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A Tekla blue linen tablecloth (turned bedspread) sets today's mood.
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An item to set today’s mood: a Tekla Blue Linen Tablecloth.
No matter how much you prepare, you never know what life has in store for you. For example, I derailed this Tekla linen tablecloth off its career path and have been instead using it a bedspread. The proportions are not typical for covering a queen bed (I knew from the other, peachy-colored tablecloth I own from the brand that they’re sized for Jacquemus runways). But it works. The many-reams-long orientation spills exquisitely along the floor of either side of the mattress—about a foot of it fans out against the floorboards—while the shortened head-to-toe side frames the stack of white pillows, which vibrate in their monochrome against that blue. Is it International Klein Blue? Cerulean? I like to think of it as a 5th century Virgin Mary in lapis lazuli, feared and revered and investigated over a lifetime by the architect Luis Barragán.
Before we get into it, ICYMI, the SSENSE Private Sale is back, so check that you’re logged into your account before buying anything so the deals match up.
The Sophie Buhai earrings everyone deserves but few can afford (though, big picture ~$700 isn’t that crazy for jewelry) are several yards closer to checkout at 34% off; Lemaire’s slipper shoes that have been on all our wishlists since, like, pre-COVID are under $350; I’m probably going to get this Sandy Liang bra top, but I’m giving you a chance to buy it out in my size to help cauterize my outward cash flow; the Commission track jacket that knows New Yorkers better than they do (I included it in the FW23 “Future Shopper” preview) hath arrived—there’s only one left; and the anti-It bag MNZ Julian is included in the sale until it sells out, which is probably pretty soon.
All anyone wants to wear in the summer is a slutty top from a cool brand, so here you have it, this one from the McQueen SS05 collection designed by Lee himself (that’s only $325 if you can believe it); also to my last point, this Prada nylon crop top from Fall ‘94 is listed for even less, which makes it about a third the price of the newer Prada Re-Edition bra tops; “cunty” is going the way of “chic,” but this little Louis Vuitton Alma Bag designed by Marc Jacobs circa 2003 is indeed a supremely cunty little lap dog to set on the table beside a martini at Lucien…and it’s under $300!!!; one of those Paris Georgia sets that references one of those Donna Karan sets Gwyneth Paltrow wore in Great Expectations is a cute $310 for both NWT pieces; and these leather florette Prada babies are exactly the kind of thing we need to scoop up from eBay while they’re $125 before The Millennial Decorator buys them and sells them back to us for $1,000…
and everywhere else.
Since discovering her at Dover Street Market in London, I can’t stop obsessing over Melitta Baumeister, who makes this gold foil dress that I think totally justifies my brain being broken on her designs (as do these balloon sweatpants that I’m begging you to click on)…also I almost never do this but she’s hosting a sample sale in New York this weekend if you’re around; kind of a bummer that it won’t ship until September, but I still think this teensy Proenza Schouler Chrystie bag has enormous potential to have a fall moment among the younger crowd, what with it being under $400 and all; I might be having a gold moment (my mom has a thing lately for these Jil Sander mules, so I blame her), but on top of that, these A.W.A.K.E. Mode heels are so goofy and fun, they’re like if MNZ Olympias hooked up with Dries Virgos and had heterochromatic babies (the other heel is silver); I got a hot tip through feeding Colbo’s Eldar Hadad buckets of wine that those Auralee tanks that have the power to change lives but cost $200 on SSENSE are actually significantly cheaper on the brand’s own online store (about $130); and to this Maribaudi piece that is at once a belt and a skirt and crocheted and scattered with talismanic little buttons just they way I like, I say: Eeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
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