I realize I’m a bit overdue on my latest Misc. Six post, the vehicle I use to document some of my favorite inspirations which I have haphazardly pulled from the internet and allowed to sit cluttering my desktop for months on end. You might think this sounds like an archaic method, with the advent of Pinterest (and I’d have to agree), but old habits die hard. We do have a Pinterest account here at Katie Blauer (click to follow!) and I promise to make an increased effort to practice more pinning and less aimless file dragging going forward.
In either case, the images I like to gather and share with you are not only just inspirational, but usually aspirational too. I love that through the process of archiving and bringing personal context to the beautiful things I’ve found online, I’m in effect saving them for posterity since the desired pieces are often quite unattainable. Which brings me to my #1, the silk-habotai dress from Carven Resort 2012. In keeping with the increasingly popular photo-real trend (see Black Milk clothing, for example), this beautiful mountain scene of Switzerland reminds me of my honeymoon and incorporates all my favorite colors. It’s been long since sold out online, but you can see the lovely (and lucky) Susie Bubble modeling the shirt and shorts set here. Another look from the same collection fully embodies the adorable Swiss-Miss persona that obviously inspired Carven’s designs this season (via vogue.com).
#2. is a set of matchstick bracelets by Nora Kogan (as spotted on highsnobette) which I find nostalgic of the long stem matches that sat like a bouquet on the fireplace mantle at our lake house. I love their simplicity of form and the great array of colors, but a stack of 9 cuffs, as shown, would set you back close to $3000! #3. Another simple idea that feels fresh and unique is Tiffany Lu’s ombré tights, which are all hand-dyed and made to order. Although summer is in full swing and it’s close to 90° outside, I am already dreaming of fall outfits that could incorporate these beauties.
#4. No Misc. Six post would be complete without a Matthew Williamson reference! Just as Matthew’s gorgeous gowns showcase his mastery of exuberant print and color on the body, I recently discovered that through his collaboration with The Rug Company, MW is able to do the same for the home! My favorite piece in his rug collection features his signature Peacock print, which I can envision being paired with this incredible vintage magenta Papa Bear chair by Hans Wegner (#5. via eBay) to create the ultimate “Mid-Century meets Hollywood Regency in Palm Springs” fashion oasis.
#6. Last but not least, I was smitten by these peach cat-eye sunnies from Asos, as worn by San Francisco blogger, La Vagabond Dame. The subtle up-tick of the corners, like a cartoon eyelash, is so sweet and I immediately thought the deep round lens shape felt very Karen Walker. After a little digging, I wasn’t surprised to discover they’re virtual knock offs of the Karen Walker Harvest style, which I promptly added to my “I need this yesterday” list (in Tortoise Shell, of course). Luckily I’ve got a birthday coming up!