There isn’t a summer shoe we love wearing more than espadrilles. Did you know that these lightweight, jute-soled shoes originally come from Spain, where they were first worn by the King of Aragons’ infratry men in the 13th century? Salvador Dali, Grace Kelly and Humphery Bogart rocked the sandals well before Yves Saint Laurent introduced the espadrille in the form of a high heeled wedge in the late sixties. And let’s not forget Sonny Crockett‘s all white versions in Miami Vice! Fast forward to 2015 and we’re seeing gladiator and flatform varieties – but really, nothing beats the simple, traditional espadrille.
It’s the vibrant cobalt color found in traditional Japanese pottery that inspires Israeli artist Zemer Peled to create her flower sculptures from blue hued ceramic shards. She builds sheets of clay, fires them, smashes them to thousands of pieces with a hammer and then builds them back together to construct these stunning, bursting blooms.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Cary Vaughan and Jenna Wilson, of Ace & Jig, at a trunk show in Silverlake. Not only is the designing duo simply too cute for words, their textile love story continues on in their fall collection. Quilted wrap jackets and reversible plaid tops and wide leg pants in their signature gauze cotton were all inspired by the weaving workshops of Germany’s Bauhaus. They even saved cutting floor scraps and gave them to New York based knitter Caroline Rose Kaufman, who knit three custom designs for the collection!
It seemed befitting that Pierre Cardin’s infamously quirky bubble palace, Palais Bulles, was the chosen venue for Raf Simons’ presentation of his resort collection for Dior. The futuristic architecture of the house, nestled on the cliffs between Cannes and Monaco, set the stage for a youthful and neo-traditional collection of leather flip flops, taffeta shorts, lurex knits, a reinvented Bar peplum jacket and net dresses worn over pleated skirts. Easy yet always glamorous – just like the French Riviera. PS If you’ve got a case of FOMO, I highly recommend watching the video after the jump . . .