i’ve eagerly been following the making of of Kelsey Genna’s bridal collection on her Instagram account, so was pleased to see that her new website showcasing the entire range launched this morning. and WHAT a collection! you may remember that i blogged about Kelsey last year, so to see how her designs have evolved is just wonderful. she is of course still inspired by nature & blooming florals – the entire bridal collection is in fact inspired by flowers (as you can probably tell by names such as Begonia, Windflower, Zinnia, Flowercup) and all pieces are hand crafted & limited edition. plus, i pointed this out last time but i can’t help but emphasize – Kelsey is only 21 years old.
out of all the fashion weeks i find Milan to be the most fun – mostly because of my ever favourite italian design houses Marni, Prada and Missoni… but this year my favourite FAVOURITE favourite collection by far, ever, possibly in the history of all fashion weeks, was Dolce & Gabbana. which surprises no one more than myself because i’ve never been a big D&G fan.
Lee Towndrow is a designer turned photographer from Canada who has travelled and lived all over the world, eventually settling in New York – where he continues to produce beautiful & interesting work. usually i’d select my favourite images when featuring a photographer, but Lee’s individual projects are so interesting and really deserve to be seen in their entirety. i particularly loved his ongoing series of Paper Portraits, as well as the personal projects Anachronisms No.1 & Anachronisms No.2 – where old men and young kids essentially switch places. No.2 (the one with the kids) is especially beautiful to me, as it was shot on film using only natural light. impressive!
– the giveaway is now closed. congratulations to Gaby! –
remember i included the Paper & Chain hex bar necklace in my birthday wish list? well now you can stand a chance to win one – or any other handmade piece of jewellery from their range! so, all you have to do is go have a browse around Paper & Chain and tell me in the comments which piece is your favourite – and that’s the one you’ll walk away with if your name gets drawn next week.
i hope you have noticed that Kate Singleton’s rad shop Buy Some Damn Art is one of my wonderful sponsors (see yonder sidebar). if you don’t know about BSDA already here’s a quick rundown – every week Kate curates online shows featuring affordable original art from up-and-coming artists that you can buy, dammit! and buy you should. the latest artists to be featured is Sara Barnes, whose mixed media collages are right up my alley. Sara’s work draws inspiration from cubism, surrealism and especially Matisse’s cut outs. read more about her process here.
it’s always great when a wonderfully creative lookbook draws you in, but it’s doubly awesome when you really LOVE the products that are being showcased. Billie Sunday is a new line of bags out of Barcelona by designers Mar Villegas and Emma Pardos. the lookbook for their first collection Sand Paradise, which is inspired by Palm Springs in the early 60s, unfolds over five days and plays out like a sunny sixties thriller. you can shop the collection here.
i don’t make birthday wish lists in real life, and i don’t particularly like being asked what i want for my birthday. i’m a firm believer in giving someone a gift that you really want them to have, doesn’t matter how big or small it is… or how weird it may be (a basket of cheese, for example, would be a great gift in my opinion). but since it’s my birthday on sunday i thought why not make an imaginary wish list in the form of a nice things post? why not, i say! perhaps it’s your birthday soon, in which case you can send this post to your loved ones for some splendid gift ideas. happy birthday september babies.