September 19, 2012

It’s about a British girl falling for the classic elements of Paris . . . pearls, lace,” said the designer, a British girl who moved to Paris last summer when she assumed creative direction of the house. Asked just how autobiographical this inspirational narrative is, Waight Keller conceded with a laugh, “I really like it here. It feels a lot more grown-up.”

Clothes that are by nature casual—a hooded parka, a sweatshirt, a loose skirt—were reimagined in delicate laces and silks in a quiet, pastel palette and beautiful quilted georgette. (x)

“When it snowed my family and I went to the Rodin Museum, and it was so beautiful and still.” (x)

“Packing is always sneakers, flats, heels and then really beautiful blouses and dresses. I always bring silk blouses—well, a couple of those and my tuxedo jackets from Chloé. The tuxedo blazer is the ultimate throw-on-with-a-pair-of-jeans jacket.”

“I miss everyday things of London: maybe the rain, maybe jumping on the bus…the informalness of London; it’s so laid back and easy.”

“In Paris, you buy a lot less, but better quality. So I end up going to really nice patisseries and buy tons of fresh food all the time. In England, I do big shop on the weekend. In Paris, you go every day! You buy little bits from the grocery store, little bits from the bakery, which is really nice in an old-fashioned way.” (x)

on bathrobes and pyjamas

September 17, 2012

Soft bathrobes and proper pajamas seem in this day and age – the age of a thousand towels, leggings and old moth-eaten sweatshirts – to be a rather outdated pleasures. And yet, staying in a hotel on holiday recently after a good shower my friends and I always found ourselves cozying up in the hotel bathrobes. As it is, the comfort of lounging around in a bathrobe seems to have been relegated to hotels, and hotels only.
I do own a bathrobe, it’s just that it isn’t necessarily up to par and I really just use it for the sole purpose of getting dry.

I can’t even remember a time, though, that I ever wore a proper pyjama – top and bottom of the same set, that is. Or one of those wonderfully old-fashioned silky ones. I’m not really sure why boring old stuff like pyjamas and bathrobes have been so much on my mind recently, especially seeing as they are garments for behind doors, garments not many people might get to see.
And yet, precision like that, like getting even your bathrobe and pyjamas just right & paying attention to these private details, speaks of grandeur in all things of life. It’s telling in the same sort of way wearing the right kind of lingerie beneath a slinky dress is.

True, a two-piece pyjama might not be the sexiest of sleepwear, but in all its rumpled gloriousness it seems just right for the upcoming fall and winter season.
And as the two ladies beneath show also the right kind of garment for showing your husband you are not the fool he thought you were & for receiving a suitor, while rubbing the sleep from your eyes. Plus, you can always open another button…

(Marion Cotillard in ‘Nine’ & Karine Vanasse in ‘Pan Am’.)

This [post] is isn’t to say I celebrate our throw-away culture but over, let’s say the last two years, I’ve simply become less sentimental about objects. A lesson learned mostly by the fact that I am the biggest klutz and tend to forget scarves on airplanes, am stupid enough to wear light shoes to nightclubs etc. As most of us know Oscar Wilde once said: “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months,” this isn’t what I am talking about either. It’s more to do with the buddhist concept of impermanence. The cycle of birth and rebirth and how it relates to clothes. And I’m going to stop talking now because I think you’re either there or you’re not, you either understand or you don’t, which isn’t to say one way is the right way.

What piece in your closet means the most to you?
None: clothes are made to disappear. They lose their magic with time, and one shouldn’t treat any object with devotion—which doesn’t mean that you don’t appreciate quality, beauty, rarity, refinement and talent.
Inès de la Fressange

“I’m not big on possessions. The last time I moved, I left everything in my old house. I’m not sentimental. I lose things easily, which annoys people.”
Luella Bartley

“It is in the nature for things to be lost and not otherwise.”
A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Rebecca Solnit

winter wardrobe

December 16, 2010

Michelle Williams and Spike Jonze

  1. a peacoat in black or navy. i’ve been wearing the last one i bought for the past three winters, it’s time for a new one.
  2. black ray bans, for the occasional ray of sunshine.
  3. rouge, preferably in bourdeaux.
  4. anything and everything that includes apples & pumpkins. french apple tarte & pumpkin soup for example.
  5. mushrooms. you, fabulous fungus, you.
  6. sand-colored boots. usually i just wear my sneakers no matter the weather but this year i feel like getting some nice booties.
  7. gothic fiction. this time of the year my book reading tends to focus very much on gothic fiction/dark romanticism.

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