Category Archives: Inspired By

Mimi Jung


Mimi Jung, Julia Kostreva Blog

Mimi Jung, Julia Kostreva Blog
Mimi Jung, Julia Kostreva Blog
Mimi Jung, Julia Kostreva Blog
Mimi Jung, Julia Kostreva Blog

Mimi Jung, Julia Kostreva Blog
The rain is pitter pattering outside and my window is a blend of fog and raindrops. I wish I could keep that feeling all year long without letting go of the sunshine. These weavings are  soft, atmospheric California colors, and seem like the perfect fit to adorn the walls. I’ve been a long fan of Brook&Lyn – creative studio of husband-and-wife team, Mimi Jung and Brian Hurewitz. Mimi Jung has recently brought aside her woven works to launch her own website showcasing the weavings, leaving space for more diverse projects over on Brook&Lyn. I can’t wait to see what they get up to next!

+ Weavings by Mimi Jung
+ Keep an eye on Brook&Lyn

Tuesday, December 2 2014

Sara Combs : Loeffler Randall


Loeffler Randall, Julia Kostreva Blog

Loeffler Randall, Julia Kostreva Blog
Loeffler Randall, Julia Kostreva Blog
Loeffler Randall, Julia Kostreva Blog
Loeffler Randall, Julia Kostreva Blog

Fall is my busiest season, and I feel like a I’ve got my head in the sand just workin’ away the days (and nights! yikes!) — but I know I’ve been a little too MIA when I’ve missed a great project from a friend! Somehow I finally came across a photoshoot my friend Sara Combs created earlier this fall. I love her photos with these super cute black and white sandals from the Loeffler Randall 2015 Resort collection. The painterly strokes and playful balance is right up my alley. I went to art school with Sara, and since then I’ve watched her grow in so many ways – she is a graphic designer, fashion blogger, web designer, stylist and photographer. She is full of pep and her fun style really shows it. If you like this sweet little shoot, you’ll love her blog – she’s been posting some amazing images from her recent trips to Southeast Asia. It is nothing short of incredible to see what is on the other side of the world from me – and through Sara’s lens it’s double the fun.

+ styling and photos by Sara Combs

Tuesday, December 2 2014

Isabel Marant Étoile SS15


Isabel Marant, Julia Kostreva Blog
Isabel Marant, Julia Kostreva Blog

Isabel Marant, Julia Kostreva Blog
Isabel Marant, Julia Kostreva Blog

I’ve made my home in California for only just a few years now. I’m so completely in love with the dusty soft gold I’m always seeing around here, that I find myself looking for golden neutrals. Isabel Marant’s Spring collection hits close to my heart with these simple, cool styles and sunlit, sandy tones.

+ Photos by Mark Peckmezian for Isabel Marant

Tuesday, September 30 2014

The Row SS15


The Row, Julia Kostreva Blog

The Row, Julia Kostreva Blog
The Row, Julia Kostreva Blog
The Row, Julia Kostreva Blog
The Row, Julia Kostreva Blog

As New York Fashion week progressed, only one was my favorite. I love anything the Row. And this silent brick New York loft was the perfect setting for it, with it’s crumbling walls and shards of light peering through the tall windows lined with ancient metal. Serene. The whole experience is art in movement. Angled cuts meet the flow of the model’s walk. Raw silk and woven cottons, all in gold, cream, navy, brown tones… minimally beautiful and completely refined.

+ Photos by Bureau Betak, New York Times

Wednesday, September 17 2014

NYFW


There’s some really beautiful pieces coming out at New York Fashion Week. Even though they’re showing Spring Summer 2015 lines, I’m drawn to these fall-inspired layer-on-layer looks. Here are some of my top picks so far:

Misha Nonoo, Julia Kostreva Blog
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Misha Nonoo

Misha Nonoo’s pieces are surely a couple of my favorite yet – the wrap, the colors, the flow, the so-subtle mix of texture that it’s sublime.

Baja East, Julia Kostreva Blog
Baja East, Julia Kostreva Blog

Baja East

Loving these mineral meets topographic abstract patterns when paired with a chic but so chill attitude

Peter Som, Julia Kostreva Blog
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Peter Som / Ralph Rucci

Peter Som’s kimono is elegant but super fun (what an awesome mix), and Ralph Rucci’s painted patterns take my breath away.

+ See more of NYFW at Style

Friday, September 12 2014

Hackwith X OSC


Hackwith x OSC, photo by Emma Robertson, Julia Kostreva Blog

I first heard about this kimono through my friend Emma, who took some gorgeous photos of it. But really – man. How beautiful is this Kimono? It’s a collaboration between Oakland Surf Club and Hackwith Design House, and it’s completely stunning.

+ Kimono can be bought here at Oakland Surf Club, visit the maker Hackwith Design House
+ Photo Emma Robertson

Wednesday, September 10 2014

Nina Mair


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The sunlight is pouring through my window this afternoon and on days like this I get lost in thought about my dream home. What chair would I want to sit on, what bath would be the perfect soak… And as soon as I start tapping my fingers, ah… There. I am so taken by these pieces from Nina Mair. She’s managed to bring such refined elegance to her work and with just these completely basic materials, it really does make for a perfect dream!

+ Nina Mair

Tuesday, September 9 2014

Semi Kim


Semi Kim, Julia Kostreva Blog

Semi Kim, Julia Kostreva Blog

Semi Kim’s cool blues have got me thinking about the coast, the cliffs, and the sky. I’m taking a big trip this weekend, and it feels like time to escape into the wild!

+ Semi Kim
+ read a little interview at Citizens of Humanity

Monday, August 25 2014

Individual Medley


Individual Medley, Julia Kostreva Blog

Individual Medley, Julia Kostreva Blog
Individual Medley, Julia Kostreva Blog
Individual Medley, Julia Kostreva Blog
Individual Medley, Julia Kostreva Blog

Individual Medley, Julia Kostreva Blog

My friend Emma Roberson introduced me to Individual Medley boutique in Los Angeles a few months ago, and now they’ve just opened up an online shop! Their instagram is one of my favorites too- the style is down to earth and the adventures and hikes they get up to give me serious wanderlust.

+ shop Individual Medley
+ see Individual Medley’s instagram here
+ lookbook photos Chantal Anderson

Sunday, August 24 2014

The Creative Class : Sagmeister


WATCH: the Creative Class Sagmeister interview, via Julia Kostreva Blog

There’s a wonderful interview series over on The Creative Class.tv. Check out the interview with Sagmeister on handmade vs technology. I think we are always looking to create without losing soul or a sense of human hand. I love the bit about screenprinting, lithography… and how technology can bring incredible boredom now with all tools available to you in one place – whereas years ago we would have to change rooms or even buildings to complete a graphic project. But still, in a more positive light, things like animation, interaction, video, all this technology that is totally new make you think in a different way and drive your ideas –  ideas that wouldn’t be possible to think up years ago. Click to play the interview on their site, which is incredibly designed as well.

+ Sagmeister on thecreativeclass.tv

Saturday, August 23 2014

AYR


AYR, Julia Kostreva Blog
AYR, Julia Kostreva Blog
AYR, Julia Kostreva Blog

AYR sums up my style and they do it so well. Minimal, gorgeous wear-anywhere pieces that will quickly become the go-to items in my closet. Jeans, silk crepe blouses, tees, sweaters. Sometimes it is so difficult to find easy pieces, but these are simple and right on. All Year Round – I can get on with that!

+ AYR

Thursday, August 21 2014

Tomoko Kawao


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I’m completely enamored with these photographs of Tomoko Kawao. She paints shodo, which she performs beautifully. The recipe is simple: paper, brush, ink. She says it’s not to be taken so seriously as calligraphy or some sort of discipline of writing words on scrolls – but instead to enjoy life to it’s fullest. Her bravery and her elegance – and her commitment… it is so admirable. Once the brush is to the paper, there is no going back, and every drop, every wavy stroke is perfection.

+ See her TED performance; Photos by ANA

Friday, August 15 2014

Zack Seckler : Botswana


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These photographs of Botswana by Zack Seckler are just amazing. I’m hypnotized by his aerial photographs from above. It gives a new perspective that makes everything feel so surreal and alive and just…. magical –  from the pollen dust to the little ripples in the water to the powerful running legs of the cattle and zebras. The colors he has been able to capture, I mean, it’s just phenomenal. – – – On another, similarly wonderful, other-worldly-in-our-own-world note. I saw two really wonderful movies this week. Lucy – which spanned universes unto itself from how small we are to how amazing and full of life the world is… and Begin Again, and, as Seth Rogan said on twitter, you’re for sure going to love it “…if you like joy and laughter” – it’s probably my favorite movie of 2014 yet.  …Life. We’re always moving in chapters. One thing turns out differently than you thought it would, and yet, the winds roll through, we begin again, and open up again, and grow again. Really wonderful.

+ Photos by Zack Seckler

Friday, August 1 2014

Light & Shadow


Ubberagend, Julia Kostreva Blog

Andreas Kist / uberragend

The light in summer is so alluring. Long, long days, and the sun invites you to play, and the afternoon shadows tempt you to siesta. In my San Francisco neighborhood, though, it’s all cold, clouds, and fog. The winds blowing in from the Bay brings in air so chilly and wet. Now I know why they call it the foggy city. Recently I took a ride with Willem across the Golden Gate Bridge to the Muir Woods to visit with friends, and ah, not but a few miles away there is sun, there is light, there is warmth, there is shadow. Here’s some light and shadow from some of my favorite artists and photographers right now like Uta Barth, Nicole Franzen, Jessica Comingore, Marco Guerra.

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Saturday, July 26 2014

Sophie Tajan


Sophie Tajan, Julia Kostreva Blog

Sophie Tajan, Julia Kostreva Blog
Sophie Tajan, Julia Kostreva Blog
Sophie Tajan, Julia Kostreva Blog
Sophie Tajan, Julia Kostreva Blog

Curious and feminine elegance coming from Sophie Tajan. She’s using grays in a way that are anything but faded, I love the things she contrasts. It’s like a matte silver. Subtle, beautiful.

+ Sophie Tajan

Sunday, July 20 2014

OTAAT / MYERS COLLECTIVE


OTAAT, Julia Kostreva Blog
OTAAT, Julia Kostreva Blog
OTAAT, Julia Kostreva Blog
OTAAT, Julia Kostreva Blog

Loving these interesting shapes and playful styling from Otaat / Myers Collective. Some of the pouches are cowhide and others lambskin, and all of the colors are feminine and classic. And the chunky, satisfying zipper… so lovely. The two makers, Albert Chu (Otaat) and Jenny Myers (Myers Collective), are friends who met while studying architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

+ Otaat / Myers Collective

Friday, July 18 2014

Notions No. 2


I’ve been seeing a lot of wonderful things lately… And if you’re like me, you just want the weekend to last a little bit longer. You’ve got it – I’ve got some things to share with you.

These portraits of women by Nirav Patel are simply stunning… capturing how mysterious, captivating, guarded and yet alluring we sometimes are, revealing ourselves with a single look.

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I’ve been loving rooms with doors or windows that lead the flow of the space, like this home in Davis, California.

California home, Julia Kostreva Blog

This room in Stockholm could carry me from spring to summer to fall.

Stockholm, Julia Kostreva Blog

or this long workspace/shop, with the very big  window door entry that takes up the whole wall to the street.

My workspace here in my home is also a hallway with doors at either end – and I love it. It has great flow and feels very energetic. It’s rare to see a hallway room… the flow is much different than a single entry.

workspace, Julia Kostreva Blog

Sometimes regular things can make for interesting shapes… like this knotted black obi belt tying back the window curtains on Metrode blog.

knot, Julia Kostreva Blog

Now seriously. I really cannot get enough the silk scarves by Milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre.

silk, Julia Kostreva Blog

We express ourselves in so many ways… But how often do we use the body? We have such a span of reach. The body is wild, the body moves, the body can leave wake in its path and art from its fingertips. Charlie Ford’s movement drawings are dark and incredible.

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or this stunning photograph of  Fabienne Verdier using industrial, oversized paint brushes. You’ve got to go to her site to see videos of them in movement.

Verdier, Julia Kostreva Blog

This collaboration between Satu Maaranen and Petit Bateau is gorgeous – check out the link to see the rest of the collection which has some beautiful, expressive patterns.

Satu Maaranen, Julia Kostreva Blog

Sometimes life is awkward. Great things happening in unexpected moments, or places. Or sometimes things just don’t happen the way you expect, but it’s completely beautiful. Like this tumblr, Great Art in Ugly Rooms. I love this Ellsworth Kelly.

Ellsworth Kelly, Julia Kostreva Blog

and of course, I love everything Clyfford Still.

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 I wonder what life was like, decades ago. Totally different. Adventures with the guy you love. Hanging out by the car. Neighborhood kids. This series by Nacio Jan Brown takes me there.

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These blankets from Nipomo are perfect for weekend outings in Northern California.

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And last – before your Monday begins – take a little escape to black sand beaches, captured by photographer David Elliot.

black sand, Julia Kostreva Blog

Monday, June 2 2014

MNCQVQ


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Milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre, or MNCQVQ for short, is a french brand of printed squares of silk made in France.

I cannot pronounce their name, and I simply cannot get over these beautiful scarves. The name in french means the year 1984, which is the year that the two girls were born who started the brand. Amélie Charroin & Marie Colin-Madan create beautiful textile scarves that come from their paintings, collages, photographs, and accumulate into several collections of amazing and unique designs. This collection above is inspired by the universe of Matisse, his collages and abstractions of shapes – this quote from the artist compliments their work,

“Il y a des fleurs partout pour qui veut bien les voir”
“Flowers everywhere for who wants to see them well”
– Henri Matisse

Sunday, June 1 2014