happy friday

Images via Dustjacket Attic & Pinterest 
Love the yellow on Olivia Palermo in both images. 
The back of the red dress is simply stunning 
And the car....oelala....(looks like something in the garage)

Have a beautifully chic Friday and a splendid weekend. 
May it be filled with love and laughter. 
I will be spending tonight with my dear friends, dressed all in white. 
Tomorrow on race track for testing. 
And Sunday relaxing on the boat. 


“Elegance is not about being noticed, it's about being remembered.” 
-Habeeb Akande-

james mcgrath

Images via here
Art by James McGrath
Collection: Dutchman's Dream-folds 

The moment I saw these images I loved them. 
The shades, the flow, the history connected with modern techniques. 
And of course the hint of flowers in each piece. 
Simple gorgeous. 

From the website

"Art is an illusion, a facsimile, a representation of a heightened reality. Artists of the 16th and 17th centuries mastered these illusions of reality as no other artists in Western history. With the advent of modernism (modernism or post modernism?) at the start of the twentieth century artists began to challenge what we knew to be true. James McGrath is one of these artists who combines contemporary printing and digital techniques with 16th and 17th century historical and artistic traditions.

To create these works on canvas and Plexiglas McGrath uses familiar artists’ tools such as drapery and folding, color and perspective. But it is McGrath’s use of drapery that is exceptionally innovative and dramatic. Artists in the past in both stone and paint have always created illusions of cloth or rich fabric that were supposed to and did startle the eye by their sensual reality. McGrath takes this notion one step further. “I think of drapery as alive or malleable as the human figure,” he says. “I believe drapery can be fragmented or abstracted in the same way as what Picasso through cubism did to the human figure.” The reason this can be done is due to the idea that fabric can be seen as the second skin, so it can be fragmented or abstracted in the same manner as flesh. It is this philosophy that gives the works their very contemporary presence as well their connection to art history. And that is another aspect of the works that is quite 17th century (reminiscent of the 17th century etc). Baroque artists made a fetish of teasing the eye of the beholder, tricking the viewer into imagining that space was where it was not, that something was falling when it was still, that paint was
flesh. McGrath’s works deliciously play on optic tricks, as well as recalling the glories of Dutch landscape painting"


This morning I woke up with a sudden (much unexplained) need to have chic luggage. This has of course become somewhat of a treasure hunt, as most of the uber chic suitcases are immensely heavy (and considering all the weight restrictions airlines have these days), we need to (unfortunately) pack practically for travel. If it were up to me I would have a beautiful red (or beige....really I'd like both) Globe-Trotter suitcase (and the vanity case to match.....of course....). One day....one day.....for now, I just dream and enjoy these wonderful images (and my sturdy red Samsonite will do for now).
What keeps your treasures safe while travelling?

Globe-Trotter is a modern heritage brand established in 1897. Founded by Englishman, David Nelken, in Saxony Germany, the company soon returned to the UK in 1901 where it has remained ever since. Today, Globe-Trotter products are style icons adopted by purveyors of traditional craftsmanship and a timeless aesthetic.
Globe-Trotter cases have been used over the last 100 years by an enviable client list. Captain Robert Falcon Scott traveled with Globe-Trotter on the infamous Antarctic expedition in 1912. Sir Winston Churchill used a Globe-Trotter Dispatch Case during his position as Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1924. H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth II chose Globe-Trotter for her honeymoon luggage in 1947 (and continues use her cases to this day). Sir Edmund Hilary ascended to first base camp with Globe-Trotter during his conquest of Everest in 1953.


Image from here

Today, by surprise, I received the October issue of the British Vogue. One of my most wonderful escapes every month. It is not sold here on the island, but through some great people each month I have the honour of receiving the British, the French, the Australian or sometimes even the Japanese Vogue.

This month a combination of Russian Dolls, Dreams and Golden Glories come together to make yet another great indulgence. But most important, it is back to red lipstick. Hmmmm…are you ready girls?

“Costumes by Chanel, dance by Nijinsky, music by Stravinsky…the Ballet Russes turned the world of art and fashion on its head”
– Judith Watt for British Vogue -