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.
The Row FW2020
Sepiolite at MINES mineral library / me
Galerie Patrick Seguin / me
La Contre Carpet by Diego Giacometti
It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that my early spring thoughts include The Row’s most recent collection, and especially look 8. The masculine classic silhouette gets a modern update with a balaclava, and the coat is close to perfection. Speaking of coats, I’m currently sourcing for new ones for Mies; there will be a selection of leather available soon for spring, but also I’m searching for long black cashmere coats, which are my most requested ones.
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.
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!
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.
Painted Apartment, Krueck & Sexton
While planning a photoshoot I got carried away by researching retro glass block interiors and architecture. I’m obsessed!
Dress form Comme des Garçons
Old sandals from Vagabond
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)
Wearing sandals and coat from Céline by Phoebe Philo and trousers from Chanel spring 2009, all vintage
I’ve been sourcing vintage- and second hand coats since last year and slowly starting to be ready with the first selection, which will be available at Mies this fall. I wanted to have at least one Céline coat by Phoebe Philo to offer and after a long search I found this worker blue, light wool and cashmere mix coat. It’s so exquisite I almost want to keep it for myself. I would love to pair it also with classic jeans and navy sweater, there’s something intriguing in mixing different shades of blue.
Anyway, I chose this coat as it represents well Philo’s era at Céline, while also describing perfectly the style of Mies woman; silent, simple but powerful.