Sculptor Warren King has been recreating residents of a small village in China, where his grandparents grew up, for several years now. I should mention that his only mediums are old cardboard moving boxes and glue. What?! The life sized figures brought such a deep connection between him and his cultural heritage, that the series has become an ongoing project for the American born artist. His goal is that one day, he will have constructed over 200 figures. The layering of clothing, the facial expressions and the body postures are so incredibly true to life, I can’t help but feel nostalgic for my own grandparents.
Aquazzura‘s Edgardo Osorio has collaborated with famed luxury wallpaper brand de Gournay, and honestly, it’s a match made in print heaven. The interiors obsessed shoe designer was approached about creating a wallpaper inspired by a recent trip down the Silk Road. His love of Ottoman history, and the amalgamation 0f East meets West, was translated into an exotic pink jungle theme, with each exquisite element hand painted by de Gournay’s skilled artisans. Not only will the wallpaper be available and customizable, the design will be printed on five pairs of shoes, which will be available for sale at Matches Fashion this May. So much yes.
When Morgan Smith launched her children’s swimwear label last year, I was overwhelmed with Minnow‘s unbearable cuteness. I had to get a couple of suits for Quincy and Coco for the summer! This season, an adorable ruffled cap-sleeve silhouette has been added to the lineup, as well as new colors and prints, including a soft buttercream yellow and chic black and white gingham. Hopefully, it’s just a matter of time before Morgan starts designing for women so that I can finally stop pleading: does that come in my size?!
Tucked away above Marrakesh’s bustling medina is a quaint and outrageously stunning oasis, Riad Yasmine. With just 7 rooms, this traditional Moroccan home boasts incredible views of the Atlas Mountains from its spacious rooftop terrace and also has one of the most photogenic plunge pools in the world. I mean, how beautiful is that emerald green tile? And those bed-sized loungers? Insert me here . . .
It think we can all admit that the strap of handbag is never the star. Model Caterina Ravaglia and fashion consultant Federico Brighi are changing that sad fact with their collection of luxe leather purse straps. Kate Cate‘s straps, which are adorned with silver conchos, leather fringe and embroidered patterns, can be attached to just about any bag with a pair of trigger snaps. It’s amazing how they can instantly add that edgy chic factor to your average “it” bag. Love.