Le Monde d’Hermès SS1999 via MIES
Fransworth house by Mies van der Rohe
Bin Zhu wearing Hermès by Margiela, shot by Yahui Wang for MIES
MONTHLY MOODBOARD – Spring hasn’t been very gentle for us in Paris; not only the country has been shut down past six months, but the weather doesn’t seem to get warmer either. My ideal trans-seasonal wardrobe includes some facile Hermès by Margiela pieces to layer, but in reality I’m running around one week straight with same old vintage Levi’s and whatever cashmere sweater that goes with. Good news is, my stock is filling up again with those chic Hermès by Margiela pieces but they just aren’t for me to keep (unfortunately) – they’ll be available at MIES soon. If only I manage to let them go!
Past months I went through my old photos more often than ever before, but I guess I’m not alone. While museums and galleries remain closed, I’m craving culture and writing never ending lists of places to visit post-confinement. This photo has been taken at the Communist Party Headquarters in Paris, a beautiful brutalist architectural gem designed by Oscar Niemeyer.
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Dries van Noten light wool coat / MIES
I’m very excited to share the results of our latest photoshoot for MIES. My dear friend and former colleague Bin Zhu was modelling for us, while Yahui Wang – face of our previous photoshoot – was this time behind the camera.
Rick Amor; Still life (shirt), 2008
Jil Sander AW2021
Jean Prouvé & Jacques André, 1937
Rick Amor; Still life (shirt), 2008
Lately I’m very into yellow. Mustard yellow to be specific. Everything seems to be very black/white/beige at the moment, my mind is constantly seeking for more colors.
This is ( a part of) the moodboard I did when I planned the spring selections for MIES. I’ll be always focusing on coats, but I wanted to experiment a bit with couple new limited categories. The shirt selection is already online, and in couple of weeks we are launching a Hermès by Margiela selection, something that has been on my mind for a really long time. And of course there will be some spring coats as well.
Sweater Filippa K
Skirt Hermès by Martin Margiela
Like you all know at this point, I’m a huge fan of Hermès pieces designed by Martin Margiela and this skirt is no exception. Even after 20 years it’s in impeccable condition, and the design still feels very modern. Instead of logos, only the six-hole buttons shaping the thread into an almost invisible “H” revealing the origin, is something I really value as I always prefer my clothing to remain discreet.
The Row fall/winter 2018
me / aventurine, quartz, tourmaline
Giorgio di Chirico – The Double Dream of Spring, 1915
Hermès fall/winter 1998
Le Corbusier – Bronze Maquette for ‘Open Hand’ Sculpture, 1960
In Paris we are once again in lockdown, which doesn’t raise the hopes for this pandemic being over soon. However, I’ll try to use this period again to be more creative, something I’ve been missing a lot in my daily life. And I think this is a great moment to open up my mental landscape a bit.
Right before the first quarantine a friend of mine gave me a clear crystal to support my meditation, and most importantly to find the meditative mindset at any moment during the day, which got me researching more about lithotherapy. I’m not yet able to express my thoughts about it, but I definitely catch myself being around the subject quite often. There’s something similar on how I perceive crystals and the way I look at art; I try to understand everything in the rational level but then at the end it’s up to us to give meanings to what we see and what we experience. I don’t know if it makes sense, maybe I’ll get to the subject later. Anyway, anything that can help us to regain focus, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state is something to hold on to during these weird times.
And I must take my words back when I said fashion doesn’t inspire me anymore. It does, I just got too numb constantly looking at all the beige instagram accounts, all looking the same. I got my hands on some vintage Le Monde d’Hermès magazines from Margiela era – my favorite collections in fashion that ever exist – and while going through them I constantly got goosebumps. The coats he designed for Hermès are one of the reason why I ended up founding MIES. The magazines will be online soon, if I’m ever able to let go of them – the most difficult part of sourcing vintage, but I’ll surely share some of my favorite pages here.
National Pensions Institute in Helsinki, designed by Alvar Aalto, 1956.
I started a new newsletter series for MIES called Remote Tours. The articles are available only for subscribers, you can add yourself to the mailing list from here. In each newsletter I will present an exquisite building I’ve had the chance to visit over the years, as I hope to keep my audience inspired even during the pandemic.
After months of silence I found my way back here, hi! And I notice my audience has been only growing, welcome all new readers. I’m not going to explain myself by saying I’ve been working something exciting and been busy et cetera. No, I’ve been just taking it slow and listening myself; reading, writing, meditating and doing pilates. But now I felt sudden urge to come and share all what inspired me recently. It’s constantly less and less fashion that gets my attention, but The Row spring/summer 2021 collection was a great exception. V-neck merino knits and vests suddenly feel fresh again. And I admire the decision to skip the show and rely on a beautifully done lookbook. The ignorance of some major fashion houses in the current climate has been quite tragic.
Images courtesy of The Row
Villa Cook by Le Corbusier, 1926 & Villa Dubin by Raymond Fichier, 1929 / me
From the exhibition book of Margiela the Hermès years
MR Armchair by Mies van der Rohe, 1973
It’s been two weeks since the containment started in France, allowing us to go only for groceries and a quick run/walk around the block. Obviously I do miss drinks at a terrace, restaurant dinners and my pilates studio, but my imagination has always been my best friend so the days have passed by fairly easily. During times like these what really keeps my head together is to stay more or less in the same routine when it comes to eating or sleeping. I’ve always been a morning person and especially now I’m really savouring the morning hours being alone, when my boyfriend is still sleeping.
There is no right answer how one should deal with the current situation and I’m not going to write a long list of activities to do, only one that fits to everyone; get lost in research. Pick any subject and feed your curiosity.