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06.05.14

Beautiful Decay

My favorite print of the new collection is the Grey Gardens print, named after the 70’s documentary of eccentric, reclusive socialites living in a house of squalor. I love the idea of controlled chaos— a wild and beautiful floral garden growing as if by magic, with the force of nature. The print was inspired by the techniques of Oriental painting but digital printing allows the print to be transferred to fabrics as varied as organza and leather. It’s a print of contrast: fragility and strength, ancient and modern, beauty and decay.

Shop Prints

Beautiful Decay

My favorite print of the new collection is the Grey Gardens print, named after the 70’s documentary of eccentric, reclusive socialites living in a house of squalor. I love the idea of controlled chaos— a wild and beautiful floral garden growing as if by magic, with the force of nature. The print was inspired by the techniques of Oriental painting but digital printing allows the print to be transferred to fabrics as varied as organza and leather. It’s a print of contrast: fragility and strength, ancient and modern, beauty and decay.

Shop Prints

05.29.14

Site We Love: Glutton For Life

Writer/reader/creative consultant/city mouse/country mouse Laura Silverman has a wonderful blog about embracing all of life’s goodness—— as she puts it, she loves:

sharing food with friends • reading while I eat • eating what I’ve grown • foraging in the wild • roaring fires in winter • swaying hammocks in summer • turning over a new leaf • puns, tongue-twisters & verbal vollies • pickles, cheese, bourbon & caramel • cooking for loved ones • linen sheets • food markets in foreign countries • movies • a good hike • ferns, peonies & scented geraniums • textiles • vetiver, sandalwood & myrrh • chiles, ginger & salt • (almost) anything smoked • yoga • picnics, cookouts & camping • Baroque music • flea markets & junk shops • exotic ingredients • afternoon naps • dinner parties • a well-packed suitcase • a bargain • waterfalls • poetry

I find it inspiring and informative, with innovative recipes and simple-pleasures done right, such as how to boil the perfect egg.  I’m also anxious to try the Grilled Pineapple Salsa (shown in the photo above) one summer weekend.

Glutton for Life

Site We Love: Glutton For Life

Writer/reader/creative consultant/city mouse/country mouse Laura Silverman has a wonderful blog about embracing all of life’s goodness—— as she puts it, she loves:

sharing food with friends • reading while I eat • eating what I’ve grown • foraging in the wild • roaring fires in winter • swaying hammocks in summer • turning over a new leaf • puns, tongue-twisters & verbal vollies • pickles, cheese, bourbon & caramel • cooking for loved ones • linen sheets • food markets in foreign countries • movies • a good hike • ferns, peonies & scented geraniums • textiles • vetiver, sandalwood & myrrh • chiles, ginger & salt • (almost) anything smoked • yoga • picnics, cookouts & camping • Baroque music • flea markets & junk shops • exotic ingredients • afternoon naps • dinner parties • a well-packed suitcase • a bargain • waterfalls • poetry

I find it inspiring and informative, with innovative recipes and simple-pleasures done right, such as how to boil the perfect egg.  I’m also anxious to try the Grilled Pineapple Salsa (shown in the photo above) one summer weekend.

Glutton for Life

05.18.14

Brooklyn Flea Market

I’m looking forward to spending some summer days at the Brooklyn Flea Market, always on the lookout for little treasures and oddities! For ideas of what to do during down time, please see my inspiration board all about relaxing and recharging with creativity and style:  the Perfect Weekend Pinterest board.

Brooklyn Flea Market

I’m looking forward to spending some summer days at the Brooklyn Flea Market, always on the lookout for little treasures and oddities! For ideas of what to do during down time, please see my inspiration board all about relaxing and recharging with creativity and style:  the Perfect Weekend Pinterest board.

05.08.14

Cecil Beaton

This beautiful Cecil Beaton photograph holds an immense power for me and sparked the design of my new summer collection. I love the simplicity and pride in this young man as well as the artistry of the photo itself, and although the collection does contain some beautiful floral prints and flowing whites, it’s the beauty in Mr. Beaton’s photograph and the integrity of the young subject that I strive for when I design. I hope you enjoy.

See the Summer Collection

See my Pinterest board, Inspiration

Cecil Beaton

This beautiful Cecil Beaton photograph holds an immense power for me and sparked the design of my new summer collection. I love the simplicity and pride in this young man as well as the artistry of the photo itself, and although the collection does contain some beautiful floral prints and flowing whites, it’s the beauty in Mr. Beaton’s photograph and the integrity of the young subject that I strive for when I design. I hope you enjoy.

See the Summer Collection

See my Pinterest board, Inspiration

05.07.14

Frieze Art Fair New York

This weekend at Randall Island: the Frieze Contemporary Art Fair. Photo by Iwan Baan.

Frieze Art Fair New York

Frieze Art Fair New York

This weekend at Randall Island: the Frieze Contemporary Art Fair. Photo by Iwan Baan.

Frieze Art Fair New York

05.04.14

contemporaryartdaily:

Group Show at Marc Foxx

If in Los Angeles check out this show!

contemporaryartdaily:

Group Show at Marc Foxx

If in Los Angeles check out this show!

04.29.14

Bill Cunningham: Facades

Legendary New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham is showing a series of photographs documenting fashion in the city at the New York Historical Society, a must-see exhibition.  Mr. Cunningham is such a gentleman and so passionate about fashion, photography, culture, people; he is one of the original ‘street style’ photographers.  His “On The Street” feature in the Sunday New York Times is always such a joy.  (One of my favorite “New York” moments was picnicking in Battery Park with my husband in the 90’s, and being approached by this kind man asking to take our photograph, I don’t think we made the paper but it’s a photograph I wish I had today!) 
Bill Cunningham: Facades

Bill Cunningham: Facades

Legendary New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham is showing a series of photographs documenting fashion in the city at the New York Historical Society, a must-see exhibition.  Mr. Cunningham is such a gentleman and so passionate about fashion, photography, culture, people; he is one of the original ‘street style’ photographers.  His “On The Street” feature in the Sunday New York Times is always such a joy.  (One of my favorite “New York” moments was picnicking in Battery Park with my husband in the 90’s, and being approached by this kind man asking to take our photograph, I don’t think we made the paper but it’s a photograph I wish I had today!)


Bill Cunningham: Facades

04.27.14

Site We Love: Oh-SoPretty

Talk about tasteful! Oh-SoPretty is an inspirational blog about design, minimalism, neutral tones, and a whole lotta white space.

Oh-SoPretty

Site We Love: Oh-SoPretty

Talk about tasteful! Oh-SoPretty is an inspirational blog about design, minimalism, neutral tones, and a whole lotta white space.

Oh-SoPretty

04.22.14

Woman We Love: Edith Wharton
One of my favorite writers is Edith Wharton (b.1862- d.1937) writer of such classics as The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth. Her graceful prose is rich on characterization, atmosphere, observation and wit — a reader is immersed into the worlds she creates, intimate with the heroines she creates. The characterizations of her heroines are embedded in my brain and I like the women I design for to aspire to live life as such: grand, with passion, style and grace.
For some of Edith Wharton’s most memorable quotes as depicted styled her modern-day heroines, please see the Black Tie Collection lookbook, Literally Lovely.

Woman We Love: Edith Wharton

One of my favorite writers is Edith Wharton (b.1862- d.1937) writer of such classics as The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth. Her graceful prose is rich on characterization, atmosphere, observation and wit — a reader is immersed into the worlds she creates, intimate with the heroines she creates. The characterizations of her heroines are embedded in my brain and I like the women I design for to aspire to live life as such: grand, with passion, style and grace.

For some of Edith Wharton’s most memorable quotes as depicted styled her modern-day heroines, please see the Black Tie Collection lookbook, Literally Lovely.

04.21.14

Jean Paul Gaultier
If you’re in London, you must see the Jean-Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Barbican! I saw the show last fall at the Brooklyn Museum and was amazed.   I’ve always admired Gaultier and his designs, and the show is beautifully-executed reminder of his creativity, wit and influence.

Jean Paul Gaultier

If you’re in London, you must see the Jean-Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Barbican! I saw the show last fall at the Brooklyn Museum and was amazed.   I’ve always admired Gaultier and his designs, and the show is beautifully-executed reminder of his creativity, wit and influence.