How about discovering a new brand this Sunday afternoon? The offspring of an Italian textile legacy and generations of French artists, it was at University in Scotland that Alix Verley-Pietrafesa, inspired by the mid-century Bohemians of Paris and the Bloomsbury Group, picked up a needle and began making clothes by hand. Seeking to create pieces which reflected the free-spirited muses of her studies and facilitated adventure, Alix of Bohemia was born, formally established in London in 2009. The last decade has seen Alix living and working in Europe, Asia and the US. Her far-flung travels, stories, techniques and textiles are the canvas of her collections. Alix currently lives between New York and Mallorca where she sews daily in her Ateliers with her team, producing limited runs, one of a kind pieces and custom commissions by appointment. In 2019 the label opened opened its first store in New York. From patchworked bolero jackets (obsessed!) to gorgeous, vintage-y cotton-voile dresses, Alix of Bohemia is all about a nostalgic, made-with-love feeling. Also, it’s very Anita Pallenberg in the 1970s. Here are some of my favourite pieces from the last (and upcoming resort 2020) collections.
Collage by Edward Kanarecki.
Wherever you go in Trouville-Sur-Mer, there’s a view on the ocean (or you at least feel this fresh, iodine-filled breeze). So no there’s no wonder that the locals are truly connected to their surroundings. That’s reflected in the town’s boutiques, which mix this kind of surfer girl allure with the eternally timeless, quintessentially French style (when you come to Normandy, you will discover that in fact, all that Frenchness in fashion isn’t entirely a cliché – those women are born with this gorgeous style). Here are my favourite addresses in Trouville:
When you enter Chez Stef, you feel like in a wardrobe of a very chic party-goer, who lives near the beach. Stef, the owner of the boutique, sells well-curated, beautiful, artinasal goods from Ibiza (think Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza style), as well as her owns designs. I witnessed how Trouville women adore her kaftans and parachute dresses: they all got sold out within an hour. When in town, you’ve got to visit Stef!
11 rue de Paris 35
Boheme is where you get the French classics, which seem to be fantastically sun-drenched already there, in-store (loved all the mustard and rust colour palette). The store sells small,affordable Made-in-France-tag labels, as well as blankets, pillow, cotton bags and artisanal baskets. Love.
93 rue des Bains
La Quincaillerie d’Albertine feels like a cabinet des curiosités, where you can buy everything you see. From hand-made stationery (notebooks, postcards) to socks (got a crab-printed pair by Royalties), you won’t leave this place with empty hands.
78 rue des Bains
If you’re a fan of vintage, you can’t miss Violette Vintage. While vintage luxury fashion tends to get overpriced, here you will be surprised to find Louis Vuitton kints, Hermès silks and Yves Saint Laurent coats in very appealing prices. The store’s funky (yes, I used this word!) interior takes you to another decade.
(Mum and Stef from Chez Stef)
All photos by Edward Kanarecki.
Ok, that’s something new: two brands in one collection, with a feeling of anonymity – like ‘what’s what’? Chris Peters and Shane Gabier decided to show their Creatures of The Wind and Peters’ other label, CDLM, together. While everything should have a brand and a logo seen from the distance these days, Chris and Shane made the viewer take guesses. Isn’t it better to forget the labels, and look at the garments objectively, without knowing the tag? Wouldn’t our buying choices change dramatically? In case of Peters and Gabier we had a line-up of very, very good clothes. And I’m objective! The designers are known for their recycle and upcycle practices – they use existing vintage and deadstock fabrics. They can do wonders with those. Examples? A ’30s slip-dress, a man’s tux collapsed into a coat, ’40s fake furs clashed into one (ok, Martin Margiela did that decades ago, but still this idea looks so brilliant), another coat that had its deconstructed lapels made from a football merch scarf… Then, the look I had to look at twice to be sure I’m not wrong. A blanket scarf worn with a white shirt, navy pants and white paint splattered caban boots were modeled by a woman who rarely stands in front of the camera today, but has influenced American fashion like no other: Vogue’s fashion editor, Tonne Goodman. She’s the person who created the so-called ‘sporty elegance’ look that’s all about reality and relevance. Which actually is the style ethos that got quite naturally inherited by such designers as Chris and Shane. Tonne is also deeply committed to sustainability – and, as visible, a friend of the brand. She looked as if she was on the street, off to the office or the next fashion show in her typical ‘its my job’ attitude, not on an actual runway. That’s why I enjoyed Creatures of The Wind (and CDLM) this season: clothes for life and pretty much any moment in life.
Collage by Edward Kanarecki.