Inspired by Trademark

9.15.2014

Ph. © Natalie Joos / Tales of Endearment

This past weekend I made it into the new Trademark boutique in SoHo and just loved it. The space itself is incredible, designed as it is by Swedish firm Bozarthfornell (they do all of the Acne stores and, according to their site, are working on stores for Kenzo and Gaia Repossi) and featuring "deep-blue polished concrete floors embedded with brass accents", bird's eye maple paneling and a svelte white sheet-metal staircase. (Click through to read the Arch Digest write-up; the iPhone pictures I took don't do it justice, sorry.) My favorite thing might've been the stairs, which seemed to be stained blue—so pretty! I also loved this sweatshirt-esque sweater, and tried on one of the label's skirts just for shits, giggles, and to tear gently at the fragile fabric of society. This is all to say that I have lady dressing on my mind and a whole lot of pictures to share with you, dear reader, to convince you that we should all be wearing loafers, wide-legged pants and oversize chunky knits.

Photo (above) © Chama Photography / Tales of Endearment

1205 AW14

Exhibit A (first photo in the post) comes from an awesome editorial Natalie Joos shot for her blog, Tales of Endearment. If you haven't seen it before, be sure to click through. Joos was asked to style a bunch of thrifted items and—ah!—the results are just so amazing and inspiring, and this look is my particular favorite. Exhibit B (two pics above) is from 1205, a unisexy brand I wrote up a little while ago, though I accidentally deleted that post when I switched back to Blogger last month. Sorry. Anyway, if you haven't checked out designer Paula Gerbase's line yet, now is the time to do so.

The Row Pre-Fall 2014
The Row Resort 2015

We now turn our attention to Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's The Row, whose Resort 2015 collection (on Jamie Bochert, below) delivered 70's minimalism via "Sea Island cotton, natural linen, double-face wool, and a supple suede." Diane Keaton would be proud, which is all that matters. Also, that Pre-Fall 2014 skirtfit (skirt oufit, obviously) on the model above is so amazing. "Granny chic" is totally the new normcore. I'm even seeing a ton of older women, women maybe in their 60s, whose outfits are kind of brilliantly unisex—or kind of sexless, or maybe sex-adjacent? It's such an obvious demographic to turn to for inspiration if you want to look like a cross between Katharine Hepburn and a preppy nurse.

Studio Nicholson AW14

Studio Nicholson I don't know much about, aside from the fact that I love their AW14 collection. Designer Nick Wakeman (a lady, for the record) looks pretty awesome; the brand retails at Net-A-Porter. And for the record, are Birkenstocks the new Birkenstocks? You heard it here first, ladies and gents.

Trademark AW14

And this all brings us back to Trademark. The coat! The sweater! The beanie! So, so good. How do we feel, non-binary constituents of the universe? Are you as amped up for fall dressing as I am?

Backstage at Duckie Brown #SS15

9.11.2014

Ph. © Sean Santiago | Sean-Santiago.com
Ph. © Sean Santiago | Sean-Santiago.com
Ph. © Sean Santiago | Sean-Santiago.com
Ph. © Sean Santiago | Sean-Santiago.com
Ph. © Sean Santiago | Sean-Santiago.com
Ph. © Sean Santiago | Sean-Santiago.com

Longtime readers of this blog will know that my favorite part of fashion week is the backstage photography. This year I had an all access pass backstage at Duckie Brown, which was really such a dream—I realized after the fact that I was shooting alongside Kevin Tachman! I interviewed the key makeup artist for the show for Out.com and took some digital snaps as well, which you can see in my portfolio. These were shot on my Nikon f90x with some black and white Kodak film a friend gave me. Hope you like! And be sure to check out my backstage coverage from last season. All photos © Sean Santiago.

New Bedroom Inspiration

9.10.2014

I'm taking my bedroom in a new direction—and where my bedroom goes, so goes my whole aesthetic. Throughout three years of blogging and all of the Instagrams of leaves against white walls I've had this binder of tear sheets of interiors and everything is so formal and grand. Who knows, maybe it really helps to start with that really dramatic gesture in mind and then see where you end up—shoot for the moon and you'll land amongst the stars, amiright?


The goal is to meld Ilse Crawford and Albert Hadley. One apartment I really love in this vein comes from an unexpected source—Veranda. Not typically something I turn to, but the above vignette (left) in designer Brian McCarthy's NYC apartment has some very textural/multiculti layers that feel really inspiring right now. Michelle Smith's Sag Harbor guest bedroom is another touchstone for me right now (right); I'm just so sick of...a certain kind of decorating that...as an editor at a shelter mag...I am going to refrain from calling out explicitly, in the heat of the moment, so as not to irk anyone. (That's kind of the dream, though, right? As if I'll pen some diatribe on here and the next day your Twitter feed will blow up like, 'Design Editor Says Your Taste Sucks, Hates You Personally' and I'll have the Huffington Post reaching out for a comment, except I never answer the office phones so...)

Photos © Max Kim-Bee / Veranda; Genevieve Garruppo / Lonny


The same mix of formal and traditional with unexpected and worldly comes through in this bedroom by designer Patrick Mele. Particularly love the way he dressed the beds.


And don't even get me started on decorator Luke Edward Hall. I'm dying to get my hands on a pair of his pillows, but until then, I turn to his Instagram feed for lots of inspiration.


Last but not least in this roundup of rooms (and young gay designers, natch) is Adam Charlap Hyman's Brooklyn apartment. It's so incredible—so much food for thought! I just want pleated table skirts and decorative urns and chinoiserie screens. Bah! While I try to get myself ready for a grand reveal come mid to late October, feast on these snaps of my old apartment and LSD's Pinterest.

Photos © André Hererro / Adam Charlap Hyman

Vintage Inspirations for Fall

9.08.2014


So I sold off even more stuff over the weekend and opened up an Etsy shop. I'm so serious about paring down! My first sale was my Calvin Klein cocoon coat. I also have some great shoes up for sale on eBay. Change is afoot. Above is some stuff I've kept around, including my beloved Steven Alan wool blazer, a vintage white tee from Quality Mending Co. and my khakis. Below are some pics of David Hockney and James Dean that are on my seasonal moodboard, if you will. Really busy today but more thoughts on fall dressing to come soon. Thanks to Mac for snapping my pic!

 
Photos © Peter Schlesinger / Lost to the internet

Just Punch Play Vol. 7

9.05.2014


Ok, so the first two tracks on here are on Soundcloud, so click on those and it'll take you over there. The rest are on Spotify!

01 Love All Night Markai ft. Jeremih
02 If (Kaytranda Remix) Janet Jackson
03 Warm Water Banks
04 Wax Kilo Kish
05 Pools Glass Animals
06 The Wheel Sohn
07 I Can't Keep Up (Dub Remix) Tourist ft. Will Heard
08 1998 Chet Faker

Monocle's Midori House

9.03.2014


I'm a huge fan of Monocle magazine for the false sense of security reading its pages imparts, as if humanity is going to get its act together and solve some of the most pressing issues facing society today through well designed supermarkets and high-speed trains. I mean, it could happen, right? Anyway, it's a tightly edited vision I do truly want to believe in, so I was happy to stumble upon this tour of the brand's HQ in London, Midori House.



"There are about 100 people who are full-time Monocle staff, divided between the editorial and commercial teams," editor Andrew Tuck told YCN. "We have staff from Hong Kong, South Korea, Brazil, Finland, Switzerland, and the US amongst various other places. It means that you have a huge amount of diverse talent and knowledge to tap into every day."


"[Our office] is simple, well put together and quietly designed. We have great outdoor spaces where you can work or hold meetings in the summer and we have a communal kitchen and dining room that everyone uses. These things make the building very social. The office is just comfortable and that makes you very happy to linger when projects call for a few late-night sessions."


I love that Monocle is such a diversified brand, dipping into all sorts of content production. So inspiring! You can read the rest of Tuck's interview over at YCN.

So You Wanna Be a Japanese Hipster

9.02.2014


Well, I do, so I assume we all do? But is this look really "hipster" in Japan? I have no idea, but I love it. It's urban mountaineer mixed with schoolboy workwear dad chic. (Ah, so, hipster.) Get the look with my picks, below. Photos (above) via STRATO Bee.


Shirt Save Khaki | Sweatshirt Carven | Glasses Warby Parker | Pants (similar) A.P.C. | Shoes Ami | Backpack Master-Piece

Better In Bed

9.01.2014


I've been wearing the same thing for the past three days, FYI, as I sit here writing this post about a line called In Bed. Yeah, that's where my life is right now. Which isn't to say that In Bed isn't awesome! They're a new line of bedding out of Australia that I discovered while trolling BP&O for business card inspiration. I'm really excited to be working with them to dress my bed for an upcoming makeover feature on Lonny, about which I'll share more details later. Happy Labor Day!


Top photo © Yasmine Ganley / In Bed; bottom photos via BP&O

Sweater Dressing with Miranda July

8.29.2014


Ok, this isn't much of a post, I'm just feeling hot for sweater dressing right now and found this little video of Miranda July dancing around to be a good thing for Friday. It's part of Objects Without Meaning's new campaign. You can read a bit more about the brand on Steven Alan's blog. Have a great weekend—look out for more posts next week! Honest!

Photo © Stella Berkofsky / Objects Without Meaning


6 Degrees of Outdoor Entertaining

8.28.2014

Alessandra Facchinetti's home | Ph. © François Halard / W magazine

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I moved into a new place at the beginning of this month. I have a lot of ideas and thoughts to share about that, just like I did last time I moved, but am wary of posting them for fear of, you know, never actually doing them. I've had a painter come in for a consultation, though! I always get so many grand plans—thanks, internet—and then following through is such an ordeal. Keep your eyes on Instagram and whatnot to keep tabs on this. In the meantime, feast your eyes on Alessandra Facchinetti's terrace, above, where I'm fantasy-hosting the shit out of a Bloomsbury Group type dinner party, except none of us are romantics and all of us are climate change activists.

Speaking of home life, I made some potatoes last night:


There was no one to share them with so I ended up binge eating all of them, which is sort of like going HAM on french fries, but since these were organic and from the farmer's market...healthy? I ate them with eggs, though mine were scrambled, not fried—a choice I'm reconsidering in light of this recipe. One day!

Photos: François Halard for W magazine; Williams-Sonoma; Katie Quinn Davis
 

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