Spice Up. Maryam Nassir Zadeh AW21

When I think of a contemporary New York girl, I see her dressed in Maryam Nassir Zadeh. And even during lockdown, she wears Zadeh’s “oddly elegant“, always authentic and never forced designs. The designer hasn’t created a runway collection since spring 2020, and the extended pause gave her the space to reset, refocus, and design closer to her own tastes, without the distractions and noise of a show. Like her recent collections, autumn-winter 2021 felt simpler and stripped back, but also sexier. The heat mostly came from a handful of miniskirts (like one in metallic leather, shown with a matching blazer) and backless, thigh-grazing party dresses. As she often does, Zadeh predicted the miniskirt comeback early on. The designer foresees her clients craving clothes that feel bolder, happier and lighter. Zadeh isn’t a moodboard-type designer, but she did make one surprise reference: Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City – the early seasons, filmed at the turn of the 2000s. Who didn’t rewatch all the episodes in the lazy quarantine days? You can glimpse SATC’s protagonist in the asymmetrical party dresses, vibrant accessories and the plucky flower pin adorning a slip. Zadeh’s interest was less in the character or TV show and more in the balance of no-frills minimalism and “spice ups,” as she put it. In our stay-home-style moment, it was easy to picture Carrie (and many of Zadeh’s customers) in the opening look: a cobalt knit set paired not with sneakers, but block-heel mules. Definitely an idea for Carrie’s 2021 wardrobe in And Just Like That…!

Collage by Edward Kanarecki.

#InstaLOVE – July 2016

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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 July recommendations!


@everyoutfitonsatc / I love Sex and The City so much. When I discovered the account which thrives to document every outfit of Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha, I just couldn’t resist following it! The feed comments beloved lewks of my favourite New Yorkers with irony, but still, it’s a great Instagram find (and I guess they love Miranda’s iconic, denim overalls “styled” with a puffer coat from season 2 just as much as I do).

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@monamoore /  Luxury concept store in Venice, CA, which doesn’t take fashion too seriously. Mona Moore account shows not only the clothes (a lot of hote Haider Ackermann pieces), but also the unique attitude the store and #MonaMooreGirls have. Oh, and they nearly broke the internet with their showroom photo of Vetements‘ high, high, high Manolo Blahnik boots from the latest season.


@hotelcostes / At last, Hotel Costes created an account on Instagram! Expect a dose of red velvet and sensual pics from Paris’ favourite hotel, restaurant, bar, spa and flower shop on rue Saint Honore.

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@resee_paris / I wrote a piece on Re-See’s phenomen here. After reading it, follow their moody account – it’s filled with rare, vintage pearls by Tom Ford, Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga and Celine. Tres chic, and quintessentially Parisian!

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@sandrasemburg / Sandra Semburg is a streetstyle photographer based between Berlin and Paris. Her sharp photos of models off-duty, editors, it-girls and shoppers reflect the diversity of style on the streets, and also work as inspiring tips for every day dressing.

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