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.
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.
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.