Nov 27, 2011

IDEAL



This is interesting. The Benah's new blog has a recent post about luxury. The idea of luxury, our need for it and how to sell it. What struck me was this connection between luxury and our ideal selves.

I remember I saw an interview with the Ralph Lauren family on the Oprah show about the success of their brand, which I now already regret sharing...The man himself said, 'What I do is about living. It's about living the best life you can and enjoying the fullness of the life around you - from what you wear, to the way you live, to the way you love. I don't design clothes, I design dreams.'
That about sums it up I think. Ralph Lauren light blue was the first perfume I owned. Me and a lot of other teenage girls at the time. It must have been some dream we wanted to be apart of. 

Luxury is about creating the best reality imaginable by understanding the value it has in your everyday. 'The modern luxury brand -from Dior to Louis Vuitton via Givenchy and Chanel are ubiquitous in contemporary culture and aim to promote an ideal lifestyle, an aspirational vision of what we want ourselves to be and to look like, to dress and to smell.' (Benah)

And I agree with Mr. Lauren that 'There is something exciting about buying something you have to save for, as opposed to people who have had these things all their lives. There is more of a discerning taste that you develop.' I like the idea of growing into a lifestyle. It sounds luxurious, the kind of stuff dreams are made of.  




Nov 23, 2011

METALLIC




All I wanted this time last year was metallic polish. You wouldn't think it would be too much to ask but could I find one? No. Black was everywhere. Though the chic of Black Satin wasn't what I was going for. Festive and slightly tacky was. But the powers that be decided it just wasn't the right time for metallic. Apparently the right time to be both chic and slightly tacky is now with the Illusion d'Ombres collection. Graphite, Quartz & Peridot are the new kids on the block. I like the silver hit you get from Graphite. There are others I could swing to but it just wouldn't be right. Then it might just be tacky. 





BRAZEN



Brazen it out. Shameless and bold. Made of or resembling brass. Unrestrained by convention or propriety. Barefaced. Brash. Unconcealed. Forward. Defiant. Spirited and original. A metallic ringing filters the sound. All brazen and cool-skinned hesitation. Sold she was set in stone. Above skies are brooding, don't lead her astray...'blame it on my wild heart'.


Stonefox magazine via Badlands
Lula magazine 
Clemence Poesy from Jalouse
Stevie Nicks Wild Heart






Nov 22, 2011

CRUSH


Girl Crush. There's something about Isabel, I've said it before and I'd say it again. She's more than pretty. She carries this dark moodiness and character in her features. Her gaze is intriguing in this shoot for French magazine Jalouse, photographed by Matthew Frost and styled by Jennifer Eymere. 






Nov 18, 2011

WALKING THE TALK



I walk differently in nice shoes. They instil me with a certain knowing pride as I walk the street. The thing about nice shoes is they have a way of finishing off the line of your leg, of refining your stride and making each step a careful, considered one. Watch the crack, tip-toe around the gum, jump the puddle and steer clear of suspiciously dirty pavement... I even keep them under my seat on the train so not to be trodden on or overstep my gait to avoid meeting something less than clean. 

Excessive? Possibly. Obsessive? Maybe. But the thought of harm coming to them burns my face red, too awful to imagine. Almost every time I wear my nice shoes I profess my love for them. Unhealthy? Yes, probably. But then I'm not complaining. I like our arrangement. 





Nov 15, 2011

BLUE SKIES


Lately my clients have been asking me if I'm excited. Out of context this sounds strange. But they were referring to my upcoming trip home to Australia. And to answer that question...I started packing last week. The chosen clothes are now lying in a pile on the floor waiting for my suitcase to make an appearance.

I have to say it doesn't look good for my summer style if you even could call it that. An odd bunch is more like it and that's after sifting through the dregs. I've noticed it's become progressively worse since I  moved to Stockholm. No one does summer like Australia. Australian girls have this undone coolness about them that doesn't translate. The French have got their polish but we're cool. Peter Morrissey's said 'Australia's personality is the essence of its style'. And I think that rings true.

The shots above are from Bergdorf Goodman's resort 2012 catalogue starring Bambi Northwood-Blyth and taken by Cat Bird. It's what summer should look like.





Nov 14, 2011

ULTIMATE



The perfect wardrobe. Does it really exist? There are a lot of people that would say yes. These are the people dedicated to its pursuit. The pursuit of perfection. You need discipline for that and I just don't have it. It's too restrictive and too dull to follow rules that limit your choices. But the ultimate wardrobe is another thing entirely. It's real and it's out there. In my mind it's about buying things that can be mixed, worn, re-worn and remixed. It's about having limitless choices. 

I often buy from Beyond Retro because the thrill of finding something unique, its threads laced in another life is liberating. You know you won't be passing an identical copy on the street. Sometimes the details can be forgone for an overall impression. But buying new is important for the main body of your wardrobe because quality and cut is key. You can't always get that second hand. Though I think the industry is too changing to truly invest and to reach that perfection in a wardrobe at any one time. Maybe that's what makes it's pursuit so appealing, you'll never quite get there. But you go after it anyway. 

All the above images are from net-a-porter and are a part of my ultimate wardrobe fantasy. See, it is limitless.