Stripped Down Spring

Python strips from Valentino and bubblegum loops from Christopher Kane Ready to strip down for Spring? On the SS13 runways, a fistful of designers took to their scissors to slay standard notions of dress, skirt, and blouse. At Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli killed two trendbirds with one stone, using Spring’s ubiquitous snakeskin as bold strips on an otherwise subtle, semitransparent and ultrafeminine day dress. Christopher... Read More

Dia de los Butterflies

“Here are letters, all yours (already on the folds their traces of jerky pencil are fading). By day, folded up, they sleep, amid dry flowers, in my fragrant drawer, but at night they fly out, semitransparent and weak, they glide and flutter over me, like butterflies: one I may catch in my fingers, and at the night blue I look through it, and in it the stars shine through.” -Vladimir Nabokov, 1923 Translated from the Russian by Brian Boyd... Read More

Lanvin in Oz

I was recently visiting my dear friend Jessea and she showed me her newest antiquarian treasure trove: a collection of early and first edition Oz books, with the original illustrations by John R. Neill. So transfixed was I as I breathed in that old book smell and pored over the poignant ink drawings of the Patchwork Girl and Polychrome, the daughter of the rainbow. Dress, Lanvin Spring/Summer 2010; nail polish, Chanel Nouvelle Vague Neill is one of... Read More