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.
Dress form Comme des Garçons
Old sandals from Vagabond
Lately I’ve created an obsession for jewelry, especially rings. I do prefer vintage ones and that’s no surprise, but I absolutely fell in love with this floating diamond ring from Repossi’s Serti sur Vide collection, so elegant and minimal.
Bottega Veneta Resort 2020
I don’t think anyone missed Bottega Veneta’s Resort 2020 collection, as the photos have been flooding in the internet and social media since the collection went viral. And it was good, great actually. Daniel Lee is a very talented designer.
However, past week the noise around the brand has been so loud that it started to develop a negative reaction in me and it reminds again how fast the industry is working. Or it could be just the fact that every single algorithm connects me to Bottega Veneta and that’s everything I see or hear. However it is, I don’t blame them because obviously they are striking, while the iron is hot (meaning cashing out with filling the void of Phoebe Philo). But I just wish we could move away from chasing the hype, just slow down and let things grow naturally. At long term the brands who do, they win, as they have the most loyal clients.
The Row pre fall 2019
Georges Jouve, Vase, ca. 1952
The Row Los Angeles store
Remember I told how much I was waiting for the pre fall 2019 lookbook from The Row? Not only they revealed the collection last week, but also opened their renewed website with a possibility to shop online. Luxury brands have been very slow to embrace e-commerce, justifying it by saying the experience and the service in the boutiques plays a big role in buying luxury products. Here’s another proof that the online experience can be just as good.
Retro 14K rose gold diamond and sapphire ring, ca. 1940s
Gierde in The Row pre fall 2019
The brand has been offering also a handpicked selection of vintage jewelry in their New York store and I love how they included the concept into their website as well. The site guides the client perfectly into the universe of The Row with every well thought detail. I would love to place an order just to discover how the delivery works (and see the packaging, obviously)