Welcome to BE MY GUEST, a weekly newsletter featuring everything that’s worth a look, a taste, a read, a listen, a splurge or a journey. Take notes.
A fashion CAPSULE that gets us excited about Tennis (again)
Lacoste, the fashion brand that has become far more than polo shirts under the creative direction of Louise Trotter, has collaborated with Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle platform Goop on a small collection that had me at Hello. It’s twelve items strong, inspired by a dress that made the actress famous two decades ago, and basically looks as if the Royal Tenenbaums went on the tennis court. The zipped sweatshirt, knitwear set and functional-shirt-plus-skirt-combo actually got me contemplating whether to take a shot at the sport myself, a thought that – truth be told – seemed rather impossible after King Roger left the building.
© Goop x Lacoste
The tastiest SERIES of the year, on many levels
It’s been a few weeks since I watched (read: binged) «The Bear», the mini-series released by Hulu, and still, I cannot stop raving about it. Telling the story of a fine dining chef who comes home to Chicago to run the family’s beef sandwich shop after a surprising death in the family, it’s as much of a drama as it is a comedy, often leaving you unsure of whether to laugh, cry or both. The acting is incredible, the dialogues on point, the visuals juicy, the music a vibe, and the style (the apron being a key element) so good that GQ Magazine called it a «menswear show». The intensity of it all makes your heart skip a beat here and there, but it’s nothing the sight of a glazed donut can’t fix.
PJs on the street? Groundbreaking!
Some people joke that all they’ve seen me wear all autumn long are pajama pants. The thing is – they’re not even lying. To be precise, it’s a pair of striped men’s cotton trousers, and they’re probably the best thing I’ve bought in a while. I found the set (yes, there’s an oversized shirt to it as well) at Schostal in Rome, a legendary little boutique that’s run by an even more legendary woman called Shirley, and all it sells is – surprise – pajamas. Browsing through the cupboards, Shirley was distanced and sharp at first, but at some point let us roam around the store as if it was our own. The fact that I opted for a men’s set she found unimaginable, but by the end of our visit, we followed each other on Instagram – and she assertively talked my company into paying for my PJs, too. Sets are around 120 EUR.
A second chance for the L.A. brand that PAIRED with Adidas
I’ve never been particularly fond of Sporty & Rich, the Los Angeles based brand by Emily Oberg: Starting with the name that I don’t find especially appealing, it never felt very original either. On the upside, Oberg’s aesthetic eye is undoubted. Trained as an art director and editor at pop culture platform Complex and high street favorite Kith, her way of reviving 90s sportswear and channeling «Princess Diana going to the gym» has continuously been on point. This month, she’s dropping a collaboration with Adidas, and it has me completely sold: Inspired by the OG-models Samba, Stan Smith and Campus, they are the perfect substitute (or: addition) for everyone who couldn’t get their hands (or: bank account) on that immensely cool Gucci collab.
A legendary fashion photographer’s blockbuster EXHIBITION in Spain
Twenty-eight Vogue covers and over one hundred editorial stories – what other photographers dream of a lifetime, Steven Meisel achieved in one (!) year. It was 1993 when the iconic artist had twelve months of intensely creative outburst, and it resulted in some of his most popular works to date: Portraits of Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell or Twiggy, mostly in black and white, always captivating and somewhat era-defining. Under the name of «Meisel 93», they are now being exhibited in the Spanish city of A Coruña, a place that has previously hosted Peter Lindbergh’s show «Untold Stories» and hopes to continue to add to the rich tapestry of cultural life in Galicia. Until 1. May 2023.
© Stevel Meisel
The CHAIRS that won Fashion Week are now for sale
When the images of Bottega Veneta’s show setting for their Spring/Summer 23 collection started coming in, the FOMO reached new heights: To watch Matthieu Blazy’s luxuriously laid-back designs being presented on the runway, guests took a seat on 400 individual chairs dreamed up by Italian design pioneer Gaetano Pesce. They’re made of resin, come in different colors and combinations, and are beautifully unique. «This space is a tribute to diversity», Pesce said of the setting. «It is about the human being; we are all different. People who say we are all the same – f**k them! We are all different and this is our defining quality – otherwise, we are just a copy». Now selling at Design Miami for a minimum of 6’500 USD, chances are high that by the time this newsletter hits your inbox, they’re already sold out.
© Bottega Veneta
That’s it for this week, folks. See you soon.
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