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



(images from the gentlewoman)

It’s that time of the year again, when planning beach holiday wardrobe isn’t just a distraction from bad winter weather, but grounded in reality of approaching summer season. What I’m really hoping for is that by visualizing my plans, the rainy weather of the past few days will magically transform in to perfect summer days that smell like ocean and sunscreen. =)

This year I have also decided to go for one-piece bathing suits. I’ve been looking for a while for perfect black piece, with design that is as straight-forward as possible, because I strongly dislike silly fringes and unnecessary design additions when it comes to swimwear. And of course, I came across the perfect item while browsing A.P.C.’s webshop, that looks just how I imagined a perfect swimsuit for this year should look like. The minimalistic design looks chic as well as  flattering.

But, that’s not all! *cue exciting shopping adventures remix* While searching for beachwear, I stumbled across this striped piece by Norma Kamali, which has the same design qualities of the black A.P.C. piece, with added interest of striped pattern. I buy a striped bikini almost every year, so I was naturally drawn by this one-piece. The two items compliment each other perfectly, for a uniform holiday look, and more practically it’s always a good idea to pack more than one swimsuit. I cannot wait to try the look with red lip balm and slicked-back chignon.