Designers Stephanie Danan and Justin Kern’s L.A. roots are shining through in their pre-fall collection. There’s definitely a more relaxed sensibility, to Co‘s usual polished, Victorian-inspired silhouettes, that we’re crushing on. Big time. Beautifully tailored pieces with trumpet sleeves, plunging necklines, exaggerated collars and elongated pleats feel modern, wearable and oh so get-in-my-closet-right-now . . .
Inspired by Edward Sheriff Curtis and his iconic portraits of Native Americans, photographer Jimmy Nelson and his 50 year old camera journeyed to 44 different countries, visiting more than 35 indigenous tribes and documenting their stories and traditions for his book Before They Pass Away. Portraits of women, men and children, from tribes like the Markens in the Netherlands and the Tsaatans of Mongolia, are visual captivating, in just the astonishing dressing alone. But there is also a profound soulfulness in each person’s eyes, which Nelson has so artfully captured, that is downright mesmerizing. I’m left wanting to know more, which is why this book has made it’s way to the top of my holiday wish list!
Charlotte Chesnais worked alongside Nicolas Ghesquière for nine years, while piloting the launch of Balenciaga’s jewelry line, before recently launching her eponymous collection. The fluidity of her gold plated and silver jewelry is inspired by the geometric and elongated sculptures of Constantin Brancusi and Alberto Giacometti. We can’t help but be completely mesmerized by the way each piece so sensually hugs and spirals around the ebbs and flows of the hands and ears.
The tree is trimmed, the lights are strung and some presents are wrapped. Despite this über busy time of year, I can’t help but bask in the holiday spirit, especially with Quincy by my side. There’s so much curiosity in this little sponge of a two year old, I sometimes struggle with finding enough time to experience it all with him. At the same time, it’s comforting to know that even the most ordinary activities can resonate with him and absolutely light him up! So as part of Gap‘s Styld.By holiday campaign, Q and I took a little holiday outing, in our best California winter wares, to deliver treats and gifts to our friends and neighbors. He had an absolute blast and hasn’t stopped talking about it since. And really, that means everything.
For the city girl, who lives in a shoebox and needs help de-cluttering so that she can add all the new chic gifts she’s about to receive for Christmas: