Thursday, December 4, 2008

Yay, Antony!

Sorry I've been MIA, but I'm buried under hats and doll-parts. Soon, I'll be attempting another escape from under the pile to post pictures of what I've been up to and to invite all of you to come out to Bendel's in a few weeks to check out my millinery offerings.

In the meantime, I'm completely happy because I got my first Christmas gift -- tickets to the Antony and the Johnsons show at Town Hall this February. I AM SO HAPPPPEEEEE!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Realizing I wasn't going to Paris for Thanksgiving this year, I went on a French blog search and found AUREA, a Paris-based blog sharing the most wonderful images and discoveries. It is there that I found and was smitten with Warmi. From Franco-Colombian Sylvia Sanchez, Warmi is a wonderfully feminine and unique collection of knits. Look at these pieces ...

D, let's meet later this week. You have to teach me how to knit!!!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Paul Newman

Paul Newman's craft was acting. His passion was racing. His love was his family and friends. And his heart and soul were dedicated to helping make the world a better place for all.
- Robert Forrester, vice-chairman of Newman's Own Foundation

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Makié Clothiers for Women

I've already said how much I love Makié Clothiers for children. I just found out that they now carry a collection for women. Yay!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

At home with the Toledos

Reading this led me to this, which is a spread on Ruben and Isabel Toledo's midtown home. Light-filled, packed bookcases, art and fasyon everywhere, and hula hoops!

Photos by David Allee.

The hula hoops are for exercising in your beautiful party frock. It reminded me that I've been wanting to try this. There are even more interior shots here.

I do love Isabel.

And Ruben is a post of his own.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Random Interiors

I recently threw out a collection of interiors magazines - some dating back to, well, a looong time ago ... when stacked heels were all the rage. Saying hello to the post-uggs age, I'm scanning some favorite images. Unfortunately, impatience with the scanning process has resulted in less than perfect, that is, tilted images. Some more favorites to come. Most bloggers take blog breaks. I'm the reverse, and disappear from here quite often. Maybe this will be what makes me a regular around these parts. On to my first Random Interiors post ...

Maybe it's the chill as the season turns (my favorite season, I love you autumn!!!). I love the warmth this room exudes (and the slight eccentric air about it).

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

MUJI fits in my apartment!!

So...I need this bed. Seriously. [I suffer from "small apartment" syndrome. My studio is "Tokyo-sized."]

Is it at the flagship Muji Store on 42nd Street? Sigh....

“Because there is complexity in purity. Elegance in plainness. Intricacy in streamlining. Richness in reduction. Depth in minimalism. Surprise in uniformity. Innovation in re-use. Cool in the avoidance of cool. And there is true sophistication in simplicity.”

Literally translated, Mujirushi Ryohin, MUJI’s original name, means “no brand quality goods.” I heard they put labels on everything the minute they hit the Big Apple!!

Thoughts, Candy?

Daniela Gregis FW08/09

Loving these looks for the upcoming cold season from Daniela Gregis (summer's Master of Linen). Although, I pass on that hat in the first photo. What is that?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Successful Chanel Advertising?

Is the above ad selling Chanel eyewear or the art of the Chanel tattoo? I spotted one commuter on this morning's 6 train who bought into the body modification message. Maybe Candelaria Cruz, Chi Chi, or Chloe Clamdigger? Or maybe a rabid olympic fan who went to a discount tat artist? Disturbed.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Playing with Paper: Mary Janes

So many deadlines - hats to block, dolls to sew, papers to shuffle and re-shuffle. It's during these times that I take a little break and pick-up something completely different. I've been thinking of taking a shoemaking class, but not before I complete my millinery courses. For now, I'll have to make do with making paper pairs. This book will show you how.

For other paper projects, how about one from Hermès? For your very own Kelly Purse, follow this post from the amazingly generous Summer Allen-Gibson of Design is Mine.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Shiseido Vintage Advertising

I came upon these beautiful vintage advertising images from Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido and just had to share...

More lovely examples here and here from flickr user tomish*'s.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Speedo/Comme des Garçons Swimwear Collaboration

Imagine if I showed up poolside in this:

It would be one thing if I proceeded to swim a medley of freestyle, backstroke, breast stroke, and butterfly. But I'm in the pool a lot because I'm in love with this class where we do aerobic kicks and drills in the water (ala that Bill Murray pool scene in Lost in Translation). My favorite part is where we use those noodles to stay afloat while pretending to be seahorses. Cool, right? Don't knock it until you've tried it.

So, I don't think the LZR Racer that Speedo and Rei Kawakubo designed for the '08 U.S. Olympic swim team will be appropriate. I like the non-olympic styles - I can envision a seahorse wearing these (especially that first collection). Alas, still not available in the states!

2008: Third Collection (Current)

2007: Second Collection

2006: First collection

Monday, July 7, 2008

Dior SS09 - millinery confections

Time is just going by so fast! Images from the Spring and Summer 2009 haute-couture collections shook me out of the lassitude that has been, so far, characteristic of my Summer 2008. Shake! Shake! There's work to do!!!

Aren't these hats from Dior just beautiful? And I'm one to avoid the animal prints.

Photos by Jean-Luce Huré for The New York Times.

Friday, June 13, 2008

minä perhonen SS08 + minä perhonen books

I've been remiss in not publicly obsessing over minä perhonen's current collection. So let me make up for that.

Akira Minagawa is Master of the Fabric Universe. Did you happen to see the three-part series of his work?

Each volume is £25 at Selvedge. For those outraged, I saw them at the Bryant Park Kinokuniya for a friendlier $25.

And so I can say I'm not falling behind, here's a look into the AW08/09 collection.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Coming Home

For two months now I've been listening to K.D. Lang's Watershed. I can't even begin to describe the little flutter within me when I hear the opening strings of Coming Home. The magic of music, right?

Well, just a few minutes ago I received a phone call from D with the wonderful news that she's coming home! Magic! Flutter! My dearest friend, I am so happy for you! Yay!

I couldn't help myself, this is too perfect.

Coming Home {Lang/Pitch}

oh sweet sorrow
let's write the book

for I caught a glimpse
been obsessed with it
ever since

my eyes no longer weak amongst the clarity that you pronounce in me

you have won
my illumination has begun

I'm happily indifferent to the ones who have consistently been wrong
and all that once confined us like minutiae at its finest now is gone

oh sweet sorrow
let's write the book

my eyes no longer weak amongst the clarity that you pronounce in me
I'm happily indifferent to the ones who have consistently been wrong
and all that once confined us like minutiae at its finest now is gone

and all that lies before me like the asphalt lures me forward towards home

coming home

Friday, May 30, 2008

Maggie Taylor + Enjoy the Weekend!

Some fascinating fairy tale images from digital artist/photographer Maggie Taylor. Check out her images for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland from Modernbook Editions.

My bestfriends from fourth grade are in town this weekend! Yay!