From New York to Copenhagen (and Back). Sea Resort 2020

The Ruth Bader Ginsburg-inspired collars are a sort of signature in Sea‘s free-spirited resort 2020 collection, but not only. The New York-based brand has it all, from over-sized sleeves and prairie dresses to chunky knits and floral tea-dresses. Inspired by Danish style, designers Monica Paolini and Sean Monahan swapped out their usual florals for foulard patterns, adding a new polish to their lineup of city essentials. Paolini said Copenhagen was a major influence. She traveled there last winter and was struck by the way the locals girls layer colors and textures in the winter. The designers are traveling there in August to participate in Copenhagen Fashion Week, which might be a hint: is the brand expanding in Europe?

Collage by Edward Kanarecki; photos by Ana Kras.

#InstaLOVE – October 2018

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I’m an Instagram maniac and I openly confess that I spend too much time on filtering my feed. But it’s irresistible, when you have so many great accounts to follow! If you are ready for a dose of beautifully curated walls, inspiring photos and delightful shots – see my October recommendations!

@griegst / Fine jewellery coming straight from Copenhagen. Griegst was founded back in 1963 by the Danish goldsmith and artist Arje Griegst (1938-2016). His jewellery is sought after by collectors all over the world, and among his prominent customers is the Danish Queen H.M. Margrethe II. Arje was a goldsmith who thought like a sculptor. Inspired by the Baroque and the Orient, his free sculptural form was a contrast to rigid modernism. Using his own customised cire perdue techniques he was able to sculpt pieces that vibrate with sensual energy in an almost hallucinatory alternate universe. In his hands, solid materials were rendered almost in their liquid state across jewellery and collaborations on tableware, flatware, glassware, chandeliers and sculptures. Today, the brand continuous to prosper with its fantastic goods that are inspired with Arje’s original designs. Their Instagram account is worth following, because a) those pieces make you day-dream, and b) the archive throwbacks are G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S.

@ndreaskronthaler / No, it’s not a typo! That’s Andreas Kronthaler’s Instagram. If you will cherish a picture of Vivienne Westwood (his wife) in Tyrol, standing next to a bunch of festively dressed cows, click that blue button right away. I did.

@cbnvintage / Another one from Copenhagen. Caroline Brille Brahe, the model (you might still know her as Brasch Nielsen), opened up her vintage wardrobe and it’s all about tie-dye Moncler puffas (already snatched by Ana Kras), 90s Versace Jeans Couture, Yves Saint Laurent beaded jackets and rare Hermès t-shirts. Insta-shopping is welcome. If you’re in Copenhagen, make sure to visit her (and her friends’) pop-up store at Atelier September (which by the way is her husband’s restaurant).

@vinccioslo / It’s getting quite Scandi in here. Vincci, a multi-brand store from Oslo, certainly loves the old Céline (and all the delightful details that appeared in the autumn-winter 2018 collection). Their regular pics of the last pre-Hedi pieces are candy for the eye.

@katerinajebb / Lately, I’m truly obsessed with Katerina Jebb’s works. In 1991 she was involved in a car accident which paralyzed her right arm – to resolve the inability to hold a camera, Jebb began to employ machines to make life-size images, primarily self-portraits lying herself down  on a high-resolution scanning machine. Progressively, she diversified, posing subjects and objects, exploring the medium in parallel with the expanding possibilities in digital technology. Jebb proceeded to remove parts of the scanner to facilitate maximum extension of the subject. The duration of each passage of the scanner echoed early photographic principles, being seven minutes long, therefore demanding of the sitter to lie motionless for 28 minutes. She created some of the most captivating portraits: think Michele Lamy, Marisa Berenson (dressed in Comme des Garçons) and Tilda Swinton. Recently, Jebb was commissioned by The Met to photograph some of the most incredible pieces from “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” exhibition. I caught myself on adding each of her posts to my ‘saved’ folder.

AND, if you want to follow one more account on Instagram… why don’t you follow, ta-da, @designandculturebyed?

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#InstaLOVE – May 2018

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@botticelliceramics

I am an Instagram maniac and I openly confess that I spend too much time on filtering my feed. But it’s irresistible, when you have so many great accounts to follow! If you are ready for a dose of beautifully curated walls, inspiring photos and delightful shots – see my May recommendations!

@thepopmag / I LOVE POP MAGAZINE. It’s such an incredible outlet of the industry’s biggest creatives! From the editorial sneak peeks to quite very humorous captions, following Pop on the daily is… mandatory.

@florence / While we’re all waiting for Florence + The Machine’s upcoming album, Hunger, seeing some of the signer’s latest outfits is a treat. Adore her.

@teget / I guess Ana Kraš is one of the most beloved girls on Instagram, simultaneously being the ultimate ‘anti’ of a basic Insta girl. The artist’s daily pics of textures, colour combinations and people that surround her are inspiring, even if that sounds cliché. But really, I enjoy her snaps wholeheartedly. So, if you still don’t follow her…

@pleasuregardenmagazine / Pleasure Garden Magazine is my latest discovery. Fully devoted to the beauty of nature (and everything that is focused on flowers), the magazine commissions different photographers to capture the greens in such places as Morocco or Portland. Watch out for some emerging top florists, too!

@botticelliceramics / Botticelli Ceramics proves that some of the most incredible things can be found right here, on Instagram. I’m dying to get my hands on one of those very limited edition, one-of-a-kind ceramics coming straight from Marc Armitano Domingo’s studio (he’s Ryan McGinley’s boyfriend, you can often see the two on the photographer’s account).  “Inspired by art, Wunderkammer, and music from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries”, Marc creates plates and mugs with 3D flowers, bees, boobies and eyes. And not only. Too obsessed with those artworks. You can buy them here.

AND, if you want to follow one more account on Instagram… why don’t you follow, ta-da, @designandculturebyed?

Spontaneity. Maryam Nassir Zadeh SS18

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Spontaneity has various meanings for Maryam Nassir Zadeh, and this season especially. The fashion show, with a running track as a venue, was in fact open for public and anyone could literally run the runway. The models (Zadeh’s friends-you-want-to-be-friends with like Ana Kras, Susan Cianciolo, Camilla Deterre and Mari Giudicelli) and their looks also had a sense of arty co-incidence. The signature ‘odd elegance’, as Maryam often defines, is about mixing and layering the most unexpected colour combinations and un-matchy pieces. A baby-pink dress in vichy print was transparent and neatly presented the label’s swimwear; buttoned corset was worn over another summer-y dress, but in cool mint-green; sweet polka-dots on a crop-top met with knee-length pants in beige. In case of the third outfit, I have never thought that a combo like this can be pulled off with such grace. Again, I’m obsessed with MNZ’s colour palette, because it’s so free of conventions and rules. Just like Solange, whose life performance – you see, not everything is SO spontaneous – gave audience the chills.

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Collage by Edward Kanarecki.

On The Sunny Side. Ganni SS18

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Copenhagen Fashion Week is the best indicator of what’s really hot, whether we’re speaking of Balenciaga’s or Céline’s cross-national influence. I always feel like the local designers make the best edit of current fashion tendencies with their very own, Scandinavian sharpness. Ganni, a Copenhagen girl’s favourite go-to label with over 20 stores across the Scandi-countries, is a great example of that ‘curation’. Ditte Reffstrup, brand’s creative director, sent down a sunny line-up of models (spot Dilone, Frederikke Sofie and Lera Abova) wearing joyous tea-dresses, beach-ready bras and striped knits for breezy spring evenings by the shore. The styling – as always on point – had some striking highlights, like wearing a V-neck mini-dress with extremely big flares underneath or layering a masculine blazer over a midi-skirt AND over matching pants. The show venue, designed in collaboration with the New York-based artist Ana Kras, was another feature that makes Ganni’s spring-summer 2018 collection worth taking a look at.

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Collage by Edward Kanarecki.