Could these be any more beautiful? Finnish designer Klaus Haapaniemi takes his cues from folklore and nature to create these striking collections of shawls, blankets, and silk scarves. They’re like ancient tapestries made modern with creepy crawlies and great colour palettes. We still have some chilly nights looming ahead, yeah?
I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions anymore, so I hope you weren’t expecting some kind of profound manifesto for today, the first ‘official’ day back to the regular grind. If anything, I’m trying to leap into January with a bit more reckless abandon than usual. Go bold, and do what makes you feel good. So with that I say – hello world, goodbye boring shoes. Purple + yellow floral print is a neutral, right?
Image above: A dream is a wish your heart makes… Nicholas Kirkwood x Suno printed canvas and suede lace-up booties, via Saks Fifth Avenue.
And, filling in the rest of the gaps in that shoe wardrobe you never knew you needed:
The tomboy oxford: floral print suede from Marc by Marc Jacobs, via Shopbop.
The platform sandal: Marni Edition wedges, via Ssense.
And speaking of unjustifiable wardrobe purchases, thank freaking god these shoes aren’t available in my size, or I’d be in denim-hightop-sneaker (?!) trouble/heaven. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Hashtag first world problems.
NYC-based twin sisters Elizabeth and Kathryn are the brainchild(ren) behind Lizzie Fortunato, one of my favourite accessories lines. Season after season their statement jewelry and leather bags just kill it, and I wait in anticipation to receive the lookbook for each new collection (my graphic design studio, Linseed Projects, designed and maintains their website). Over the last year or two I’ve managed to save up for a couple of pieces and seriously, every time I break them out I feel like the coolest girl in the room.
The girls’ love of travel (adventures in Peru, Japan, and India can be found on their blog, A Fortune Found), visual art, architecture, and landscape subtly informs and inspires each collection. Fall/Winter 2013 plays on the idea of embellishment as armour and the cultivation of a modern uniform, and really manages to nail that elusive mix of both polished and playful. Here are some of my favourite looks:
All images courtesy of Lizzie Fortunato, with product photography by Jason Ross Savage. This post was written independently and I just genuinely lust after everything that these hard-working girls make, but in the interest of full disclosure it should be noted that Lizzie Fortunato have kindly extended a discount to me in the past.