Yulia Brodskaya is a master at the art of quilling, using strips of colorful paper that is rolled, shaped and glued to create the most magnificent works of art. As much as I absolutely love her typography, as seen in Startbucks or Hermès ads, I am most impressed with her portrait series. Yulia so brilliantly challenges the limitations of traditional quilling techniques by bringing these three dimensional portraits to life. Each of her subjects have the most poignant and emotional facial expressions . . . they’re simply extraordinary!
With the sun out and with the music festival season just around the corner, the one and only accessory you really need is a wide brim wool felt hat. Any one of Janessa Leone‘s menswear inspired hats make the perfect statement while still looking effortlessly chic. Her sophomore collection, entitled Shadows, consists of 8 timeless hats meant to be passed down to many future generations.
My love affair with rugs began in Turkey with kilims. And now, the obsession continues with India’s dhurries. Sweden designers Lina Zedig and Marcus Åhrén explore new cultures and age-old techniques for creating one of a kind dhurries in their nomadic studio. Each Oyyo dhurrie is handwoven by a group of artisans who live just outside of Jodhpur, India’s blue city, with 100% organic cotton and richly pigmented, vegetable dyes. Honestly, need!
Since I’ve never been a fan of a perfectly coiffed do, I almost always carry a teaser brush in my handbag for when I need to add volume and mess to my sometimes lackluster hair. This attempt at a just-rolled-out-of-bed hairstyle may be perplexing to some who can’t quite understand why having seemingly disheveled hair is a good thing. But the bedhead look can be effortlessly chic and sultry – if done correctly. I personally like to first protect hair with L’Oreal’s Ultimate Strength Solution, wrap sections around a wide barrel iron for loose curls, tousle with fingers to create loose waves, lightly tease the crown of the head and roots, smooth out any wild pieces, and set with Elnett. Throw on a sexy pout and you’re good to go.
It’s no surprise that Argentinian designer Maia Bergman‘s final collection, before graduating from Central St. Martin’s School of Design, put her in the running for the 2013 H&M Design Award. Maia brilliantly embellishes sheer and simple silhouettes with tiny and colorful plastic beads, while drawing inspiration from the repetitive patterns of bacteria growth and the downtown punk and pop sensibility of designer Stephen Sprouse. We’re honestly blown away by the textures and details and are just dying to see more from this emerging designer!