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A Visible Trace

It has been quite some time since I’ve done “A Visible Trace” post, only because I’ve been bananas busy.  Between that and Instagram, it’s been difficult to keep up with my blog.  I kind of feel like Instagram is replacing the blog, which is something I’ve been putting a lot of thought into lately.  I think with Instagram it’s easy to have that instant gratification, whereas with the blog it seems to require more time and effort and thought.  However, I like putting time and effort and thought into things, which is why it’s important to me to keep this blog going.  Plus, I see it more as personal diary whereas I see Instagram being more of a visual diary.  Either way, I love both.  And Im excited to get going on the blog again with “A Visible Trace”, as it’s one of my favorite posts to do –  a good review of things that I’ve found inspiring.  Enjoy your weekend – I hope all of you are having a great summer! xo Joanna

This has made the rounds on the internet, but I had to share what was definitely one of the most beautiful, inspired weddings I’ve ever seen.  Margherita Missoni’s Gypsy Wedding in the Varese countryside of Italy took my breath away.  Her dress, made with Missoni silk and organza and designed by her with the help of Giambattista Valli was so incredibly romantic and refreshing.  The bridesmaids dresses, the flower crowns in their hair, the vibrantly decorated table settings, the Missoni floor cushions seated around the tables, the giant heart-shaped cake, fortune tellers, gypsy caravans – I can’t stop thinking about it.  So, so good.

I was so psyched to read about the release of the John Peel Archive, supported and curated by the Arts Council and Peel’s wife, Sheila Ravenscroft.  John Peel, who sadly passed away in 2004, was a BBC Radio 1 dj, producer and journalist.  He was one of the first broadcasters to play psych rock and prog rock on British radio, and his vast music collection and extensive knowledge spanned nearly every genre including post-punk, reggae, indie rock, punk, the list goes on.  Long ago Peel and his wife began cataloging his collection, and now, over the next four months, the first 100 hundred records for each letter of his alphabetized collection of 26,000 will be presented online.  And, for each letter, Sheila Ravenscroft has chosen an artist of significance to Peel and hosted a short film to accompany the artist.  There’s some good stuff on there, my music loving friends.

Good news: Vogue Paris has translated their website into English for those of us who don’t speak or read French, like yours truly.  More good news: A studio visit with French handbag designer Jérôme Dreyfuss.  Piles of brightly colored leather and design books and boards of inspiration and even a portrait of Frida Kahlo – it’s all right up my alley.

I am sure you have seen the brilliant chairs by Marni that have been floating around the web?  I discovered this video in Marni’s online magazine, Anticamera, and fell in love with the subtle, unassuming beauty captured by Francesco Jodice.  The video was part of the recent “L’arte del Ritratto” installation at the Marni boutique in Milan. Such a beautiful way to capture the chairs with no words, only music and the presence of the Marni team.  I especially love the end of the video, with the sunlight streaming through the warehouse onto the chairs.

And lastly, I can’t stop listening to this song by Best Coast.  An ode to California. “We’ve got the ocean, got the babes, we’ve got the sun, we’ve got the waves.  This is the only place for me.”  Perfect summer jam.


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I feel like I’ve been overloaded and overwhelmed with information the past week. So much to see and read!  A few things that have inspired me below.  Have a great weekend. xo Joanna

I’ve been intrigued by artist and writer Leanne Shapton ever since I discovered her “Jetsetter” column that she used to write for Elle. I was always inspired by her diary of illustrations and paintings that she would create on her travels and share in her column, along with a mini-guide of must-visits in each exotic locale she would travel to.  There was something very innocent and compelling about her art that always seemed familiar yet totally different.  I’ve been spying some of her artwork on Pinterest lately and have fallen equally in love with her new paintings.  So yesterday when I saw that Thessaly La Force documented a studio visit to Leanne’s in The Paris Review, I got so excited and completely devoured the interview.  It’s good stuff.  One of my favorite parts of the interview is actually at the beginning: “I was talking to Sheila Heti about how and where we work. Sometimes I feel I get a lot done waiting for something else, with my shoes and coat on, with the car running. I don’t have a set routine. I can work for hours at a time, but I get a lot of stuff done in these weird starts and stops, which makes it a little bit harder to track. I have so many backs of envelopes with notes written on them in my pockets or stuffed into the side door of a car. I also use my Blackberry to write myself notes. Last night, I wrote myself an e-mail that said, “Tough girls with dark pink skin, England air, etc.” Now it’s sort of coming back to me, but when I woke up and read it, I was like, “What? What did I drink?” Lots happens in these little spaces between work and eating and sleeping. Sheila said she had this image of me standing up—you know how you stand up and eat when you’re really hungry? Well I stand up and work. It’s not a Hemingway thing, it’s more like I have to get this done, because the elevator is coming up. Some thing happens then. And that’s when I work.”  After reading this a little part of me felt like I should give myself a break for not being completely on top of things every. single. second. when it comes to work.  I am very much the kinda person that emails herself reminders and ideas when in bed at night.  And I also have lots of starts and stops. It always makes me feel unorganized in some weird way, like I’m supposed to be planning out my work life by the minute.  But reading this made me feel like I should actually embrace my habits, because they’re not really all so bad.

I fell hard for Joseph Altuzarra‘s homage to Morocco/India/Gypsyland.  From the coins to the fringe to the prints to the textures; all of it spoke to me.  It’s still speaking to me.

And while we’re on the topic of fashion, have you seen the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund episodes on Hulu?  I look forward to Thursdays when a new episode is posted. You can watch them here.  Major inspiration.  My husband is now a devoted fan of Creatures of the Wind.

I know I’ve written about the blog Tales of Endearment a couple of times, but I couldn’t help but share my love for Natalie Joos’s most recent subject.  This particular feature on Athena Calderone is killing me on so many levels I don’t know what to do with myself.  I also spent a good amount of time pouring through Athena’s blog, Eye Swoon.

The news that Domino will be hitting the newsstands once again come April got me prettttty excited.  It will only be published 6 times a year, but I’m anxious to see what’s inside those pages.  I blogged about one of my favorite features in Domino here.


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It’s been a productive week over here and all kinds of exciting things are happening, not just in my world but in the world around us.  Below, a few things that inspired me this week.  Have a great weekend, and if you live in LA enjoy this crazy beautiful weather.

I’ve noticed new takes on wearing fur both on the runway and on the street, and I’m liking what I see.  The fur decorated single lapels that made a mark at the impeccably executed Bouchra Jarrar Couture show and on this handsome man in a photo shot by Scott Schuman had a huge visual impact on me.  Such a chic, statement-making detail on both.  I had to show the backside of the model, too. The fur and knit piece is completely backless and is fastened by leather onto the model.  Very, very cool.

I’ve always admired the artwork and the vision of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.  She was institutionalized in the 70’s for mental illness and although she continues to struggle, she puts all of her energy into her art to create iconic paintings and sculptures.  I was happy to hear that Louis Vuitton will be collaborating with Kusama and come spring her well known polka dots will be found on bags, clothing, and jewelry.  I think it’s a great message for a luxury fashion house.

My friend Ronda sent me a link to an essay in the LA Observed written by Barbara Kraft where she writes about her LA encounters with both Anäis Nin and Henry Miller. She writes of each individually, but also draws comparisons between the two and talks about their relationship together in Paris in the 30’s.  It’s a beautiful piece and full of facts that I didn’t know, further piquing my interest in both of them. Also included is an excerpt (all about Henry Miller) from Kraft’s new memoir, Anäis Nin The Last Days, which has just been released.  The book goes into detail about the literary icon’s last days before she wast taken by cancer.  Definitely intrigued by this one.

I finally had a chance to read the interview with Jean Toitou, founder of A.P.C., in the latest Interview magazine and I have to say it’s pretty inspiring, especially for anyone who has their own business.  His ethics, values, and business model are never compromised and I can’t help but think of what this industry (fashion) would be like if everyone followed suit.  But, I guess that’s what makes him beyond special.

I’m not gonna lie, I can be kind of a music snob.  So when I first heard that Destroyer recently covered the New Order song, “Leave Me Alone,” I was a little turned off, mostly because New Order is one of my ultimate favorite bands and I couldn’t bare the thought of someone covering such iconic, epic songs that have been so monumental in my life.  Selfish, I know.  But I gave it a listen and I’m not disappointed; I kind of like how brave he was to take it on.  The song is on a compilation released by MOJO that pays tribute to New Order’s Power, Corruption, and Lies album with other artists covering New Order songs that I have yet to listen to, but I’m gonna go ahead and high five Destroyer for this one.  You can listen to it here.


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It’s been a while since I’ve posted A Visible Trace, but this week has been filled with too many awesome things to skip this time around.  I’m happy to be home for longer than a month and am looking forward to a weekend filled with museum-going, movie watching, and a sibling birthday celebration.  Hope all of you have a dreamy weekend. xo Joanna

I don’t really follow men’s fashion, although I appreciate it just as much as I appreciate women’s fashion.  But when I caught a glimpse of the men’s Prada A/W 2012 show I was mesmerized by what I saw.  Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, and Gary Oldman looking both handsome and aristocratic on the runway?  Yes, please.  They are high on my list of creatives when it comes to film, and I couldn’t help but have a congratulatory moment in my head with whomever the casting director was for the show.  I’m guessing Miuccia had something to do with it?  Either way, quite brilliant in my book.

And while we’re on the topic of fashion, I have to declare my love for Jil Sander’s pre-fall collection.  I look at these photos and think of one of my favorite films, Dead Poet’s Society. But this society is pure feminist.  A secret feminist society filled with your closest, most charming girlfriends donning monogrammed dresses and letterman sweaters.  You devour books and contemplate what’s inspiring in life while laughing and telling secrets.  And then there’s the dress and the hooded coat emblazoned with the words Silence and Promise – so devastatingly cool I can barely handle it.

Olympia Le-Tan’s embroidered “book bags” are a work of art that can be carried and shown to the world.  When I read about her paying homage to Italian cinema and books for her project with Pitti in Florence, I expected something smart and beautiful and spot on in her creations. But she went beyond that and completely captured the essence by having a group of friends be photographed as a character in each of the 36 films and books she chose to represent Italy.  I adore this photo of Tilda Swinton as Silvana Mangano in Teorema.  There’s also a cute little video with Olympia Le-Tan talking about the project here.

I am beyond excited x 1,000 to see the upcoming LACMA exhibition, In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States.  I have been waiting for this one and it’s right around the corner.  To see Frida Kahlo’s work displayed next to the work of Leonora Carrington and Louise Bourgeois will be a dream come true.

And lastly, I’m way inspired by these images from the latest Une Fille Un Style on the Vogue Paris website.  So, so good.


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My brain has been on major inspiration overdrive this week.  Between accomplishing a work task that I have been putting off for months to discovering two new websites that I’m obsessing over, to finding some cool spots to check out in Mexico City – let’s just say I have some serious fuel right now.  Below, a few things worth checking out.  Hope you all have a seriously awesome weekend.

I’ve been getting emails from Creatures of Comfort about the book release of Paul Barbera’s Where They Create and I so wish I could have made it to the store for the release party in NYC.  The book documents the workspaces of various companies around the world including Acne, Confetti System, Fantastic Man and more.  The art direction alone is worth praises.  You can visit Barbera’s site here to get a glimpse into some seriously inspiring workspaces.

I have become psycho obsessed (not really, but you get the idea) with the highly gratifying Tumblr, PracticalFancy.  I cannot remember what internet hole I ventured down when I discovered it but all I could think was, “How the hell did I not know about this?”  And then I got a little too excited because I found a photo from my blog on there.  I heart it, big time.

I wrote about Astier de Villatte aka best candle company ever a while back, and since then my Delhi candle has melted away.  But have no fear, because you can purchase ADV at John Derian in New York as well as Barneys stores.  (That’s me talking to myself). While I was in Paris in March, I couldn’t decide between the Delhi candle or the incense but ultimately the candle won the battle and the incense stayed on the shelf.  So last week I picked up the incense at John Derian and have decided to just smell them and stare at them until I can’t handle it and have to break open the package.

I was completely mesmerized by this video of block printing in India that Sarah and Tammy posted on their blog the other day.  It shows the process of block printing which I honestly don’t think I could ever get tired of viewing.  Talk about craftsmanship.

I could spend many late nights devouring all the content on the new website, The Unique Creatures.  The site based in NYC is a “online fashion and culture publication that draws inspiration from the most interesting and stylish characters of history.” Founded by Howard Collinge, Zahara Gallardo and Lucia Martinez, it “goes beyond the traditional fashion or style blog to bring you original looks from the world’s most sartorially diverse group of artists, thinkers, explorers and dreamers.”  An example above of Gala Dalí, the wife of Salvador Dalí.


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It’s been a cool week, and the weekend is about to get even cooler with my brother-in-law and his wife visiting from Turkey. Adventures await us, and in between those adventures will be some reading, movie watching, and flea market shopping.  I hope all of you have an awesome weekend!  Below, some things I got excited about over the past few days.

So excited for this new book from Thames & Hudson, Textiles: The Whole Story: Uses, Meanings, Significance.  Both historic and contemporary textiles are covered in this book with 350 illustrations and a discussion about how fabrics have been worn and used throughout history.  There are few comprehensive books about textiles, and this one looks like it’s going to be a gem.  (On a side note, if you’re looking for a book with thorough coverage of textiles I recommend this one).

Have you seen’s Behind the Scenes videos with a few of their editors?  This one with Tim Blanks is really inspiring.  I love his attitude and his need to “communicate enthusiasm”.  I recommend all the Behind the Scenes vidz.

Bernadette Pascua and Andrew Stinson’s home featured on Design Sponge – the absolute perfect mix of quiet, chic, and lived in. Bernadette’s blog, Decade Diary, has always been one of my favorites.  Pure, subtle beauty and very, very cool.  She is a supremely talented illustrator and I’m so thrilled to see all of the amazing work she’s been doing.  Her home seems very her.  

I’m looking forward to next week when I get to check out Fivestory, the new multilevel luxury boutique in NYC that will be carrying home wares and clothing by international designers never before sold in the U.S. along with exclusive collaborations between the shop and NYC-based designers.  I have a feeling the accessory department is going to be pretty stellar. Images from Vogue

Last night I was reading T Magazine‘s blog and flipped out over this story about Christian Astuguevieille and his home in Bayonne, France.  Christian is the kind of person I would love to sit and converse with for hours and spend days creating magical things with. He is an art director for both fashion and fragrance houses, a sculptor, a furniture designer, jewelry and object designer, and the man behind the creation of fragrances for Comme des Garçons.  He refuses to “pigeonhole” himself into one career, and I love that. Inspired by the Japanese techniques of wabi-sabi and furoshiki, he wraps objects in various cords and rope to “mystify” things. “Altering and deforming the original use of things is important to me,” says Astuguevieille.  “I am, essentially, a teacher.  I’m never interested in beauty for its own sake.”  You can read more about this incredibly inspiring man here.


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