Of all the senses, I find olfactory perception the most difficult to describe as words simply fail to capture the complexities and multilayered elements of a scent. But perhaps I am just deficient in my descriptive abilities when it comes to sniffing things out, as Byredo seems to have no problem capturing an essence in a bottle, then distilling its notes into common terms for all to understand.
Case in point?
Their new fragrance, created in partnership with photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Based on an image created by the pair and by the aesthetic of the photographer's themselves, 1996 is set in custom box decorated with a copy of the fragrance's inspiration, the 'Kirsten 1996' image.
According to Byredo, the fragrance is complete, "with the icy, deep green beauty of juniper berries... transports the wearer to another plane and, like the image, combines polar opposites, as the Northern Hemisphere gives way to creamy orris and soft, slightly flirtatious violets. The soul of this fragrance is a warm, almost viscous black amber, it’s deep cognac rapture envelops the wearer and time stands still for just a moment until the journey concludes in the softly-sensual leather and patchouli of the orient."
A simple list of the fragrance notes - the heart, for instance, includes leather accord - would have sufficed, but instead we are given this alluring bit from Byredo. Which is, by far, the most captivating description of a scent I've ever encountered.
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By now you should know that Derek Lam's my guy. When it comes to solid garments made without unnecessary guises, Lam's pieces never fail to deliver and his spring 2014 collection is no different.
I think it's his way with separates that always catches my eye. Sometimes a designer - or his stylist - puts together a runway ensemble that I can't wait to shred apart for its individual items. Not so with the Derek Lam looks; each one is wearable, as is.
The shoes are nice enough, but I'm particularly loving the slightly boxed cuts on the blouses, the checkered pieces and that chambray effect jacket, which is a wardrobe essential just waiting to happen...
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I've been living away from my homeland in the Caribbean for quite some time, and since I've had to deal with seasonal temperature dips on an annual basis, I've found that a good pair of leather boots are indispensable.
My staples include a standard knee-high black riding boot, a pair of all-weather Bean 'Duck' Boots, a lace-up number with a kitten heel that Mary Poppins would love, and an everyday Bass suede desert boot with a neat, stacked heel. These four can serve me well enough, but something like this cross between a western-style riding shoe and a basic desert boot, as hand crafted by the Cobra Rock Boot Co, could potentially replace them all.
The Marfa-based company seems to be doing a brisk trade with their singular style of boot; right now there's a 6-8 month wait for a pair. Made from full-grained, tanned leather, these boots are of the long-wearing sort. They'll get scuffed and will develop deep creases in them, but they'll still look snappy, even as the colour begins to fade and your heels get a little worn.
At almost $500.00 USD, they're not the cheapest pair of basic boots. But then again, these are boots made in editions of one, especially for each client.
That's got to be worth something, right?
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The older I've gotten, the more comfortable I've become with dressing exactly how I want. Which for me, has always included some combination of basic tones, easy wear pieces, and simple silhouettes - very staid, bland and boring to some, but immensely stylish, elegant and comfortable to others like myself.
Take the look, above, as worn recently by Russian model Sasha Luss during go-sees for New York Fashion Week.
Nothing here is special, but yet, everything hangs together in that perfect, relaxed way. I could do without the spangly, studded bit on the loafers, but even with that little touch of shine, the ensemble is the sort that one can wear on the regular and still look model-esque in that 'I just took a quick shower and threw on the first thing I found in the wardrobe' kind of way.
PS. Aren't those cut-off sunglasses wickedly cool?
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Summer is finally coming to a glorious end. And although I'm still traveling through the Caribbean, enjoying the beach, the hot sun and the orgasmically delicious fresh food, I can no longer ignore the growing call of autumn or all the updates flooding my inbox and social media streams.
In that stead, one of the chicest things I've happened upon, thus far, has to be the new pieces from Charlie May.
Helmed by the Girl a la Mode blogger and based in London, Charlie May effortlessly bridges the gap between a classic Club Monaco or Theory look and that coveted, clean Celine aesthetic without feeling too starchy or sterile.
I'm loving the straight cuts, along with the general palette; I'm so glad to see that oxblood is still a strong colour for this coming season. Apart from the expected minimalist tones - blacks, whites, greys - it's also nice to see an unexpected lipstick red being used on statement jackets with neat, contrasting collars. Makes me very excited to unpack my own, bright red great-coat upon returning home from my extended summer vacation.
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