1. Tibi shoes
My favourite shoes! I love the slight awkwardness they have because of the low heel and pointed toe. And they are made out of two of my favourite materials: clear plastic and white leather.
2. HAY scissors
My scissors are sacred! So sacred that I don't like it when other people use them. I like to keep them sharp for cutting fabrics, so when I see them used to cut open a plastic package it makes me cringe!
3. Shackle ring
It's not a secret that I love to shop for my jewellery at the local hardware store, and this little shackle that I wear as a ring is my latest acquisition.
4. Broken glass
I like to hold on to things that would normally be disposed and keep them like pretty packages, but my most beautiful pieces of trash are these two fragments of glass.
5. Vegan lettuce wraps
Seasoned crushed nuts, coleslaw, onion, alfalfa, lemon juice, all wrapped up in a lettuce leaf. I'm not exaggerating when I say I can eat 20 of these in one go.
Love Aesthetics is the digital brainchild of Ivania Carpio, where the 25-year-old Dutch blogger combines her love of minimalist fashion with a passion for making things. From the site’s clean, striking white design to Ivania’s innovative and simple DIYs using materials like neoprene and Perspex, the blog showcases minimalism as a stylish way of life even more than a seasonal trend. Keep reading for some of Ivania’s favourite things!
1. Tibi shoes
How do you recognise a Louis Vuitton bag? It used to be by the overt logo branding, those instantly recognisable monogrammed ‘LV’ initials, splashed all over the Speedy or the Neverfull. But oh, how things have changed in recent seasons!
To put it bluntly, show-off logos are old news for the luxury mega-brands. In their place is a fresh new focus on the so-called ‘house codes’, the iconic style signifiers of each brand that go way back to their heritage roots.
For Louis Vuitton, it’s the discreet luxury of its Damier check, first revived on last spring’s runway in a youthful yellow colourway. Likewise, Gucci has rediscovered the appeal of its golden horsebit, using the motif on bags as well as its famous loafers as a reminder of its equestrian beginnings. And Chanel has all but abolished the double Cs to focus on its other icons, the posh pearls, camelia flower and tweed bouclé jacket.
Why the change? It’s all due to the power of the emerging markets. Luxury-lovers from Russia and Asia are turning away from entry-level logos and educating themselves about their favourite labels. Which means for them, the Saint Laurent tuxedo and reinvented Dior Bar jacket now have far more status than a shouty logo bag.
Still, all’s not lost. These tastemakers may be happy with their quiet, no-logo purchases, but there’s a parallel demand for ironic logos coming from the streetwear set. For some, there’s nothing more desirable than Brian Lichtenberg’s subverted tees (Homiés instead of Hermès, Féline instead of Céline, Ballin instead of Balmain, etc) and playing with the notion ‘no logo’, tongue firmly planted in cheek.
There are certainly no secrets hiding here, but as these street-style heroes show, there’s no denying that transparent style is where it’s at. In fact, it’s crystal clear.
Clear plastic adds a modern feel to your accessories and clothes, and what’s more current than showing off your prized possessions in a transparent handbag (we already do it online)?
Halfway between the fantastic, the futuristic and 1960s sci-fi, transparency is the latest trend to reveal itself, as fashionistas in Perspex and plastic are taking to the streets. So be prepared to flash some skin – or at least show off your layers and possessions – in plastic raincoats, peep-hole tops and clear clutches.
Photos: Gianluca Senese, NOBODYKNOWSMARC
Creating a new look with unexpected combinations, stylist Robert Rydberg offers an answer to the ever-present question, how we will dress tomorrow?
Contrasting materials and mismatched pieces result in a playful style, challenging the idea of what we wear, how we wear it and for whom we wear it. Street casted models give a modern and vibrant feel to this story, photographed by Magnus Magnusson.
What makes you dress the way you do? Is it what feels good? Did you listen to a song and it made you feel a certain way? In this video by photographer Axel Lindahl we meet people who like who they are and what they look like. But how do you describe your style? Sometimes it’s better to just show it.
Director: Axel Lindahl
All clothes by H&M