Destinations: Stockholm and Helsinki

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 3 comments

It's been seven long years since Porter and I first visited Stockholm (she was appropriately blonde back then). We're heading back next week with a short sojourn to Helsinki in the middle. Now, after many years of travel, I've learned that a little general aesthetic guidance to direct us towards key clusters is the best way for us to explore and actually relax once we land. This usually manifests into a Google map, but the Type A nature on display in the following pre-planning (and with Vienna) even terrifies me. But as soon as I started gathering the photos, the chills of excitement hit...and then I had to do full layouts. It's a little heavy (pun) on the restaurants, but maybe we'll do a polite wine crawl. All that TBD... 

So, all that said, here's Stockholm. Helsinki to come! 












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Here's a map with all the website links and a PDF you can download and view perfectly, mind you, on an iPhone. 



Great Chaste

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 1 comment
Pawel Pawlikowski's stunningly austere portrait of a young Polish nun on her path to find her family and self before taking her vows may inspire a whole new generation of filmmakers to shoot in black and white. Perhaps the fashion world already took inspiration, too, when Ida toured the festival circuit last year. So many of Spring's best collections have been exceptionally monastic, as you'll see below amidst some of the most remarkable modern monasteries. Watch Ida stream on iTunes and say your prayers that you'll someday don Mary Kate and Ashley's incarnation of a monk's frock on an adventure in Anjou or go Pagan in Pugh in Bellelay. 

The Row S/S15

Mathieu Lehanneur's mind-bogglingly beautiful minimalist masterpiece, St. Hilaire Church, in Melle France via Yellowtrace, one of my favorite sites.

Gareth Pugh, S/S15

Romain Crelier's La Mise en Abîme installation of precise pools of oil in Bellelay Abbey in Bellelay, Switzerland.

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The lobby of the new Abbaye de Fontevraud hotel designed by Jouin Manku inside the Saint Lazare monastery in Anjou, France.

Marni S/S 15


Gareth Pugh S/S15


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(All fashion images from Style.com)