A Single Shot

I’m on a business trip in Paris right now and all I can think about at this moment is the Dries Van Noten exhibition I saw this afternoon at Les Arts Décoratifs.  The exhibit is focused on Dries’s inspirations for many of his collections for both men and women. Alongside his various collections are paintings, costumes, art ephemera both old and current, vintage clothing by others designers (Balenciaga, Thierry Mugler, Claude Montana, Vivienne Westwood, Schiaparelli and more) and even videos of artisans in India sewing embroideries and embellishments onto garments.  Each section of the exhibit is accompanied by words from Van Noten describing the feeling of certain eras or movements, all thoughtfully and beautifully articulated.  A video of the dancer Pina Bausch was playing near one of his more recent collections, and I remembered that I had this photo from an early issue of Nylon magazine of the model Jamie Bochert wearing a metallic dress while dancing.  It’s always been a favorite, and it makes me want to watch Pina again (or even visit the Dries exhibit one more time).

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Transcendent

While looking for inspiration this morning I came across these photos I ripped out of one of those Vogue Special Edition issues that they publish at the end of the year, usually featuring the “Best-Dressed” of the year, decade, etc.  These women are what I would call “forever inspirations” because the way they wear clothes is completely transcendent of any time or trend.  Kate Moss is someone who has left a permanent mark in our minds with her style and attitude, Sarah Jessica Parker captured a specific time effortlessly with Sex and the City (and even if her ensembles didn’t look totally effortless they still managed to look amazing on her), and Alexa Chung has an essence of Jane Birkin that speaks to generations both young and old.  I think their looks (and the characters they’ve played) are all very inspired, real, and completely timeless.  Also, if you haven’t seen 73 Questions with SJP on Vogue yet, take a look and be completely charmed by not only her but her fantastic home.

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Must-Haves

Manolo Blahnik’s S/S ’14 collection has been on my mind a lot lately, particularly the first pair of cha-cha heels below.  I want them in a bad way, meaning I’ve been investigating which stores in the U.S. will stock them and hoping that someone actually made the buy.  I haven’t purchased a pair of heels in a while, but these are at the top of my list and I’m envisioning every which way to wear them — dressing up vintage Indian dresses, worn with baggy jeans, paired with slouchy sweats, etc.  I love a classic Manolo pump, but these below are the ones that get me really excited.

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Winner!

Thank you to those who entered the Kneeland Mercado Pinterest contest.  All the boards were so inspiring and creative!  The winner of the Mexican Folk Basket is Elizabeth – Congratulations!

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Kneeland Mercado Contest on Pinterest

Travel and discovery are the inspiration behind Kneeland Mercado, so we decided to incorporate them into our first-ever Pinterest contest.  We want to know where your dream destination is, whether it be chic Paris or colorful Morocco.  The prize is this colorful folk basket handmade in Mexico.  Excited to enter the contest?  Here’s how:

1. Follow KneelandCo. on Pinterest.

2. Create a board titled Kneeland Viaje.  (You can check out our Kneeland Viaje board for some ideas.)

3. Pin images of your dream travel destination for 2014, such as the places you want to visit or the food you want to eat.  Make sure to use the #kneelandmercado tag when you pin.

4. Leave a link to your board in the comments below!  The contest ends on Tuesday, February 11th at midnight PST.  The winner will be announced on February 12th.  Happy Pinning!

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Always and Forever

In my early twenties I discovered the designer Susan Cianciolo and felt as if I had found something so beautiful and so pure.  That was about 15 years ago, when fashion was having a real DIY moment that was different from what DIY is today.  There was nothing crafty or cute about it; it was experimental, avant-garde, and really thought through. Susan Cianciolo became a forever idol to me when I was flat broke and working my way through college, going to thrift stores and attempting to deconstruct and put something together that could resemble something as free-spirited and thoughtful as her clothing. This morning I was looking in my inspiration folders and found this breathtaking Hobo Magazine editorial shot by Mark Borthwick with clothes by Susan Cianciolo.  It will always be a favorite and a reminder to keep my creative spirit alive.

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