I'm a bit of an obsessive playlist maker; I have playlists for all moments of life, some 3 songs, some hours and hours. My playlists are somewhat of a rudimentary form of journaling, so it feels a little weird to share this one, but it's really the best way to convey the inspirations I'm feeling right now.
Whenever I am thinking of what to be inspired by, it usually begins with a song. I think a lot about the physical place that a song would exist in. Lately I am interested in this idea of ethereal places that do exist, as opposed to dream worlds. Places like Alaska with its starkness and its fogginess and the way everything there looks so blue. Or Northern California and its gently rolling hills and sky that seemed to stretch clear across the planet, and how the few trees pierced the sky, and how the beaches had no sand, only sharp rocks and crashing waters. And places I've never been - like the Plains with a cabin here and there, and waves of grains, and a cinematic sunset. I guess I am itching to be around stillness, to see stars in the sky. The city is windy and noisey and noises all clanging into one another, and for some reason I'm really compelled to be away from that. Even for a few moments.
For fall and winter maybe I feel like living in that place. It exists within its own history; an amalgamation of the 70s and the Victorian era and everything Baroque and maybe here in present, except you are much older than you are now, and still favor the old-timey things of your youth. Like going to your grandparent's house and seeing everything covered in lace and doilies and weird inspirational placards hanging on the walls. And stark dualities between these things, like dreams and wakefulness, black and white, ghosts and the living, and magick and reality. And precious music that is spooky but instead of being from a dream world, is from a place that is so close you can reach it. You don't have to sleep to see this world, you only need to listen to Azure Ray and sit under a tree on a very gray day.
Hellen Van Meene for Paradis #5
Marc Jacobs by Juergen Teller
White Magic by LOVER
Grazhyna Kukhta by Elsa Torjdman
Norman Parkinson for Vogue, 1970
Valentino Haute Couture
Guy Bourdain, 1971
Arthur Rackman, 1908
Codie Young in Raf Simons Menswear archives
Alexandria Valenti for Sisters of the Black Moon
Ellen Rogers x Prizme
Erin Fetherston Resort 2013
Steven Meisel for Versace 1998
I will probably be over this inspiration in like a week, but here are some things I'm looking forward to wearing during the colder weather.
All clothing is vintage (black dress and paisley jacket from Sisters of the Black Moon), except for the white ruffly overcoat which was from my secret Goodwill. Plastic clutch is by 202 Factory, faux fur boa is Meadham Kirchhoff. Pamela Love sacred heart necklace, Prada shoes from ebay, Rachel Comey x Hansel from Basel socks that remind me of Bloom.
This post was exhausting, and probably very pretentious! Oh well, hoping this autumn brings magic to your imagination. It's the best season for that. xoxo