During my time in Italy, I had the privilege of visiting the studio of my friend and designer behind the brand Area di Barbara Bologna. In her Fall/Winter 14/15 collection titled as “MY DOLL – The imitation of Humanity” she has taken a new step by adding bold colors and patterns to her usual palette of black and muted tones.

Hesitant at first, I quickly got over my doubts as Barbara explained why she wanted to evolve as an artist and create something completely new for the market resting on its laurels. After careful examination and trying on a few pieces myself, the collection suddenly started to feel like a breath of fresh air and I understood where she was coming from: Bold is beautiful and bold is strong. Now, who wouldn’t want to feel that way everyday?










Last year I already declared my love for the Tuscan countryside after visiting my dear friend Barbara from the label Area di Barbara Bologna. When the opportunity arose to pay another visit to her studio and the surrounding cities Florence, Pisa and Lucca, I didn’t hesistate for long. This time around I was accompanied by friends and experienced a totally new side of Florence, a city which I can wholeheartedly claim now as one of the most beautiful places in Europe. Whether it is the relaxed “dolce far niente” athmosphere, fantastic food, friendly people or the amazing surrounding nature, this is where my soul is at ease. There are not too many places left in the world that make your heart skip a beat, or rather create a calm, stress free pulse. It’s no wonder I’m already getting an itch to visit Tuscany again.









Blazer: Ann Demeulemeester
Top: Ilaria Nistri
Skirt: H&M
Beanie: Area di Barbara Bologna
Shoes: Silent by Damir Doma
Bag:&Other Stories

Facing now the darkest times of the year, these cold and damp shortest of days, the only reasonable thing is to get cozy under the blankets with some hot tea in one hand and a good book in the other. If there was a chance to turn back time, I would probably place myself on the streets of New York or heck, on the deserted but warm beach of Atlantic City which was our next stop after DC. Apart from the wild casinos and nightclubs (fist pump Jersey Shore style, yeah buddy!) , this city offers a beautiful seaside and taking a walk on that famous boardwalk, you can almost feel the history and the smell of bootlegged whisky around you. No Nucky Thompson and the crew at sight though; what a pity.

Dress: Rick Owens Wedges: Rick Owens

Leather jacket: RIck Owens Dress: Divided Boots: Guidi Bag: D. Jensen

Photography by: D. Jensen

 

If I had to pick one designer to wear head to toe for the rest of my life, it would be none other than Ann Demeulemeester. Her designs speak to me in a way that no other designer’s work is capable of; I can identify with the woman she describes. So, with a heavy heart I read these sad news of her exiting the label, and wonder how will its future look like without the charismatic leader.

http://www.businessoffashion.com/2013/11/ann-demeulemeester-to-exit-label.html

Best of luck Ann, and thank you for the beautiful designs you gave us.

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