26.3.09

Jen Bekman + San Francisco


The illustrious Jen Bekman is 
in SF these days...how lucky we are!



from 

Visiting Mrs. Deane


We were introduced to Mrs. Deane by a photographer friend.

We think you'll like hanging out there, also.


While You're Waiting


Paul Pincus is hanging out at Christian Lacroix's Hotel du Petit Moulin.

[Am busy, these days gathering goodies to show you (next week? sooner, if possible, but it right now the days are just packed) from a marvelous little trip (yesterday) to San Francisco; it's advisable to wander over to the Hotel du Petit Moulin and allow the brilliant, magnificent Paul to add to your personal knowledge of couture + interiors.]


See you in San Francisco, soon!



24.3.09

Fishing in the Tenements of New York. Really?



Here

From the (sadly) short-lived
  Urablurb, via bldblog.


Books. Sofa. Streep. Lauren. Canonero. Poiret.







A quick minute to think about the intersection and origination of fashion + interior design: clothing lines + home lines. Musing thusly, of course, leads anyone smack into Karen Blixen's house and onto Ralph's brilliance...via, of course, the incandescent Meryl Streep, clothed - thanks to the genius of Milena Canonero - in one of the greatest cinematic wardrobes we'll see in our lifetimes. Hats off to Paul Poiret, who (see below) started it all (and to the fact that I finally ended that last sentence...it's been a long day).
"With all of Poiret’s accomplishments, the greatest obstacle he faced may simply have been his timing. For if Poiret’s debut marked the opening of an era, the curtain call for his encore would not come again until the near close of the twentieth century. And, then almost as if taking their cues directly from the King of Fashion himself, contemporary fashion designers emerged as total arbiters of taste. Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, and the late Gianni Versace were among some of the first to expand their clothing lines to encompass home lines."
Laura Layfer, Antiques and Fine Art
'Paul Poiret: Furnishing the Fashion Industry'


Poiret Room: Domino Magazine
Ralph Lauren Sofa: Apartment Therapy
Meryl Streep: 'Out of Africa,' Milena Canonero

Atelier Martine: Abricot

Atelier Martine | Paul Poiret

Abricot 

(probably from a Martine design) 
adapted by Thomas Jayne.
Brunschwig & Fils.

Paul Poiret



"...Poiret, in contrast to his predecessors Doucet and Worth, equated his actual vocation with that of artists’ work. The onset of the couture profession alone had elevated the status of clothing to a form of artistic expression as the attribution of designs to designers was itself a major advancement for fashion in the late nineteenth century. Poiret, on the other hand, took it one step further. If couture transformed the assemblage of outfits from mere decorative coverage to a medium in which to express the tastes and desires of its makers and wearers, then Poiret sought to cultivate those aspirations into a reality.

In 1908, Poiret asked the illustrator Paul Iribe to assist in producing a limited edition catalogue entitled Les robes de Paul Poiret. This colorful 'look book' featured Poiret’s clothing set against elaborate art-filled rooms, and single-handedly established the importance of the decorative interior as the ideal home for fashion creations..."

Laura Layfer, Antiques and Fine Art:
Paul Poiret: Furnishing the Fashion Industry

Plates from Les choses de Paul Poiret vues par Georges Lepape

23.3.09

Classic Cooking Text


Good.


In Cooking (and in Life)


"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure.
In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."



Add A Little More Color

Tough economy got you down?

I've decided that the best way to deal with it is
to add a little more color to your life.

Really.

What else could be better?
(Okay. It's a rhetorical question.)

Break out the Benjamin.

Add a little to color to your life.

[Stay tuned: I'll be keeping you posted.]
[by the way: a bit of banana yellow from brilliant
foster huntington at restless transplant]