Samantha Pleet Spring 13

Mallory shared the latest Samantha Pleet spring collection over on Gems yesterday, and it pretty much nails what i’d love my wardrobe to look like this summer – especially those floral numbers. the one thing that has been quite difficult for me to find, in south africa at least, is the perfect skirt length… which in my mind sits somewhere just between the knee at the calf, and hangs in that perfectly soft way that a summer skirt you’ve worn in for many seasons tends to do.

 Photography: Jacqueline DiMilia / Styling: Martha Violante / Shoes: Wolverine 1000 Mile by Samantha Pleet /Jewellery: Cold Picnic / Headpieces: Sarah Frances Kuhn / Set design: Patrick Pleet

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Myrtle FW 12

Whitney sent over the latest lookbook for her LA based shop Myrtle (you may remember the fantastic Tomboy Style lookbook from earlier this year). it was photographed by Megan McIsaac, and features designers such as Ermie (who wouldn’t recognise those first two dresses), Elkin, Feral Childe, Micaela Greg, and Samantha Pleet amongst others.

clothes: Myrtle /photographer: Megan McIsaac /models: Renee Lilley and Kate Smithson /stylist: Whitney Bickers

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Summerland Giveaway

the giveaway is now closed, thanks for entering!

i have been so excited to launch this giveaway with Megan from Summerland, who is offering one lucky reader a Seaecho clutch made exclusively for Summerland. these puppies have been sold out since their first run, but the shop has now been restocked in very limited quantities, and you stand the chance to walk away with one…

striking jacquard clutch crafted from virgin Pendleton wool. features a thick leather tassel with turquoise bead detail and sturdy canvas lining. measures 14″ x 12″ and 14″ x 9″ when folded. the perfect size to hold all the essentials with easy transition from day to night.

all you have to do is (1) sign up for the Summerland newsletter on their homepage (bottom left hand corner) and (2) tell me in the comments which Seaecho clutch is your favouriteNighthawk or Sunset Canyon? if your name is drawn next week that’s the one you’ll win!

please note that this giveaway is open to all readers worldwide, but if you are outside the USA your package might be subject to your country’s import duties / taxes. giveaway closes tuesday 9 october, winner will be drawn at random.

Objects

i’ve started a board called Objects over on good ol’ pinterest, which is basically just an extended version of nice things. there will probably be plenty of things on there that i might not get to feature on the blog, so if you’re into more nice things than you can shake a stick at then please do follow.

left: ceramic beastie vase / right: atelier stella

serax maison d’etre fibre pots

left: milk pitcher / right: jewellery holder

left: herriott grace / right: louisa taylor ceramics

the superior labor at slow down joe

left: chair by martin olsen /  right: simplex wall clock

left: DIY gold leaf papier mache bowls / right: DIY stamps

left: apothecary bar soap / right: ladies ladies ladies tote

left: moko ceramic jewellery / right: braided bronze band

left: vanessa bullick ceramics / right: oui scented candle

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Mark Shaw

you’re probably familiar with the work of fashion & celebrity photographer Mark Shaw, who was especially well known for his collection of photographs of the Kennedys. he shot over 100 stories in his 16 year career with LIFE magazine in the 1950s & 60s, and was one of the first photographers who documented backstage fashion at couture shows like Balmain and Balenciaga. if you’re feeling flush you can buy limited edition original prints of his work from the Andrew Wilder gallery. Here are some of my favourite stories he covered.

Audrey Hepburn

Portraits for LIFE Magazine of Hepburn while filming Sabrina. This entire shoot had lingered forgotten for more than fifty years in a box at the home of Mark’s first wife and were rediscovered in 2008. Initially Audrey Hepburn did all she could to avoid Mark Shaw’s cameras. When she realized they shared intense devotion to their work, she began to treat him like a member of the family.

Jackie Kennedy & family

These images were taken for an assignment from LIFE magazine about Jackie Kennedy which ran in 1959 while JFK was making his White House run. In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s Mark Shaw worked extensively as the “unoffical” family photographer to Jackie and John F. Kennedy.

Coco Chanel

Chanel was quoted at the time as saying that “Shaw had crept as close to her as anyone is likely to get with their LEICA on”. Shaw’s informal, grainy, black and white images of Chanel were captured using an unobtrusive 35 mm camera and film processing methods that enabled him to eliminate all other photographic equipment. The result is a highly personal and intimate look into a day in the life of this iconic woman.

Various artists – PicassoChagall, Fernand Leger & Miro

backstage at Balmain, 1954

various fashion editorials photographed in St. Tropez, Paris, Portofino

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