Les Robes de Paul Poiret was a book of illustrations by Paul Iribe, 250 of which were published in 1908 by couturier Paul Poiret. Get this, one copy is part of the internet archive of the Getty Research Institute library, so you can download or view it online!
Paul Iribe was an illustrator and journalist, part of a Parisian, bohemian clique in the early 20th century. Like his illustration contemporaries (including George Barbier, Georges Lepape, George Martin, and Pierre Brissaud,) he drew his subjects in a modernist style, influenced by Japanese painting. In 1915, he went to work for the film industry in Hollywood, as a costume designer, art director, and production designer on various projects. He also dated Coco Chanel, who was with him when he died in 1935.
Ok, we're not even close to the resort season of 2013, but I just wanted to take a look at Cynthia Rowley's collection, because it's right on for me. I am a sucker for metallics and polka dots, and I also am a big fan of shoes with multiple buckles.
The Italian fashion brand, Marni (and always one of my faves), unveiled a line of 100 chairs this year at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, which is an furniture trade show that takes place in Milan.
The iron and woven plastic chairs are traditional Columbian shapes, updated with Marni-type color palettes. They were crafted by ex-convicts in Colombia who are re-assimilating into social and professional life. Funds raised from the sale of the chairs will be donated to ICAM, a Milanese organization that reunites imprisoned mothers and their children.