It all started after falling down an Etsy rabbit hole, where I discovered an assortment of beaded Indian appliqués. They were stunning and surprisingly inexpensive. And they reminded me of the intricate and textural details found on Oscar de la Renta‘s multiple iterations of embellished slides. So obviously, the only reasonable place to position these beauties was on a recently purchased pair of flat mules. Honestly, marrying patches and shoes has become a legitimate addiction . . .
There’s an awkward cool factor to Bijou Karman‘s illustrated subjects that is undeniably alluring. Elongated figures, exaggerated with disproportionate features like big ears and freckles, are perfectly styled in Gucci, Miu Miu, Marni, Proenza Schouler and other designer wares. They’re so imperfectly chic, you simply wanna know them. Or even be them. And with that badass retro vibe that Bijou so brilliantly injects into her work, you can see why Rihanna recently enlisted her to illustrate her campaign collaboration with Stance Socks.
If there’s a single handbag label that should be on your radar right now, it’s The Volon. The handcrafted bags, made in Korea, are adorably pint sized and refreshingly distinctive. I love the clashing of colors and cheeky Americana motifs. And of course, any brand that excessively celebrates tassels and fringe the way The Volon does, I’m a fan.
Is there anything more uncomplicatedly elegant than a thick velvet bow wrapped around a loose ponytail? According to Tory Burch and Marchesa, the answer is a resounding no. As fashion week in New York comes to a close, the single beauty look we can’t wait to replicate is the effortlessly swept pony, wrapped with a wide black velvet ribbon. At Tory Bruch, ponytails were low and loose. At Marchesa, they were tied a little higher into a twist but equally easygoing. So if you’ll excuse me, I’m headed to the fabric store . . .
It honestly took me a solid minute to wrap my head around the fact that these silver sculptures are actually composed entirely of old spoons, forks and knives. Look closely . . . do you see it? In her latest series Bouquets and Butterflies, artist Ann Carrington clusters spoons together, bends forks over each other and flares the tips of butter knives to create roses, peonies and tulips. Incredible, right? This isn’t the first time the British artist has built sculptures out of discarded materials. You might remember seeing her two large sailing ships modeled out of pearls, pearl buttons and pearl chains. Oh, to live in Ann Carrinton’s brilliant brain . . .