26 August 2014

a Princess & her Mother

"Tradition is the transmission of fire and not the worshiping of ashes." Mahler 
 (quoted from Caroline of Hanover in discussing the Pringle exhibition of her mother's wardrobe.)

Pringle's 2013  fashion collection coincided with their own exhibition, Princess Grace: More Than An Image. It showcased designs by Central Saint Martins BA fashion students from the archives of Princess Grace, a devotee  of Pringle. The exhibition resulted in a capsule collection of sweaters created by the students under the supervision of the now deceased, and legendary professor, Louise Wilson.  The Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, patronized by Princess Caroline, was also part of this inspired collaboration.

a fifteen year old Caroline, & Grace
It is apparent from the countless photographs of the two together they were very close.

Testament to the inimitable style of her mother, and longevity of a classic design, Caroline met the students wearing her mother’s grey and black cashmere dress from 1962, still a perfect fit.
“I’ve had these things for years, and I’ve worn them since I was 20. If they’re made properly they’re indestructible.” (Another)

Grace's Sweaters photographed by Francois Goize

In case you missed it: there are short films featuring Princess Caroline speaking about the collection, and an intriguing, in-depth interview at ANOTHER with Caroline. Both are well worth the time.

 at Another, the Interview with Princess Caroline here

22 August 2014

a tale of 2 closets

 Sarah Harris, at left, and Bay Garnett at far right with the champagne glass
photographs from British Vogue

As well as being of fashion interest, this video of Sarah Harris and Bay Garnett, both editors at British Vogue, is clever and amusing. The women both has enviable wardrobes and though their approaches differ in the extreme, each "turns out" beautifully. Hannah Berryman, Conde Nast's new creative director of film, made the video for Vogue.

read the notes British Vogue here

18 August 2014


A Room that Is  EVER INSPIRING ME is The Library at MOUTON- It’s Just  PURE Heaven.

Blue Heaven.

I Think- or at least it's my idea of What an Ideal Room Should look Like,
Elegant, a bit Idiosyncratic, sophisticated, comfortable, with expansive places to read- and with Books...

Lots of Books.

Now there's no more wondering where to read in the Ideal Room, thanks to TRUEX American Furniture. Dedicated to carrying on the ideals of  Van Day Truex: It is our mission to bring back the best of this era to contemporary interiors. Our name is in honor of Truex, but we take inspiration not solely from Van Day, but from those he inspired as his era continues to inspire us. 

From Mouton, Truex has created the PAULINE CHAISE, c. 1960. Designed by the chatelaine herself, Pauline de Rothschild, Truex offers options to the elegantly turned silver leaf  leg, but I wouldn't have it any other way, nor would I change the heavenly blue velvet of the original. The only thing this chaise lacks is length. Measuring in at 66.5 inches, Pauline's sofa was at least twice that no doubt. One hopes that in the truest sense of Truex, they would make it quite as long, and of course accept commissions to create the entire suite of Mouton's library seating.
As they say less isn't more, more is more.


see all of the TRUEX COLLECTION here


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