Product and furniture design: “dripping” with whimsy


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Original pieces designed for interior living spaces

offer elements of innovation, artistic perspectives and functionality.

These unique items inject doses of novelty,

which further define and enhance a given space.



John Nouanesing and Florent Degourc

are two French product and furniture designers-

each with a clear creative vision, which features:

minimalist style, natural form/flow, and buckets of whimsy.



From the workshop of John Nouanesing


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product designer, John Nouanesing

Product/furniture designer, John Nouanesing



Magena Lune Montante (2013)

reminiscent of a toddler playtime toy


Hello & Goodbye (2008)

quirky reference to lifting floorboards


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Product/furniture designer,  Florent Degourc

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Smooth and Smoothie (2010)

melting matter motif

florent degourc, smooth and smoothie table bench, drip paint

Mint green and cherry blossom pink table and bench set

L01 – L02 (2012)

florent degorc white table lamps

Stark, clinical white

metallic table lamps with wood centre

Groove (2009)

of centipedean aspect

florent degourc, grove table, 2009 tablebassemikado_web

 Metal table coated in lime green lacquer with multi-base legs


Stic (2011)

florent degourc, stic, hanging light fixture, single candle

Hanging light fixture

single white ‘candlestick’ on the horizontal with blue electric cord

Verone  (2009)


florent degourc, verone, 2 connected tables

Coffee table unit wood, white surfaces at perpendicular angle

For more details on John Nouanesing and his work, visit:

For more details on Florent Degourc and his work, visit:

And the award goes to : Fashion winners on the red carpet, The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards 2015


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The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards

honours the best performances in film and television.

At this year’s star-studded ceremony,

held in Los Angeles on Sunday, 25 January 2015-

the red carpet fashion parade rivaled that of any runway show.


My red carpet best dressed favourites were

Oscar winning actress, Lupita Nuyong’o and

multi Grammy award recipient, rocker Lenny Kravitz.

Both raised the style stakes and looked fashion flawless in the process.

And the award goes to …

(image from eonline):

Lenny Kravitz

in Saint Laurent

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Looking extremely dapper,

Mr. Kravitz exudes cool confidence in AiB (All in Black) suiting

and dark sunnies

(image from us magazine):

Lupita Nyong’o

wears Elie Saab Pre-Fall 2015,  Ready-to-Wear collection

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Ms. Nyong’o radiates in this exquisite creation:

deep V-neck front, long sleeve, floral print with vertical black stripes

She wears it with elegance and aplomb.

A bientot, Paris : Menswear Fashion Week- Fall 2015 concludes


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The fashion world now bids a fond adieu to

Menswear Fashion Week- Paris, Fall 2015

which ends Sunday, 25 January.


Designers presented collections which

whetted our curiosity

informed our style choices

and satiated our fashion appetites.

The final runway presentations were appreciatively

more of the same.

Paris Fashion Week-  menswear Fall 2015

Runway highlights



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from Miharayasuhiro

by Mihara Yasuhiro

distressed suiting and denim look / leather fabrication

paris, men, fall 2015, denim look leather jacket, miharayasuhiro

paris, men, fall 2015, miharayasuhiroparis, men miharayasuhiro

from Hermès

by Véronique Nichanian

Classic suiting:  double breast and single button jacket closures

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from Wooyoungmi

by mother / daughter creative duo, Woo Young Mi and Katie Chung

casual, cool, contained

paris, men, fall 2015, wooyoungmi, casualparis, men, fall 2015, wooyoungmi

by Thom Browne

Victorian melodrama

AiB (all in black) and of mystery

Paris, fall 2015, men, thom browne, funeralparis, fall 2015, tom browne, men, funeral

from Dior Homme

by Kris Van Assche

At thigh length

jacket silhouette elongated

paris, men, fall 2015, dior

paris, men, dior homme, fall 2015, suit, thigh length jacket

from Kenzo

by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon

Out there outerwear

(t) cape shape ;  (b) zip front

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Favlook – Lookfav Focus Favourites

and I very much like the leather slashed, lunar boots!

from Comme des Garçons

by Rei Kawakubo

A bit of colour splash and creative suiting

patterned leggings under loose fit short trousers

paris, men, comme des garcons, coloured, patterned leggings

paris, men, fall 2015, comme des garçons

by Umit Benan

Down – time suiting

textural, patterned, ease

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Rings and things: Meet “narrative jewellery” designer, Tessa Metcalfe


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Via her unusual jewellery pieces, designer Tessa Metcalfe

explores and creates a visual-impact story.

It is a tale set in the London metropolis.

It is one of grit, grime and city dwelling.

It is one of unexpected beauty found in a most peculiar subject:

the urban pigeon.

The London city pigeon has become a creature scorned.

Once a fixture in great abundance at landmark points-

such as famed Trafalgar Square,

strident measures have been enacted

to banish the pigeon from such historic sites.

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pigeons, trafalgar square

Pigeons once reigned over Trafalgar Square

Yet for native Londoner, Tessa Metcalfe

the feral pigeon is an object of fascination

and source of inspiration for creative output.

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Jewellery designer, Tessa Metcalfe

Promoted by her own study/work in  taxidermy,

Ms. Metclafe uses the feet of roadkill pigeons

as core element for her pieces.

The feet are cleaned, cast in silver or gold

then set with exquisite gemstones, gently held by the talons:

equally macabre, compelling and beautiful.

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 jewellery, ring, tessa metcalf, ruby diamond 18 ct gold engagement ring

 18ct gold bespoke ruby and diamond engagement ring

Ms. Metcalfe’s pieces have been showcased at London Fashion Week-

where I first viewed her work.

There is a beguiling quality to these pieces, which engenders

lingered examination and great appreciation.



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Ring:  pigeon grasp claw with gold talons

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Ring:  pale green quartz, Colombian emerald shoulders

jewellery, cuff links, tessa metcalf,

Cuff links:  gold / silver single pigeon talon

holds sleeve cuff between its grasp

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Necklace:  aquamarine crystal captured between silver feet and gold talons

one foot dons its own rings in blue topaz and green quartz

jewellery, tessa metcalf, pendant,

Pendant:  silver foot, gold talons

with miniature rings set with an emerald and peridot

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earrings, tessa metcalf, gold/silver talons

Ear rings:  (t) gold talons ; (b) silver feet with gold talons

jewellery, ring, the pearl of London, tessa metcalf

Pearl of London ring

The ring is a signature piece of Ms. Metcalfe’s design narrative:

“Capturing the hidden beauty of the city it represents, the pigeon inhabitants protect precious pearls within their gold claws endlessly spinning them in their grasp. The cool smooth [freshwater] pearl stands out inside the gold cage of claws enclosing it. Playfully fitted onto pins the pearl can be turned at your fingertips. This ring encompasses everything I love about my hometown, looking through the dirt in the gutter, finding it holds the beauty of the city.” 

(quote, Tessa Metacalfe)

Tessa Metcalfe earned a BA Honours degree in Illustration,

University of Brighton.

Her creations have been worn by pop divas Rita Ora and Pixie Lott.

For further details, visit:

Bonjour, Paris : Menswear Fashion Week- Fall 2015, returns to the La Ville Lumière! (part 2)


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Variety is the spice of life

and is also a key ingredient on the fashion menu.

Served on the Paris runways of Menswear Fashion Week- Fall 2015

is an array of  fashion pieces designed and styled

to please the discerning fashion connoisseur

as well as the budding fashion enthusiast.


Of particular interest this menswear fashion season

are design twists in:

trouser silhouettes and styling

sleeveless outwear and luxe layering

blurred lines of gender specific dress.

Je l’aime.


Paris Fashion Week-  menswear Fall 2015

Runway highlights


(images from style):



by Olivier Rousteing


Off the ramp:  decadent skater boy

(note the “Balmain does Van” trainers)

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by Dries Van Noten

Genderless dress

Favlook – Lookfav Focus Favourite:  everything about this collection!

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by Yohji Yamamoto

A Yamamoto statement

oversising, textural, black as signature colour

paris, men, fall 2015, yohji yamamoto _MON0542 paris, men, fall 2015, yohji yamamoto _MON0476 paris, men, fall 2015 yohji yamamoto _MON0205 paris, men, fall 2015, yohji yamamoto _MON0091

by Phillip Lim


suiting with outer belt cinch

rope wide weave shirt, sleeveless cover with zip and strap detail

paris, fall 2015, men, phillip lim

paris, fall 2015, men, phillip limparis, men, fall 2015, phillip lim

From Viktor & Rolf

by Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren

An Essential:  lightweight roll top jumper under any and all looks

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from Ann Demeulemeester

by Sebastien Meunier

Overcoat options

paris, men, ann demeulemeester, fall 2015 MARC0694 paris, men, ann demeulemeester, fall 2015 MARC0213 paris, men, ann demeulemeester, fall 2015MARC0089

Bonjour, Paris : Menswear Fashion Week- Fall 2015, returns to the La Ville Lumière! (part 1)


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Menswear Fashion Week Travel Itinerary

Fall 2015


Menswear Fashion Week- Fall 2015

has arrived in Paris, France.

The Fashion Week show travels commenced with

a first stop in London for LC: M  (London Collections:  Men)

next stop was the Pitti Uomo (Florence, Italy)

and now the final leg of the menswear fashion journey

ends in Paris, France.


The Show Summations

Runway presentations in London are electric:

avant garde, forward thinking, boundary push innovation.

The atmosphere in Florence, both on and off the runway

is the epitome of style spezzatura:  cool, confident, effortless.

Now it is time to shine for the designers who show in Paris, the City of Lights.

Paris Fashion Week, Fall 2015

Menswear highlights

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by Christophe Lemaire

shoulder wrap

paris, men, fall 2015, lemaire

paris, fall 2015, men, lemaire

McQ Alexander McQueen

by Sarah Burton

unencumbered layering, culottes with under-trousers, black colour point

paris, men, fall 2015 mcqueenparis, mcqueen, men fall 2015paris, men, mcqueen, fall 2015paris, men, mcqueen, fall 2015

from Valentino

by Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri

colour blocked clothing and bags

3-piece suiting:  shirt, jacket, trousers

paris, men fall 2015, valentinoparis, men, fall 2015, valentinoparis, men, fall 2015, valentino

by Walter Van  Beirendonck

fashion fun-tastic and plastics

a bit of cheeky humour, sherbert soft colours

paris, men  fall 2015, walter beirendonck

paris, men, fall 2015, walter beirendonck

paris, men, fall 2015, walter beirendonckparis, men, fall 2015, walter bierendonck

by Haider Ackermann

Mixed fabrication: leather, knits, silks

Paris, men, fall 2015, haider ackermannparis, men, fall 2015, haider ackermann

by Raf Simons

Statement outerwear:  colour and shine ;  sleeveless and flow

paris, men, fall 2015, raf simonsparis, men, fall 2015, raf simons

from Louis Vuitton

by Kim Jones

Accessorise me! :  carrier choices

paris, men, fall 2015, louis vuitton

paris, men, fall 2015, louis vuitton

paris, men, fall 2015, louis vuitton

from Issey Miyake

by Yusuke Takahashi

Trouser wear:  of varying lengths and silhouettes

paris, men, issey miyake, fall 2015

paris, men, fall 2015, issey miyakeparis, men, fall 2015, issey miyake

She said what?! : quoted from Dorothy Parker


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‘She said what?!’

a new item to meappropriatestyle

featuring statements from outspoken women:

opinions, outlooks, observations

which they were more than willing to share.


The American poet, writer, commentator,

jet-setter of the roaring ’20s,

friend of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald

society set favourite and socialist-

Dorothy Parker

was known by fans and foes

for her barbed words and biting wit.

In 1919 she became a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table,

a salon of writers referred to as ‘The Vicious Circle’,

who regularly meet and lunched at the Algonquin Hotel, NYC.

 Dorothy Parker

“She said what?!” :

she said what? quote by dorothy parker


In addition to her literary output and outbursts,

Ms. Parker was very involved in the American Civil Rights movement.

In her will, she outlined that her entire estate

be bequeathed to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Upon his assassination in 1968, the estate of Dorothy Parker

was given to the NAACP

(The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People).


The remains of Dorothy Parker are interned in a memorial garden

on the grounds of the NAACP headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland.

A “She said what?!” quote by

Dorothy Parker (1893 – 1967)




Of aspirations yet realised: “my dreams, my works, must wait wait till after hell” by Gwendolyn Brooks


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The works of Pulitzer Prize winning poet,

Gwendolyn Brooks

are rich in symbolic language-

which she employs with vigorous bounce.

Her poems provoke the reader to reconsider meanings

of pieces previously perused.

Thus is the power of her talent.


Her writings are of life’s circumstances:

expectations, disappointments, longings,

decisions made- some good, some not so.

Written in a real voice, of a steady hand-

her poems are thoughtful, heartfelt, believable, courageous.


I have “befriended” works by Gwendolyn Brooks,

which I periodically revisit.

I have made some new acquaintances,

from which is received either

a measure of insight, joy, contemplation or solace.

F.  L., thank you for “introducing” me to Gwendolyn Brooks,

all those many years ago.



my dreams, my works, must wait till after hell

by Gwendolyn Brooks


I hold my honey and I store my bread

In little jars and cabinets of my will.

I label clearly, and each latch and lid

I bid, Be firm till I return from hell.

I am very hungry. I am incomplete.

And none can tell when I may dine again.

No man can give me any word but Wait,

The puny light. I keep eyes pointed in;

Hoping that, when the devil days of my hurt

Drag out to their last dregs and I resume

On such legs as are left me, in such heart

As I can manage, remember to go home,

My taste will not have turned insensitive

To honey and bread old purity could love.

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Gwendolyn Brooks

(1917 – 2000)

Poet.  Teacher.  Mentor.

Pulitzer Prize Recipient for Poetry, 1950

(Ms. Brooks was the first Black American to receive this honour)

Poet Laureate of Illinois, 1968

Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, 1985

“To infinity and beyond!”: Runway fashion takes off at Pitti Uomo, Menswear Fall 2015 (part 2)


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For style insight and inspiration as well as sheer fashion fun

the Pitti Uomo, menswear runway presentations

is a ‘yes, please!’ on the international fashion calendar.

The event is always eagerly anticipated and

sets a gold standard for inventive menswear design.


As Pitti Uomo Fall 2015 draws to conclusion,

we bid a fond goodbye until next season:

“arrivederci alla prossima volta!”

A glimpse at a some highlight looks from a few final shows:

On the Runway

Pitti Uomo

Fall 2015

(part 2)

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From Emporio Armani

‘In just one stroke’

muted colours, high-volume impact, contoured knitwear

fall 2015, men, emporio armani

fall 2015, men, emporio armani,MARC0065

From Diesel Black Gold

by Andreas Melbostad

‘It’s in the details’

close-fit layering, monochromatic scheme, denim trousers in varied finishes

fall 2015, men, diesel black gold, JPG_1732

fall 2015, men diesel black

From Gucci

by Alessandro Michele and design team

‘Gender-less at best’

bow neckline blouses, imprint of prints, uncomplicated footwear

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From Etro

by Kean Etro


lush fabrication, autumnal hues, paisley patterns

fall 2015, men, etrofall 2015, men, etrofall 2015, men, etro

by Antonio Barras

‘Casual Elegance’

faux fur collars, mixed patterns, suiting options

fall 2015, men, antonio marras

fall 2015, antonio marras


by Massimo Giorgetti

salmon pink hues, tactile textures

‘spot on’ and spotted monk shoes

fall 2015, men, MSGM

fall 2015, men, MSGM

From Moncler Gamme Bleu

by Thom Browne

‘…And they’re off!’

in the winner’s -circle, jockey inspired ensembles

quirky accessories:  goggle eyewear, skull caps

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