My father-in-law is a great fan of Joan Miro. The Spanish Catalan artist was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1893. His canvases are filled with almost calligraphic strokes of color, reminiscent of folksy doodles. His surrealist and abstract forms are both modern and yet, somehow very ancient…almost like drawings found at the paleolithic Lascaux Caves in France.
Miro created a series of paintings known as peinture-poésie, these wild forms contained loosely brushed fields of tone, and were inspired by art’s relationship to language, particularly poetry. Very cognizant of color choice, he once wrote of the color blue, “ceci est la couleur de mes rêves” (this is the color of my dreams).
If time is always going to escape and elude us, it might as well do so fashionably. Ever look at a clock on the wall and think, “If only they made that for my wrist?” Now’s your chance.
Watch: Simple is the name of the game with an aesthetic inspired by Danish minimalism. Skagen watches are the epitome of design meeting functionality. // Clock: The GLOW by Hallgeir Homstvedt functions as a seamless, almost ghostly analog wall clock. Blends into all decor.
Watch:The Gilt Noir Wrap watch is somehow both fluid and geometric, offering infinite ways to display the hours. // Clock: France’s IDEAT magazine creates a charmingly eclectic pillow and print mix, anchored by an oversized clock that serves as a sculptural art piece.
Clock: Stickable wall dots from tench Design Studio are vaguely reminiscent of Damien Hirst, but also cheery, simply and reusable. // Watch: The festive polka-dots of Betsey Johnson’s dotted watch are sure to put you in a happy and playful mode. Clock: A victorian inspired, uber ornate yet shabby chic beach house is festooned with crystal chandeliers, seaglass, coral, and royal seating. The historic typeface of the clock, and its sheer size, allow the object to become stylish wallpaper. // Watch: The floral, parlor watch by Olivia Burton feels antique. It arrives with a worn leather strap.
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” ― Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
Tom Mora, the designer behind J.Crew’s womenswear for the Winter 2014-2015 collection, was inspired by Berlin’s Weimar Republic of the 1920 and 1930’s. Think cabarets, coffee shops, Dada-ism, red lips, drop waists, trousers, short hair and Bauhaus-styles. This period is frequently cited as one of those with the highest level of intellectual production in human history; hello Einstein.
This Outfit: J. Crew Women’s Fall-Winter 2014-2015 is slightly masculine and geometric, yet keeps it girly with tinges of burgundy, blue, navy, camel and pale pink. // That Room: A patterned bedroom from Better Homes & Gardens is not afraid to mix things stripes with wide strips, floral with geometry, and wicker with fabric. The patterns all mesh because they follow a specific color scheme. A lesson for interiors and clothing!
Continuing my J.Crew obsession, let’s rewind to Spring 2014’s Ready-to-Wear collection that included unfussy uniforms inspired by a laid-back surfer culture. The palette is overtly minimal: black, white, and a punch of orange. The orange brings the summer, the sun, and the light. The fabrics are cut structurally and yet remain casual and crisp. The designer explained that the theme of summer on the Venice Lido, circa the turn of the twentieth century informed much of his thinking. “Back then, going to the beach meant dressing up,” he pointed out. “It was very polished.”
This Outfit: Look 20 from the Spring 2014 collection reminds me of what a business woman would wear to a meeting on the Italian Riviera during the height of a heatwave. The chandelier, jeweled earrings bring sophistication. But, overall the shape remains boxy with geometry pervading the shirt, the shoes, and even lining of the shorts. // That Room: A daring black and white striped rug centers an otherwise stark and achromatic room. The bold pillows, side stool, and wall hanging bring life the room by adding electric orange. Photograph fromBo Bedre(Live Better), a Danish magazine, that creates dreams for the Scandinavian lifestyle.
Continuing our time travels, the J. Crew Fall 2013 collection paid homage to opulent Morocco. The rich embellishments, heavy fabrics and deep hues conveyed a sense of North African royalty. The colors – burgundies and palatinates – played nice with the arabesques. All looks were topped off with jewel details, glittery brocade and jacquard. Luxurious yet, sporty.
This Outfit: Look 14 from Fall 2013 combines the texture of a Kilim rug with a jacket. The moorish trellis (quatrefoil) pattern pervades the oxblood, silk shirt. The look remains athletic with tracksuit piping. The model’s vintage-inspired sunglasses are the colors of Moroccan sands.// That Room: A fashion designer’s oasis blends tribal artifacts with exuberant color. Liza Bruce and artist Nicholas Alvis Vega’s home near Marrakech features a 1940’s Yoruba armchair, a carved-wood chair from Ethiopia, jewel tones, and a variety of West African accessories. The guest room, as photographed by Simin Upton for Elle Decor, features a Tuareg bed with pillows covered in silk from Uzbekistan.