These very striking images by French artist, Nathalie Talec, demonstrate extreme style for extreme environments. Her narrative (portrait) explorations of expedition dressing and other-worldly travel conditions suggests a whole new aesthetic for our shifting climates and home fronts.
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Given my current proximity to Istanbul, I went looking the other day for Turkish fashion designer, Rifat Ozbek, and his spicy and exotic fusions of east*west detailing. I was excited to discover that he is still working his magic as part of the Milanese-based team, Pollini-Rifat Ozbek. Their Autumn/Winter 2008 collection is incredibly chic and border-defying in its multi- cultural references and textile blends. I love Ozbek's fringe hat from Milan fashion week as well.
A new organic wool scarf that I crocheted during my quiet time in Sofia. The sort of accessory that brings me back to my childhood and winter afternoons listening to my mother's spinning wheel whirling non-stop from behind closed doors.
Thursday, January 22, also marks the beginning of the International Year of Natural Fibres. A celebration of all things sustainably wonderful about natural fibers and their production.
My husband, Ludmil, and I ventured out this afternoon to visit our favorite gem of a museum, the National Archaeological Museum, in central Sofia. Their well-curated collection includes an installation of Thracian gold artifacts, many pieces of which have been on tour in the international blockbuster exhibit of the past few years.
It is not easy to describe the polarity between Bulgaria's Thracian glory and today's high-end fashion retail environment. Boutiques like Cartier, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, and Max Mara now dot the city's chicest corners. It is a display of luxe-style of a whole new extreme.
Today's artifacts may never measure up to the true handwrought craftsmanship and integrated functionality of objects from the ancient world; the latter being both bold and daring in design while also being inherently eye-catching in their use of nature-based motifs and luminous materials. Leafy Thracian crowns are a rival to Cartier, as the crossroads of the past certainly have something to teach us about sustainable design and timeless style.
Global chic abounds with these colorful adornments by Belgian fashion designer, Dries Van Noten, an anonymous Bulgarian textile artist, and Swedish knitwear designer, Sandra Backlund. A bold bangle necklace, vegetal motifs, and radical knit headgear - all perfect tribal accents for a daring 2009.