I might have written about the Alvar Aalto atelier before, but I’m sure a second time won’t hurt. I spent a quick autumn vacation in Helsinki seeing friends and family, and obviously visiting some of my favourite spots, including the Aalto offices in Munkkiniemi, Helsinki. You can also spot the colorful leaves from the window, the nature was definitely showing it’s best while I was there!
Sometimes when I’m meditating I’m thinking about this room, it makes me feel so calm. After living in Paris for many years (where apartments are teeny tiny) I’m starting to notice I’m constantly craving some space around me.
This is the outfit I’ve been wearing non-stop past month. Only replacing the heels with biker boots. The dress is handmade in Kyrgyzstan by a friend of my friend’s mother. It is extremely comfortable and gives an impression that I gave a serious thought for my outfit in the morning, which never happens. What else you can ask for?
Not only that autumn is my favorite season weather wise, but also every September takes place my most anticipated weekend of the year; the European Heritage Days (Les Journées du Patrimoine). During these two- or three days most of the monuments, government buildings and cultural sites, even the ones that are usually closed for public, open their doors for free visits.
This time I went to visit the Préfecture des Hauts-de-Seine in Nanterre, which sounds nothing but boring for anyone who lives in Paris. But what an overly 70’s, gorgeous design- and art heaven it was behind closed doors. I especially loved the LC1 chairs by Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, which were everywhere down the halls and conference rooms.
Photographer Juliette Boniau Raymond, model Wang Yahui, assistant Diellza Dobroshi, styling and creative direction by me
Here’s a sneak peek of a photoshoot we did for Mies last week. I still have some editing to do before I can show you the final ones, but I’m so excited how good the photos turned out to be!
The Row finally opened their third physical store, and the first one in Europe! I can’t wait for the day they’ll open a store in Paris, I guess it’s just a question of finding the right real estate. Meanwhile I hope to be able to visit London soon, as the store with all its art and design is definitely something not to miss, including the welcoming light installation Elliptical Glass (2017) by James Turrell.
You can read more about the store with an interview of the twins at the Financial Times.
The Row/The Financial Times
Céline ink blue wool and cashmere coat from the first selection of Mies shot at Pompidou by my dear friend Diellza Dobroshi.
The Row SS2020 / @nylane
I’m not paying great attention on fashion weeks this season, but obviously The Row I couldn’t miss. There’s really nothing new, which is why I love the brand. It evolves so sustainably and naturally that you don’t see the development by comparing the new season to the previous one. But it’s there, they just get better and better, and it all happens in silence.
I’ve been already dreaming of the sheer Sock Shoes, but the Margiela inspired transparent flats might be even better.
Usually I’m the person who can’t wait to return home from vacations. Even I truly love traveling, I love coming back home to my everyday routines. But this time after nearly three weeks in Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania, coming back to Paris was extremely difficult. And yes I’m writing this a month later as the autumns for me tend to be extremely busy.. Anyway we had amazing time discovering the breathtaking nature in Albania, eating the most fresh seafood and drinking local wines. In the Balkans most of us are familiar with Croatia, and obviously Greece in the south, maybe Montenegro a bit, but Albania remains still quite unknown. Which was perfect. We got all of those picturesque mountainous views with no tourists, and sometimes with no people at all. Everything was extremely affordable and the people so warm and welcoming.
I was lucky to have many local tour guides taking me to locations that are not that easily accessible. My favorite day was when my boyfriend took me to this river nearby Skhodër, where the landscape was from another world. The water is coming from the mountains so it was so clear it tricks you to think you can reach the bottom with your feet when actually the depth is nearly 3 meters. Also having mountains around everywhere gave me some much energy and powerful emotions, which I really long for when being back in the city.
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.