So it seems that the polar vortex may be moving on and I’m sure everyone over in the eye of the vortex – which basically seems to extend over Northern America – is going to be very relieved to see the back of it, but it certainly has given rise to a wave of creativity:
We British may have Topshops coming out of our ears, Boots on every high street and now even J.Crew (although the prices have risen alarmingly in the journey across the Atlantic) but there are still so many great American brands that you need to journey to the States to get your hands on. (I mean c’mon people, how come you still don’t ship internationally?!)
I’ve mentioned Lo & Sons and Madewell before, so I won’t bore you by talking about them again, but now (and here I’m choking back a sob) I’ve discovered you Americans also have sole access to Everlane. The most perfect place to get perfect basics: silk shirts, slouchy cashmere, simple leather accessories and mannish tees. Scroll through the below and weep (unless you’re in the US, in which case as you were).
Remember my love of Madame Peripetie? Well she’s cropped up again attached to another great project – surprise, surprise. This time she’s the art director of a lookbook for a collaboration between designer Masha Reva and Syndicate; a project called called the Odessa Series after Reva’s home town.
Here’s what Syndicate have to say about the project:
The concept of Odessa Series is about a new take on Ukrainian kitsch and an ironical view on how Ukrainians desire to look luxurious. By presenting paradoxical elements within the imagery such as an enormously expensive jewelry-piece from Christie’s auction, placed next to a cheap vintage brooch found on an Odessa flea market, perfectly define the elements which now seem to make up a contemporary Ukrainians fashion DNA.
These lookbook images pretty much nail that playful bling vs luxurious vibe, don’t you agree?
You may or may not know that in some Victorian portraits of children mothers disguised themselves as furniture, presumably to keep their children calm and still while the photo was being taken. Well now, either in homage or by pure chance, photographer Patty Carroll has done a photo series called “Draped Women”. Below are a few of my favourites, from both categories:
My mother was a florist and even though I definitely didn’t inherit the green fingers – my house is basically a plant and cut-flower tomb – I’ve always loved the smell of flower shops, a mixture of florists foam, flowers, young sap, and sticky liquid flower-feeder. This picture, in a post by the Design Files, takes me right back.