Horror Vacui, the namesake of Anna Heinrichs’ label, is the Latin derived term for “fear of emptiness.” The old design theory essentially explains the urge to fill any empty space with all kinds of details. I can relate. And so does Anna. Inspired by the opulent details and voluminous silhouettes of 15th and 16th century nightgowns, the German designer has been designing sleeping gowns, dresses and blouses in vibrant patterned silks and crisp Egyptian cottons. Not only are her pieces wonderfully over the top, the details are insanely stunning and include scalloped edges, hand smocked panels and precise piping. Clearly, I need to step up my night to day wear.
It may come as no surprise to you that if I could add tassels and pom poms to everything in sight, I would. Wouldn’t they make life that much happier and more colorful? Sadly, even I know that too much can be . . . just too much. However, when I discover the most perfect pair of espadrille sneakers, the urge to adorn them with color and fringe is straight up irresistible. Forgive me, for I have tasseled. Yet again. The inspiration behind these tasseled espadrille sneakers was Ulla Johnson’s boho tassel heels and the most enjoyable part was playing around with some of my favorite color palettes. This is such an easy and fun way to add the right amount of flair to your summer kicks!
It was Sea‘s urban, boho vibe that hooked us several seasons ago. Since then, the New York based label has evolved – just as we have, with a more polished, feminine sensibility. Monica Paolini and Sean Monahan’s resort collection is an example of their sea change. Denim is tailored and crisp, dresses are slim and narrow around the waist, and blouses are structured with sharp details . . . it’s everything we want to wear now.
Don’t ask how I managed to spiral down a random rabbit hole of Mona Lisa parodies but that’s just the power of the internet. I was utterly amazed at the hundreds and hundreds hilarious spoofs artists have created using da Vinci’s famed portrait. So, as we recover from another far too short, sun-filled weekend, I give you the best of Mona, remastered.
Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world, after oil. Stew on that alarming fact for a second. So it makes sense that more and more designers are adapting a more conscious ethos, making environmentally aware changes to their sourcing methods and production procedures. Newcomer AMUR is another exciting label to enter the sustainable fashion scene. After years of working in the fashion industry, AMUR creative director and designer Sofia Shannon experienced a personal shift in the way she approached her own lifestyle, whether it came to beauty, fashion or food. This higher level of consciousness was the inspiration behind the brand, which stands for A Mindful Use of Resources. The environmental and ethical impact of each step of the design process is considered, like the origin of raw materials, the energy saving practices of fabric mills, and the treatment of the people behind the manufacturing process. Sofia has even gone as far as working with yarn suppliers to develop a new material, made from recycled plastic bottles, to create a more eco-friendly version of traditional, virgin polyester lace. If that’s not commitment, I don’t know what is. And we haven’t even talked about the gorgeous designs yet. Über feminine and dramatic ruffles, scallops and pleats adorn floral-printed, statin crop tops, high-low midi lace skirts and embroidered hemp linen dresses. Granola, what?!