November 11, 2006
August 3, 2006
July 30, 2006
What better inspiration than nature, and more specifically the ocean? Hawaiian jewelry designer Jennifer Binney of Moea makes beautiful jewelry with oceanic influences, very simple and poetic, naturally.
I have been admiring this ring from afar for over a year, but haven’t purchased it for a reservation about buying jewelry for oneself (I’ve put it in the shopping cart, unloaded and loaded a couple times…) For some reason, a hundred dollar barrier comes up when buying jewelry for myself, as if anything more extravagant would be construed as a sign of vanity or flagrant consumption.
Other things, I don’t fret over, but the significance of jewelry for some reason strikes me as a sacred purchase, only to be exercised on special occasions: an engagement, a birthday, a reward for reaching a big milestone, etc. I feel as though I could only possibly enjoy and deserve this gorgeous piece if I were to really work for it -though I have a couple big goals in mind that, should I achieve, perhaps then I would be so deserving.
July 26, 2006
I saw a petite, heavily pregnant young woman walking around the neighborhood in this dress. The drape of the dress was amazing and she, bra-less, wearing white canvas slip-ons and sporting heavy bangs, was just the picture of beauty. Though it was a hot and humid day, she looked amazing.
That’s the thing with Filippa K (no doubt compounded by the fact that this girl was wearing it well), whether it be the dead of winter or the height of summer, her stuff always looks fresh.
A longtime devotee of the line, I appreciate Filippa for the following reasons:
- The clothes fit well and flatter, use quality fabrics, and have a long life (the trousers are nice and masculine, and she makes a mean winter coat);
- The prints are unique. Case in point: I spotted a shirt with a beautiful peacock print in Copenhagen in the fall of 2002, stalked it for a season, didn’t buy and always regretted. The print haunted me until finally one day last winter the shirt crossed my path again (eBay) and now lovingly hangs in my closet. Needless to say, the print was a memorable one;
- Having signed up to receive their catalogue in 2002, I without fail continue to receive them the beginning of every fall and spring -something small that speaks of the brand’s consistency and reliability.
I’ve actively had to seek out Filippa wares upon returning from Europe as the line isn’t widely available in North America – but with Want Agency heading up distribution here, that is slowly changing. With little advertising and press, the brand has been growing into a mini-empire; and with an underlying philosophy of simplicity and longevity in the clothes, it should continue to flourish. This is friendly fashion.
July 19, 2006
(Acne Jeans hep raw)
Barneys Coop is having a huge sale on select women’s and men’s Acne styles, but sizes are quite limited. $59-$89 for some Acne, anyone? They really go a bum good. (If you don’t try before you buy, these jeans run quite small so consider ordering 1-2 sizes up).
Read JC Report’s interview with the North American brand manager here – she even explains why they cost what they do – ie. the tailoring, made in Italy. Their cuts have always been superior; they look great on guys and girls, and the rear pockets are large and very flattering. For girls, the “Hep” and “Hex” are the classic standards, but I am quite taken with their “Hug” style – though the carrot silhouette probably fits a very particular bodytype (tall and slim) best.
Though Acne denim has garnered a great deal of attention in recent years, their entire collection of men’s and women’s clothing, and expanding footwear and accessories collections also mirror all their jeans are – well cut, well made, both classic and unusual.
July 1, 2006
For a limited time, these Pierre Hardy wedges (and all the spring/summer clothing) will be $407.50 (50% off) at Aloharag.com. Love their bi-annual big sales.