Honestly, how enchanting was Dolce & Gabbana‘s ode to Sicily in their fall collection? Velvet capes and lace dresses were accented by glorious Baroque-inspired accessories. The highlight for me was the cornucopia of ornate tiaras adorned with rhinestones, pearls, and the most darling little ceramic roses. It’s a DIY that is easily mastered with the right supplies, so when in Rome . . .
A crumbling and deteriorating 18th-century flat in the middle of Barcelona has found new life in the hands of architect Benedetta Tagliabue. Tagliabue has allowed the history and original structure of the house to inspire her designs without creating a single sketch or model. Most of the rooms in the house are situated around a center patio which creates plenty of natural light. The diagonal paths of colorful Andalusian tile throughout each room (see baldosa hidráulica) are an interpretation of the suns rays . And during the remodeling process, beautiful 18th century decorative murals were discovered after peeling away some of the walls. I can see how the architect let the house speak for itself. It’s truly a treasure!
Charlotte Taylor‘s Fall 2012 lookbook is wonderfully dark, dreamy, and even a bit cooky. Her innate ability to flawlessly mix bold prints with equally strong colors is magical. Honestly, a mustard and navy bird printed blouse paired with purple and green cauliflower printed pants is so fantastic . . and sotypical of Charlotte Taylor. I especially want the dress with the hood!
I spent many years of my childhood playing the piano. Interestingly enough, the violin is my favorite instrument. My love for this string instrument and my appreciation for fine craftsmanship has me excited for Dustin Cohen‘s debut episode, of his “Made In Brooklyn” series, profiling Sam Zygmuntowicz. Zygmuntowicz is a Brooklyn based luthier who has worked with many of the finest violinists and cellists in the world, including Isaac Stern and Yo-Yo Ma. Already, it’s music to my ears . . .