I love scouring various flea markets in Paris. There is nothing quite like a flea market in Paris, especially when it comes to vintage artwork. I found some truly special paintings on this trip that I just added to Kneeland Mercado. One collection is from a French artist by the name of Marie Louise Arnol. These psychedelic beauties were painted in 1978 and I was in complete awe when I discovered them at the booth of one of my suppliers. I also found some Art Nouveau Ornament designs as well as this delightful gouache painting of birds against a black background. It is so hard to part with these!
A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article for the NYT about a new beauty brand that just launched in Paris and I was so happy to see it in the Sunday Styles section. Dream come true! The brand, Buly, was re-launched by former Cire Trudon co-owner Ramdane Touhami. With the launch came a new store on the left bank, right around the corner from my favorite store in the world, Dries Van Noten. It’s safe to say that Buly now sits at the top of my list of favorite stores around the globe (think turquoise terra cotta tile, marble encased candles, apothecary style furnishings, and literally the most divine rose perfume I have ever smelled). I had read about Buly opening soon, and the funny thing is that I was actually the very first customer on opening day, right before I hopped on a flight back to LA. I went on and on about it to an editor at T Magazine and ended up writing the piece, and I couldn’t be happier. You can also read it online at T Magazine here.
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).
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.
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.