Last week I was delighted to receive an email from Warby Parker about a new collaboration with 826 National, an organization dedicated to helping and encouraging students to write while motivating teachers to support the creative ambitions of their students. When I read the words “pro-imagination” and “pro-curiosity” I was totally hooked, and read on to find out that the power of reading and writing is what 826 National is all about, which seems on point with Warby Parker and their already inspiring business model. The collaboration consists of two pairs of frames known as the Kidd; one pair in optical and the other sunglasses. Each frame is limited-edition and is engraved with a number out of the 826 that were produced. In addition, Warby Parker is sponsoring two original publications of students’ work. The 826NYC publication is titled The Review and features poems, short stories, and essays while the 826LA Activity Book is filled with projects for both kids and adults. Beginning today, the Warby Parker x 826 Kidd frames will be available for sale in NYC and LA retail stores and online. The books are sold separately, and proceeds from the books go directly to 826. From an early age, reading had such a huge impact on my life. I sometimes joke that Reading Saved My Life, but deep down I know it’s true. I’m so happy to support this project.
A few months ago I saw the supermodel Daria Werbowy walking down the street in New York. She had no make-up on, her hair was pulled back and she was in jeans, a tee, and Converse. She looked ethereal and fresh, just like these photos in a somewhat recent issue of W Magazine. I’ve noticed that she’s recently been photographed for many editorials and fashion ads with little or no make-up (Céline, etc.) and there’s something it that seems luxurious and incredibly chic. She’s a natural beauty, that one. I adore this editorial — the slightly overexposed photos taken outdoors, the white dresses, the heavy embellishment, and the carefree movement. And of course, Daria.
A couple of years ago I received a small booklet in the mail that was beautifully designed and filled with chic photos of models draped in Hermès. It was the Hermès Vestiaire booklet that is produced every year that reads more like an artful coffee table book rather than marketing material. I still have it displayed in my studio. I haven’t received one this year, but the images for the Spring ’14 Vestiaire booklet are floating around online and I think I might love this one even more, and it has to do with that first image below. The hair, the dress, the wrap-around sandals — all completely lustworthy. I’m also digging the sweater/short/sandal combo in the last photo. Perfect California dressing.
Receiving a Céline email announcing new arrivals can have a girl staring at a computer screen for a little too long, lusting after pink bags that are pretty much perfect. Leave it to the ultra chic French brand to make pink look like a neutral. One of these below might be worth the splurge.
One magazine that I’ve been enjoying recently is the new Porter, put out by Net-a-Porter. It feels like a cross between British Vogue and The Gentlewoman, both of which I thoroughly enjoy and always look forward to reading. These images of Gisele from the debut issue really inspired me and have been sitting on my desktop for a few months now, continuing to blow me away with their beauty. The photos were shot in artist Brice Marden’s home in upstate New York, which is the perfect backdrop for the disheveled bohemian glamour that Gisele’s got going on. The swept up hair, the diaphanous dresses, the sun-kissed skin, those minimal flowers, the textiles and the furniture – So much beauty I can hardly stand it.
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).