Wow, what a title. I'm really enjoying my enormous new book from Miles Redd, the Atlanta-born, Manhattan-based decorator. Chronicling the fantastical settings Miles has created, The Big Book of Chic sifts through the Beaton Portraits, Cocteau sketches and Fitzgerald novels that have influenced his dramatic style. This is one of those really rare, special books that I come across only every so often - it's one of those books that I know I'm going to want to flick through over and over again and I'll find totally inspiring for years to come.
'This is a book about dreams coming true; the curiosities in the rooms I have decorated; and the people, artists, and places that have inspired me. When all is said and done and I am long forgotten, maybe someone will find this book in a dusty library—if such a thing still exists—and glimpse a bit of the pleasure my life has given me. I want them to have the sensation of dancing across an MGM soundstage, silhouetted in a klieg light, because that was my intention with this book, a very personal blend of work and fantasy.'
Miles Redd's very own art-filled sitting room. I mean, isn't it utterly fabulous? I'm enjoying pink and red as a colour combination very much at the moment, no doubt originally inspired by Mendl's, the fictional bakery in The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Packaging perfection. Oh how I wish I could actually pop into Mendl's and pick up a gorgeous, pastel coloured courtesan au chocolat. (See below!)
Talking of pink and red colour combinations, I love my new fisherman's pullover from American Apparel - it's the perfect shade of dusty pink. I'm very much into wearing it with my old red woollen jacket - I picked it up on Brick Lane, I think, four or five years ago. It's still one of my favourite jackets, even though it's kind of falling apart. I love the colour so much - pure old-fashioned telephone box.