Èze / Côte D’Azur

In craggy cliffs high above the sea, the medieval village of Èze is a delightful step back in time. The well-preserved stone buildings, winding alleyways, 14th-century chapels, and dramatic Mediterranean backdrop make this tiny village seem like a movie set. The views are best earned by taking one of the many hiking trails, like the famous Nietzsche path, that connect the the town and the summit, which sits 1,400 feet above sea level. At the top, you’ll discover the town’s medieval fortress, which you may recognize from Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief”, surrounded by the Jardin Exotique, a desert garden brimming with succulents and exotic florals. The wonderful sea breeze is another reason to get up here!

All photos by Edward Kanarecki.

Lugano, The Paradise

On the Southern tip of Switzerland, just an hour drive away from Milan, there’s a paradise called Lugano. I tell you, the sun shines here every single day, regardless of the season. Walk in the Parco Civico with the swans, sit down under a palm, take a sunbath on one of the boat piers, visit the small church located next to the street with all the boutiques or please your eye with the most beautiful vegetables (really!) at the nearby market. This town is forever in my heart and I always visit it when it’s on the way!

All photos by Edward Kanarecki.

Extreme Nature. Noir Kei Ninomiya SS20

Noir Kei Ninomiya is one of the most fantastic brands present on Paris Fashion Week schedule. For spring-summer 2020, Kei Ninomiya looked towards nature, creating unbelievable wonders. The models seemed to walk in clouds (made out of tulle), in huge chunks of spiky salt crystal (the material is a mystery) and coats that looked like forest moss creatures. Azuma Makoto’s hats were made of real ferns, palms, and moss and worked as a finely landscaped complement to Ninomiya’s fashion. I really dream of a behind-the-scenes film showing Kei’s design process. Just incredible.

Collage by Edward Kanarecki.

Naturalness. Margaret Howell SS20

I feel like a dummy, because until this season, I’ve never really taken a serious look at Margaret Howell‘s fashion. Actually, I don’t think the designer calls her work ‘fashion’: it’s far, far from disposability and every season newness. The London-based label’s unfussy, quiet way of being is as charming, as the clothes it produces. The spring-summer 2020 is a classical Margaret Howell line-up: utilitarian, tailored, minimal, but not austere. The loosely-fitted, short-sleeved shirt-dress (that came in different colours and a Lucienne Day graphic pattern) is one of the very few pieces I’ve seen this season that instantly becomes the fine thing to really invest in. Suiting, with higher buttoning, looser cut jackets worn with tapering trousers tucked into slouchy socks and flat leather sandals, other times collared shirts atop Bermuda shorts. Everything kept in a beautiful, warm, earthy colour palette. It’s a yes, yes, yes!

Collage by Edward Kanarecki.