It honestly took me a solid minute to wrap my head around the fact that these silver sculptures are actually composed entirely of old spoons, forks and knives. Look closely . . . do you see it? In her latest series Bouquets and Butterflies, artist Ann Carrington clusters spoons together, bends forks over each other and flares the tips of butter knives to create roses, peonies and tulips. Incredible, right? This isn’t the first time the British artist has built sculptures out of discarded materials. You might remember seeing her two large sailing ships modeled out of pearls, pearl buttons and pearl chains. Oh, to live in Ann Carrinton’s brilliant brain . . .
Deconstructed, asymmetrical, and oversized. The classic white button-down shirt will never be the same after designers, like Monse, Joseph and Jacquemus, have so cleverly reimagined the crisp wardrobe staple in their 2016 collections. Currently on my radar are Anna Quan‘s cotton twill shirts with silk trimmed exaggerated cuffs, which are not only monogrammable but detachable for a more relaxed feel. Designer Anna Hoang is one of Australia’s up and coming designers, thanks in part to her dramatic take on the classic. She recently crossed over to knitwear and outerwear but right now, all I can think about are shirts and cuffs!
In the umpteenth hour of researching images for a feature on artist studios, I stumbled upon floral artist Claire Basler and the 13th century French castle where she resides and works. Honestly, my initial reaction was: this can’t be real. It’s that fantastical. Giant floral and tree arrangements, placed throughout Château de Beauvoir, serve as inspiration for her life sized paintings and wall to wall murals. Life and work are truly one in Claire’s world. It’s mad, it’s exquisite, it’s breathtaking.
There’s a promising newcomer to the shoe industry and I can’t wait to get my feet in a pair of Neous. The London based brand was founded by shoemaker Alan Buanne, formerly of Nicholas Kirkwood, and stylist Vanissa Antonious, a former Harper’s Bazaar editor. Starting a label was never part of their career path, but after noticing a lack of beautifully handcrafted shoes at a fair price point in the market, the duo knew it was time to fill that void. Their debut collection is all about abstract minimalism, with suede and leather shoes that are crafted using traditional Italian shoemaking techniques and with prices that start at $350. I’m especially loving tan leather slides, accessorized with geometric metal details. Perfect for summer wear.
Believe it or not, one of the things I miss most about living in the East Coast is winter. Mainly because of the outerwear that the season demands. I’m not complaining – it’s just that California never gets cold enough to put all the coats I’ve collected over the years, and continue to buy, into heavy rotation! So when I come across a gem of an online retailer like Bonsergent Studio, it takes every ounce of my being to restrain myself from buying another vintage coat. The European based e-shop curates a well edited selection of affordable designer secondhands and vintage clothing, with an underlying belief that good quality wares hold their value over time. I favor the outerwear category, obviously, for its collection of timeless cashmere and wool coats for less than $200. I’ve never wanted a belted forest green coat more. And no, I definitely don’t need it.