In the early 1900s, shipyard magnate Edward P. Morse built a magnificent 21,000 square foot Victorian retreat, in Long Island. The 15 acre estate then fell into the hands of Roman Catholic nuns who used it as a school, then as a retirement home and finally a spiritual center. 70 years later and after its return to the market, footwear mastermind Vince Camuto and his wife Louise took over the decaying property and restored Villa Maria to its original glory. And oh, how glorious it is. With so much of its original character preserved, the Camutos have added just the right amount of modernity to this majestic manor.
It’s that time of year again when some of the best dressed gents convene in Florence, at Pitti Uomo, inspiring us with their wares. Straw boaters, a mix of plaid, floral and gingham, pocket squares and smart suits for days . . . honestly, sharp.
I recently stopped a girl on the street to compliment her on her ethnic printed jumpsuit. Convinced it was one of a kind, I was excited to discover it was a Novella Royale creation and available to purchase online! Summer ready bells, jumpsuits and dresses . . . I foresee some major credit card damage.
I’m so in love with Sunny Gu‘s fashion illustrations. Her unbelievable attention to detail only accentuates the use of ornate textures and wonderful colors. I’m not sure which is more inspiring – the original designs from the catwalk where she finds her inspiration or her watercolor versions?