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02.10.14

Urban Fragility
In Paris, there is a street artist who draws with chalk, Phillipe Baudelocque. I was lucky enough to come across his work, I say lucky enough because it is fleeting - transient - if it rains, it washes away. I feel it is a lesson in not holding onto things, and fashion is a bit like that: you do a show and then move on.

Urban Fragility

In Paris, there is a street artist who draws with chalk, Phillipe Baudelocque. I was lucky enough to come across his work, I say lucky enough because it is fleeting - transient - if it rains, it washes away. I feel it is a lesson in not holding onto things, and fashion is a bit like that: you do a show and then move on.

01.20.14

Birds of a Feather

While home in New Zealand, I visited with Niels Meyer-Westfeld —- an artist and husband of a dear friend Deborah. Niels is working on a book about New Zealand birds and his workplace is a charming studio in Wellington with an inspiring view of the ocean. I love the detail in his pictures and can’t wait to see them compiled in the final book…

12.13.13

From the book “Sky Crystals” … photo by Don Komarechka

From the book “Sky Crystals” … photo by Don Komarechka

10.16.13

Corrine Day
One of my favorite fashion photographers from the 90’s - hugely influential - was Corinne Day.  She passed away way too young, too early, but happy to know about the  upcoming exhibition celebrating her work. Photo above… George Clements looking through window.
May the Circle Remain Unbroken, until 23 November at the Gimpel Fils Gallery in London.

Corrine Day

One of my favorite fashion photographers from the 90’s - hugely influential - was Corinne Day.  She passed away way too young, too early, but happy to know about the  upcoming exhibition celebrating her work. Photo above… George Clements looking through window.

May the Circle Remain Unbroken, until 23 November at the Gimpel Fils Gallery in London.

08.21.13

Peter Doig
I love the peaceful tranquility in Peter Doig’s paintings.  The perfect inspiration as I prepare for another hectic New York fashion week!   xx rt
Peter Doig at National Galleries Scotland

Peter Doig

I love the peaceful tranquility in Peter Doig’s paintings.  The perfect inspiration as I prepare for another hectic New York fashion week!   xx rt

Peter Doig at National Galleries Scotland

07.12.13

Carlotta Manaigo

People who know me well know that one of my favorite quotes is from Roald Dahl:  

"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.  Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it."  

When choosing a photographer for our Fall 2013 campaign, it was important to select a photographer who can take an amazing fashion picture, and I also wanted a photographer who can see the magic… when I saw Carlotta’s portfolio, I fell in love with her sensibility.  As she describes her artistic inspiration:

With my camera, with my eyes, I tend to capture what I feel rather than what I see,
creating emotional states. Someone once described my work with the expression 
"cold romanticism" which I believe conveys well the contrast within. 
My inspiration comes from a fascination with nature in all its form, its game of light and shadows, its wilderness and fragility,sensuous aspects and mysteries.
It’s almost magical when such beauty is revealed. 



04.01.13

In The Lab: Growing Crystals

Growing up in New Zealand, I learned to be very crafty because I had to: if I wanted a pair of red patent leather pumps, the only way I’d get them would be by painting one of my pair with red nail polish. I’ve always found crystals to be beautiful and almost magical and I was reading a book about mining and our head designer Kathleen came across this artist who transforms materials by growing crystals: we decided to try it with this clutch.


Alexis Arnold: Crystallized Books

03.12.13

Hope There’s Someone
Image by Pakayla Biehn
You Should Take Care

Hope There’s Someone

Image by Pakayla Biehn

You Should Take Care

03.08.13

Magic in the Metro
 How beautiful is this metro station, and how nice it is to have architectural and artistic delights in the most everyday of places: The Metro Station. This one is in Naples Italy. Image via Getty Images.
The Most Impressive Underground Railway Stations in Europe

Magic in the Metro


How beautiful is this metro station, and how nice it is to have architectural and artistic delights in the most everyday of places: The Metro Station. This one is in Naples Italy. Image via Getty Images.

The Most Impressive Underground Railway Stations in Europe

02.10.13

Kel Markey behind the neon installation at Fall 2013.  Photograph by Michael Turek

Kel Markey behind the neon installation at Fall 2013.  Photograph by Michael Turek