With paintbrush and pad in hand, illustrator Katherine Irwin sketched a few of our most loved looks and moments throughout the Oscars last evening. Marion Cotillard in Dior Haute Couture! Lupita Nyong’o in a custom pearl encrusted Calvin Klein gown!! Emma Stone in a chartreuse Ellie Saab Haute Couture number!!! Kiera Knightly in an ethereal Valentino frock!!! Julianne Moore in a beaded organza dress by Karl Lagerfeld!!!! And Jared Leto in a pale lavender Givenchy suit. And these were just a few of our favorite things.
I have a new infatuation: hand beaded Yoruba chairs from Nigeria. Each one takes roughly three months to create as there are hundreds of thousands of beads embellishing these works of art that were traditionally used by the kings and queens of the Yoruba tribe in West Africa. Their floral designs and symbols denote wealth, power, strength and wisdom. It’s more than a statement piece of furniture, it’s an art piece!
We left New York on an optimistic, albeit freezing, high. It was all about practicality these past couple of days (with one special exception) but with interesting and inspiring silhouettes that we can’t wait to recreate come fall.
Rosetta Getty: We’ve had our eyes on Rosetta Getty ever since she re-established her namesake label a few seasons ago. Her ability to create an effortless yet luxe way of dressing has seasonless allure. Shirtdresses with elongated slits, extra wide leg culottes, and deconstructed cardigans?! This LA designer is speaking loud and clear to her fellow Angelinos.
The pressure was on when architect Stephen Jolson took on the responsibility of renovating Melbourne’s Bridge House. Built by the late Robin Boyd in the 50s, the house was built on ellipse-shaped supports – giving it it’s legendary name. So without jeopardizing the original integrity of the house, Jolson gave it a clean and modern update. I mean, how beautiful is the open shelved pantry and the circular wine cellar? Stunning!