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The Fashion Watch

This will make you really want an Apple Watch.

I’m not the kind of person that has to have the latest and greatest tech accessory (I have an iPhone 5C, which I call my “Fisher-Price phone” and I have no plans of ditching it any time soon) but if these imagined Apple Watch designs were to ever become a reality, I would be the first person waiting in line (which means, I would need to get in line now, right?).

I’m torn between the Chanel and the Vuitton. Come on Apple, make these happen!

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Finz Lo was commissioned by High Snobiety to create these illustrations of high fashion versions of the Apple Watch.


By alex

The Fashion Watch

This will make you really want an Apple Watch.

I’m not the kind of person that has to have the latest and greatest tech accessory (I have an iPhone 5C, which I call my “Fisher-Price phone” and I have no plans of ditching it any time soon) but if these imagined Apple Watch designs were to ever become a reality, I would be the first person waiting in line (which means, I would need to get in line now, right?).

I’m torn between the Chanel and the Vuitton. Come on Apple, make these happen!

finz-lo-watch_awang1

finz-lo-watch_givenchy

finz-lo-watch_lv

finz-lo-watch_mmm

Finz Lo was commissioned by High Snobiety to create these illustrations of high fashion versions of the Apple Watch.


By alex

City Greys

Taking inspiration from the city (Paris of course!)…

…and shopping for soft greys this weekend. See more on my Pinterest!


By admin

City Greys

Taking inspiration from the city (Paris of course!)…

…and shopping for soft greys this weekend. See more on my Pinterest!


By admin

The Del Val #33

Do your closet, the environment, and yourself some good in one simple action.

They’ll never stop coming and they’re largely taken for granted, but obituaries don’t write themselves. She has produced over 1200 of them and one is never like another.

This man travels. A lot. When he provides travel advice, you take heed.

“Oh, you’re a celebrity? PLEASE share some of your spotlight with me on social media. Pretty please?”

Admittedly neither of us has been into toys, sorry, collectible figures, since we were children, but wow, have advancements been made in creating likenesses to film characters and props!

For a long time we’ve been meaning to say how much we like the design and cultural references these three routinely make “In the Air” for T magazine. Go through the archive and you’re sure to see something that delights your eye.

“Nowadays, if you don’t have a tattoo, people think you’re square.” Those who don’t blindly follow the pack today know it’s just the opposite, but still, an interesting look at culture right this very minute.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

The Del Val #33

Do your closet, the environment, and yourself some good in one simple action.

They’ll never stop coming and they’re largely taken for granted, but obituaries don’t write themselves. She has produced over 1200 of them and one is never like another.

This man travels. A lot. When he provides travel advice, you take heed.

“Oh, you’re a celebrity? PLEASE share some of your spotlight with me on social media. Pretty please?”

Admittedly neither of us has been into toys, sorry, collectible figures, since we were children, but wow, have advancements been made in creating likenesses to film characters and props!

For a long time we’ve been meaning to say how much we like the design and cultural references these three routinely make “In the Air” for T magazine. Go through the archive and you’re sure to see something that delights your eye.

“Nowadays, if you don’t have a tattoo, people think you’re square.” Those who don’t blindly follow the pack today know it’s just the opposite, but still, an interesting look at culture right this very minute.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

The Flower Market, Part 2

As promised!! A few more photos from the beautiful Marni pop-up!

The Flower Market, Part 1

At the end of Milan Fashion Week, Marni hosted a one day pop-up flower market at Rotonda della Besana in honor of their 20th anniversary…

My Carry-On

Ahhhh my carry-on…

I already told you I was able to minimize my packing for this fashion week, but my carry-on is the same every season. It’s the most important bag I pack every trip, because inside I have my camera, my computer, and all of the essentials for getting me through a long flight…. So, here are a few of them!

Eye mask: So I can get a little bit of rest– this one is extra comfy on the eyes!

Headphones: They are noise cancelling, so when I am sleeping (or watching a movie) it’s perfect.

Cashmere scarf & socks: I always get SO cold on planes (which I hate) so I always pack a big cozy wrap. And a pair of socks to go with it!

Beauty products: I try to keep this pretty minimal. In here I keep some lipbalm, face lotion, hand cream, an eye serum, hand sanitizer and a red lipstick for when I get to my destination.

A snack: Sometimes that airplane food is well…not the best… so I try to have a healthy snack with me (okay and I also bring some chocolate…)

What are some of your carry-on essentials?

Suitcase, Rimowa; Eye mask, Muji; Scarf and socks, White + Warren; Pouch, Comme de Garçons; Passport cover, Smythson; Headphones, Monster; Avène Eau Thermale; Face Lotion, Kahina Giving Beauty; All About Eyes Serum, Clinique.


By admin

My Carry-On

Ahhhh my carry-on…

I already told you I was able to minimize my packing for this fashion week, but my carry-on is the same every season. It’s the most important bag I pack every trip, because inside I have my camera, my computer, and all of the essentials for getting me through a long flight…. So, here are a few of them!

Eye mask: So I can get a little bit of rest– this one is extra comfy on the eyes!

Headphones: They are noise cancelling, so when I am sleeping (or watching a movie) it’s perfect.

Cashmere scarf & socks: I always get SO cold on planes (which I hate) so I always pack a big cozy wrap. And a pair of socks to go with it!

Beauty products: I try to keep this pretty minimal. In here I keep some lipbalm, face lotion, hand cream, an eye serum, hand sanitizer and a red lipstick for when I get to my destination.

A snack: Sometimes that airplane food is well…not the best… so I try to have a healthy snack with me (okay and I also bring some chocolate…)

What are some of your carry-on essentials?

Suitcase, Rimowa; Eye mask, Muji; Scarf and socks, White + Warren; Pouch, Comme de Garçons; Passport cover, Smythson; Headphones, Monster; Avène Eau Thermale; Face Lotion, Kahina Giving Beauty; All About Eyes Serum, Clinique.


By admin

A Day With Lisa

This fashion week, we thought it would be fun to follow a some of our favorite people around to see what fashion week looks like through their eyes (you already know what it’s like for us!)– so here is Lisa, she is a buyer for Opening Ceremony here in New York. Here is what her fashion week looks like…

Tell us how you start your days during fashion week? Coffee? Tea? A favorite spot?

I start my days with a few emails before heading to The Smile To Go [Editor's Note: This is right around the corner from our office too, and we go all the time...] for coffee. It’s across the street from the store, and most days I’ll walk through the store to check on the new season deliveries before heading out to appointments and shows.

How do you plan your day with all the shows and buying appointments?

We have to ensure we have a well thought out schedule and have appointments next to each other rather than heading in too many different directions. During market it can get crazy with our appointments, as well as attending the shows for our current brands and the new brands on our radar, but I work within a great team and we divide and conquer.

I don’t think people are as trend driven in New York, everyone seems to have such a strong sense of style and individuality.

How do you make a selection for your buy? What are you looking for? Are there certain colors for next spring or specific styles?

I have the customer in my head and think about why they would buy it, where they would wear it to, if it would be accessible to them, etc. I try to trust my instincts and be decisive, stick with my initial thought process. It’s a business as well as a creative process, instead cherry picking the ‘best’ styles, I’m analyzing what has worked in the past and understanding the customer. There are so many different ways a collection can be edited, and sometimes it’s immediately obvious when I see the collection how I want the rail to look in store.

I don’t think people are as trend driven in New York, everyone seems to have such a strong sense of style and individuality. At least that is what I see amongst our customers and co-workers. When I think about trends, it’ll be about new shapes rather than big overriding themes.

Do you have a favorite part about being a buyer?

I love working with creative, passionate people. Working with young emerging designers is very inspiring, they are so passionate about what they do and often have a very strong individual viewpoint. It makes my job very fulfilling to give some direction to the young brands that are super creative but might need some advice in building their business and commerciality.

How do you find new designers? Is going to their shows or presentations important?

There’s a real mix of us going to every showroom, new presentations and then also getting emails from new brands. We get a ton of look books sent every season and open every one that’s sent, not wanting to miss out on anything. Sometimes there’s an instant feeling of knowing you’ve opened something special and unique and there’s excitement before even seeing the collection in person.

Working with young emerging designers is very inspiring, they are so passionate about what they do and often have a very strong individual viewpoint.

Is every day as crazy as the last or do you get a break? Where do you go to relax?

I do get a break in New York, it isn’t until Paris market when it gets really intense with no time to switch off. My new favorite place to relax in New York is Great Jones Spa – I’d spend every free moment I had in there if I could. This fashion week I was limited to a Sunday morning massage, rejuvenated for the week ahead and the month ahead of traveling!

What’s a the funniest/best/weirdest/coolest thing that’s happened so far this fashion week?

The OC play was the funniest/best/weirdest/coolest thing. It’s amazing to work for a company that is constantly reinventing and questioning the status quo.

A Day With Lisa

This fashion week, we thought it would be fun to follow a some of our favorite people around to see what fashion week looks like through their eyes (you already know what it’s like for us!)– so here is Lisa, she is a buyer for Opening Ceremony here in New York. Here is what her fashion week looks like…

Tell us how you start your days during fashion week? Coffee? Tea? A favorite spot?

I start my days with a few emails before heading to The Smile To Go [Editor's Note: This is right around the corner from our office too, and we go all the time...] for coffee. It’s across the street from the store, and most days I’ll walk through the store to check on the new season deliveries before heading out to appointments and shows.

How do you plan your day with all the shows and buying appointments?

We have to ensure we have a well thought out schedule and have appointments next to each other rather than heading in too many different directions. During market it can get crazy with our appointments, as well as attending the shows for our current brands and the new brands on our radar, but I work within a great team and we divide and conquer.

I don’t think people are as trend driven in New York, everyone seems to have such a strong sense of style and individuality.

How do you make a selection for your buy? What are you looking for? Are there certain colors for next spring or specific styles?

I have the customer in my head and think about why they would buy it, where they would wear it to, if it would be accessible to them, etc. I try to trust my instincts and be decisive, stick with my initial thought process. It’s a business as well as a creative process, instead cherry picking the ‘best’ styles, I’m analyzing what has worked in the past and understanding the customer. There are so many different ways a collection can be edited, and sometimes it’s immediately obvious when I see the collection how I want the rail to look in store.

I don’t think people are as trend driven in New York, everyone seems to have such a strong sense of style and individuality. At least that is what I see amongst our customers and co-workers. When I think about trends, it’ll be about new shapes rather than big overriding themes.

Do you have a favorite part about being a buyer?

I love working with creative, passionate people. Working with young emerging designers is very inspiring, they are so passionate about what they do and often have a very strong individual viewpoint. It makes my job very fulfilling to give some direction to the young brands that are super creative but might need some advice in building their business and commerciality.

How do you find new designers? Is going to their shows or presentations important?

There’s a real mix of us going to every showroom, new presentations and then also getting emails from new brands. We get a ton of look books sent every season and open every one that’s sent, not wanting to miss out on anything. Sometimes there’s an instant feeling of knowing you’ve opened something special and unique and there’s excitement before even seeing the collection in person.

Working with young emerging designers is very inspiring, they are so passionate about what they do and often have a very strong individual viewpoint.

Is every day as crazy as the last or do you get a break? Where do you go to relax?

I do get a break in New York, it isn’t until Paris market when it gets really intense with no time to switch off. My new favorite place to relax in New York is Great Jones Spa – I’d spend every free moment I had in there if I could. This fashion week I was limited to a Sunday morning massage, rejuvenated for the week ahead and the month ahead of traveling!

What’s a the funniest/best/weirdest/coolest thing that’s happened so far this fashion week?

The OC play was the funniest/best/weirdest/coolest thing. It’s amazing to work for a company that is constantly reinventing and questioning the status quo.

The Icons Party

During NYFW (which seems like forever ago but really wasn’t that long ago…)

We ventured to The Plaza Hotel for the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS party. The party was in celebration of the shoot Carine Roitfeld did for the magazine, featuring basically everyone in fashion (okay, 30 people like Lauren Hutton, Cindy Crawford, Gigi Hadid and Brooke Shields…all wearing fishnets in someway…) and Lady Gaga was slated to perform a jazz set in honor of her new album with Tony Bennett. The dress code was black tie (I wore a jumpsuit, modern black tie, right?) and Erik looked pretty spiffy in a suit and tie. This is what happened (aka this is what I wrote in my phone throughout the night)…

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8:30 PM: Erik and I arrive at The Plaza and join a line of true paparazzi celebrity photographers for check in. Each of them has brought with them their own stool. We missed the BYO stool memo but have our fingers crossed that it means we can still get some good red carpet photos. We feel a little bit like Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic…

9:00 PM: The red carpet arrivals being. The carpet is actually black. Erik takes his place in the photo pit and I’m in a line up with editors from all the weekly tabloids. They are all studying a printed out book of faces. The original Facebook?

9:08 PM: Lauren Hutton arrives wearing leggings. Leggings. My jumpsuit immediately feels a lot less modern. So now I feel like I don’t know anything about anything. Spend next few minutes thinking about how I wish I was wearing leggings…

9:10 PM: Interview Lauren Hutton (if I told you how much I was sweating you wouldn’t believe me). She tells me she still doesn’t really know what a modern icon is. Well Lauren, I think you’re one.

9:12 PM: Donatella hits the carpet. Shit gets crazy.

9:14PM: A lot of people I don’t know on the carpet. Socialites? Long lost Kardashian family members? I overhear someone say one of them has a single coming out if we want to talk with her. No one does.

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9:20 PM: I’m trying to give Erik the heads up when someone cool is coming his way, so we start trying to communicate through sign language. Turns out Erik only knows enough to spell “Joe” as in Joe Jonas. Yeah, Joe Jonas is here.

9:36 PM: The star of the evening, Lady Gaga arrives and shares the carpet with Carine Roitfeld and Brooke Shields. Paparazzi wet dream (can I say wet dream?).

9:40 PM: The paparazzi scream so loud at these celebrities, you would think that someone had just killed a puppy. I’m talking bloodcurdling screams. I’m starting to get a little scared.

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9:42 PM: Ah friends on the carpet! Aurélie, Laure and Laura Brown take a walk.

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10:00 PM: I’ve determined that Karolína Kurková is too beautiful for words.

10:16 PM: Kendall (Jenner) arrives. She looks great. It’s not as big of a wet dream (sorry!) as I expected. I stepped on the train of her dress. It’s all okay. The end.

10:19 PM: Linda Evangelista. Get really excited when she comes over to talk to us. The girl next to me asks her a lot of questions about her birth plan. Really? Her birth plan?

10:28 PM: A small French bulldog appears on the carpet. I’m not sure who the owner is, but a girl asked me take her photo with it and now it’s just on my iPhone. So… TMZ you want it?

[I later find out that the dog belongs to Gaga. Celebrity dogs are the new celebrities??]

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10:35 PM: Erik and I decide to head into the event, we’ve reached full red carpet capacity (and my feet are starting to hurt). Inside we get squeezed between Tyson Beckford and his girlfriend/wife/model/friend. We act annoyed (“Ugh excuse you, Tyson!”) but it was probably the best part of the night. Erik says his breath smells like peppermint and sex.

10:50 PM: We make our way to the stage to catch the performance by Lady Gaga. She’s doing a jazz set tonight in honor of her new album with Tony Bennett. We dance to the DJ and sneak out passed hors d’oeuvres (mini lobster rolls pass by, just out of reach).

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11:30 PM: Gaga goes on and it’s amazing. She’s meant for jazz.

12:30 AM: We find Garance through the crowd and spend the next hour dancing our faces off. Can every fashion week start this way?


By alex

The Icons Party

During NYFW (which seems like forever ago but really wasn’t that long ago…)

We ventured to The Plaza Hotel for the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS party. The party was in celebration of the shoot Carine Roitfeld did for the magazine, featuring basically everyone in fashion (okay, 30 people like Lauren Hutton, Cindy Crawford, Gigi Hadid and Brooke Shields…all wearing fishnets in someway…) and Lady Gaga was slated to perform a jazz set in honor of her new album with Tony Bennett. The dress code was black tie (I wore a jumpsuit, modern black tie, right?) and Erik looked pretty spiffy in a suit and tie. This is what happened (aka this is what I wrote in my phone throughout the night)…

harpers-bazaar-icons-party_garance-dore_3__

8:30 PM: Erik and I arrive at The Plaza and join a line of true paparazzi celebrity photographers for check in. Each of them has brought with them their own stool. We missed the BYO stool memo but have our fingers crossed that it means we can still get some good red carpet photos. We feel a little bit like Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic…

9:00 PM: The red carpet arrivals being. The carpet is actually black. Erik takes his place in the photo pit and I’m in a line up with editors from all the weekly tabloids. They are all studying a printed out book of faces. The original Facebook?

9:08 PM: Lauren Hutton arrives wearing leggings. Leggings. My jumpsuit immediately feels a lot less modern. So now I feel like I don’t know anything about anything. Spend next few minutes thinking about how I wish I was wearing leggings…

9:10 PM: Interview Lauren Hutton (if I told you how much I was sweating you wouldn’t believe me). She tells me she still doesn’t really know what a modern icon is. Well Lauren, I think you’re one.

9:12 PM: Donatella hits the carpet. Shit gets crazy.

9:14PM: A lot of people I don’t know on the carpet. Socialites? Long lost Kardashian family members? I overhear someone say one of them has a single coming out if we want to talk with her. No one does.

harpers-bazaar-icons-party_garance-dore_7__

9:20 PM: I’m trying to give Erik the heads up when someone cool is coming his way, so we start trying to communicate through sign language. Turns out Erik only knows enough to spell “Joe” as in Joe Jonas. Yeah, Joe Jonas is here.

9:36 PM: The star of the evening, Lady Gaga arrives and shares the carpet with Carine Roitfeld and Brooke Shields. Paparazzi wet dream (can I say wet dream?).

9:40 PM: The paparazzi scream so loud at these celebrities, you would think that someone had just killed a puppy. I’m talking bloodcurdling screams. I’m starting to get a little scared.

harpers-bazaar-icons-party_garance-dore_5__

9:42 PM: Ah friends on the carpet! Aurélie, Laure and Laura Brown take a walk.

harpers-bazaar-icons-party_garance-dore_6__

10:00 PM: I’ve determined that Karolína Kurková is too beautiful for words.

10:16 PM: Kendall (Jenner) arrives. She looks great. It’s not as big of a wet dream (sorry!) as I expected. I stepped on the train of her dress. It’s all okay. The end.

10:19 PM: Linda Evangelista. Get really excited when she comes over to talk to us. The girl next to me asks her a lot of questions about her birth plan. Really? Her birth plan?

10:28 PM: A small French bulldog appears on the carpet. I’m not sure who the owner is, but a girl asked me take her photo with it and now it’s just on my iPhone. So… TMZ you want it?

[I later find out that the dog belongs to Gaga. Celebrity dogs are the new celebrities??]

harpers-bazaar-icons-party_garance-dore_4__

10:35 PM: Erik and I decide to head into the event, we’ve reached full red carpet capacity (and my feet are starting to hurt). Inside we get squeezed between Tyson Beckford and his girlfriend/wife/model/friend. We act annoyed (“Ugh excuse you, Tyson!”) but it was probably the best part of the night. Erik says his breath smells like peppermint and sex.

10:50 PM: We make our way to the stage to catch the performance by Lady Gaga. She’s doing a jazz set tonight in honor of her new album with Tony Bennett. We dance to the DJ and sneak out passed hors d’oeuvres (mini lobster rolls pass by, just out of reach).

harpers-bazaar-icons-party_garance-dore_2__

11:30 PM: Gaga goes on and it’s amazing. She’s meant for jazz.

12:30 AM: We find Garance through the crowd and spend the next hour dancing our faces off. Can every fashion week start this way?


By alex

The Del Val #32

We’re guessing everyone has their phones out to take pictures when they walk through this “floored” rainbow.

Wow, this whole thing is made of wood! It opened a few weeks ago and you have a few more weeks before it’s gone.

The two films we are most excited for at the upcoming 52nd New York Film Festival: Clouds of Sils Maria and Listen Up Philip.

If you’ve been in NYC within the last decade you’ve almost certainly been on the corner of Bowery and Spring. You may have walked by one of the greatest pieces of real estate in the whole city and not even known it. Hurry up because it probably won’t stay looking like that for much longer.

A cult-favorite film from almost 30 years ago gets a new book giving all the details about the making of it and all that went on behind the scenes.

If you like beer and design you’d be thrilled to see these on shelves. But of course it’s not meant to be as beer packaging design is almost always uninspired. Still, one can dream.

In preparation for next week’s annual NY Art Book Fair, where the coolest people in the city will all gather, take a look at this equally cool feature the fair’s organizer has started.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

The Del Val #32

We’re guessing everyone has their phones out to take pictures when they walk through this “floored” rainbow.

Wow, this whole thing is made of wood! It opened a few weeks ago and you have a few more weeks before it’s gone.

The two films we are most excited for at the upcoming 52nd New York Film Festival: Clouds of Sils Maria and Listen Up Philip.

If you’ve been in NYC within the last decade you’ve almost certainly been on the corner of Bowery and Spring. You may have walked by one of the greatest pieces of real estate in the whole city and not even known it. Hurry up because it probably won’t stay looking like that for much longer.

A cult-favorite film from almost 30 years ago gets a new book giving all the details about the making of it and all that went on behind the scenes.

If you like beer and design you’d be thrilled to see these on shelves. But of course it’s not meant to be as beer packaging design is almost always uninspired. Still, one can dream.

In preparation for next week’s annual NY Art Book Fair, where the coolest people in the city will all gather, take a look at this equally cool feature the fair’s organizer has started.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

Aurélie’s New Store

Aurélie has opened up shop in Soho!!!

As you know, I love her work and I totally fell in love with her gem of a boutique in Paris – we even made a video about it. So when she told me she would open in New York, I immediately asked her if it would be possible to document each step as she got set up.

There are so many details to consider when you open a store – I got an idea of what it was like when we set up our pop up shop. The location, the space, the colors, the sounds (at Aurélie’s, it’s a mix of Brigitte Bardot, Elvis Presley, and 80s French pop), the traffic, the scents (here, it’s Frédéric Malle Rosa Rugosa).

Aurélie was telling me that what she likes most is going out to look for things to decorate her space. That pineapple on the shelf? She found it in a vintage boutique. We also went along with her to one of her favorite stores – The Future Perfect.

She collaborated with David Mann, MR Architecture + Decor, and Atelier Franck Durand, who she’s been working with for a long time, to create a 60s and 70s ambiance, with a hint of California in New York.

One of my favorite things is the magnificent fresco in the entry by Remed (you remember, he made the cover of Holiday Magazine).

…And the jewelry, of course ;)

Click on the arrows to see more images…

Aurélie Bidermann, 265 Lafayette Street, New York / Translated by Andrea Perdue

PS: Here is the video!

The Guest Editor

Le sigh, Marie-Amélie Sauvé is the guest editor of the new Self Service.

Alex has already reminded me 10 numerous times to bring her back a copy of the latest Self Service from Paris. I also can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. A girl who starts her career at French Vogue and is best friends with Nicolas Ghesquière (#NBD) ranks high on my I Want to Be Her list. I’m looking forward to seeing her creative process come to life in this new issue. Now I just have to pick my favorite cover…

The issue is out now… if you can find it!


By brie

The Guest Editor

Le sigh, Marie-Amélie Sauvé is the guest editor of the new Self Service.

Alex has already reminded me 10 numerous times to bring her back a copy of the latest Self Service from Paris. I also can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. A girl who starts her career at French Vogue and is best friends with Nicolas Ghesquière (#NBD) ranks high on my I Want to Be Her list. I’m looking forward to seeing her creative process come to life in this new issue. Now I just have to pick my favorite cover…

The issue is out now… if you can find it!


By brie

At the Farm

My friend Laura, who is an amazing stylist (we worked together with Joan Smalls for Estée Lauder, and she’s also Senior Editor at Large for Glamour) had been making me dream about her farm upstate for a little while.

“Come up and see us!!!” she kept saying.

So that’s what I did on Sunday and it was amazing.
Not only do Laura, her husband Fabio, and her son Matteo, have a real farm with chickens, vegetable fields, apple trees, honey bees, tractors, and well, pretty much everything – they are also making a little paradise out of it that people can go visit – even if you don’t know them.

What’s incredible is that the farm is kind of a project they fell into while they were looking for a house Upstate. They got really into it and started cleaning it up and planting, and today it’s become their passion project when they aren’t in New York working in fashion (Fabio is a photographer).

But it actually fits perfectly with Laura’s vision – to her, style goes beyond fashion – it’s how one lives their life and energy and the environment we create around us. I totally agree with her…

And because this is such a great project, people gather around it. Their friends Paola and Chicco make pizzas with vegetables from the farm on weekends. This weekend was so cool; Fabio’s mother baked, Laura’s mother was also visiting, everyone was speaking Italian – it was kind of paradise. You can have lunch there, eat an ice cream, pick raspberries and blackberries, meet lots of people, kids are running around everywhere, and you can take lots of organic goodies home with you.

If you’re in the area this season, go for it! It’s two hours away from New York, the drive is gorgeous, it’s the perfect season, everyone is so welcoming and the pizzas are to die for.

It’s exactly what I needed before taking off for Paris Fashion Week.

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Westwind Orchard, 215 Lower Whitfield Road, Accord, New York 12404 / 845.626.0659

The farm is open Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm. Pizza is served from 12pm-6pm.

Céline in Soho

If I had the time (but I’m at Starbucks in between two shows) I’d tell you the story of how Céline has been totally revamped ever since Phoebe Philo arrived, how the brand started over completely from scratch, how they perfectly orchestrated the way they would change their image, and the incredible impact Phoebe’s arrival had on the fashion world.

Nothing was left to chance, not even the things that take a long time to manage, like the redistribution and redesign of all their stores.

But anyway, you know all of that already, plus, I’m at Starbucks.

When Philo arrived, she basically tore down the wall papers of the existing stores – the blank walls gave the stores an unfinished look that worked so well, we all wondered if it was just Céline’s stores new signature style.

Then there was a wave of reopenings – and this store (which is right by our Studio, help!!!) is the first one I’ve seen with the new renovations.

The unfinished look is gone – everything has been carefully thought out down to the smallest details, from the (unbelievable) marble flooring to the natural furnishings, all the way up to the ceiling, which is made of layers and layers of flame retardant spray.

I love it, so I decided to go take some photos there the other day, and I think I’m going to copy the big plant idea (it’s the only thing I can actually copy, haha) for my new apartment.

So there you go – now I’m doomed to walk by this magnificence every morning and it’s going to be sweet torture.

Thanks to who? Thanks to Phoebe.

Céline, 67 Wooster Street, New York NY

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Translated by Andrea Perdue

This is our new design!

WELCOME TO THE NEW BLOG!!!!!!!!!!

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(Can you tell we are excited?!)

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We’ve been working for months on this new designs with our wonderful friends at Colorz (the best people ever, amazing pros, amazing humans – we’ve been working together for years and they never ever disappoint me) and we’ve been holding our breath to present it to you like it’s our new baby!!!

I wanted to take some time to talk to you about the changes you are seeing here and of course, if you have any questions or any issues, please let us know!

The Layout

Bigger, bolder images. My love for full blown images is not new, I even remember the day I updated this blog to be able to have big horizontal images, how new it was and how I got a few funny reactions about it.

I love it, and I wanted to take it a step further to allow the navigation to stay as exciting from the top to the bottom of the blog. We totally removed the sidebar, but you can find all the elements of navigation along the blog.
Of course, we kept the chronological navigation as it is. To me it’s what a blog supposed to be, a flow of posts that’s easy to follow, like a diary.

Post Layouts

To me, the blog is about telling stories, be it of style, of beauty or lifestyle – and I was starting to feel the urge to be able to present our posts in a way that would be more flattering for our images and storytelling. I’ve always been a lover of magazines and beautiful layouts, and if there is one thing that I can find frustrating with inline publishing, it’s the fact that it’s so complicated to play with it.

We’ve come up with a few great ideas and changes, you’ll be able to see that very soon and I really really hope you like it.

Mobile

The new site is optimized for your phones, your iPad, your tablet, EVERYTHING! This is really cool because I know I look at the blog a lot from my phone and I’m always pinching all over my screen to see everything that is happening. No more pinching! It’s still just as easy to find everything and 100x easier to read!

The Menu

I wanted to make a menu that was simple, but still showed you all of our latest content. You’ll see that our categories have stayed the same, it’s just a bit easier to navigate!

Contributors

Finally, you can really meet the team! The new contributors page gives you a look at the people who make up the Studio and what they do. We are going to be featuring more of our contributors on this page, so keep checking back. Also, you can now click on the name at the end of a post to see more all the posts written by them.

The Minis

Our minis posts are fast and fun, and they are what we are really talking about at the Studio. Now you’ll see them as part of a new grouping, you can scroll across to see the latest and also click through to see everything.

Newsletter Sign Up

Signing up for the newsletter is easier now with a new banner at the top of the blog or by clicking the sign up link here. We really love doing the newsletter and being able to share with you everything going on at the studio!

Garance Doré Goods

It’s now easier to shop for my stationery, posters and favorite items in Garance Doré Goods. You can also find a full list of stores worldwide that carry the stationery collection.

Okay!!! That’s it for the moment, let me know what you think!!!

The Del Val #30

Don’t forget to look up. We love clouds and are pleased to see we’re not the only ones!

You’ve heard of the Cronut, but what about the Cherpumple, Brookie, and Doughscuit?

We can’t wait for this new issue of Aperture, guest-edited by Inez & Vinoodh.

Always keep your eye on what Free People is doing, they’ve got their unique finger on the pulse of what cool girls want today. Wow, that sounded sponsored, it’s not, we really like their approach.

Far and away our favorite story from the September Interview, and perhaps our favorite of the year!

RO/LU is a name in the design world which should often be rolling off your tongue. See their two new shows here and here.

They file this under Education each week and they’re right, a unique opportunity to learn something new and important about fashion in under five minutes.

Feeling bad about abandoning your favorited tweets? If you want some assistance with your account this will help because don’t forget the winner today is the one who can access their myriad saved data the fastest.

Finally, a French bookstore in NYC. Let’s hope the imported prices aren’t as jacked up as at the last one we had.

RIP Joan Rivers, you were the absolute finest and always fearlessly told us the truth. We were lucky to hear from you for decades.

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Technically Speaking

The curse of the dying phone battery.

My phone dies all the time. Sure, it is probably because I am constantly trying to pass level 64 of Two Dots (where I have been stuck for OVER A MONTH), and maybe I refresh my Instagram every 45 seconds but I’m convinced my phone battery dies more often than all the other phone batteries. I’ve tried all of the tricks (taking down screen brightness, closing out of apps, turing off notifications, etc) but I still can’t get through a full day without needing to plug it in.

I try to remember to carry around an extra battery, but I usually forget to charge that battery. And I’m cautious about bringing my charger with me because I’m likely to leave it behind somewhere and then really have a problem. The other day Brie sent me a link to this new bracelet that charges your phone (you take it off, unclasp it and plug it in) and it really, actually looks like a bracelet when you’re wearing it (you know how some of those wearable tech accessories still look like you’re wearing a Gameboy on your wrist, as chic as they try to be)…

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Now I’m on a mission now to find something that will charge my phone, without taking up too much space and isn’t something that I will also forget to charge. Tall order, I know. Any advice?


By alex

The Del Val #29

US Open time here in New York and we know you’ve not forgotten about Andre Agassi.

You can’t escape Father Time and neither can Kobe Bryant. Here’s a preview of an eagerly anticipated documentary about his long road back to game-ready coming out later this year.

A recent Lunch with the Financial Times featured Mr Man of the World Jean Piggozi, and it reminded us how much we love his photo books, especially this old one, of which you should not hesitate to buy a good used copy here or wherever you find one at a price you like.

Who said all good design must be functional? We say there’s always room for clever little things which make us smile and see the world anew.

Staying on the clever tip, you already know Legos, and if you know movies (of which many of these you will recognize) you’re in for a cute treat.

We rejoice whenever Loïc Prigent has a new fashion film. Here’s a glimpse of his latest all about the goings-on at Fendi.

While we were in LA last week we were feeling all-Bret Easton Ellis all-the-time, listening to his podcasts in the car, buying his books, and rereading this great interview with him. And when we spotted Bret at one of our favorite restaurants, well, let’s just say Delphine had a hard time fully concentrating on her food, or her dinner companion!


By delphine and wes

At Narcissa

Narcissa has quickly become one of my favorite spots for a meal in New York, especially for brunch– which as you might know, is a big thing here in NY. For many of my friends, brunch is the most important meal of the week, whether it is low key or a total crazy mimosa party. Narcissa is more on the low key end of things (but you can get a pretty good mimosa!).

Not only do I love the food (and their desserts are to die for) but the atmosphere is easy and not too loud. I love to sit out in the backyard, it’s a total escape from the busy vibe just outside the restaurant on Bowery. The other day Janice and her husband, Andrew let us tag along on their brunch date!

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White Out

Ok, I confess! I didn’t watch the Emmys…

I did spend a decent amount of time searching the hashtag #emmys2014 on Instagram* to see what everyone was wearing. After 237,485 photos of Julia Roberts in her leg lengthening short dress (by Elie Saab) and red dresses aplenty, the elegant and surprisingly not bride-like ladies in white won spots as my favorites.

Did you watch? Who was your favorite?

From left to right: Kate Mara, Allison Williams and Michelle Monaghan.

*which led me to many OITNB profiles. Hey Piper! Hi Crazy Eyes!


By brie

Summer Recap

It’s the end of the summer, so it’s time for my summer recap, because I miss summer already* and the only way to make summer last a little longer is to talk about summer.

What? I repeated the word “summer” five times in the same sentence?
Yep. As we say in France, when you love something, you don’t count. So here we go, RECAP.

This summer, I…

Was a judge for Project Runway.

It was kind of unbelievable, I agree.

Finding myself on the panel of such a cult show with such famous presenters like Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen and Heidi Klum (super nice) could have stressed me out to death, but I did what I usually do in those situations: I pretend no one is watching me and promise myself not to watch the show afterward so it’s like it never happened.

It’s kind of ostrich behavior, I agree. But it worked!!! I even managed to say a few words without throwing up my snack (sorry for the visual). So, not bad, right?

Plus, I got the cutest text message in the world from my sister Sacha, who’s 20 years old and not afraid to say it like it is. I say, thank you Project Runway for making my sister Sacha very, very proud ;)

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[Translation
Sacha: So you're going to be on a show??? That's huge!!
Me: Yep, it's true. Project Runway.
Sacha: FUCK That's huggeeeee
You didn't tell me!!
You are truly the pride of the family
Soon the city pride
More like national
Me: Ahahaha thank you!!]

Got me some highlights.

Remember when I cut my hair and said that now I would be brave enough to try anything and that my next thing would be to go platinum blonde?
I lied.

I almost did it, though. I went to Clyde’s hoping for sunny highlights (“Put lots of sunshine in my hair, Clyde. Clyde, I want to be blonde!!!”) and when I saw his deer-in-the-headlights look, I lost a little bit of enthusiasm. He suggested that we do caramel highlights instead, which I accepted without hesitation since I love caramel (salted butter caramel).

A little later, I had lovely highlights, and Clyde told me they would get lighter during the summer, which filled me with a suspicious joy**.
And it’s true! Not only did they get lighter, but I also got a tan – and everyone thought it looked pretty, except for my mother who only likes me the way she made me.

Now they’ve gotten so light that I’m on the verge of zebra, but Clyde and I planned ahead for that and we’re going to go back to a darker chocolate color for winter – my caramel highlights will be a good starting point for adding depth (=hair stylist jargon)(but you get the idea, right?)(chocolate fudge brownie)

Summary: I love changing my hair color. Even if it’s very subtle, it’s cool to change colors with the seasons!!!

Moved.

This is crazy, kids: I live alone.

I would love to tell you more about how I feel, but honestly it’s too soon, so I just wanted to let you know that all your messages were really touching.
And I also wanted to say to those of you who wrote to me who are going through the same thing right now, that you shouldn’t be afraid – just let life flow. Sometimes it’s painful, but we always end up finding our way. And you often end up finding yourself along the way too.

That was just a quick little Psychology Magazine side note, now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

(No, but seriously, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!)

I haven’t done the Ice Bucket Challenge (yet).

I thought I might have slipped through the cracks, trying to make myself very small to go unnoticed so no one would challenge me, and I figured that the excitement was mostly over, so I was going to be ok now.

A few people very kindly asked if I would mind if they challenged me and I pretended not to see their texts (sorry @LolaRykiel! I hope you’re not too mad at me!!!) and other people went for it and texted me AFTER they’d already challenged me (“You’re going to hate me, but…”) Yep, @SammyGaga, I hate you, I despise you.

Now, what do you think, should I do it or not? Who should I challenge in return?
(I’ve got 5 hours to decide)

PS = the Ice Bucket Challenge didn’t come out of nowhere, it’s a campaign to support the fight against ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and we can all donate here.

Stopped wearing a watch.

Ok, ok, fine, it’s a very #whogivesafuck piece of information (I mean, except for the watch industry who must be worried that no one really needs a watch anymore because of these damn phones that do EVERYTHING)(like, even in the countryside, people don’t even buy flashlights anymore: they have their phones!!!)(don’t even talk about the map industry now that we have Google Maps!!!)(ok, I’m getting SUPER off topic) but I used to be the kind of person who always, always had the exact time and my watch was always on my wrist, but now time has gotten a little fuzzy and I really like that.

I wonder which watch I’ll fall for next.

Spent 20 minutes in a helicopter.

SERIOUSLY, I MEAN, WHAT! NO, REALLY. It had been on my bucket list for years (not my ice bucket challenge list, mind you) and I had never been in a helicopter before!!!

So this summer, when my family came to see me, we decided to take a ride in a helicopter over New York. For some reason I happened to talk about it to my agent, Walter, and he sent me the following text:

“Oh, but those things crash every two minutes!!!”

So I couldn’t sleep all night (thanks, Walter) even though, logically, I think that if those things really did crash every two minutes, we would hear about it – even so, I spent the night clinging to a helicopter propeller, rescuing my mother from the waves, while trying to save my Saint Laurent bag simultaneously.

The next day, I was a little nervous (and I’d chosen a Zara bag) but in the end, being in a helicopter was much less scary than being on a plane. You feel weightless, the take off is really easy, it’s really pleasant.
AND THE VIEWS ARE INCREDIBLE!!!! I posted a bunch of them on Instagram, if you haven’t seen them yet…
Well, that’ll teach you not to follow me. Pffff, come on, seriously.

So anyway, I recommend going on a helicopter ride over New York. Experience of a lifetime, I say.

Finally went to Quebec.

I can’t believe it took me this long!!! I was welcomed like a queen and I gained five pounds, just like you should – the food is so good in Montreal!!! I already want to go back, it was fantastic, and it’s only one hour away from New York. I should totally take a helicopter to go there.

Finally went to Germany.

I mean, finally!!! It was great, and there again, everyone was so nice, and it was so beautiful, and so fun, and I ate so many sausages (yep, you have to honor the culture of the country you’re in!) and I already want to go back. Munich – amazing. Next time I’ll go to Berlin!

So, there you go, for now. Long live summer, and if you still have a little vacation left, please enjoy it for me. Send some photos. Finish all the rosé. Big kisses!

Oh yeah, so what about that Bucket Challenge?

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* Like every September, New York Fashion Week is going to fall on us while we still have sand in our hair and we’ll have to put away our sarongs with a tear in our eyes.

** No one should be that happy about the possibility of changing their hair color.

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Daphne & Pali

My friends, Daphne and Pali, got married this summer, and it was so beautiful that I wanted to share a few photos with you.

Obviously, I wasn’t there in reporter mode, so these are just a few moments I caught – and a few pictures of Daphne’s dress.

The first dress was hand made for her by Bill Bull, who has been working with Vogue for years and has an old school skill with an incredibly modern eye. The dress is one cut of fabric cut on the bias – so it took 10 fittings to get it to be perfect; every tiny adjustment would change everything. I love it’s amazing, very 90s simplicity.

She also wanted a dress she could dance in, so she and Bill chose a dress from Lanvin – completely different from the first, ultra feminine and super fun.

I’ll let you go with the photos – the wedding was upstate, it was beautiful, full of love and joy and dance and I wish them a lifetime of happiness.

What about you? Do you know what type of dress you’d want for your wedding? Is it something you’re dreaming of?

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Translated by Andrea Perdue

The To-Do List

The weekends are for relaxing and to-doing.

You know, making a to-do list and actually doing them. With fashion week coming up and leisurely summer weekends ceasing, I decided this past weekend to really check things off. Things like sewing those couch cushions, sorting through that huge pile of mail, writing thank yous, and deep apartment cleaning.

For me the only way I can complete the task, is to write it down and strike them out as completed.

How do you get things done?

The On the Go Notepad. You can check out the whole collection on GaranceDoreGoods.com


By brie

Happy Birthday Coco!

You can be gorgeous at thirty,
charming at forty…
and irresistible for the rest of your life.

- Coco Chanel

At Indigo Montreal!

I’m heading to Montreal!

And I’ll be at Indigo in Montreal on Tuesday and would love to see you there!

The event begins at 12:00pm with an interview followed by a Q&A. Afterwards I’ll be hanging out afterwards to sign products and meet you guys!

I hope you can make it!!

Kisses!

Tuesday, August 19th, 12pm / Indigo at Place Montréal Trust, 1500 Avenue McGill College, Montréal, Quebec


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The Del Val #28

$7.5 million will get you this cool and unique house where the movie Less Than Zero was filmed.

Jefferson Hack is neither Dazed nor Confused as you’ll see with this lunchtime interview.

If you’ve always dreamt of seeing your name light up the Parisian night sky, here’s your chance.

This camera is tiny (and cute) and will give you no excuse to miss documenting every little thing in your life…as if you weren’t doing that already, but still.

Who doesn’t want beautiful skin? These girls reveal their secrets and you should keep them on your radar.

This fantastic piece of art was made in 1987 and it’s always a good time to revisit it. If you don’t know it you’re going to laugh throughout at how clever it is.

Honestly, we’re primarily posting this so you’ll see how great Meryl Streep looks in this old photo. But stick around and look at all the interesting people they’ve interviewed over the years…including a certain GD.

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San Giorgio

Here are a few photos of the hotel where I spent my Mykonos week, the San Giorgio. I loved it. It’s sublime and without showing off, exactly what I like. The staff is adorable and there a little sea access where we spent hours.

You can be lazy there for a whole day without being bored, going from the restaurant to the sea. I would probably go back there, but I think I should mention that even if all the rooms have adorable terrasses, most of them are pretty small (except for the suites, of course – those are wonderful) and the bathrooms are pretty… minimal.

Another important thing to know if you’re going there – the hotel is located near a few of the most important clubs of the island, so in the evening, depending on the wind, you could find yourself falling asleep to the rhythm (very distant for sure, but I am crazy sensitive so I thought I should mention it) of techno music.

I still totally adored it, and came back with a thousand decor ideas… And an idea to adopt a cat, too ;)

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A week in Mykonos

I’m going to talk to you one last time about Mykonos, ok one second-to-last time, and then I promise to stop annoying you until next year.
Yeah, seriously – because I’ve obviously decided to go back.

I came home from Mykonos feeling inspired, in great shape, and with lots of wonderful memories…

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The landscapes

It’s kind of surprising at first — the dry, grassy hills that drop into the blue sea. It’s a kind of pure, almost severe, beauty that you learn to love, and once it wins you over, it’s deeply relaxing for the soul.

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The people

The Greeks are known for their art of living, of course. They’re super welcoming, they like to party, and they love to share.

And then there are the hoards of tourists. I mean, it’s not like I discovered the island myself — it’s a VERY touristy place where you can’t find parking and you hear all kinds of different languages spoken around you. But in Mykonos, it doesn’t bother me at all.

It’s summer, it’s fun, it’s busy. It’s all part of the ambiance.

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The style

Especially since there’s a real nightlife in Mykonos, people take style very seriously. And people get dressed up to go out in the evening — they bring out the dresses and heels.

It’s a thing that’s disappearing at an alarming rate, which makes me sad, because I really love it — spending the day at the beach, going back to take a shower, getting dressed up to go out for the evening, and then staying out all night until early morning.

In Mykonos, people still do that, and I love it.

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The rhythm of life

When someone said “meet you at the restaurant at 10:30!” for the first time, it didn’t quite register. In New York, it’s not uncommon to meet for dinner at 7:00 and to be in bed by 10:30.

In Mykonos, you learn to take your time, and you get used to it really really fast. Shops are open until 3:00 in the morning. You can stay at the beach until 7:00, no problem (my favorite time to go to the beach is between 5:00 and 7:00 or 8:00 to see the sunset). You get to the restaurant around 10:00, you start eating around midnight, and leave the restaurant at about 1:30 or 2:00. Then you go out dancing if you feel like it.

Honestly, having long days like that really changes your life.

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The parties

You’ve probably already heard this, since every time I said I was going to Mykonos, people gave me a funny look, but it’s really The Party Island.

You run into tons of kids risking their lives on scooters to get to the clubs, and depending on which kind of beach you go to, you might end up at a kind of rave party with girls dancing in their bathing suits and guys with big cigars. Not exactly my thing, but hey. The good news is, it’s easy to avoid them if you want to. There are also plenty of very very peaceful beaches.

And the other good news is that the party spirit is kind of contagious. People dance in restaurants and bars, the music is good, people want to have a good time and share — getting together for a drink can quickly turn into a party.

I even almost went to see Bob Sinclar’s DJ set one night. Oh, I also almost went to see Julio Iglesias in concert on a beach on another night. Come on, I said almost.

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The food

I don’t think I have to describe it to you in detail, everyone already knows — you eat amazingly well in Greece, and plus it’s very healthy, very fresh, and very simple.

It’s very relaxing, actually, just like the landscapes.

Between that and my daily swim, I came back with tons of energy. And a little thinner too.

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The sky

There was not even one day of bad weather, and apparently it’s like that all the time. The only thing is, it can be windy pretty often. At first, it’s a little strange, but you get used to it. It cools you off when it’s too hot, and it keeps the clouds from sticking around too long.

It makes the weather kind of like this:

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The sea

There’s not a single jellyfish in the sea, and as a Corsican who was depressed to not be able to go swimming in Ajaccio the week before, I have to say, it changes everything. The sea is as calm as a swimming pool, the way I like it (if you like waves, be on your way) and you can go for really long swims with a snorkel and fins. Sublime, cool, relaxing — pure joy.

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The houses

If you know me very well, you know that the white houses in Mykonos, painted white inside and out, with very simple furnishings, are kind of my ideal decor. Tomorrow, I’ll post photos of the hotel where I stayed and it will give you an idea of the style I want for my next house. Total and complete inspiration.

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The islands

I didn’t go to all the islands, but obviously, a lot of people who are looking for a quieter vacation choose a different island than Mykonos. I only visited Delos, a mythical island where you can visit ancient ruins. We went there in a lovely little fisherman’s boat and then went to see the ruins and we went swimming in the clear waters.

Now I want to visit all the islands one by one, of course.

So that was my vacation! What about you? Where did you go?

Translated by Andrea Perdue.

A Montana Vacation

For my summer vacation, I headed to Whitefish, Montana…

…(along with 28 of my family members!) for some mountain view relaxation!

It was the kind of trip that combined relaxing by the lake with some serious activity– exactly what I love. Here are my favorite things to do, eat and see in Montana!

Road trip: The closest airport to Whitefish is in Kalispell, but if you’re feeling extra adventurous, I say make your journey a road trip. We drove from Minnesota (18 hours each way!) and it was really half the fun. You can hit a few different national parks on your way out no matter what direction you’re coming from. We passed through Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. The badlands (and bison!) are not to be missed.

Take a hike: Head over to Big Mountain and hike the Danny On Trail. The 3.8 mile loop gives you some of the best views of the town and the surrounding mountain landscape. Once you get to the top, take the chairlift back down for more breathtaking views (while giving your legs a rest). If you have extra time, make sure you go to Glacier National Park for some more intense hiking trails.

Hit the beach: I spent most of my time in the water on my trip. Whitefish Lake is gorgeous and the perfect way to cool down in the afternoon (it was 90 degrees everyday). We brought along our kayaks from home and rented paddle boards from Paddlefish Sports in town. The lake is great for swimming, boating and just floating in the sun. The bottom is pretty rocky, so as un-chic as they may be, bring along a pair of water shoes. The soles of your feet with thank you.

Get your raft on: It wasn’t my first whitewater rafting adventure, but it’s definitely my most memorable. We booked a trip with Glacier Raft Company (try to get Jesse as your guide, he was great) and 15 of us headed out on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. I fell halfway out of the raft on some wild rapids, but it was by far the most fun I had on my trip!

Eat, drink, be merry: We cooked most of our meals at our cabins but walked in to town for breakfast each morning. The Red Caboose makes scones the size of your head and they serve Stumptown Coffee. Grab a burger at the Bulldog Saloon (a perfect stop after your rafting adventure) and take some time to check out all the photos on the walls (see if you can find my cousin Patrick on the wall by the bar!). If you’re into beer, the Great Northern Brewing Company is a must. Get the Wild Huckleberry Wheat Beer. Speaking of huckleberries… you can’t go without trying some. My dad and I picked them wild while hiking Big Mountain, but you can buy huckleberry everything (taffy, jam, hot sauce) at most shops in Whitefish!


By alex

The Del Val #27

If we were in London this month we would, like, totally go to some of these films to relive our teenage years.

And sticking with the Brits and film, here are the top 50 documentaries of all time.

And sticking with our teenage past, here is an oral history of The Wonder Years, one of the best tv shows ever which captured those memorable experiences.

Some of you may like pizza. Some of you may like to order pizza easier and faster. If you like pizza and want to simply push a button to order, look into using this app.

Fashion meets GIF, what’s not to love. Ah, cheap, user-friendly technology and what people do with it…

This gripping essay could be made into a thriller right now. Give yourself about 10 minutes to read it, you won’t forget it.

An upcoming auction of unusual, for Christie’s, offerings.

Surprise, surprise, productivity breeds success. How some of the best designers do it.

Many of the models making money for the brands that hire them have this guy to thank for teaching them.

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By delphine and wes

Film Buff

One of my favorite things to do is go to the movies!

I’m a sucker for BIG screens, surround sound and movie theater popcorn (OK, I might have an addiction to it, worse than Olivia Pope). But sometimes it can be hard to sift through the huge summer blockbusters, so I thought it might be nice to share three smaller films I’m planning to catch. Large popcorn over here, please!

Boyhood: This is a MUST. Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, the film is beyond nostalgic. A story of adolescence and growing up, it feels more like living a life than watching a movie. One-of-a-kind.

Magic in the Moonlight: When it comes to Woody Allen the films are almost always a hit. Emma Stone is seriously growing on me, and Colin Firth had me ages ago. It’s a rom-com about a magician and a clairvoyant. Enough said.

Mood Indigo: A magical, medical love story with the ever endearing Audrey Tatou brought to you by creative visionary Michel Gondry. The trailer alone has me dreaming in a fantasy Paris.

What films are you seeing this summer?


By brie

Sunrise Surf

I totally live a dream life of surfing*, and the other day I think I understood why.

Not only does becoming a good surfer take a lot of hard work, but you also have to wake up early.

We went to Rockaway with Ashley, Bailey and Jessica the other morning to catch the first morning waves. Five in the morning, big smiles (and great style too), it kind of made me rethink my life priorities**. And watching them walk on the beach with the first rays of sun, throw themselves into the ocean and come back to the city a few hours later as New York is still sleeping, you realize that once it gets in your blood, surfing must be pretty powerful. A real passion.

Do you have anything that pulls you out of bed?

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* I’ve been dreaming about surfing forever and never actually tried – well I did paddle this year so… – all right, not the same at all.
** Like when I wake up at 7am to go to yoga I’m so proud of myself I talk about it all day and in the evening I get drunk just to celebrate.

PS: Some have found a solution for the ever perfect wave. A perpetual wave, on a river, in Munich. Incredible!

On Bailey: Swim top, Maui Girl; Swim bottom, Acacia; Wetsuit, Roxy; Sunglasses, Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane; Sweatshirt, American Apparel; Board, Yater from Rockaway Beach Surf Club.

On Jessica: Hat, O’Neill; Swimsuit, O’Neill; Wetsuit, Roxy; Shorts, American Eagle; Sunglasses, Carrera; Board, Almond.

On Ashley: Swimsuit, Roxy; Wetsuit, Cynthia Rowley; Shorts, Suger; Hoodie, T by Alexander Wang; Sunglasses, Carrera; Board, Con.

Weekend Inspiration #181

The ruins of Delos, Greece.

Weekend Inspiration #180

The ruins of Delos, Greece.

The Del Val #26

These gorgeous birds won’t fly away.

To celebrate their upcoming 400th title in the series, find a Very Short Introductions topic you like and mix up your holiday reading.

We really like these quick Q&As and know you’ll find one you want to read.

Pressed for time? Super fast crash course on which fashion designer owns what.

You can never get enough advice about making it in fashion from those who already have.

The lure of LA draws another creative person to its sunshine-bathed hills.

The Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique was released 25 years ago. Here you are a click away from listening to a remix and all the songs sampled on that classic album.


By delphine and wes

A Cape Cod Vacation

I’m baaaaack!

For the past two summers, I’ve been spending my vacation at my boyfriend’s family home in Wellfleet, Cape Cod. There are lots of beautiful Bauhaus homes, art galleries, and a crunchy-50s-psychoanalyst-vacation-home vibe that’s unlike any other town on the Cape.

Here are a few of my favorite things to do…

The Beaches: We like to park the car at White Crest beach, where all of the surfers go, and (eventually) walk over to Cahoon Hollow beach to have lunch at the Beachcomber. It’s the only restaurant located on the beach and they have a great raw seafood bar and some heavy handed cocktails—the Goombay Smash is their signature drink.

The beaches are all about a 40 foot dune drop from the road, so be prepared to get a good leg workout walking up and down.

The Ponds: Because Wellfleet is towards the tip of the Cape, a lot of the land up there is national seashore and forrest. There are a few big fresh water ponds surrounded by trees that are perfect for a dip after a day at the beach. The water is a lot warmer than the freezing cold ocean, and you can kayak, paddle board or bring pool floats and just laze around. My favorite is Gull Pond—it’s the biggest and has a little beach where you can ditch your stuff while you swim.

The Pier: It wouldn’t be a trip to the Cape without (fried) seafood and Mac’s Pier is hands down the best. They have every variation of lobster, clam and scallop that you could want—fried, on a sandwich, even in a quesadilla. You can hang at the harbor and eat your lobster roll while you watch all of the boats bring in fresh oysters. Then, you can top off your meal with some ice cream, also from the Pier. I treat myself daily with an Orange Whip—soft serve vanilla ice cream and orange juice blended like a milkshake.

Hatch’s Market: If you tire of the fried seafood, you can get it fresh at Hatch’s market, along with some of the best produce you’ll ever find. They were selling organic fruits and veggies before organic produce was even a thing. And as much as I love the Pier, we usually cook most of our meals at home while we’re up there.

Wellfleet Drive In: This place is super old school and I love going, even if we get stuck watching all kids movies. We like to back in for a double feature and bring blankets and pillows to lay on in the back of the car. You have to get there early to get a good spot, but it’s fun to kill time with a game of Scrabble and a huge bucket of popcorn from the concession stand.
On Sunday mornings, they use the parking lot for a huge flea market with tons of great junk.

P-Town: On rainy days, the best thing to do is drive to the Provincetown at the very tip of the Cape. There’s good shopping at Marc Jacobs, hysterical sex toys at Spank the Monkey, and even a theatre production of Snow White and the Seven Bottoms ;)


By emilyn

From Mykonos: A cat playing with Carole’s bag

Carole’s bag, Balenciaga and towel, Pierre Louis Mascia.

Melissa / Mykonos

Vacations with friends in Mykonos are wonderful – even more if one of them knows the island by heart. Melissa lives between Athens and Mykonos, where she owns Free Shop, very cool store that carries Sacai and Balenciaga as well as her own brand that I love, Wildwood – I will tell you more about it very soon :)

I’ve been in Mykonos for a few days (it’s going way too fast!!!) and thanks to Melissa and my other friend, Carole, I really feel like I’m in paradise. I thought it could be nice to share, so here is Melissa’s City Guide!

What three words best describe Mykonos?
Wild, dry and full of light.

What is the easiest way to get around the island?
A big old jeep you can trust to take you through tiny, bumpy roads and sandy beaches.

And what is the best way to get to the island?
Airplane, just a 20 minute ride from Athens and super views from above.

Where should you stay?
I just visited San Giorgio this summer which I found quite interesting especially if you are traveling with friends or in love. Belvedere Hotel in town is always a great luxury retreat and a breath away from the busy town. Santa Marina if traveling with family. Renting a house is always a great option too – and there are some spectacular houses in Mykonos you may rent.

The best beach?
Agios Sostis. Unspoiled, full of energy, clear, rejuvenating water and the best little restaurant in the world, Kiki’s to top it all up. There is always a line at the restaurant, because they don’t take reservations – but it’s totally worth it!

melissa-metaxa

The best restaurant for…

A leisurely breakfast: Early in the morning, any restaurant in ‘yalos’ or else the port of Mykonos town, where you may come across all sorts of local people, fishermen selling produce, lost tourists in need for directions, and vivid colors and sounds.

A big lunch: Alemagoo in Ftelia Beach which is great for lunch with friends as you can combine swimming, eating, or just cocktails and lounging in a really beautiful setting. The tavern in Fokos beach is exceptional, quite simple and raw, with delicious dishes and beautiful ceramics you can buy – a super destination for escaping the buzz of the island. Lamed in Agia Anna is also a great location for a light Mediterranean lunch and a little beach just in front where you can enjoy the last swim of the day.

A traditional Greek dinner: Maerio in town for Greek food, Nikolas taverna in Agia Anna beach for dinning on the sand almost touching the water and Sea Satin for a fun ‘Greek night’ with dancing on tables included.

What is the scene like at night? Where should you go to party? And where should you go if you don’t want to party?
There is a huge club scene in the beaches near Paradise, and in town, which I have no clue about as I am not the ‘clubbing’ type. I prefer smaller venues like Jackie O’ in town, 100% fun guaranteed. Astra is one of the coolest bars in town, it has been there forever and Babis the owner is a must see figure. Interni Restaurant is super fun as it may combine a great dinner and lots of dancing after 12:00. And of course Nammos beach for hardcore partying and people watching.

If you don’t want to party – try avoiding the town and have a lovely dinner at Matsuhisa in the Belvedere Hotel listening to cool music by the most amazing, iconic dj.

Don’t forget that lunch and diner are pretty late affairs in Mykonos. If you go to diner at 8, don’t be surprised to be the only one in the restaurant! People go to dinner around 10 – 11. You get used to it very fast…

A place to pamper yourself:
Don’t pamper yourself, just go to Dhlos island to watch the ancient ruins and take in the most amazing light in the world, swim in the island near by called Rinia, it’s a mystical experience that will do much more than any massage or spa for both body and soul.

The best views of the island:
Kitsch but true: Little Venice for sunset.

Don’t leave without eating:
Sea urchin at Spilia Tavern in Agia Anna.

The best souvenir to bring back:
Greek kaftan dresses from Salachas in little Venice and an evil eye charm from any local merchant.

What time of year is best to visit?
September is beautiful in Mykonos. Calm, less windy than in the summer and full of beautiful people.

Click here for more City Guides.

Ana’s Exhibition

Right now in New York, Ana Kras is having an exhibition of her drawings – it’s another side of her artwork, remember those cool lamps she created?

The series is called Mothers With Spoons and Relationships. It’s interesting to be immersed into her world for a little time. She told me that some people write in a diary, but she draws– I love that!

If you happen to be in New York, you can view her work until August 10th.

Ana Kraš, Mothers With Spoons and Relationships, Ed. Varie, 618 E. 9th St., Thursday-Sunday

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The Del Val #25

Get to know a bit about Mr Concept himself, Andy Spade. What he can do with a kernel of an idea…

Hmmm, where should you go these last weeks of summer?

You’ll recognize this beautiful piece of music by Erik Satie, and will probably never hear it played sooo slowly.

Your life has just been made 46 ways easier, seriously some of these are amazing.

The New Yorker. The best English-language magazine in the world. Everything published since 2007. Free. Start here.

You may not know the name Chuck Jones, but you surely know his cartoon work.

What’s better, the food or the decor? A dining experience your eyes are certain not to forget.

Because we still like the pink, the title, and the approach: BUTT and Rick Owens from 2011.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

Sport de Plage

I love the kind of quirky but very chic accessories that are popular right now with all my favorite designers.
It’s a totally unnecessary luxury – and that’s why it’s so perfect.

Click on the arrows to see all the photos – I don’t know why, but the Isabel paddles are my favorite right now (since beach paddle ball is my FAVORITE sport in the world, and throwing myself in the water like a crazy person is my favorite activity in the world) or maybe the Eres jump rope, just because the natural leather is so incredibly gorgeous.

What’s your favorite? Who’s up for a game of paddle ball with me?

On Anna: Swimsuit, Lisa Marie Fernandez; Sunglasses, 3.1 Phillip Lim; Watch, Swatch; Paddle Board Set, Isabel Marant / Swimsuit, Baba Jaan; Beach Ball, Alexander Wang; Sunglasses, Ray-Ban / Swimsuit, Mikoh; Shorts, Dolce & Gabbana; Jump Rope, Eres.

Translated by Andrea Perdue.

Valise d’été

Here are a few of my favorite things I took with me for the summer…

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Of course, there is always a lot of white, like this super cool shirt and my Common Projects sneakers and jean shorts that are perfect for throwing on for some paddle ball. But hey, it’s Greece and I needed to add a little bit of color to my wardrobe for this trip, so I went with this pink Isabel skirt and this orange one-piece from Eres.

A simple tote, embroidered pareo, my gold Sonia Rykiel belt that I’ve had forever, those beautiful coral earrings from Aurélie and a travel watercolor set in case I feel inspired! It’s so cool to be able to bring my stationery with me too, I really love it.

Ok, so maybe my suitcase wasn’t really 22.3 kilos by the time I added some of the items not pictured…but these are my favorites that I wanted to share with you!

Barneys! Manolo! Vogue!

Take a 9 minute break from your day…

To watch this video showing all the brands mentioned over every season of Sex and the City. It will definitely make you laugh (who knew they said Diaper Genie that many times) and feel a little nostalgic for your favorite (okay, it’s our favorite anyway) show.


By studio