We’ve ended our car trip in Italy with a plate of salami, parma ham, artichokes and cheese in Bologna, where we’ve been to last summer for a couple of days. What I’m definitely adding to my address list in this gorgeous, gorgeous city? Frida’s Flower Store. The photo above says it all…
Via Drapperie 1 / Bologna
Florals aren’t ‘ground-breaking’ for spring, that’s for sure – but for winter, indeed, they are. London-based designers are in the full bloom this season, from Erdem to Pringle of Scotland. Christopher Kane is also a sucker for flora, which is impossible not to spot in his latest collection. Whether in form of traditional damask coming from Gainsborough Silks (rather used for haute-tapestry, than in coats and skirts) or meticulously embellished 3-D flowers sticking out off the dresses, Kane’s girl will bring brightness to the room. But the collection wasn’t only about florals. There was this cosmic element in it, whether we’re talking of space-ship prints, futuristic handbags or fluorescent knit. Christopher Kane’s collections always feel like a collage, but in motion. Some elements appear out of nowhere, like the genius sponge-stripped heels or romantic white lace.
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 January recommendations!
@park_wien / Vienna’s most daring clothing store has literally the most advanced-in-style Instagram model. Following a Haider Ackermann- and Petar Petrov-filled spot located in Austrian capital is a daily pleasure. Inspiring!
@renatalitvinovaofficiall / Russian film director, screenwriter and actress, who is both – a captivating, Slavic beauty and a friend to too-cool-for-you Vetements pack. She wears Balenciaga like no one else.
@mmparisdotcom / A Parisian graphic studio. Famous for their memorable Inez & Vinoodh feat. Nicolas Ghesquiere’s Balenciaga campaigns, M/M Paris continues to thrive with their remarkable aesthetical point of view. Follow them for their daily ‘triple stories’ and upcoming collaborations.
@frederikkesofie / Céline favourite, Scandinavian blonde. No need for a further explanation.
@iam_hyun / In case you’re looking for one more (and you already follow about 50) flower-loving account. You’re welcome.
AND, if you want to follow one more account on Instagram… why don’t you follow, ta-da, @designandculturebyed?
The place I would love to visit right now is the newly opened flower shop at Madrid’s Casa Loewe. The entire space is tremendous – filled with “myriad of natural Spanish materials, from the spectacular central staircase made of Campaspero stone to the Valencian clay floors below, all imbue the interior with provenance” as the brand says. But the spot with freshly cut flowers steals my heart especially. For this occasion, Jonathan Anderson, the creative director of the house, invited Ariel Dearie (a New York-based florist) and Steven Meisel to create a series of still-life flower portraits. The entire collection of these enchanting photos is now on display at the Jardin Botanico de Madrid.
I love roses. And when I see a hotel or a restaurant filled with them, I am instantly a sucker for this place. That is why Hotel Costes stole my heart during the first visit (a long, long time ago…). The interiors of this bourgeoisie-styled spot is nearly drowning in red, pink and white roses. And add to that all those velvet arm-chairs and cushions, palm trees and beautiful outdoor patio… Hotel Costes is not only a hotel, but a casual restaurant where all the Parisians meet with super-stars – during my last stay (the day Saint Laurent had its SS16 menswear show), Pierce Brosnan, Lenny Kravitz and Johnny Hallyday were all there, having a dinner. Without any bodyguards. Can you believe that? It was a great pleasure to eat a “new style” tuna tatare in a great place with really GREAT people.
Hotel Costes / Rue Saint Honore 239