I'm sure you have heard me ramble on about Valentino here before, it was only a few months ago I was swooning over ALL of the pieces in their pre-fall collection. Well, does it surprise you then that they managed to give me that same effect, with the showing of the f/w 2014 collection in Paris yesterday? I'm not surprised really, they just bring it, every time. Again, and again. Pure timeless beauty, glorious fabrics and attention to details. The tailored elegance is a guarantee, and this time we can add leather to the list, and some playful pops of color- perfection! I am just dying over that colorful diamond pattern leather coat, no?
Though winter is well on it’s way out, there might still be a chance for me to share these shots with you before they miss the bus!
These looks were shot a few months back on a chilly December day in Arizona (imagine that?). Stacia Lugo (friend + photographer) and I walked off a delicious lunch around the downtown streets of Tucson, and decided to grab some snaps of my casual chic ensemble. Well... really the highlight of my look was these dope Navajo print Nike kicks, my hubs picked up for me back in September of last year. They finally had a chance in a proper photograph, how very desert proper they are.
I have been a long admirier of the mid century work of artists Alexander Calder, who is credited as part of the modernists movement. I have a curious interest in his life and work, but lately he has been on my radar more often due to the current exhibition at the LACMA, (which I plan on attending before it ends in July 2014).
I am quite fascinated with his iconic and Avant-garde circle of insider artist friends (who included Georgia O'Keeffe + Peggy Guggenheim). And also the modern kinetic abstract mobiles + sculptures that seem so simple, yet so complicated, only an engineer (he so happened to be one) would completely understand it's working components.
Another chapter of his life that was quite thrilling, were his jewelry making years. His handful of jewelry and metal work are considered highly collectable and rare, making only 1,800 pieces entirely by hand. He rarely used solder in his pieces and almost always conjoined using the rivet or wrapping process, using metals like silver, copper + brass. His oversize statement pieces are simple, but striking and most have a very chic modernist appeal to them, they can be viewed as a piece of wearable surrealism art. I just want to hold one in my hands, since owning one is most likely out of the question and budget (they have auctioned off for upwards of $500,000).
Alexander Calder found beauty in the things that we often overlook using industrial materials and scraps. He was definitely ahead of his time being that his most significant pieces were created before 1945. I recently took a jewelry making class at my local community college, it's something I have wanted to pin down for a while now and finally made the time for it. A few of the pieces I made in class were also created with a rivet process (inspired by Calder). I just love the handmade feeling it gives off and have a whole new appreciation for this craft all the way around.
Some influencial women of style graced with Alexander Calder pieces included:
I came across these images on the Visual Optimism blog recently and just had to share! Black and white images are always so iconic and aesthetically pleasing. Just throw in the chic and simply effortless style of the French dressed, and you have these beautiful images of Drake Burnette by Will Davidson for Vogue Australia below. Not a bad way to start a Monday, inspired!
When it comes to the collections on the runway, Valentino never ceases to put me in a state of swoon. Every piece in the collection is always just simply beautiful. The attention to detail and the craft of perfect tailoring are to be expected, but it never lets down, ever. Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino just nail it every time, they truly understand the structure and art of fashion and the timeless beauty and grace of it on women. They just make it flow effortlessly collection after collection.
I am in love with just about every piece of the pre-fall 2014 collection, but couldn’t fit them all here, so here are ten that are at the top of the list. Although anything from the collection would suit just fine (*sigh* one of these days....).
A few months ago I worked with my amazing crew to produce this editorial, Gold Dust Woman. It is a bohemian fashion story, that boasts the underlining of chic style, surrounded by the beauty of music, art, and the free spirit.