The clean, modernist lines of Heath define a haute bohemian sensibility that goes back to the ceramic brand’s Northern California roots. It isn’t any wonder then that their pottery feels right for today’s version of that casual elegance, making their revival over the past couple of years a good reason to gift these made-in-America wares. One of our year-round standbys is to fill their elegant bud vase with a few stems as a thank-you or hostess gift. In a candy-apple hue, the holiday edition is a no-brainer.
Yes, we’re the kind of girl who gets inspired by a closet. Looking through Tablet (our go-to for all of our travels), the image of a fabulous dress hanging in Paris’ Royal Monceau launched a thousand fantasies of our next trip. With the idea of a fashion destination in mind we found a few other places well-suited for travelers like us, whether thematically or for their locations in fashion-oriented areas.
1) As the recent collections proved, Paris is still the fashion capitol and what better way to experience it than at the recently renovated Royal Monceau.
2) Hotel Americano has the benefit of not only being close to the garment district, nearby the Fashion Institute of Technology and where several local labels like Rachel Comey still have their clothes made, but also among the many amazing Chelsea art galleries.
3) With the kind of surreal austerity only seen in Europe, Maison Moschino feels something like a Richard Meier-designed Alice in Wonderland.
4) Sydney’s QT Hotel puts visitors in the heart of the city’s culture, nightlife and of course fashion, while also being close to beaches.
Inspired by his migraine-induced hallucinations, Finnish artist Kustaa Saksi’s turns more than just tapestry on its head with his gorgeous creations. His modern textile approach incorporates natural and man-made yarn using both traditional Jacquard techniques with non-traditional themes. The results transform his negative experiences into beautiful artworks, such as our favorites, “Arbor Vitae” (pictured), and “Hiding in Plain Sight.”
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As proponents of both obsessiveness and wardrobe staples, we’re naturally also fans of Self-Service Magazine’s “Obsessions” feature. As the story in the Fall/Winter 2013 issue advises, “Know your basics.” From the fabulous Givenchy leather-and-wool jumpsuit to Saint Laurent’s gorgeous diamanté fishnet, our favorite is this chic wool sweater with an elegant gold stripe by Jil Sander. Style it with a pair of HABITUAL Eve Skinnies and a simple black shoe for an effortless holiday look!
Wintery vibes call for drama, which this season means a gorgeously deep blue. Inspired by its use in painting, including one of our favorite artists Ilya Repin, our fall collection includes the Alice waxed skinny in Prussian Blue, a hue seen all over the runways in Spring/Summer 2014 looks by the likes of Haider Ackermann, Acne, Catherine Malandrino and Zac Posen. To get the HABITUAL version of the trend that will carry you into next year, visit Scoop or Neiman Marcus to purchase. (And see more of the images that inform our designs on HABITUAL’s Pinterest.)
If Jennifer Lawrence playing a female warrior isn’t enough to make you like Hunger Games, the costumes with looks from Alexander McQueen and other designers should catch your attention. The scarf-cum-sweater vest that Katniss Everdeen wears over her father’s leather jacket was what made us take notice. While the original is the work of Los Angeles knitwear designer Maria Dora, we found a few others that evoke the feminine practicality of a huntress uniform. Bless’ Triangle Scarf has a toggle that allows the chunky knit to be worn several ways, while Yokoo’s Nantucket Cowl simply slips over the head. For a more urban-appropriate look, opt for Oak’s Funnel Neck Poncho.
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