Friday, April 29, 2016

Tiffany 2016 Blue Book Collection: The Art of Transformation

earrings of cushion cut tanzanites with fish of round diamonds and blue caprian elbaite tourmalines ($50,000) / octopus brooch of a baroque pearl with round diamonds and sapphires ($155,000) / cuff of round diamonds ($275,000)

Following up on last year's "Art of the Sea" theme, the Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Collection turns its attention to the wider natural world for 2016. Dubbed "The Art of Transformation," this year's Blue Book once again plumbs the depths of the ocean with watery blue and green jewels, then returns to shore with decadent diamonds in earth tones.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Leather in Marquetry by Loewe

Loewe leather marquetry

I'm still catching up on the news from Milan last week, but one thing is clear: Fashion houses killed it at Salone del Mobile. Between the Marni Ballhaus Colombian collection, Berluti's dressing stations, and inspiring presentations by Nike, Tod's and COS, there were plenty of fashion/design crossovers to go around. My favorite? The Marquetry in Leather collection by Lowe with its modern take on traditional craft.

Led by Loewe creative director Jonathan Anderson, the collection involved laying colorful fragments of leather onto furniture for a painterly effect with varying textures. This painstaking marquetry process is informed by traditional bookbinding and woodworking and can be seen in the video below. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Colored Glass is Having a Moment at Salone del Mobile

iridescent tables kukka
iridescent tables kukka
iridescent tables kukka
Spectra collection by Kukka Studio

Just two days into Salone del Mobile 2016, and colored glass is already proving to be a major trend at Milan's annual orgy of furniture and home design. Some of the design world's superstars are making their marks with the material, as is a fellow Israeli who's won my heart with her luminescent tables.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Spring Stripes

spring stripes fashion
clockwise from top left: dress / pants / ruffle top / sweater / espadrilles / one shoulder top /  flounce top & skirt / watch / swimsuit 

The bolder the better for stripes this springhorizontal, vertical and every which way. Not a classic Breton shirt in sight! Click the photo captions to shop, and scroll through more striped options in the widget below.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Midweek Covet: Embroidered Cutout Maillot by Cynthia Rowley

illusion one-piece swimsuit
illusion one-piece swimsuit
Cynthia Rowley Embroidered Cutout Low Scoop Maillot ($225)

I guess I've been on an embroidery kick lately, but this stitching in particular seems to have magical waist-whittling properties. Every girl needs a good one-piece bathing suit, and this little navy and red number by Cynthia Rowley looks about as flattering as flattering can be. The illusion of a slimmer waist comes courtesy of those embroidered dots and their oh-so-strategic placement, while the low scoopneck keeps things classic. The one-piece swimsuit is available in graphic black and white, too.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Westward Leaning 2016 Campaign by Todd Norwood

westward leaning sunglasses
westward leaning sunglasses
westward leaning sunglasses

I nearly lost my favorite sunglasses last week, a beloved pair of Persols I've had for years. I showed up at the seaside restaurant where I'd left them on the table days earlier and was shocked, and even a little disappointed, to get them back.

Why disappointed? Well, I've been coveting a pair of Westward Leaning sunglasses, with their colorful mirrored lenses, for a while now and saw my lost sunnies as the perfect excuse to indulge. A striking new campaign from the California brand, shot and styled by photographer Todd Norwood, might just push me over the edge.

Monday, March 28, 2016

COS x HAY Spring 2016 Collection

cos hay collaboration
cos hay collaboration
cos hay collaboration
[photos via Dezeen]

Scandinavian superstars Hay (the Danish home furnishings brand) and COS (the Swedish fashion label) have expanded their collaborative line for spring with homewares in tone-on-tone sorbet shades that look sweet enough to eat. The hues of blue, pink and green pair with cork and blond wood accents in the COS X HAY collection comprising furniture, lighting, desk accessories, rugs and more.