Intutive. Maryam Nassir Zadeh AW19

I love the first days of New York fashion week, because it’s the moment of the most daring, yet under-the-radar designers that do true wonders – without the presence of major venues, influencers, and all that stuff… Maryam Nassir Zadeh is definitely one of those designers. Although she’s beloved by her New York fandom of female professionals, she’s a designer who is far from (and, what’s most important, has no plans to be) glossy establishment. It’s a brand for women like Susan Cianciolo, Paloma Elsesser and Hailey Benton Gates – bold, diverse individuals with their own sense of style. Maryam’s clothes are, as the designer herself says, simple and intuitive. They never dress or invade you. But you’re free to experiment with them, the way you want, according to your mood. A fleece zip-up cinched with low-slung belt over a pleated skirt; beaded knit tucked in a pencil skirt; tie-dye harlequin top over a pair of cargo pants; blue leopard print coat and a delicate frock; zebra boots with a brown, leather overall. If you can’t really afford Maryam Nassir Zadeh, don’t be afraid to try the ways the designer presents the outfits. Her ‘hand-picked dressing’ is all about mixing, and spontaneity. No total looks. Bit of vintage, bit of edgy, bit of feminine: that’s the grab-and-go look of a New York woman whose wardrobe is consciously (or unconsciously) nurtured by Zadeh throughout the years.

Collage by Edward Kanarecki (featuring a Hilma Af Klint artwork).

(The Last Moment) Great Gifts To Give!

Giving gifts is a special moment. But what’s even more special is finding them! Here’s a (pretty much) last moment guide of great gifts to give this Christmas to your closest (or to yourself, of course). Scroll down for magical pearl pendants, surreal ceramic mugs, hand-crafted bags, very pricey vintage, heaven scents and incredible, statement pieces! And a few blankets, of course.

This The Vampire’s Wife velvet silk blend dress in red is fit for a Christmas dinner goddess.

Ormaie Paris is about perfumes that will blow your mind sensually and visually (just look at their fabulous flacons). I want Toï Toï Toï, which means a German expression ballet dancers say to wish good luck before going on to perform. The fragrance evokes the polished wooden boards of the stage and the dancer’s waxed ballet shoes. More here.

Phaidon re-released Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue. And, yes, it’s signed by Grace Coddington. Click, click. Adding it to my cart.

This Loewe bunny bag is so cuuuute. Maybe it’s not a life necessity, but then… why not? Available right here.

Boston’s Covet & Lou has some statement pieces that will perfectly fit under the Christmas tree. How about this A Détacher skirt and No.6 fur loafers?

The XXL faux fur bag from Pajonk (a Polish brand worth having on your radar) will be there for you in 2019, I guarantee you. More up on the designer’s site.

Re-See Paris has the best, hand-picked vintage out there. Chosing two things is hard, while chosing one is impossible. Treat yourself with a vintage Vogue and their delicious Alaïa selection.

Lemaire‘s molded leather bag in yellow equals a dream bag.

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What a boy really want is this Haider Ackermann reversible velvet bomber jacket. No explanations needed.

Alighieri has some of the most beautiful and magical pendants out there. This one from Matches is gold-plated and has a baroque-inspired pearl. A true treasure.

When I saw those new season jug bags from Rosie Assoulin, I instantly felt in love with their authentic artiness. They are still on pre-order, but maybe it’s worth waiting a bit and receive your Christmas gift as good start of 2019? Some are made with a latex-and-pigment combination, inspired with Gaetano Pesce’s iconic furniture. Love.

I’m not sure if at the time I’m writing this, they aren’t all gone. 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.  “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.

This Jacquemus straw hat continues to break the internet. Enter the new year boldly, wearing it with an outfit as warm as Simone Porte’s favourite, beach-y colour palette.

Acne Studios is always filled with goodies. Please consider their new limited edition interior décor, just like the new men’s knits. Wouldn’t mind spending an evening covered up with all that fleecy wool!

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Let’s carry on. Maryam Nassir Zadeh has this 100% virgin wool sweater. That’s a gift that will keep on giving for years!

If you read my journal, you might already know my major obsession with everything Mondo Mondo does. The Janus ring (available in sterling silver and brass) is a must-have from this Los Angeles-based brand.

Blame Jeff Goldblum for making those Prada shirts so flame hot. Forever on my wishlist.

Another thing a guy will love: Bode‘s quilted jacket. This workwear jacket is made from a 1940’s album–patterned quilt. The quilt contains bits and pieces of men’s shirting, as well as a number of other checked cotton fabrics. Will look perfect with a pair of corduroy pants, as well coming from this New York-based brand.

Byredo‘s Eleventh Hour is an experience of its own kind, I tell you. You will get completely addicted.

If somebody ever gifts me this Calvin Klein 205W39NYC x Pendleton wool and cotton-blend blanket, I will marry them immediately.

Hope my public Santa Claus letter helps a bit!

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Passion. Maryam Nassir Zadeh SS19

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Take a look at Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s spring-summer 2019 collection, and then at her Instagram posts from this summer. You will instantly understand, that the designer’s fashion is ultimately all about her, and her style. Whether in Italy, Greece or New York, Zadeh’s everyday style is equally spontaneous and idiosyncratic. Whether it’s a zebra bandou, a maillot or a wraparound triangle top – clothes that you rather associate with beachwear – the designer incorporates these summer pieces into her daywear. With a flamenco-ish skirt or a pastel-pink camisole. Or even a beige, loosely fitted blazer. What I especially loved about this collection is the passionate, Pedro Almodovar-esque colour palette. Think juicy red and deep blue. Maryam’s brand is embraced by her pack of friends and beloved female artists (like Ana Kras and Hailey Benton Gates, who walked the runway), and women who are very much like them. That’s why, without much fuss and PR presence, Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s clothes (and leather goods) are in constant demand.

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Collage by Edward Kanarecki.

#InstaLOVE – March 2018

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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 March recommendations!

 

@maryam_nassir_zadeh / And again, I’m writing about Maryam! Her fashion is as captivating, as her feed, filled with those tiny day-to-day details, showroom moments, Moroccan souks and occasional outfit pics (they’re the best).

 

@benjaminbruno_ / Benjamin Bruno is the stylist behind brands like Loewe and some of the best editorials in e.g. Self Service. Don’t expect anything usual from him – those are visuals to love for days.

 

@miragemagazine / Another cold, grey day? Well, the summer mood captured by Mirage Magazine is here to cure your winter-ish spring melancholy.

 

@charlieengman / In his photography, Charlie Engman captures reality, which in fact isn’t that usual. Some of those pictures will make you feel uncomfortable, while others – like the one with the deer – will keep you staring for a long time!

 

@adrienchenel / Adrien Chenel is not only an antiquaire, but an antics collector who takes photos of his ancient finds in a very chic, Parisian way. With a drink, with a cigarette or with a beautiful friend. You want one of those Roman hands right away.

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

Handpicking Dressing. Maryam Nassir Zadeh AW18

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It’s the post-fashion-month marathon chill that really lets you look back at some of the season’s best, yet off the radar, collections. I’m always impressed with Maryam Nassir Zadeh‘s work, whether we’re speaking of her New York boutique that sells a well-curated bunch of favourite designers, or the ready-to-wear brand she designs herself. This season, Maryam introduces ‘handpicking dressing’ – so a very spontaneous, artistically oriented, but laid-back way of wearing clothes. Brief examples: a sari top over a sweater dress, acid-green pants and Western boots, shiny prairie dress topped with glass heart necklace. But for Nassir Zadeh, not only the clothes matter – it’s also the authenticity. “There’s so much minimalism out there, and I’m such a fan of minimalism, but people copy each other so much. So to make something your own and make it personal with something from the heart, with a unique touch, that’s authentic. It tells a story.” Here, she points out the usage of the most contrasting textiles, wearing the quirkiest jewellery and the cutest mini-bags. It might all sound like a description of a desperate identity seeker. But no – Maryam Nassir Zadeh actually does the most elusive, sensual and wearable fashion in New York. With love and passion.

Can’t wait for the autumn-winter 2018 to hit the stores? You better get hold of those  candy pink Agnes boots or spring-ready Sophie sandals in lemon by the designer.

 

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Collage by Edward Kanarecki.

 

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.