The Curator: Five Favorites for February


Vanessa Ambrose pens our monthly column, "The Curator," in which she shares her five favorite things this month.  

Chloe Pre-Fall 2014 Collection: Clare Waight Keller nailed it yet again with the gorgeous and cool Chloe Pre-Fall 2014 Collection. Every piece blew my hair back! It’s right in line with my adoration for “a little something masculine in every feminine outfit” motto.

“Cutie and The Boxer” (2013) is an engrossing and lively fly on the wall documentary that paints an intriguing portrait of long-time married couple Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, two Brooklyn-based artists, and the struggles of art, love and life. Highly recommended.

It’s safe to say that slip on sneakers are having a moment that I hope will stay for a while. I recently purchased my first pair in a snake skin printed leather with white sneaker sole, which pairs perfectly with boyfriend jeans and slouchy sweaters, or even a Jil Sander type of dress.

I was introduced to the artwork of Doug Johnston on a trip to Austin a while back. Immediately enamored with his amazing coiled rope baskets, I had to buy one. Based in Brooklyn, Johnston actually hand makes each one on a zig zag sewing machine which involves coiling rope and stitching it together. Amazing.

My current accessory crush is the hand silk screened clutches from designer Lee Coren who is based in Jaffa, Israel. I love the clutch shown above depicting the California landscape. The image was captured by Coren during a California mountain road trip. A nice selection is now available at Cameron Marks.