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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

The Del Val #24

Find the channel you want to watch and let the real person editors, not computer algorithms, do the rest.

It’s not often the crew behind Maison Martin Margiela let fans peek around the curtain.

Tons of people love the actor Bill Murray, right? Several artists show us how they do.

Famous fashion photographer Nick Knight talks fashion photographs with those photographed for fashion.

Ah to have grown up in California in the 1950s. While looking, listen to the same music they did. Chuck Berry – Sweet Little Sixteen

If you’re into fashion we believe it’s important to be well-versed in its history, like with this, a French fashion magazine from the 1980s.

She’s the power broker of the creative economy.

Sugar makes you, and you, and you (and too many of us) you know what.

See this color-filled group show before it closes!


By delphine and wes

Bonjour from Corsica

A little layover in Corsica to say hello to my family and let my nephews jump on me – the weather is perfect and today, my only goal in life is to read a good book and to get on a paddle board.

Yesterday I spent the day on the beach of Capo Di feno, where there is no reception at all.

It’s actually perfect, you send message before going “Ok, we’re leaving, meet us there!” and then it’s total zen, noone can reach you. No more “emergencies,” no one glued to their phones, no 1000 texts to get you to do something. It feels good and even if it’s only for a few hours, I really call that a vacation.

I had tried last summer to have a fully phone off vacation. I had gotten super organized and everybody around me knew I would be unreachable and you know what? It turned out to be more stressful than anything else.
So now what I do when I’m on vacation is check my emails in the morning for half an hour, answer urgent matters and then not worry about it for the rest of the day. Of course I can’t help Instagramming when it’s super gorgeous – but that’s it.
Oh, and I take advantage of long days at the beach to have mini tech-rehabs.

I found it’s the best balance for me. What about you? How do you deal with your phone during the vacations?

PS – The photo was taken on the Capo Di Feno beach, at Pierre-Tou’s restaurant (Le Pirate), my favorite place to end a long summer day.

Bonjour from Corsica

A little layover in Corsica to say hello to my family and let my nephews jump on me – the weather is perfect and today, my only goal in life is to read a good book and to get on a paddle board.

Yesterday I spent the day on the beach of Capo Di feno, where there is no reception at all.

It’s actually perfect, you send message before going “Ok, we’re leaving, meet us there!” and then it’s total zen, noone can reach you. No more “emergencies,” no one glued to their phones, no 1000 texts to get you to do something. It feels good and even if it’s only for a few hours, I really call that a vacation.

I had tried last summer to have a fully phone off vacation. I had gotten super organized and everybody around me knew I would be unreachable and you know what? It turned out to be more stressful than anything else.
So now what I do when I’m on vacation is check my emails in the morning for half an hour, answer urgent matters and then not worry about it for the rest of the day. Of course I can’t help Instagramming when it’s super gorgeous – but that’s it.
Oh, and I take advantage of long days at the beach to have mini tech-rehabs.

I found it’s the best balance for me. What about you? How do you deal with your phone during the vacations?

PS – The photo was taken on the Capo Di Feno beach, at Pierre-Tou’s restaurant (Le Pirate), my favorite place to end a long summer day.

At Equipment

If you happen to be in Los Angeles…

Check out some of my stationery at the Equipment store!

A big thank you to Equipment for carrying my line! Kisses!

Equipment, 8459 Melrose Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90069

PS: The stationery collection is also available at the Equipment Soho store!


By admin

Happy Bastille Day!

In honor of Bastille Day…

Our favorite Frenchies… in stripes!

Kisses!


By studio

The Del Val #23

Spend just five minutes reading this and you’ll have a new perspective on the world.

You’ve seen the movie Grease, right? Remember the beginning animation sequence? This guy drew it.

Go ahead and interact with one (two, three, four…) of this guy’s super creative websites, he’s made 100 of them!

Prediction #1: You’re going to want to read a new book before the end of the year. Prediction #2: It will be one from this list.

There’s hardly a person on the planet who hasn’t seen one of his movies and many people think they’re trash, yet they make loads of money. Here’s why.

Admit it, you were jealous of your kid getting to spend the night at the museum. Well…now you can!

We love everything about this video: the energy, the style, the voice!

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


By delphine and wes

Les Vacances

It’s time to take a holiday. At the Studio, we’ve been carefully mapping out our summer vacations for weeks. As you know, Garance is headed to Greece, Italy and Ibiza starting next week and we are…well… jealous. Just in case you haven’t planned your vacation yet and are still looking to get away… I thought we should ask a few of our friends for their vacation plans and tips!

Safe travels!!

Lolita Jacobs, Saint Tropez

“We have a family house a little above the village, it is the house in “And God Created Women”– from the actual from the movie! It used to be an old farm and my parents renovated it with their amazing bohemian taste (well I like to think so). It is very charming, not at all the typical villa. Full of paintings, trinkets, colored fabrics, flowers… My dream house in the South of France.”

Stay: L’Hotel Ermitage is really nice to stay at for a few days for the view and the great terrace at the end of the day. The Hotel Sube, old fashion but very charming.

Eat: I love le Banh Hoi for diner, a Thai restaurant with an amazing vibe and interior. Le Club 55 for lunch, I always have la tarte Ramatuelle with some fresh goat cheese or the crudités platter. Delicious. For a typical aperitif at the end of the day, we always go to La Place aux Herbes, have a glass of white wine and some fresh oysters Chez Madeleine.

Drink: My favorite spot in the morning is Senequier. I go there every morning to have a fresh orange juice and a brioche au sucre with my god father. We read the newspaper (Var matin for him, Vogue for me) and say hello to everyone. St Tropez is a small village and all the regulars know each other.

I also adore having a drink with my mum & dad on the terrace of the Hotel Sube. It is above the harbor. You get to observe the crowd laughing and sipping a Bellini.

Shop: The best shop is by far the beach boutique at Club 55. They have an amazing bathing suit selection, thousands of tasteful summer bracelets and beach dresses. Plus some original pillows, foulards and many other beautiful objects. Perfect place for any kind of gift.

The Place des Lices market on Tuesdays and Saturdays is great for finding the perfect wicker basket, vintage books, antique hunting with my father. There is an amazing candy stand as well, and I have a big sweet tooth.

Do: Swimming in the sea, going out at Les Caves du Roy (don’t forget your earplugs, the sound is outrageous), riding the roads of Ramatuelle on a scooter with my boyfriend and going to the secret beach of Cap Taillat.

Viviana Volpicella, Southern Italy

“My home country, Puglia, in a small town called Marittima. It’s in the southern part of my beloved Puglia. There is an international community there and privacy is the watchword.”

Stay: Rent a house from Tulsi Room in Marittima.

Eat: Corte Degli Aranci, a restaurant in Taviano, another small town.

Drink: An aperitivo at the Harbour Bar in Tricase, a small town on the sea.

Shop: Tulsi Shop. It’s a cute boutique by an Irish friend of mine, Deborah Nolan. She lives in Marittima and she sells cool dresses, sandals and bags that she loves from around the world.

Do: We (my love and I) used to rent a little wood boat (the typical name is gozzo) and we love spending all day along the Puglia coast where you can find small and pure bays.

Kate Foley, Lamu Island, Kenya

“I love that it’s so relaxed. It’s quite hard to get to so it puts people off going! I go to escape work and the hustle and bustle of NY so definitely don’t want to run into a million people. It’s also incredibly beautiful!”

Stay: I stay at a private house but the Peponi, a family run hotel, is beautiful .

Eat: Fresh fish carpaccio and gazpacho.

Drink: Order an “Old Pal” at the Peponi Bar.

Shop: I love Aman a beautiful boutique which sells a carefully curated mix of international and local clothing and accessory brands.

Do: Swim at Shela Beach, wakeboard, sail, eat and relax!

Violaine Bernard, Brittany

“Saint-Cast, a little beach town in Brittany where I spent all my summers growing up.”

Stay: I stay at my grand-parents house where I also love to have a nap under the cherry tree and also pick berries and peas straight form the garden to munch on. This is a great time for me to go there as now I’m a mother, I no longer sleep in the kid’s room!
So the best way to spend your holiday there is to rent a house. There are 7 beaches in Saint-Cast so it’s hard to find a place you can rent out further than a 10 minute walk from the beach.

Eat: Meal time is a very big deal in France. Especially in our house! I actually feel like I spend most of my vacation sitting at the table…
Lunches are usually at home with all the family but the best place to have dinner with friends is at the Jardin Délice where you can sit outside in the garden, that’s usually where we drink too!

Chez Marie is the best for crêpes and galettes, which are Brittany’s specialities. If you want to share seafood with your other half and watch the sun set, go to La Marinière, which is right by the beach and ask for David.

Drink: The best place to get a coffee is La Belle Meunière where you can eat the most amazing pastries (probably in the world!!). Their croissants and pains au chocolat literally melt in your mouth. Just be ready. For a drink or ice cream on the beach though, go to the Lézard.

Shop: The best is to go to the market every Monday where you can find clothes from Petit Bateau (cheaper than anywhere else) and also some vintage cotton and lace table wear. You can get fresh food there also and trying the “Galette saucisse” is a must. Côté Plage is good for home wear and don’t forget to get a few pairs of espadrilles at la Maison Blanche when you arrive. The big Pharmacy is always great to stock up on French beauty products.

Do: Even though it gets very busy during the summer, it’s still quiet compare to other more famous summer destinations in Brittany. Some cliff views still blow my mind (and now probably your Instagram account) even though I’ve seen them all my life. There is a sailing spot as well where you can book few windsurfing lessons. But really the best thing to do there is to explore and lay on the many beaches, relax and eat!

Kate Dougherty, Colorado to Oregon

“I’ll be joining my boyfriend Ben Towill and my brother Patrick Dougherty on a bike journey from Colorado to Oregon. The NY Times has been following them on their cross-country biking ride, which they began in Virginia 5 weeks ago – Ben writing & Patrick taking the photos. All stories are focused on finding healthy alternative farms and people doing inspiring things with food across the States, raising money for a NY Charity called Just Food. ”

Stay: With our tent and sleeping bags on our bikes, we will be camping each night in some wildly beautiful National Parks like Grand Tetons and Yellowstone in Wyoming.

Eat: Lots of energy bars and buffalo jerky.

Drink: Lots of water, cheap beers and of course a Negroni wherever I can find one!

Shop: I will be sending postcards along the way!

Do: Averaging 75 miles a day for this 4 week 2,000 mile adventure, I’d say we’ll just be doing lots of biking, sleeping, drinking, and meeting as many inspiring people as we can along the way.

Lola Rykiel, California

“I’ve been going for solo holidays trips all over the place but since I tried this place, I just keep going back. I love NY lifestyle but it is very stressful and sometimes I just feel like I smoke too many cigarettes, drink too many coffees and spend all my day emailing, texting, answering without interruptions. It is important for me to free-up from these little addictions and reconnect with pure and simple things.
I like the idea of taking good care of yourself. For me holidays are no longer about partying and doing crazy wild things. I want to finally go slow, go to bed early and be in the nature (and get daily massages too!).”

Stay: The Pearl Laguna, a health detox meditation retreat. A beautiful lush farm, in the hills of Laguna, California.

Eat:An alkaline diet. Vegetarian fresh meals home cooked with most ingredients grown in the gardens. No sugar, no meat, no fish, nothing that is not whole, but we do eat delicious goat cheese and fresh eggs from the farm as well as plenty of fruits and veggies, all locally grown and very tasty.

Drink: Homemade juices, every day there is a different kind: pear and cucumber, clementine and watermelon, and green juices. A lot of alkaline water that is part of the detox too, No rosé, no lattes, no diet coke. These are the enemies!! When I come back to the city I still try to keep away from them. I last one week maximum. MAXIMUM.

Shop: The detox is about detoxing from shopping! So there is nothing to buy, except Katresha’s skincare that is sold at the farm and I always buy every product.

Do: Meditation in the morning for one hour, Hike 3 hours a day (that’s hard), cut off my phone and Instagram (detox of social media addiction), swim in the sea (the salt and the sea are really good to clear bad energy), get massages everyday (it is part of the program), relax, read, try to give myself some time away from the city and to be in contact with nature.

Caroline Issa, Ibiza

“I love Ibiza because, despite it’s party animal reputation, up in the hills tucked away it is an oasis of beauty and relaxation. Counter-intuitive, I know – but absolutely true. Plus the food! Delicious! I’ve been going for the last 5 years and love that if we want to socialize we can dip into it, or just rest, read and eat up in the hills amongst the amazing greenery and enjoy.”

Stay: Up in the mountains in my friends’ Stefano and Monica’s amazing villa, far away from the craziness

Eat: La Paloma or my other favorite, but that one’s a secret so I can still get a reservation!

Drink: Margaritas by El Chiringuito beach.

Shop: Usually the local supermarket for evening BBQs!

Do: Stay by the pool and swim, read and stuff myself silly!

Cisco Gorrow, Bali

“I try to soak up the sun, surf, relax and enjoy the beautiful & gentle Balinese people and culture.”

Stay: In my eyes, there are three main places to stay when you come to Bali. The Bukit is the furthest southern tip of Bali. Here you can find the best surf reefs & biggest waves and great views of Bali. The second place is Canggu which is close to Seminjak. I prefer the more quite Canggu area. Here I stay at Villa RedDoor. In Ubud, I usually stay a night or two at the Como Shambhala Estate.

Eat: I spend most of my time in Canggu where I usually have my breakfast after my morning surf at Old Man’s located on Batu Bolong which is a laid back beach hang out. They make the best avocado on toast. If I don’t have time to make my own lunch and I am ok to deal with the traffic, I go to my all time favorite place in town called Zula. If I feel like an Indonesian fine dining experience for dinner I go Bambu. The food here is light, spicy and exciting.

In Ubud most places are Yogi friendly and mainly vegetarian and vegan. This is Bali’s capital for the health conscious food movement. In general every Warung serves fresh food and freshly squeezed juices in Ubud so you cant go wrong.

Drink: For some live music and a good crowd, I swing by Old Man’s on a Friday or Sunday night. For a nice cocktail and a great view, I go to KuDeTa in Seminjak. When I’m in Uluwatu, I have a sundowner at Single Fin.

Shop: My favorite shop to stock up on sarongs (you can never have enough!!!), beautiful silk shirts and scarfs, is Kalyan in Seminjak. If I need anything for the beach from bikinis or surf accessories I go to Drifter which is a local surf concept store where you can generally find something good.

Do: I like to kick start my day with an early morning surf at Batu Bolong or a yoga class at Samadi Bali. We do day trips to Balian for great waves, Padang Padang for beautiful white sand beaches & great surf or Belangen for a nice uncrowded tropical beach. If I want to pamper myself I go to Devira for a massage or call them for a home visit.

Download

I download all my magazines — it’s one of the mini-revolutions of my life these past few years (hey, I said MINI revolution ;))

Because seriously, you have to know — life isn’t easy for someone who’s addicted to magazines.

You can love magazines, but they’re a pain — they pile up, they take up space, they collect dust, and when you need to find something — “what was that great hotel in Italy I saw in Vogue, again?” (the reason you kept the magazine in the first place), you can’t ever find it.

There are times when you move and you suddenly have to get rid of your magazines — or like me, you can’t resist keeping two boxes of them (and you write “BOOKS” on the boxes to avoid getting the stink eye from the mover who doesn’t get, just like your boyfriend* and your mother, how you can weigh yourself down with such futile things).

*But actually, Scott is different — he’s even more addicted than I am — he’s got binders with all his favorites pages that he’s kept since he was a teenager. I like to not rip out any of the pages, I love magazines in their entirety, with the ads, the horoscopes, and all.

Even so. At the back of my closet, I’ve got a box of 20 ANS, a great french magazine that doesn’t exist anymore and that I am so happy to have kept (Emmanuelle and Carine used to work there!!!). Those of you who grew up with 20 ANS will understand how precious that treasure is.

But now, I download them.

Because not only can I finally say goodbye to all the pounds of paper and embarrassing moving days, I can also have quick access to all my favorite magazines, all the time, wherever I am, FOREVER.

Just thinking about that almost gives me an orgasmazine.

I mean, I guess I won’t get the pleasure of the old dog-eared paper that smells like summer ’97.

Oh well! I’ve got books for that.

What about you, do you download magazines or not?

Translated by Andrea Perdue


By admin

A St. Croix Vacation

Being the first to leave on vacay at the Studio was pretttttttty great!

After much research (Googled: best beaches in the world) my man and I decided upon St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands.

Here’s a few helpful tips to traveling to the island…

Take the Bio-Luminescent Tour: The what?! We ventured out into the ocean at night to see dinoflagellates (aka oceanic plankton that glow when disturbed) in a clear, see-through kayak. It was INCREDIBLE. Our tour guide even caught some jelly fish that lit up when you touched them!

Explore the Beaches : Each one is surprisingly different. Filled with huge shell scraps to the shore. White sand into the water. Hikes from the hills down to the beach. Even rocky areas suited for snorkeling! Plus, for whatever reason, this vacation had me inspired to take runs on the beach near our house in the morning and do some yoga along the shore. Completely undisturbed – basically your own private exercise beach. No gym membership required.

Go to the Deep End: You literally walk not 5 feet into the ocean from the beach, and BOOM. A coral reef drop off filled with life. We were lucky enough to even catch a massive school of fish to follow along (as the locals suggest you do). For a $10 rental of a snorkeling mask, its more than worth it. And there are small tikis with lounge chairs to rest in after the swim.

Eat, Drink and Eat some more: Savant is maybe the coziest restaurant in town. The candle lit, vine draped old walls make for a most romantic atmosphere. Tutto Bene is the perfect spot for late night (10pm – everything closes early!) artisan pizza. For breakfast, try The Avocado Pitt – a more local spot that serves a traditional spread. Oh, and a personal favorite having nothing to do with island, was my re-discovery of Kings Hawaiian bread at the local market, a sweet loaf of bread I ate every morning, for snacks, for in-between lunch and dinner…. and on the way to the airport.?

Be Prepared to Stay Left : You have to drive on the left – which may or may not be difficult for some to remember coming from the US.

Animal Planet: On this trip, I saw some 100 geckos, a caterpillar the length of a water bottle, egret birds, an iguana nearly 3 feet long, and while snorkeling the biggest sting ray I’ve ever come across. Oh! And don’t forget all the friendly neighbor dogs. We had a standard poodle named Calypso on our property.

Bob Marley: A party island this is not. However because its the Caribbean, Reggae is abundant and we found ourselves on the other side of the island for the Fourth of July at Rhythms, a Reggae restaurant/bar/hangout on the beach where we watched fireworks while listening to some Marley, a perfect ending to our verrrry chill week.


By brie

A St. Croix Vacation

Being the first to leave on vacay at the Studio was pretttttttty great!

After much research (Googled: best beaches in the world) my man and I decided upon St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands.

Here’s a few helpful tips to traveling to the island…

Take the Bio-Luminescent Tour: The what?! We ventured out into the ocean at night to see dinoflagellates (aka oceanic plankton that glow when disturbed) in a clear, see-through kayak. It was INCREDIBLE. Our tour guide even caught some jelly fish that lit up when you touched them!

Explore the Beaches : Each one is surprisingly different. Filled with huge shell scraps to the shore. White sand into the water. Hikes from the hills down to the beach. Even rocky areas suited for snorkeling! Plus, for whatever reason, this vacation had me inspired to take runs on the beach near our house in the morning and do some yoga along the shore. Completely undisturbed – basically your own private exercise beach. No gym membership required.

Go to the Deep End: You literally walk not 5 feet into the ocean from the beach, and BOOM. A coral reef drop off filled with life. We were lucky enough to even catch a massive school of fish to follow along (as the locals suggest you do). For a $10 rental of a snorkeling mask, its more than worth it. And there are small tikis with lounge chairs to rest in after the swim.

Eat, Drink and Eat some more: Savant is maybe the coziest restaurant in town. The candle lit, vine draped old walls make for a most romantic atmosphere. Tutto Bene is the perfect spot for late night (10pm – everything closes early!) artisan pizza. For breakfast, try The Avocado Pitt – a more local spot that serves a traditional spread. Oh, and a personal favorite having nothing to do with island, was my re-discovery of Kings Hawaiian bread at the local market, a sweet loaf of bread I ate every morning, for snacks, for in-between lunch and dinner…. and on the way to the airport.?

Be Prepared to Stay Left : You have to drive on the left – which may or may not be difficult for some to remember coming from the US.

Animal Planet: On this trip, I saw some 100 geckos, a caterpillar the length of a water bottle, egret birds, an iguana nearly 3 feet long, and while snorkeling the biggest sting ray I’ve ever come across. Oh! And don’t forget all the friendly neighbor dogs. We had a standard poodle named Calypso on our property.

Bob Marley: A party island this is not. However because its the Caribbean, Reggae is abundant and we found ourselves on the other side of the island for the Fourth of July at Rhythms, a Reggae restaurant/bar/hangout on the beach where we watched fireworks while listening to some Marley, a perfect ending to our verrrry chill week.


By brie

The Del Val #22

The road to becoming Anthony Bourdain’s (who many people think has one of the coolest jobs on the planet) assistant.

The beloved children’s book character Madeline is 75 this year. See this exhibition of her creator’s original artworks and then be sure to head here after.

We are ALWAYS amazed and inspired by the obscure books they find.

This came out 50 years ago and you’ve likely never seen it on the big screen. It’s recevied a stunning restoration so you should.

Speaking of films, here’s a new documentary about America’s most famous movie critic and we hear it’s thumbs up all around.

With the whole world currently riveted by football/soccer, here are cool gift ideas for that person in your life who is the biggest fan.

Many people across the US are going to be moving through airports this weekend. Here’s a classic soundtrack if you are.

And many people will have a drink this weekend as well. Don’t forget the watermelon in yours.

Not new, but maybe new to you: Our favorite postcards.

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


By delphine and wes

Summer Books

We are quickly approaching our summer vacations here at the Studio and we keep asking each other: What are you reading? Do you know any good books?

I just keep recommending Gone Girl to everyone who asks (which I mean, have you read it? So good!) but I decided we needed to get a list from a few people that know books, like really know books…

So, here’s what our bookworm friends had to recommend!

Read it at the beach: The Vacationers by Emma Straub
This smart beach read chronicles a New York family’s vacation in Mallorca. Be sure to soak up this dazzling book in the sun.

Pack it on your road trip: California by Edan Lepucki
Terrifying and engrossing, a near-future novel that covers the distances we travel for the people we love.

Take it on your international flight: I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum
Set in two of our favorite destinations— Paris and London.

Totally okay to read at the hotel bar: The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill
Hip, stylish, and sophisticated, O’Neill will have you practicing your French on strangers all night.

Read it with your best friend: Friendship by Emily Gould.
Step 1: Read together. Step 2: Talk about it. Step 3: Hug it out.

You’ll want to read it twice: 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
This jazz song of a novel, out in August, will have you dancing through waning days of summer and dreaming fondly of sweaters and Christmas lights.

Will make you laugh and cry: The Book of Unknown Americans By Cristina Henríquez.
Gorgeously complex and moving, a love story that will break your heart.

What is on your summer reading list?

PS: If you are looking for books to read in French, click on the FR at the top of the blog to see the list!

Two Dots

We have a problem.

We can’t stop playing Two Dots on our iPhones. And by we, I mean Emily, Erik, Garance and myself. Emily was the one that told us all to download it, so I blame her for the fact that I haven’t looked up from my phone in days. I never thought I would get so addicted.

The point of the game? Connect the dots and sink the anchors.

Have you played it?

PS: I’m on level 25 and totally stuck. Help!


By alex

Summer

It’s summer. Real summer. It’s hot out. The days are long and you can be lazy without having to make any excuses. I love it, I love it. Plus, it’s the Fourth of July this week, which means it’s a vacation week in the US. Only Friday, but it (finally!) feels like time is slowing down.

Here are a few of the things I like to do in the summer…

- Imagine that summer is forever.

- Use oil everywhere. Yep, in the summer, I switch and use oils for everything. I put oil in my hair, on my body, on my nails, everywhere. All that matters is that it makes my skin feel like satin and makes me feel like I’m on vacation. So they have to smell like summer.

Right now, I’m using three kinds :

Darphin Huile Nourrissante Toucher Satin for the body.
L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil for my hair.
NARS Monoi for everything else.

- Eat fruit all day.

- Walk around my neighborhood after work. With a friend, or with my man, walking around the Village at the end of the day is amazing. We sit on the steps of a brownstone, spend hours chatting, it’s soooo nice.

- Drink rosé. Just because rosé proves it’s summer (the rest of the time, I prefer red wine).

- Make new friends. It’s strange how people relax in the summer. They’re more open, they take their time. It would be so nice if it were like that all the time.

- Go around with a huge bag and never take anything out of it and end up finding weird things in it at the end of the year like sand, toothpaste, a telephone number with no name, a pair of panties, etc. End up with hernia.

- Rotate between about five outfits: three “daytime”, one “evening”, one “beach”. That’s it. Relax about my wardrobe.

- Spend the summer checking the summer sales.

- Sleep all day with the window open, telling myself: “Aaaah it’s so pretty out…I’ll just stay in one more hour…”

- Make huge plans for back to school, as if September were a faraway land full of promise.

- Keep wearing the same sandals as in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010. Think about all the memories of vacations I’ve gone on with them (even the time when my bottle of monoi oil spilled all over them – and my sandals absorbed ALL of it, protecting my clothes from catastrophe and giving my sandals a deep hydrating treatment that made them look great. Ok, so maybe they changed color, so what?) (ok yeah, that’s the downside of oils).

- Freak out about having to wear a swimming suit again Ah no, sorry, I just don’t like it. Not in the list.

- Wake up with the sun, around 6:30, take my time eating breakfast and still have time left before starting my day.

- Drink some beer on account of this is the World Cup.

- Love the sun, but walk in the shade.

- Get my watercolors and notebooks out. Dry flowers in them. Paint in them and write down all my big after-summer plans.

- Read.

- Make lists.

- Daydream.

- Go on vacation!!!

… This summer, I’m going on a tour through Italy, Greece, and Spain. I can’t wait!!! What are you doing this summer? Do you have any plans?

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Inspirations, Dries Van Noten

The Dries Van Noten exhibition, Inspirations, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, is one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen this year.

The way it’s curated is sublime — it’s full of treasures. Dries Van Noten never stops showing his work – he wanted to reveal the path that led to his inspiration. The clothes are presented with art, with Picasso, with Vasarely, videos, newspaper clippings… and it’s all integrated into his love of gardens… It’s such a rich show, it would be impossible to describe it to you.

I had gone there to photograph it for you, but something that rarely happens to me happened this time – on my way back home, I lost all the photos. After totally losing it and not being able to even talk about it until today shedding a few tears, I decided to get philosophical about it. It must mean that this show is just made to be seen in person.

The dates of the exhibition have just been extended – of course – to the end of October.

Having the luck to be invited into this unique, brilliant, marvelous and generous creator’s world is an opportunity not to be missed!

It’s really worth the trip.

———-

And for those of you who can’t make the trip, there’s a beautiful book to accompany the exhibition. Click on the arrows to see all the photos.

Translated by Andrea Perdue

The Del Val #21

Remember these words and then spend time going through his archive, he’s one of the consistently best Tumblr-ers we’ve come across.

Put this on in the background this weekend while you’re having breakfast. Trust us.

Who swoons for Koons? We do. Do not miss this major restrospective or the great accompanying book.

Anna Wintour has a bit of experience, so when she gives advice it’s best to listen.

Short videos of fashionable neighborhoods around the world.

If you love modern photography then you must know Garry Winogrand’s work…but don’t go until after June 30 so you can also see this by Sol Lewitt!

What mood are these designers in? Let them show you.


By delphine and wes

At Rachel Comey

This week I stopped by the new Rachel Comey store in Soho, it’s her first flagship! The interiors are so modern and feminine, there’s even carpet on the walls of the dressing room. I really like the vibe inside and it’s so nice to shop when you have great light!

PS: That’s Diane the store manager and Lina in photos! The store is designed by architect Elizabeth Roberts and interior design by Charles de Lisle.

Rachel Comey, 95 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012

At Rachel Comey

This week I stopped by the new Rachel Comey store in Soho, it’s her first flagship! The interiors are so modern and feminine, there’s even carpet on the walls of the dressing room. I really like the vibe inside and it’s so nice to shop when you have great light!

PS: That’s Diane the store manager and Lina in photos! The store is designed by architect Elizabeth Roberts and interior design by Charles de Lisle.

Rachel Comey, 95 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012

Pot Time Stories

Ever since weed became legal in some American states, I feel like I’m living in a cloud of smoke all the time.

Ok, that might be an exaggeration.

But seriously. It’s like everyone in the world smokes, smoked, or is about to smoke pot; and below my apartment, it smells like weed for miles around. For a minute there, I thought it was coming from the windows of the university campus nearby (I live in the neighborhood by NYU) but no, it happens to be a couple of retired people who love to smoke a little joint on the steps of their building at the end of the day (so they told me with a wink).

It’s not even legal yet in New York, guys. Wowowo, come on.

It doesn’t matter to me either way: I don’t smoke.
I know, it’s anti-rebel and anti-cool, but let me tell you for two seconds what it does to me…

Marijuana came into my life on a summer evening.

I was with my skater friends (I won’t tell you how young we were – it’s shameful) and one of them (one of the new guys, who was older, more handsome, and a better skateboarder than the other guys) took out some kind of brown thing (hash, which is more common in France than in the US, where people tend to smoke weed)(and is, in France as well, mostly illegal) and started rolling a joint.

We all tried it, obviously: I don’t have to tell you about the pressure to be cool when you’re in a group of skaters. It’s hell. Saying no would have immediately ruined the vibe.
So I tried it. I hated the taste but I didn’t say anything, and then it seemed like it wasn’t really doing anything to me. A few hours later, we left with two friends who lived close to me, and once we were away from the beautiful, older, and more experienced skater (ok, let’s call him BO&MES) out came the real talk:

Me: “It doesn’t even do anything. It sucks. Plus, it tastes disgusting.”
First friend: “I like the taste, but it doesn’t really do much. Alcohol is way stronger.”
Second friend: “Are you guys crazy!!! It’s SO coool, I love it so much, this feeling, omg it’s amazing (ok we probably didn’t say omg back then, probably something more like “this so rocks”) I wanna buy some!!!”

I thought he was exaggerating slightly, but I didn’t want to kill his vibe.
When I finally got home, I had this weird hunger.
I ransacked the kitchen, and then went to sleep.

A few months later, that second friend had dreadlocks, was listening to Bob Marley (who he was calling “Bob”, of course) all the time, and spent a lot more time rolling (joints) than rolling (on his skateboard). Uhuhuh.
That’s when I figured out that for some people, that kind of thing automatically becomes a life style. And pretty caricatural, for some.
I started to hate “Bob”.
But since I like to persevere even with things stupid, it took me a few more years to really understand that it just wasn’t for me. I also have to report that since after that night on the beach with BO&MES, I had the weird feeling that pot was following me around wherever I went. Suddenly it was showing up with all of the people I was hanging out with. Was it a trend, was it just growing up or was it that all the people around me where bad seeds?

My skater friends. My musician friends. Friends at school. My boyfriends. My girl friends. My friends’ parents. Everyone was smoking. Was I the only one not having fun or were the others also pretending?
I felt like I was not invited to the fun pot high – I totally had GanjFOMO.

Why didn’t it work for me?
How come every time I took a drag, I immediately felt intense nausea, and then wanted to eat everything I could get my hands on, especially cookies, and then I’d get an irresistible urge to sleep?

[I would fall asleep pretty much anywhere. I would feel the sleepiness come, and sneak out to any place I spotted. My friends were used to finding me comfortably dreaming in other people's bedrooms (alone, of course, what were you imagining?) In other people's bathtubs (empty, of course, and yes it hurts your back). On the couch right in the middle of the party. On top of a speaker during a rave party, etc...]

Anyway, I persevered.

- I tried having someone shotgun it to me. It’s still as gross as a joint, but at least it’s kind of sexy, I thought to myself as I asked BO&MES to do it.
Result: Ok. It’s sexy for about two seconds. But it burns and it’s twelve times stronger. So for me it was nausea + cookies + sleep, but three times faster.

- Then I tried weed. I mainly remember laughing so hard I peed my pants, followed by major nausea. I spent the night feeling anxious and pouring sweat while I watched the ceiling change shapes. “Oh yeah, that skunk weed is kind of strong” my friend said right after I’d taken a hit off the joint.

- Then I tried a bong. Ok actually I didn’t: I saw my friends do it and it depressed me. It seemed too much like a drug thing.
Besides, just the second hand smoke in that room was enough for me to send me to my nausea + cookies + sleep combo.

- I finally learned my lesson and half pretended to smoke (I hadn’t yet acquired a personality, which really comes in handy for saying things like “no thanks, I don’t smoke”) and half took on the role of the one who rolled all the joints for everyone (rolling joints is a great pastime for not getting bored when your friends are completely stupid because they’re smoking joint after joint)(This was before Angry Birds) so I tried rolling a twelve paper joint one night when a friend had the great idea of doing a joint rolling contest (these were some high quality friends)(the worst part is, you’re probably imagining a group of dirty punk kids, but we weren’t like that at all! most of them were law or med students)(okay, everybody knows med students are the worst)(let’s just say all the marijuana was to help deal with the pressure of school) and I had the brilliant idea that I’d be the one to win the joint rolling contest (that was a high quality Garance).
Result: When you manage to roll a twelve paper joint and you win the joint rolling contest, you’re pretty much obligated to smoke it. Nausea x 12, cookies x12 (boxes of Oreos), sleep x 12.

- Then I tried eating it. We made a pot brownie, as I was telling myself that maybe it was because I was smoking it that it wasn’t working for me. And with that, I can’t even describe the feeling, it was like suddenly I was flying, I was completely flaccid, it was like my body was getting away from me. It seemed kind of funny on the inside, but on the outside I have no idea what I looked like. Everything seemed hilarious. For no reason.
Basically, we just laughed for no reason. Does laughing count when it’s for no reason? (And other philosophical questions I asked myself as I was waking up 20 hours later with a major pot hangover).
Then afterward, nausea and sleep (I’d had enough sweets). Honestly, it was pretty pointless.

And after that, I finally understood once and for all: marijuana makes me hungry and puts me to sleep, so basically it makes me fat and boring. SO MAYBE IT WAS TIME TO STOP WITH THE NONSENSE.

I quit. I found my personality. I became “the girl who doesn’t smoke” (my personality has other sides to it, but that’s a topic for another day) and I wasn’t afraid to say so. So much better. So much funnier. Cooler. Better parties.

I don’t judge anyone else for doing it, I still love my friends who smoke and fortunately, as time has gone by, they don’t do too many joint rolling contests anymore. I just know it isn’t for me.
I’m a wise person now – and I know that, as Bob Marley used to say:

“The day you stop racing is the day you win the race”.

Oh yeah, by the way – “Bob.” Now that I don’t smoke anymore, I loooooooove him.

Translated by Andrea Perdue

The Del Val #20

If you love licorice, this is the caviar of it.

Every woman knows this tale and this is a cute, funny version of it, period.

COS is coming to America and here are 50 things they love about us/US (get it?).

A charming little video which makes Carven even more charming.

You’ll glow inside and out with this magic granola.

Even if your feet never leave the ground you can apply “Keep on Pushin’” to your life.

2 for 1: Look at what is offered at this great store in LA, and then stay to watch the excellent McEnroe/Borg documentary in preparation for Wimbledon.

If you’re in need of some creative inspiration, or just appreciate good design, spend some time looking around here.

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


By delphine and wes

Park Life

Have you ever been sunbathing at the park?

In New York in the summer, parks are like real beaches. It’s so hot people throw themselves in the fountains. It’s cool, joyful and you can even buy popsicles, but I’d never do it (well that’s because I don’t sunbathe, so the only thing that would be left to me would be fountain bathing) – let’s just say I’ll wait for the beach.

That said, it’s an atmosphere we’ve wanted to capture on the blog for a long time… So, here is a park-beach trip with Caroline and Sarah.

Would you do it ?

On Caroline: Swimsuit, Melissa Odabash; Bracelets, Jennifer Fisher; Sunglasses, Stella McCartney; Bag, Samuji; Towel, Nine Space.
On Sarah: Swimsuit, J.Crew; Sunglasses, Oliver Peoples; Cuff, Vintage; Friendship Bracelet, Lucy Folk; Towel, Nine Space.

Olivia & Steph at Baz Bagel

A few weeks ago, Bari Musacchio opened a super cool new bagel shop in the LES.
Look at this wallpaper!!! I’d make a shirt out of it.

So. As you know, New Yorkers love their bagels and now we can swap our corner coffee cart for Baz’s. We went over with Olivia and Steph (this PINK Saint Laurent bag! These sandals!) the other day to check it out and of course, taste the bagels (they have a gluten free option!)– really, even for a newbie, they’re super good.

A recently introduced bingo night makes it a spot you want to hang out day and night. Try the mooch :) and if you happen to be in the mood for dessert, the french toast is delicious!

PS : Oliva and Steph own a cool shop called American Two Shot!

On Olivia: Sweatshirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim; Jeans, vintage Levi’s; Sandals, Fendi; Bag, Saint Laurent. On Steph: Jacket, Worth; Bag, Givenchy; Shoes, Saint Laurent.

Baz Bagel, 181 Grand Street, New York NY

The Del Val #19

We particularly go for the cute plush Sharpies, but you’re sure to see something you like as well.


That old man on Burt’s Bees products? That’s the real Burt! A new documentary about him.

Gia Coppola directs a peach of a video for Blood Orange.

Some people are highbrow, some lowbrow. Those who are brave can try no brow.

There is a new issue of one of the best magazines in the world you’re not reading.

Everyone who is anyone in the fashion world over the past decade has sat before his lens.

MoMA adds an app to their permanent collection, the first time ever.

Sit down for a lengthy interview with fashion’s queen of journalism, Suzy Menkes.

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


By admin

Photographing Sarita

The cover of Grey magazine!

When Valentina, from Grey magazine, asked me if I’d like to shoot Sarita Choudhury for the cover, I was like : YES!!!
Not only do I love Grey, but having the chance to shoot someone like Sarita is really too good.

She has a very special magnetism in Homeland. And it went the same way in front of my camera.
She knows how to let go, to be confident and creative – an actress that’s not about control freaking but more about giving herself… What a great day!

Here are a few photos. Big kisses!

Grey Magazine, Issue 10 Spring/Summer 2014

Click on the arrows to see more images…

An American in Venice

Everyone has a favorite Penn right?

Ok, well in case you can’t decide, a retrospective of Irving Penn’s work is on display now until December at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice (on the canals!). From his iconic black and white imagery (the likes of Truman Capote) to the softly vibrant flowers, there is no shortage of favorites to choose from. Mine? The corner portraits, Marlene Dietrich as the stand out.

Irving Penn at Palazzo Grassi, Dorsoduro 2, Venice


By brie

Word

There are some words that really, really get on my nerves.
Especially ones that are used to label, minimize, or condescend, and basically, any time words are used to put kind of an ugly label on things when it’s just not necessary.
For example…

Princess

“Oh, she’s such a princess.”
Hearing a guy say that gives me the chills. I can’t even really explain why.

Cougar

It was already kind of lame back when it was just used to describe women who were attracted to younger men, but it’s even worse now that it’s used for (pretty much) Any Woman Over Forty.

It’s annoying because it categorizes women in a way that no one ever does with men, who we continue to find sexy at any age, no matter how old their partner is.

Yesterday, I went to see Edge Of Tomorrow (this way you know you shouldn’t bother going to see it even if Tom Cruise is pretty funny at the beginning which is a nice suprise) and [spoiler alert] [Ok, I mean, it's not like we didn't see it coming] Emily Blunt (31) and Tom Cruise (51) make out in the movie and no one raises an eyebrow.

What would people have said if it were Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher? Cougar!!! Argh.

Plus size

Ah, the infinite creativity it must take to not say it like it is.
I understand you can’t exactly open a “fat” section in the store, but the expression plus-size is just plus-annoying. I say curvy. Not much better, I know.

Fashionista

Even though I don’t really know what else to say when I want to talk about a girl who likes fashion, I never really liked the word fashionista (But I do like Fashionista with a capital F, the website) even worse now that it’s used in a way that’s not even funny anymore, all over the place and in the most condescending way possible: “Fashionista alert! Sample sale this weekend!” crrrrriiiinge.

So now the problem is — what to call a girl who likes fashion? Who knows.

Bitch

Ok I admit I say it sometimes, but always as a joke, like – yo, bitch, but it depresses me anyway, for a reason that makes Alex burst out laughing every time: I love dogs, and therefore I love bitches.
I’m tired of people insulting them. They didn’t do anything!

Vagina

I hate the way this word is used in the US. I’ve already talked to you about that here. But I guess something is lost in translation because my American friends seem super comfortable using the word vagina to describe their pussy [and they use the word vagina A LOT].

So I say pussy, the literal translation of the French word chatte, and everyone looks kind of shocked – I think it’s a super trashy word in the US.

Is she on her period or something?

Too true (and too painful)(I take Advil) to not be extremely annoying coming out of the mouth of a man who can’t understand. And even worse when it comes from a woman, who can understand.

Yes, I’m on my period. Shut up.

Kimye, Brangelina

Ok, maybe this doesn’t annoy me that much, actually. Compared to the expression above, it’s even kind of cute. Right? What do you think?

Obsessed

And all the words that go along with fashion-related hysteria that I commit myself way too often: “I’m dying for those shoes! Omg, dying!!!” “SO obsessed!!!” “Scatter my ashes at Bergdorf Goodman!!!” (um, really, you like shopping THAT much?)

Ok, fine. I know I say things like that every day. What? I never said I didn’t annoy myself, too!

So what about you? What words get on your nerves?

Translated by Andrea Perdue.

#@&*$ Newsletters

Newsletters drive me crazy. I’ve subscribed to maybe three newsletters in my entire life.

And even so, I think I must receive at least 200 per day.

Arrrrgh noo but no but noooooo! Come on, seriously, no! I can’t take it anymore!!!

It drives me so crazy that in the past, I’ve even tried leaving behind an email address to start a brand new email life elsewhere. Pfff. After about two months, it starts all over again. I’ve tried starting over twice, and finally I just gave up.

It’s so annoying. I don’t even see my friend’s emails anymore, I end up skipping over emails that I actually should read (as soon as I see anything that looks a little too colorful, an alarm goes off in my head and I hit delete without even thinking about it) so anyway, my inbox is becoming a hostile place that I hate going to.

My friends know this about me, so they text me instead.

Ok, I know I shouldn’t complain. I have a blog, so it’s normal for people to want to pass information along to me. But even with my most confidential email addresses, it happens fast. All I have to do is buy a pair of shoes online and I get an avalanche of news for the rest of my life.

The other day, I bought these Massimo Dutti shoes (these ones here — they’re sublime, go ahead, tested and approved par moi) and ever since, Massimo Dutti feels totally at home with me. I tried to unsubscribe earlier, and I had to confirm 3 times!!! And when I was buying the shoes, I specifically indicated that I DID NOT WANT TO SUBSCRIBE TO THEIR #@$%& MAILING LIST!!!!
(So annoyed.)

So now, I’m getting paranoid. I never give out my email address for any reason. I go on unsubscribe-me rampages (= a whole hour spent in front of my computer unsubscribing to things, what a life)(especially since I have a feeling unsubscribing doesn’t actually work) and end up writing whiny posts on my blog about it ;)

Even more annoying than getting a good newsletter when you actually wanted it in the first place is great!

I like Goop, for example, and the newsletter from The Line. I always open those.
Yes, because I made the conscious choice to SUBSCRIBE.

(I really like our newsletter too, of course, but I would NEVER sign someone up unless they asked me to.)
So voilà. I was just wondering how you handle the huge quantities of junk mail.

And also, are there any newsletters you love?

PS: Sign up for our newsletter in the sidebar on the right, the next one comes out this week!

Translated by Andrea Perdue.


By admin

The Del Val #18

Hedi Slimane makes you want to keep your Saint Laurent invitation.

It is not an exaggeration to say his designs influenced hundreds of millions of people.

Um, we’d not be opposed to this being our pool option for the summer.

A charming look at charming NYC bookstores.

Memorable moments in pop culture you’ve never seen before.

The search for the perfect t-shirt is over.

Let a cartoon version of Philip Seymour Hoffman tell you about happiness.

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


By delphine and wes

At Sea

Just a few days before their resort presentation, my friends Monica and Sean from the brand Sea hosted a dinner.
I love their dinners – the Sea studio always looks great, full of flowers, the food is amazing and the atmosphere is so special that to me, it really represents what their world is about.

(Also, these are exactly the kind of dinners I’d like to throw once I get my head around getting really back to cooking (in 2034)).

This is why this time, I thought it could be cool to capture the atmosphere and share it with you.
We might even share of few of their recipes, stay tuned !

Click on the arrows to see more images…

With the Girls

New in Garance Doré Goods

We decided to put together a special set of some of our favorite products in the shop right now! You can find the limited edition (only 25 sets!) here!

Leave any questions in the comments below!

Kisses!

The Studio


By studio

Ab Fab!

This is probably the most hilarious thing I’ve seen all week.

Suzy Menkes in Ab Fab at a “fashion show” with Patsy. I died laughing.

Skip straight to 1:27, where Patsy exchanges her seat assignment so she can sit in the front row.

Lol lol lol. The more things change, the more they stay the same.


By admin

May: My Instalife

#LetsGoIndigo May Instagram @styleslicker

Learning the art of Shibori with Shibori artist from LA Niki Livingston of Lookout & Wonderland at @mihjeans HQ. #letsgoindigo

May Instagram @styleslicker

Top left: My usual monthly visits at @blitzlondon for vintage shopping.  Top middle: MSG craving, ramyeon tastes so GOOD!  Top right: Verde & Company in Spitalfields.  Centre right: Finishers necklace designed by @alexmonroejewellery for @nike #WeOwnTheNight 10K run in London.  Center middle: It’s a black and white kind of day.  Center right: @adorn25official book launch dinner with bloggers at @theaptmt.  Bottom left: Shooting in the middle of Chelsea.  Bottom middle: @charlotte_olympia presentation at The Connaught Hotel.  Bottom right: Shooting something new and interesting in the fashion cupboard with @elleuk.

May Instagram @styleslicker

Top left and middle: Shooting on location with @peonylim.  Top right: My personal tardis.  Bottom left: That purple flower tree has triggered my hayfever-sneezing fit.  Bottom center: Oh hello daisies at @libertylondon.  Bottom right: Dull grey skies of London.

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The Del Val #17

Hear the pure, passionate sound of a 9-year old achieving her goal.

Your photos printed at your size for cheap.

Maison Martin Margiela has been dressing people for years and now wants to do their walls.

Pieces of marble that arrive to you flat and are easily turned into a beautful table 30 seconds later.

Summer’s here and these are tips for anyone traveling solo this year.

I’m supposed to be playing tennis at the French Open, but it’s raining, so I’ll dance instead.

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


By delphine and wes

Maya Angelou

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did… but people will never forget how you made them feel.

In memory of Maya Angelou.

Hey Kids!

I can’t tell how many times I’ve watched this video since we finished editing.

The shoot happened the day of the opening of the Bonpoint Store, in Soho. We had built a white seamless and asked 13 kids to come play in front of the camera.

Usually, I don’t direct too much – my videos are more like mini reportages. I did it for the first time for Whistles, where I was telling the models exactly what I wanted them to do. Yes yes, I was doing all the movements with them and I was dancing with them, except behind the camera. It was exhausting but easy; they’re super talented.

But with kids, I was a bit scared.
Nah, not scared of kids (I’m a big sister, an aunt and in case I need to look for my inner authority, I’ve been a supervisor in a “sensitive” high school when I was a student) but worried I wouldn’t be able to direct them.

I was forgetting how much kids love a camera. Just putting them in front of it was enough – they would start having fun and showing us what they could do (hoola hoop with 5 hoolas anyone?). For the ones who where shy, just letting them play with other kids and they’d totally forget the camera. And whenever we didn’t know what to do, I would throw confetti. Worked every
time :)

I still was exhausted by the end, but super happy.
I love the video, so I wanted to share it. It’s fun, simple, and we don’t talk about kids enough around here – and they have a few things to teach us about fashion and attitude ;)

Hey Kids!

I can’t tell how many times I’ve watched this video since we finished editing.

The shoot happened the day of the opening of the Bonpoint Store, in Soho. We had built a white seamless and asked 13 kids to come play in front of the camera.

Usually, I don’t direct too much – my videos are more like mini reportages. I did it for the first time for Whistles, where I was telling the models exactly what I wanted them to do. Yes yes, I was doing all the movements with them and I was dancing with them, except behind the camera. It was exhausting but easy; they’re super talented.

But with kids, I was a bit scared.
Nah, not scared of kids (I’m a big sister, an aunt and in case I need to look for my inner authority, I’ve been a supervisor in a “sensitive” high school when I was a student) but worried I wouldn’t be able to direct them.

I was forgetting how much kids love a camera. Just putting them in front of it was enough – they would start having fun and showing us what they could do (hoola hoop with 5 hoolas anyone?). For the ones who where shy, just letting them play with other kids and they’d totally forget the camera. And whenever we didn’t know what to do, I would throw confetti. Worked every
time :)

I still was exhausted by the end, but super happy.
I love the video, so I wanted to share it. It’s fun, simple, and we don’t talk about kids enough around here – and they have a few things to teach us about fashion and attitude ;)

PS: The song is “Bounce the Ball” by Rachael Dadd.

Hey Kids!

I can’t tell how many times I’ve watched this video since we finished editing.

The shoot happened the day of the opening of the Bonpoint Store, in Soho. We had built a white seamless and asked 13 kids to come play in front of the camera.

Usually, I don’t direct too much – my videos are more like mini reportages. I did it for the first time for Whistles, where I was telling the models exactly what I wanted them to do. Yes yes, I was doing all the movements with them and I was dancing with them, except behind the camera. It was exhausting but easy; they’re super talented.

But with kids, I was a bit scared.
Nah, not scared of kids (I’m a big sister, an aunt and in case I need to look for my inner authority, I’ve been a supervisor in a “sensitive” high school when I was a student) but worried I wouldn’t be able to direct them.

I was forgetting how much kids love a camera. Just putting them in front of it was enough – they would start having fun and showing us what they could do (hoola hoop with 5 hoolas anyone?). For the ones who where shy, just letting them play with other kids and they’d totally forget the camera. And whenever we didn’t know what to do, I would throw confetti. Worked every
time :)

I still was exhausted by the end, but super happy.
I love the video, so I wanted to share it. It’s fun, simple, and we don’t talk about kids enough around here – and they have a few things to teach us about fashion and attitude ;)

The Del Val #16

It’s graduation season. Here are over 300 of the best commencement speeches from 1774 to today.

La Seine, the most beautiful avenue in Paris.

Goodbye Gordon Willis, the celebrated cinematographer who worked on The Godfather films, Annie Hall, and other classics.

Cast your vote for who should be the CFDA’s Fashion Instagrammer of the Year.

Let your key tag tell the world who, what, where you are.

We’ve all done it. Just “shruggie” next time you can’t do it in person.

Some people still like the real thing. Plan your next trip across America by visiting its best record stores.

You probably don’t know this guy, you probably don’t know these facts, but you’ll be pleased you do after reading this original book.

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


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Jane & Serge

In the mood for some weekend reading? Okay, scratch the reading part, but how about some Jane Birkin eye candy? We’ve been flipping through this new little “Family Album” at the studio for the last few days, taking a peek at Jane and Serge’s life together in the 60s and 70s.

The book includes some never before published photos (including some extra cute ones of Charlotte) and comes with a few bonus goodies, like a sheet of stickers (!), photo prints and an embroidered patch… it’s the ultimate long weekend scrapbook.

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At Julia’s

I spent a few hours at Julia Chaplin’s house the other day — do you remember the photos of her and her daughter Tuesday that I took in Montauk?

Julia is the author of several super inspiring books about the Gypset – and she’s working on another book right now. It’s nice how she was able to bring that relaxed, summery atmosphere to her house in Brooklyn.

Which gave me a few ideas of my own…

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Translated by Andrea Perdue.

Newsletter #4

It’s that time again…

Our next newsletter goes out tomorrow! Don’t miss out on what we’ve been up to at the Studio and the scoop on a new little Instagram project just for subscribers…

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In Stores!

It has been so exciting to see my collection with Rifle in stores!

So many of you have posted Instagrams showing everything on shelves and it’s so crazy to see– I really feel so lucky! I wanted to give you a list of all the retailers that are carrying my collection, so that you can stop by in your home city and see it all in person! The full list is here (and we will keep updating it to include more of our international retailers) and you can also still order the products on garancedoregoods.com if you don’t have a shop nearby!

Also, if you are interested in carrying the collection in your store, please email: garancedore@riflepaperco.com

Thank you for all the cool photos and tweets!!!


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On Repeat: La Femme

There are some songs we hear at fashion shows that we absolutely cannot get out of our heads… and most of the time, we have no idea who they are by.

We weren’t going to let that happen this time. While watching the Louis Vuitton resort livestream, Brie and I both looked at each other and said, “Wait, this song is awesome…who is it?!”

One quick Shazam later and we had our answer: La Femme’s “It’s Time to Wake Up.”

It’s already at the top of my summer playlist. Here, give it a listen:


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White on White

Looking for some cool white distressed jeans this weekend.

A few things to go along with them on my Pinterest!


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The Del Val #15

New Yorkers remain endlessly fascinated by Parisians…as do Parisians by New Yorkers.

This experience will help you savor your journeys in life.

Quick, name your favorite set designer. Can’t? Get to know this super-talented one.

Where all the free movies are playing this summer in NYC.

Watch 20 creative people tell you what creativity is to them.

The coolest design store in Manhattan is having a deep moving sale.

Speaking of design, if you love it and want to see future stars, go here this weekend.

Funny lady Sarah Silverman tells women to do this and don’t do that.

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


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Bling Bling!

You can bedazzle anything…really.

A few designers have proved it with this year’s CFDA project with Swarovski, benefiting NYC Free Arts. Our favorites? The Todd Snyder Nets basketball jersey and the Irene Neuwirth skateboard? (might be all too precious to ride, but thats okay).

You can bid on all nine of the one-of-a-kind objects here!


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Frieze Together

Last weekend we tagged along with McCallan and Natasha to the Frieze Art Fair on Randall’s Island here in NY!

We were in luck, because going with two girls who know a few things about fashion and art* was great when it came to navigating the art filled tent. The Modern Institute was my favorite, until I got distracted by the Momofuku Milk Bar cookies and also maybe a bit by any extensive white wall, so thought it best to follow the girls. What better tour guides could you ask for?

PS: Natasha and McCallan had some admirers too. Ok maybe it was that Celine bag or those paint splattered pants, but whatever. Pieces of art all on their own!

*McCallan works with artist Adam Mcewen and Natasha is a contemporary artist herself

On McCallan: top, Céline; pants, Rachel Comey; sandals, Isabel Marant; bag, Céline.
On Natasha: trench coat, Assembly New York; top and pants, David Michael; boots, Maison Martin Margiela; bag, Céline.

Featured Artwork: Yayoi Kusama, Adam Mcewen, Goshka Macuga, Carroll Dunham, Yoko Ono

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