Beneath the glass dome of Paris’ Grand Palais, Old World grace collided with New World futurism. Toughened Chanel-bots walked through an apocalyptic setting with boxy tweed suits accessorized with wide hip-slung belts and beaded mini skirts worn over ankle length dresses. And if the future is now, then we cant wait to get our hands on next season’s version of the knuckle ring. How these jeweled nail cuffs manage to stay on, we’re not quite sure, but I predict we’ll soon figure it out.
The Acapulco chair was first produced in the 50’s and quickly became popular in Mexico. Legend has it a French tourist was visiting Acapulco and found the solid chairs on the beach too hot to sit in. Inspired by the traditional Mayan hammocks in the area, he designed a chair that reflected the tropical, laid-back style. Comfy, colorful, and architecturally striking . . . don’t you want to incorporate a bit of Acapulco into your casa?
We’ve been following the wonderful work of French artist Mademoiselle Maurice as far back as early last summer. Her installations, made up of thousands of hand folded origami pieces, have temporarily covered several urban surfaces throughout France, Italy, Vietnam and Hong Kong. What a pleasant surprise it must be to stumble upon one of her colorful creations.
Sarah Burton took inspiration from 40’s workwear and 60’s flower children for Alexander McQueen’s resort collection. Jackets nipped at the waist with military-style belts and exaggerated utility pockets and apron dresses were complimented by midriff baring tops, flared floral pants, and macramé halter gowns. Hippie dippy factory girl!
Inspired to promote local artisanship and to pursue environmentally sustainable practices, designers Georgia Tribuiani and Clarice Chin have added a new twist to the traditional net bag by adding soft leather handles and a vibrant dip dye job. They’re a pretty chic alternative to paper or plastic!