Coat Max Mara
Last week I picked up this black Max Mara cashmere coat for Mies. It might be my favorite so far from the selection, so elegant. If I only could keep it for myself!
I received few questions regarding the launch and as a marketing professional I know I should pick a launch date, create lots of buzz around it and be very loud and present everywhere to gain visibility. But this project is very different, it’s a passion project without any stress and deadlines, it’s a project that grows and develops with me, a project that connects me to the people around me with similar sensibility of aesthetical expression.
I’m organizing a photoshoot with an extremely skillful and creative team next week and it brings me great pleasure to bring these people together to create something that for now only exists in my imagination. Following the photoshoot I guess I could say I’m officially starting. Not through a website, I want to observe and find out if I really need it, as it turns out I have already reservations and planned fittings from my existing community. So I guess I already launched, just naturally in silence.
Giedre Dukauskaite shot by Bibi Borthwick and styled by Suzanne Koller for Totême
I’m repeating myself by saying my favorite season is about to start. Even the days are still quite warm in Paris, the colder mornings and evenings indicate that we should be preparing our wardrobes for autumn. I was thrilled to see Totême team up with dreamteam Suzanne Koller, Giedre Dukauskaite and Bibi Borthwick for autumn catalog, safe to say I could adopt all of the looks right away. The brand has evolved immensely past seasons and especially the newly added shoes category makes it hard for me to stay reasonable, as I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of flat black boots couple seasons, definitely not heels, but these are very hard to resist.
I just got back to Paris and my mind is just blown away from all the beautiful places I’ve visited past three weeks. There is so much I want to write about Albania, but while gathering myself before digging into the hundreds of photos I took, here’s one from the very first night we spent in Kotor, Montenegro. The day was extremely long as we flew early in the morning and drove hours to reach Kotor, just to witness the heaviest rain they had in weeks. But after a long nap we woke up to the most beautiful sunset with all the clouds leaving from the bay.
Cyndle Komarovski wearing Matteau
Seashells from San Diego photographed by Herman Landschoff
Jumping from coats to swimsuits. I’m finally leaving tomorrow for vacation to Montenegro and Albania. Matteau Journal is my ultimate destination for vacation inspiration. I’ve packed very lightly, just couple white dresses, denim shorts and a swimsuit and lots of SPF! As we’ll be travelling almost three weeks, I’m planning to keep doing pilates (almost) every morning and enjoy the fresh seafood to keep the balance, nothing is worse than the post-vacation fatigue if you give up your routines for three weeks.
Also I can’t wait to get my hands into the coats again when coming back in mid-august. I have two very special coats delivering that time for Mies!
Max Mara coat
It is actually very hot in Paris, but despite that, my mind has been on coats for the past couple of weeks. I’m planning to launch my vintage coat shop, Mies, during the upcoming autumn and I couldn’t be more excited about it.
I recently picked up this gorgeous, but very worn, Max Mara coat from a lovely old french lady and I was hesitating for a long time if I should include it in the selection or not. But after a careful maintenance I managed to fresh it up and it got me thinking that I got into second-hand business for a reason. I’m very tired of the whole fashion cycle and newness in general. Maybe it’s because I’ve been working – more or less – in retail for almost a decade, but for years I’ve been buying almost exclusively secondhand. And I don’t mind when things have been worn, isn’t that the idea of second-hand? I’ve seen a concerning trend of people buying and selling “vintage” with the description of “brand new, tags on” (I’m also guilty) still convincing themselves being sustainable. If that’s the direction, what happens to the worn clothes at the end?
Mary Kate Olsen
I was never really into Hermès bags, until lately I noticed I’ve been unconsciously saving more and more pictures of Kelly bags. However if I ever decided to invest in one, I would prefer it to be very very worn and patinated. I think age adds charisma to this bag, the new ones tend to look a bit ridiculous.
Helmut Lang SS2001 / @rarebooksparis
Helmut Lang SS2002
Maison Margiela Haute Couture AW2019 / @pernilleteisbaek
Helmut Lang SS2000
Acne Studios SS2020
Stella Tenant for Chanel SS1997 by Karl Lagerfeld
Ostrich fans, Palais Galliera collections / @mirenarzalluz
Giedre Dukauskaite at Givenchy Haute Couture AW2019
Trendspotting lots of plumage details at SS2020 and Haute Couture AW2019 collections, which made me research some of my old favorites from the archives. Also there are plenty from Ann Demeulemeester, which I left out from the photos.
Alaïa Haute Couture SS2003
Givenchy Haute Couture SS2001 by Alexander McQueen
Once again Palais Galliera succeeded to put together a great exhibition, this time in collaboration with Musée Bourdelle. The expo is called Back Side – Fashion from Behind, and Alexandre Samson‘s curation of the fashion pieces mixed with Antoine Bourdelle’s sculptures is just phenomenal. It’s also such an important subject in the era where we are consuming fashion mainly through a flat, 2-dimensional screen and shot from the front. The exhibition is running until 17th of November.
Shirt and sandals from Céline by Phoebe Philo
This shirt dress is already on it’s way to the new owner but I wanted to share this outfit anyway. If I had to wear only one outfit for the rest of my life (I kind of do already) it would be something like this. I love matching shirt dresses with pants, and more than anything – flare pants with flat sandals.
Painted Apartment, Krueck & Sexton
While planning a photoshoot I got carried away by researching retro glass block interiors and architecture. I’m obsessed!