Weekend Reading: The Modernist Years


When I came across this book Imogen Cunningham: The Modernist Years, the images looked so current, I couldn’t believe they were taken in the 1920s. Who knew that her affinity for capturing tropical plants would be trending today. The black and white imagery highlighting the similarities between the curves of a woman’s body and the stripes of a zebra reminded me of how similar we are to animals and reinforced my view of why we should treat animals humanly. Cunningham’s obsession for purity of image and clarity of detail became increasingly important during the 1920s when she took these images. It is clear that she is focused on the subject and nothing else.



For more things to read this weekend


French Trench Style


The rain from Paris fashion week has shifted to New York, and we have plenty of French trench style to inspire us, thanks to Phil Oh. He captured the glitterati donning their best overcoats and stepping up the layering game. Coats over jackets over shirts over knits, anything goes. From avant-garde to menswear inspired, the outerwear staple of the season has never looked better.

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View more Paris Fashion Week street style at Vogue.com.

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Weekly Instagram Selects


I am often asked about what inspires my designs and my answer is always changing because my forms of inspiration are ever evolving. Inevitably, I find some form of inspiration on instagram, as I’m sure you have as well. This week, these are the instagram images that provoked new ideas within me.

An outtake from Unconditional Magazine editorial highlights two of my current favorite beauty trends, a thick, almost rogue eyebrow and a dusty matte eyeshadow. @unconditionalmagazine

Cross body bags are not only functional and practical but they seamlessly transition from day to night. The Medicine bags by The Row are at the top of my wish list this holiday season. @therow

Larissa Hofmann is a renaissance woman. Model, photographer and artist are just a few titles she wards. Her spilled coffee drawings are organic and unusual and I can’t wait to see more. @larryhofmann

This open dance studio in Versailles reminds me of taking dance classes while growing up. Dance was a form of creative expression and now I take that energy and put it into designing clothes. @thisispapermag

This image of Japanese Flower Collotype by Ozawa Kazumasa (c 1895) feels fresh. The color palette resonates with me as I begin to design the second collection of DE SMET. @maimoun


Inspired by Claire Cottrell


I’m currently pulling inspiration for the next DE SMET collection, and I can’t get enough of these images from Claire Cottrell. The shapes, colors, architecture, and nature exist harmoniously together. If you don’t already follow Claire on instagram you should, here and here!


Monday Mood: Nest Together

monday-mood-nest-together-desmittenOne of my favorite places for never-ending inspiration is Nest Together, an online journal focusing on thoughtful design. Together we gather. Created by Kara Town and Sanam Miremadi, Nest Together is a world that embodies inspiring design, art, interiors and architecture. A world that I get lost in for hours and I think you will too. Here are some of my favorite Nest Together features of the moment, assembled together to create my Monday mood. For even more inspiration, follow them on instagram and pinterest.
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1 // spaces // art // mood

2 // mood  // mood

3 // mood // architecture

4 // mood // mood

5 // spaces // art // spaces