Ulyana Sergeenko Spring 2015 Couture

The beautifully ornate clothing of Ulyana Sergeenko belong in the pages of a Russian fairytale. From the nipped waists and dramatic proportions of her garments, to the detailed embroidery and Russian cultural insignia and patterning, her collections never cease to offer a magical narrative.

“Sergeenko likes to reference specific eras of Russian history. She’s an ambassador not just for her country but also for its traditions, employing upward of 100 people whose handwork is often native to the region. This season, she explained, she chose Russian neighbours Georgia and Armenia as points of departure. True to form, the embellishments were exquisite, and at times mind-numbingly minute.”

I couldn’t include every piece, but I encourage you to see the entire collection on style.com

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Georgia O’Keefe’s Abiquiu Home

Modernist artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) bought her house in Abiquiu, New Mexico in 1945. The ruined 5,000-square-foot Spanish Colonial-era Abiquiu compound took 4 years to restore, after which she moved from New York to make New Mexico her permanent home in 1949. She lived at the Abiquiu or Ghost Ranch houses until 1984, when she moved to Santa Fe where she lived until her death in 1986.

New-York based photographer Brittany Ambridge captured these shots of her quiet and beautifully desolate home that now functions as a site for museum tours.

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Orania

Orania, for those who are not familiar, is a controversial Afrikaner community in the Northern Cape, South Africa. The land was bought in 1990 as a stronghold for Afrikaner nationalists by Professor Carel Boshoff, son-in-law of the infamous former apartheid president Hendrik Verwoerd. Only Afrikaans individuals are allowed to live and work there, which has understandably led to a great deal of criticism about racism, separatism, and a revival of the apartheid system.

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Commercial photographer Michael Hammond, in collaboration with journalist Hanlie Retief, have created a book that documents the life and inhabitants of this small Afrikaner enclave. The images are fascinating and slightly unsettling to look at, particularly given the loaded history that they carry.

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Joanne Nam

Joanne Nam is a Korean artist based in Los Angeles, whose paintings and illustration have a decidedly contemplative and melancholic atmosphere. In her compositions, often beautiful young women pose awkwardly in darkened landscapes. Nam is a self-professed horror film fan, so this could have a little something to do with the eerie atmosphere that she is able to create. You can read a more detailed interview with the artist and learn about her creative process over here.

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Fashion Illustrated

I have a soft spot for certain types of fashion illustration. Styles vary greatly in the genre of fashion illustration from photorealistic to mere impressions of pattern and shapes. My appreciation is more for the latter. I thought I’d share some ones I’ve appreciated lately.

Capetonian illustrator Katrin Coetzer recently did a series of the most beautiful fashion illustrations for Issue 14 of Kinfolk. She is such a talented artist.

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Sainte Maria is a Russian fashion illustrator with a lively and bright style.

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Miscellany

Given my scarcity of blogging this week, I thought I would end it off with a bumper blogpost that features a selection of beautiful, delicious, and interesting things. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

How to grow your own cactus fence. I really want to try this.

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This jacket is magic.

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So is this one.

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People Blocks are a limited edition artist sculpture series designed by Andy Rementer and produced by Case Studyo.

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Having an itinerant husband who travels a lot means that I have to often have to tackle the ominous task of cooking for one. Generally this means that I have toast with a changing roster of toppings. Maybe I’ll graduate into making more sophisticated meals, but in the meantime here are some toast combinations I love:

Avocado on toast – this is my go-to/old faithful

2013-0628_avocados-189Grilled cheese (otherwise known as the divine union of cheese and carbs)- can I get an amen!

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Lemon, ricotta, basil and honey bruschetta

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An old classic: peanut butter – but I vary the type of nut butters (almond butter is great), sometimes I add jam, or  honey, or cinnamon, or pears.

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If I had this beautifully packaged toothpaste as a child I think the idea of tooth brushing would have been much more appealing. This clever concept is designed by Miriam König.

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The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst is a HBO docu-miniseries directed by Andrew Jarecki that has been described as the television version of the critically acclaimed podcast Serial. I can see why – it’s a gripping murder mystery. The plot investigates millionaire Robert Durst as the potential culprit of three brutal murders. His story is marked by so many twists, odd characters, scattered clues, and just plain strangeness, it’s hard not to get drawn in.

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Anna Kövecses

There is a real art to simplifying an image to its most basic elements in most fields of creative practice. It’s something I struggle with when I am drawing, my desire is always to add more detail. This difficult task of simplification is masterfully handled in the work of Anna Kövecses, a Hungarian-born graphic designer currently living in Cyprus.

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I really liked these striking portraits she created of pop culture love icons for Hong Kong publication Milk X:

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