Today was the last day of Mardi Gras, a celebration that has been on my bucket list for years. And now, after recently stumbling upon the mysterious world of Mardi Gras Indians, a trip to New Orleans in late February has jumped to the top of the list. I mean, the elaborately handmade and powerfully colorful costumes are enough to want to witness the beauty in person. Mardi Gras Indian culture stems from a shared history and blood line between African Americans and Native Americans. It it believed that local Native American tribes sheltered runaway slaves and eventually, the two cultures merged. The various tribes, broken down by neighborhood, continue to carry on the tribute after nearly 200 years.
It’s been the wettest winter in California and I can honestly say, I can’t stand the rain. So you can imagine how everything from Sessún‘s spring collection is giving me some much needed optimism right now. Gauzy skirts, lightweight jacquard knitted rompers, crisp poplin blouses and one gorgeous chambray coat . . . indeed, there will be sunny days ahead.
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.