As you may be aware, I’m a type geek. So I couldn’t resist sharing this gorgeous typographic animation by Italian designer Alessandro Novelli. Over the course of one minute, each letter artfully morphs to the next over the moody backdrop of French music.
These trend vignettes are from Fashion Snoops, a global resource for style-related insights into the fashion industry. Today we’ve got the four incoming trend themes they’re forecasting in women’s fashion for the 2014-2015 Autumn/Winter season.
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A delectable discovery from Toronto! Bookhou is a true artisan studio resulting from the collaboration of two amazing designers, John Booth and Arounna Khounnoraj. I’m completely captivated by the effortless simplicity of their livably modern aesthetic. They utilize natural materials and handcrafted processes in their small production runs, as well as offering custom design. While they have a charming shop on Dundas Street West in Toronto, they also offer a collection of textiles via their web site. (As always, click to shop!)
Another great find from last May’s National Stationery show. Igloo Letterpress is a “small but mighty” stationery company out of Worthington, Ohio that offers simple typography, understated icons and unique sentiments, all artfully printed in their studio. If you’re in the area, they also offer totally affordable, hands-on letterpress printing classes.
A travelogue, if you will, of one of my favorite shops in Paris. (Hopefully you’ll get an overall sense of the experience despite the fact that my photos are totally imperfect.) Located in the Marais, Merci opened its doors in 2009 in a former 19th-century fabric factory. The building is charming, the cafe delightful and the curation of the goods – spectacularly inspiring. Here you’ll explore an amazing & eclectic array of housewares, stationery, clothing, furnishings, books and perfumes. But the most amazing thing about Merci is that ALL profits (oui – that said “all”) go to charity (specifically, a foundation that helps underprivileged women and children by providing them with skills they can use to improve their quality of life). Also, they ship to the US in case you’d like to have a little retail therapy yourself…
Just back from walking my favorite trade show, Maison et Objet in Paris. In this video, they outline the four important themes they see running through this year’s products: Energies, Illuminations, Funt@sy & Psychotropia. (I know, the subtitles are almost impossible to read, right? Watching it full screen is helpful for those of us dependent on cheaters…)
Today, a quintessential Parisian theme song, circa 1957. And here’s how we know it’s hep again: it’s featured on a CD compilation from non other than Le Baron. Le Baron is a diminutive yet supremely exclusive nightclub in Paris’s 8th arrondissement. Housed in a former brothel, this late-night homage to “decayed decadence” caters to an elite crowd blessed enough to make it past the highly selective velvet ropes and into the glam scene within. La Foule (“The Crowd”) by Edith Piaf originally recorded in 1957.