Its funny how sometimes you have to read a French blog written by someone in Paris to discover a new shoe designer in Los Angeles. The internet is magical that way. I found these great-looking Birkenstock-esque sandals on a French blog called What Domino Wants. I wore Birkenstocks on and off all summer well aware that they are in no way chic or flattering. But they’re so comfortable! Charlotte Stone an L.A.-based shoe designer whose sandals might just be the answer to the Birkenstock style vs. comfort conundrum.
Another designer got the memo on the crossover between ready-to-wear and performance apparel (aka sports gear or workout clothing). Alexander Wang introduced his new collaboration with H&M the other night and, POW, he hit a home run with athletic-inspired looks made of performance fabrics so they can go to the gym and the office. For several years I’ve noticed more and more women wearing brands like Lululemon as ready-to-wear–oh those yoga pants! Luxury brands like Hermès and designers like Tory Burch picked up on the trend and launched — or are launching — their own lines of sporting apparel. Even Haute Couture houses like Dior and Chanel started selling very expensive sneakers. I’m sure Wang’s looks for H&M will fly off the shelves when they arrive in store on November 6th.
Ever since I subscribed to the info-packed, stylish newsletter A Hotel Life, I’ve been impressed by the ground they cover and the choice of contributors. Every time it pops up in my inbox I cannot wait to read their latest recommendation (they usually have three or four–one quirkier than the next). They also post useful information about the destination alongside each hotel review–neighboring towns or sites of interest, where to eat locally. The most recent installment got me thinking of Puglia, Italy–a place I’ve dreamed of going for a while now.
I first met Liya Kebede back in 2000 when she was starting out in Paris, modeling for Tom Ford at Gucci and Saint Laurent. Liya always impressed me with her intelligence and poise. At the time she was balancing a new family and a demanding career, all with incredible ease and grace. We later worked together on the cover of the first issue of Time Style & Design. It didn’t surprise me when Liya was named a WHO Goodwill Ambassador to Maternal Health and simultaneously started her own foundation and a line of beautiful clothes woven by artisans in her native Ethiopia. Most recently she has partnered with Monique Péan to create a capsule collection of jewelry inspired by geometric interpretations of the shape of the African continent. Necklaces and rings are made of recycled 18-karat gold, conflict-free diamonds, fossilized walrus ivory, and one-of-a-kind sustainable blue sapphire. The proceeds of sales will go to Liya’s foundation, which supports maternal, newborn, and child healthcare globally. www.moniquepean.com
It doesn’t take much to lure me into a blog about Paris, but Carin Olsson’s blog, Paris in Four Months features photos of Paris that are so intimate and evocative of a a city that I know and love. Olsson is from Stockholm and moved to Paris in 2012 for four months. She loved it so much she decided to stay. Looking at her photos of Parisian street scenes or details transports me right back to that great city on the Seine.