HELLO MY NAME IS MARY KATRANTZOU AND I MAKE THE MOST AMAZING DRESSES EVURRRR
Im not exactly shy about professing my adoration for MK, she’s just legitimately one of the BEST.DESIGNERS.EVER. I ADORE her dresses…and jumpers and trousers. Her 2013 collection (ABOVE) had a particularly relevant note for me, since the age of 11 I have always sent my grandmother a post card from every place I have ever been. From Vietnam to Estonia to Moscow the Maldives… she now has an entire box full of them! I can’t wait to go through them when I’m older! Here are some rad wooden ones I found in Abbot Kinney in L.A.
Last month I headed over to California with two of my best friends Poppy Jamie and Greta Bellamacina. Between Tedx and Silicon Valley meetings, I managed to squeeze in some creativity!!!! And spontaneously booked a flight down to SF to join Jacob and Greta in filming a short for Harpers Bazaar. Our original plan was to hop on Bombay Bicycle Club’stour bus and live out a groupie dream, but that moment soon passed and film wonder kid Jacob Perlmutter had decided on an ode to Woody Allen’s Manhattan. Watch the film above. See if you can spot me lurking in the background on my blackberry or reading WIRED.
WILL.I.AM has always been grade awesome in my books, so when it came out earlier this week that he’s created a camera accessory for Iphone that turns the camera from an 8 mega pixel snapper into a 14 mega pixel his grade went up to AWESOME +. Which is exactly what his new venture is. i.am+ will also link to an instagram like network allowing users to share their photos.
There is a lesson in this, he’s working with Apple to compete against Instagram……..
MORE MONOCHROME! last week at the DKNY Hearts for Haiti Event with Olivia Grant below. Was so interesting to talk to Donna Karen about how they are introducing more eco-friendly intiatives into the design, she was carrying a paper maiche bag! In a glossy burgundy you would never have guessed. Don’t think my DIY skills are that great to be flaunting one just yet #PVCMESS
RED Valentino Fall/ Winter Campaign shot by Tim Walker
I’ve long been harbouring a girlish crush on RED Valentino. Launched as the diffusion label to Valentino in 2004, RED stands for Romantic Eccentric Dress, and shares it’s mother brand’s playful, feminine DNA. The sartorial personification of afternoon tea, these fairytale esq designs manage to combine elegance with a cheeky youthful edge! JUST SO TOTALLY CUTE. ♥ ♥ ♥
#TECHBITE: I love how you can shop hashtagged # collections although they make it difficult to share and get back to the blog which is a shame as its so full of beautiful illustrations, GIF’s and Tim Walker’s magical photography.
#BIZBITE: On 11 July 2012, Mayhoola for Investments, sustained by a large private group from Qatar, purchased Valentino Spa and the M Missoni licence, while MCS Marlboro Classics remains the property of Red & Black a company indirectly owned by the Permira funds in partnership with the Marzotto family.
Marc by Marc Jacobs, See by Chloe, McQ by Alexander McQueen, Burberry Brit which diffusion labels do you love to shop?
‘Adventure is something you seek for pleasure, or even for profit but experience is what really happens to you in the long run.’ - Katherine Anne Porter
WHAT: The Opening Party for the Four Seasons in Baku, Azerbaijan
WHY: Earlier this year I hosted my 21st birthday at BAKU restaurant in London, intrigued by this up and coming cosmpolitan city I checked out art exhibitons and the new Conde Nast magazine Baku founded and edited by Leyla Aliyeva. So when I was invited last weekend to visit it was an unusal weekend getaway opportunity I couldn’t miss.
WHO: Our British Baku Collective included Culutural Entrepreuners and Artists from Polly Morgan and Matt Colinshaw to Hamish Jenkinson, Pablo Ganguli, Tomas Auksas Biology student supremo George Birch.
WARDROBE: 9 out of 11 existing climate zones are present in Azerbaijan so my eclectically packed LV Holdall included everything from a vintage cape and fur muff to a bikini! Twenty 8 Twelve and HOBBS NW3 jackets and jumpers were perfect for the winter sunshine whilst a David Koma Dress and Miu Miu shoes were fun for the evening!