Archive for August, 2006
Aside from the fact that this Austrian parfumier peddles some of the sexiest bottles of fragrance around, it’s the subtle complexity of the scents that gets to our olfactory nerves. This classic blend of lily, calabrais jasmine, bourbon vanilla, ginger, and nutmeg is perfect for a gal who’s a bit more spicy than nice.
Southern California is known for its casual cool vibe. Leave the region to head north and, well, the uptight bug is bound to bite. Locals insist that if you take a little piece of So Cal culture with you, it acts as a repellant and keeps the frazzled urban mindset at bay. Velvet Messiah embodies the laidback spirit with funky belts and cuffs. The company, which began in a garage, offers hand-made belts made from leathers found all around the world. They’re embellished with rivets and studs. They’re great for guys, but gals love the masculine-inspired edge.
As self-professed poets, we’re shocked that we can’t think of the perfect word pairing to capture the spirit of Lynne Larson’s designs. They’re as comfortable as they are easy on the eyes and as wearable as they are fun. At times, they’re even a bit impulsive which we can appreciate. Urban fashionistas love this contemporary sportswear collection as much as they love the city nightlife. Okay, so maybe the nightlife is hit-or-miss these days, but Larson’s look is here to stay.
Olivia Giacobetti and Rami Mekdachi (infamous art director of Scent Lab) created this tantalizing signature scent for Paris’ Hotel Costes—and this amped-up Eau de Toilette will let you know just what the hype’s all about. Chic and unforgettable (particularly due to a blood red bottle and old-fashioned glass stopper), the EDT has a distinctly Oriental redolence—coriander seeds, white pepper, laurel, incense, musk, and rose will have people perking their noses and following you with their eyes as you pass.
Anna Tascha Larsson is currently attending Konstfack University of Arts and Crafts in Stockholm. She has had a lot of media attention in Scandinavia during the last few months for her fashionable jewelry line, made for both men and women. We understand why. Check out her collection and take a closer look at more pictures here.
Dagmar is a Swedish design label for women, created and run by three sisters: Kristina Tjäder, Karin Söderlind and Sofia Malm. Their first collection came out during spring 2005 and since then they have received several awards for their outstanding designs. Dagmar was the name of the sisters grandmother, the muse and the big inspiration source. Check out their new collections here.
Our brains are in travel-mode, what with our new GranTourismo section and all, so we thought this dandy, deliciously scented sack by Elizabeth W would be worth a mention. We know you like to tote your most precious unmentionables overseas. Well, scented satchels reach a new level of sophistication with this original silk and linen creation. It will keep your delicates smelling like lavender.
Unmentionables from Argentina. The syllables alone are likely to work your brow into a fevered sweat. Juana de Arco, which translates as “Joan of Arc,” boasts whimsical designs that come in a broad spectrum of colors. Mariana Cortes designs the line from her boutique in Palermo, a district in Buenos Aires. She created her company as a solution to her country’s unemployment crisis. The full-fledged brand includes bra tops (“your north”) and bottoms (“your south”), plus camisoles and loungewear.
If you’re more Lolita than Pollyanna, check out this fabulous line. Valerie Dumaine’s silk printed creations add a rough, rebellious touch to the feminine silhouette. Her 2006 summer collection uses light and transparent fabrics (think linen, cotton and jersey) that communicate an unusual “naivety.” In each collection, different artists participate in the creation of the prints as a means of showcasing their art.