Laurie Lee Leather

Customizable leather jackets?! So much YES. London based designer Laurie Lee Burley has been hand painting vintage leather jackets since 2015, after leaving her long career in advertising. I just love the contrast of the bold typography against the black leather jacket, the iconic symbol of rebellion and rock ‘n’ roll. Bad to the bone. Want. Need . . .

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A Jaipur Jewel Box

Remember Narain Niwas Palace Hotel’s Bar Palladio? If you don’t, I recommend you take a moment to jog your memory. Stunning, right? Now, thanks to Architectural Digest, we get a peek inside the mastermind’s magical residence, which also happens to be inside the Narain Niwas. When the former Tocca designer Marie-Anne Oudejans moved to into the ground floor apartment of the Jaipur hotel seven years ago, she had no idea that one day, she’d fall in love with interior design and decorating. After being approached to reimagine the hotel bar and restaurant, Marie-Ann thought it was time to give her own suite a makeover. Walls were repainted, chairs were reupholstered and furniture was custom built. It’s floor to ceiling breathtaking. The canopies! The painted ceilings! The colors! Glorious!!

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Magnetic Midnight

Magnetic Midnight is the time of day when the South magnetic pole or the North magnetic pole align between the sun and a person on the earth’s surface. This is the best time for observing auroras and it also happens to be the namesake of Lucia Echavarria’s brand of bijoux de têtes, jewelry for the head. The Paris born, New York based, Colombian designer has been designing her spectacular headpieces since 2015. Each piece is handmade in Colombia with raffia, folk charms, jewels and of course, my personal favorite: pom poms. This season, the collection was inspired by a recent trip to Oaxaca, where Lucia was compelled to incorporate the bright colors from Mexico’s Day of the Dead and little tin milagros into one of kind pieces. Goodbye flower crowns, hello Magnetic Midnight . . .

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Impossible Geometry

What seems like a digitally superimposed graphic over a photograph is actually an optical illusion. Artist and photographer Fanette Guilloud is able to create these real life illusions by using a technique called anamorphic projection, similar to the work of Felice Varini, where an image only comes together as one when viewed from a specific angle. She meticulously paints over surfaces, of varying depths, in abandoned buildings in locations throughout Toulouse, Bordeaux and in the French Alps near Lyon. They’re mind blowing and I absolutely love them.

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