i’m still spectacularly confused as to why the shows come out a year in advance, or completely adverse to the seasons, but that doesn’t mean i don’t have time to take a squizz at what the designers are up to. Electric Feathers released their FW 14 collection about a month ago, and it is so rad. designer Leana Zuniga was inspired by Yohji Yamamoto circa-1980s and dancer Isadora Duncan. granted, only a certain kind of woman can pull this off… it’s nice to dream.
images thanks to Style.com
i haven’t delved into the vast LIFE magazine archives in a while, so it was a pleasure to discover this amusing article showing “six healthy girls” from a Hollywood modeling agency visiting Arrowhead Springs in California in 1948.
Although they are naturally blessed with plenty of sunshine and cheap orange juice, Californians are notorious for their eagerness to find new ways of keeping healthy. Dotting the state are dozens of spas and resorts which advertise salutary baths, colonic treatments and curative waters. One of the flossiest of these is the Arrowhead Hot Springs Hotel, perched in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, 65 miles east of Los Angeles. Recently six healthy girls from the Dorothy Preble model agency in Hollywood visited Arrowhead for a healthy holiday weekend. During their stay they boiled eggs in the hot springs, were daubed with Arrowhead mud, basked in underground steam caves and lolled in warm mineral baths containing traces of rare salts.
Models kid themselves and the stiffly affected postures of their trade beside the scalloped, palm-bordered pool near the hotel. Their boss, Mrs Preble, remains unimpressed.
Elisabeth Kellogg displays a terry-cloth bathing suit. Called a “stunner”, it is more practical for sunning than for swimming.
The girls boil their eggs in the “world’s hottest spring”.
Frolicking in the salutary waters of hot mineral baths at Arrowhead Hot Springs Hotel.
A mock fashion show is put on by Elisabeth Kellogg. Holding a flower for a prop, she parodies one of the stilted stances she is paid to use on work days.
A pillow fight breaks out after breakfast, which the models had served in bed.
just some nice things i’ve been seeing around.
01. Min Made Sandals // 02. Maison Michel sunhat // 03. Handwoven tote // 04. Noriko + Akiko jewellery // 05. Reality Studio clogs // 06. Obsidian Cuff // 07. Boatneck Open Back Dress // 08. Birks // 09. Fail homeware // 10. Month of Sundays bag // 11. The Horse watch
LaMalconttenta is a spanish brand by designer Lydia de la Piñera, who is one of those multi-talented people who illustrates, makes jewellery, ceramics and prints. you can buy all these sweet things at her online shop.
I studied graphic design artistic photography and digital media. However, I was always enjoyed the handcrafting process, that’s the reason why I Decided to mix design and traditional handcraft to tell her stories. The philosophy of The Malconttenta is to enjoy old traditions, nature, and share it with people.
a lot of the new collections and lookbooks that have been released lately have been from designers that i have featured on the blog before, and the one consistent thing i have noticed is how these talented people grow and develop with each collection. i love that! and Annie of Gift Shop Brooklyn is no exception, who has just released the Prism Collection. those clear Evie totes are so interesting. i also dig that bucket bag.
The evening summer sky inspired Prism Collection began last summer while on evening walks with my husband in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The collection is white based with accents of ‘evening sky’ inspired pastels.
Annie is actually one of my wonderful sponsors – so please do support her! not that i need to convince you though, huh? you can browse the collection at her online shop.
i couldn’t help but think of The Mists of Avalon when browsing through the Samantha Pleet FW14 preview. did you guys ever see the mini-series that was made, with Anjelica Huston? damn, i loved it. well you know i always love me some Anjelica.
anyway! dreamy girls, dreamy clothes, dreamy winter fantasies – Samantha Pleet is dreamy.
Ruby Taylor is a London based illustrator who produces editorial illustrations, t-shirt designs, stationery and prints. she has done lots and lots of cool work, so if you’re someone looking for an illustrator best get in touch, ya hear? follow at her portfolio & tumblr.
holy hell, jewellery designer Katie Freedle has outdone herself with her new SS14 collection for Rill Rill! for real, real (sorry). i posted about her previous collection last year, and what a progression. shop it here.
The RillRill SS14 collection incorporates a material less commonly used in jewelry making, marble. The designs embody the striking contrast between negative and positive, industrial and natural. The elements are eloquently combined to create a dynamic use of symmetry.The copper and brass accents bring a modern flare to the ancient marble.
Photographer: Mikola Accuardi // Director: Katie Freedle // Stylist: Katie Freedle & Marisa Ruef // Model: Emily Mills // Make-Up and hair: Meachell Horton // Location: Portland, OR