things that happened


A small Instagram recap of the past month in which I sadly didn’t get the job, but did start a new project and finished another one. In which I ate well, discovered nice things and spent some time by the sea. (It’s almost september, how did we get here so fast?)


I personally love reading about cinematic style on blogs like Clothes on Film or Capture The Castle. My last post about the summer capsule wardrobe consisting solely of simple black pieces, reminded me of the film Persona, by Ingmar Bergman. The film’s stark minimalist style perfectly compliments it’s existential themes, with Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson as two blondes protagonists on what initially looks like the idyllic holiday by the sea. Together, they’re almost like the alternative Scandinavian versions of Brigitte Bardot (Ullmann) and Jean Seberg (Andersson), less whimsical and more somber, but not any less stylish and inspirational.

(All screencaps by me.)


Every once in a while I happen to come across an editorial that is inspiring beyond the sartorial offerings displayed. Current issue of the Fantastic Man magazine (the equally stylish masculine counterpart to The Gentlewoman, that other favourite bi-annual publication) features an editorial simply titled “Black”. The introductory text reads as following: “A complete summer wardrobe of total elegance for the modern nihilist on vacation abroad.” It was all it took for me to fall in love.

The concept is certainly radical and uncompromising in it’s witty sophistication with a hint of 60s existentialism with the post-modern starkness. These scanned images don’t do the photographs justice, as they should be viewed in their full glory full-size on paper. Needless to say I was instantly inspired to plan a perfect unisex capsule wardrobe.

Images from Fantastic Man S/S 2012, via Hypebeast. Photographed by Daniel Riera and styled by Hannes Hetta.

Helmut Lang single button blazer for chilly evenings, alone or over a black t-shirt for a solitary dinner with a book.
Étoile Isabel Marant roll-cuff tee, perfect for lunch date at the museum.
The Row Roger modal and silk-blend tank, for daily trips to the beach and the local market.
La Garçonne Moderne Didion tank, the formal version of a tank, perfect for evening date.
La Garçonne Moderne Artist Cupro shirt, stark and serious or with casually rolled cuffs over shorts.
HELMUT oversize tee, a classic.
Hope Time shorts, great with flowing oversized tops.
Woman by Common Projects suede espadrille, smart and casual.
Ray-Ban Clubmasters, contemporary detail.
D RK SH D W by Rick Owens denim bag, for trips to the local market.
GG 750 Chino pant, laid-back casual.
Proenza Schouler high-waisted jean, a more formal version.

A.P.C swimsuit
COS black bikini top and bottom
SC x Louis Vuitton leather bag
Byredo Baudelaire eau de toilette, I couldn’t imagine a more perfect scent.
Love Quotes linnen scarf, for chilly evenings outside, strolling on the beach.
COS leather sandals

Hope Judge dress
La Garçonne Moderne Didion dress
R13 Long Sleeved Rosie dress

DiorShow black mascara
Kiehl’s lip balm SPF15
Aesop Sage&Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream SPF15
Kiehl’s Imperial Body Balm

That coat

I don’t post many outfit photos here, mainly because I like my anonymity, but I really wanted to show my new coat, the only item acquired during the sale at COS last month. It’s black, straight and the design is fairly straight-forward. I really like the way it looks with some of my favourite wardrobe pieces, such as black jeans and striped t-shirt or straight navy trousers and blue chambray button shirt. (I’m also wearing my awesome glasses which I cannot show you right now, so you’ll just have to trust me on this one. =)

(all images © twentysecond8 2012)


I’ve been searching for a perfect pair of summer sneakers for some time now. A simple pair looks so good with jeans and t-shirt and not much else. I really wanted something light enough to be seasonally appropriate, yet sturdy enough to support my feet during long walks. At first I was really into white canvas Converse sneakers, especially the ones by Jack Purcell. Those are also available in leather, black or white. I really liked the simplicity and lack of superimposed logo. However, I did find the sole a bit too thick for my tastes and I started reconsidering my choice until I decided it was something I really liked on other people, but not on my own feet. I also started doubting the appeal of stark white colour on my feet, and thinking a softer, off-white colour might blend better with my usual wardrobe palette.

The search ended after finding this soft-beige pair by Esprit. Now, up until today, I usually associated Esprit as a brand with my preppy-bourgeois aunt (not to sound like a label snob though) and could never really muster up much excitement for their collections. But upon seeing this particular pair, I fell in love with the creamy colour and buttery texture of the shoe and I love how light they look and feel on bare feet, which makes them so perfect for the current season.