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26 September 2012

Already Summer Again

PARIS: That is the feeling you get, when you come to Paris for the spring/summer prêt-à-porter shows 2013 from today till October 2nd. I feel like time-travelling, skipping the ice-cold winter in northern Europe.
Here are few things I will be doing while being in Paris: Visiting one of my favorite galleries, NextLevel, and looking at works by Jose Levy from his stay at Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto. Taking a break from browsing the marché aux puces at the new Ma Cocotte Restaurant, a no-decor style place by Philippe Starck (sounds almost unbelievable). Looking for a winter cover-up at my favorite hat shop, Maison Michel, and buying something at Nina Ricci, avenue Rue Montaigne, which immediately puts me in a French mood wherever I am.

Top row: A model wearing a hat by Maison Michel, Karl Lagerfeld after his fashion show paying special attention to one of his many guests, girls wearing Nina Ricci at the Bon Marché in Paris, below: detail of a work by artist Ronan Guillon at the NextLevel Gallery, mixed tea cups at Ma Cocotte Restaurant, a gathering in front of the Musée Rodin before the Christian Dior Show

22 September 2012

The Afterhour

BERLIN: Berlin is the best city to go out at night. I find the coolest music and the best mix of chic crowds in the city. My favorite club is the KING SIZE, which gets even better during Art & Fashion week. This tiny hotspot, owned by Berlin’s most reliable club maven Conny Opper and art-world restaurateur Boris Radczun, has become the centrepiece of a moneyed and Teutonically decadent polygon off Friedrichstrasse and the Spreeufer, which also includes Radczun's Grill Royal steakhouse, the Tausend jazz club, and the new August II bar around the corner. It’s worth noting that gallerist Martin Kwade takes over on Wednesdays, reducing beer prices to an affordable €2.50.

Prinzenstrasse 85F
King Size
19 September 2012

Love Your House

NEW YORK: Try to leave as much summer spirit in your house as you can. Keep your garden or terrace green and lush, put emphasis on your lighting and place your favorite living accessories in unusual and inspiring places. The Australian photographer Thomas O’Brien puts it all together, especially in his own comfortable apartment in New York City. The photographs below are by Martyn Thompson and are included in his book Interiors, published by Hardie Grant – a gorgeous interior decorating book full of people’s houses and amazing, well, interiors! It’s inspired me a lot to nest at the moment... and to keep on changing my walls.

Thomas O’Brien’s NY apartment
13 September 2012

Summer Read

MUNICH: I always like to plan my summer reading in advance. To look at new books, I go to my favorite bookstore in Munich, Buchhandlung Werner, and ask for some recommendations. When I come home from my shopping, I think about what I will do for the summer and which book best suits the situation and place. It can be lots of fun to plan ahead and to select your reading. It is almost like curating an art show. Below you see my books I have read this summer 2012 which I also recommend of course for any time of the year.

My 2012 summer books
11 September 2012

Bare Legs

NEW YORK: I have a rule – no tights unless temperatures drop below 5 degrees Celsius. Cover up your upper body, take a hot steam bath before you go out on a chilly night and don’t forget bare legs are just perfect.

Givenchy Resort 2013
10 Crosby Derek Lam Fall 2012
10 Crosby Derek Lam Fall 2012
Chloe Resort 2013

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