There was a long span of time this summer when nothing I encountered on the internet seemed worth blogging about. I wish I could say this was the result of a preoccupation with documenting all of my son’s amusing moments and achievements, but I have to admit that I haven’t even written in Hunter’s baby book since before his 1st birthday in early June! I think it’s safe to say we had a very busy summer, but it’s also likely that I have a much stronger attraction to fall/winter seasoned things and just as the temps have dropped from the 70s to the 50s over the last few weeks, all of a sudden there’s been an influx of exciting items to share. As for the baby book, I’m hoping to catch up on that during some invaluable travel hours I’ll be afforded on my upcoming business trip to China.
#1. This amazing architectural wooden clutch recently popped up on my Pinterest feed and I immediately wanted to learn more about the story behind the design. Tesler Mendelovich is an Israeli duo, who has created a process to work with wood as if it were a textile. In a video on their homepage Orli Tesler explains, “I believe that holding wood and wearing wood makes the body feel really good … [Wood] is spicy and it’s warm.” Sydne Summer from the Sydne Style blog accessorized a Tesler Mendelovich clutch a little over a year ago at the NYFW 2013 (photo below). This Rosewood colorway, in particular, is what I was the most drawn to and, like a classic Eames lounge chair, is special because you can sense that the piece is not only innovative, but will surely stand the test of time.
#2. I’m not sure how I missed it back in February when the line debuted at Milan’s fashion week, but the Dolce & Gabbana Fall 14 ready-to-wear collection captured my heart just in time for the leaves to start falling this autumn. According to vogue.com, the whimsical appliquéd designs are “drawn from the illustrations of knights and ladies, and flora and fauna that once adorned medieval illuminated manuscripts.” My favorite pieces in the collection feel like Swiss scherenschnitte meets Brian Jacque’s Redwall series and while some women might think the designs too juvenile, to me, it’s always fun to add a little whimsy in your wardrobe.
#3. At the end of last month, I received an email blast from Matthew Williamson that his newest line of wallpapers and fabrics had just launched for Osborne & Little. I was well aware that MW dabbled in home décor, having previously written about his rug collection, but hadn’t yet discovered that his glamorous prints were being translated into wallpaper! Unfortunately, I realized that most of the Fall 14 line felt very tropical, having been inspired by Matthew’s latest trip to Bali, and not my cup of tea. My favorite print turned out to be his “Tyger Tyger” pattern from the Fall 13 line, which I can imagine working perfectly in an opulent powder room. Although, probably not appropriate for my own home, I loved finding his blog posts that illustrate the connection between each wallpaper design and its corresponding runway inspiration – here and here.
#4. Last month I also signed up with Vestaire Collective after catching up on Style Bubble and reading Susie’s article about the French luxury resale company. I scoured the site and found many pieces I had been coveting, but inevitably decided that for the most part, the high shipping cost from France made these second-hand pieces cost prohibitive. Vestiare Collective does have a New Outlet, however, and some fur handbags caught my eye from a company called FSP (Fashion Sensitive Planet), based in South Africa. The bags are made of Springbok hides, an African antelope-gazelle type animal that features striking color and a mohawk tuft of fur running down its back. Ever since learning about this Springbok fur, I’ve been noticing it more often and have even considered purchasing a hide to craft a unique piece of my own.
#5. Keeping on the theme of fur on shoes, Rachel Comey’s Fall 14 footwear collection, emailed out last week, struck me as being more menswear inspired than any women’s line I’d ever seen. While oxfords aren’t my favorite type of shoe, the Aspen boot caught my eye as being one of the most interesting clash of design elements that could appeal to me with its tortoise heel clip, sawtooth sole, and fur and leather combo. In fact, I think this little math equation, pulling from two of my other bygone favorite shoes, kind of sums up Comey’s fantastic solution.
#6. I’ve been following the “Warhol of Instagram”, Donald “Drawbertson” Robertson for just a few months now, which I guess puts me in the “late to the game” camp on this one. His seemingly effortless style of art (incorporating plenty of non-conventional media, from gaffer tape to paper bags) is a satirical take on all-things high fashion / pop-culture and is therefore very entertaining. Donald posts tiny doodles, giant paintings, iconic logos on his breakfast plate, and just as amusing – snapshots of his twin infant boys. He’s been blowing up and getting plenty of press lately, but for me, he’s worth noting because it seems that all of this remains a labor of love for him. I was shocked to find out he was a co-founder of MAC Cosmetics and currently a top creative exec at Este Lauder. The creative drive it takes to continue to produce so many clever pieces, participate in a windfall of collaborations, interact with your five children AND keep your day job is an inspiration for sure.