March172013

In October and November of 2012 I spent some time in Toronto where my friend and THO: The Home Office client Kristin Kreuk relocated for her CW series Beauty and the Beast. While there THO: The Home Office produced a shoot with her shot by photographer Dexter Quinto who Kristin and I have worked with before. We love Dexter’s aesthetic and his enthusiasm. THO: The Home Office collaborated with Charise from Kaeru Communications (Ela Handbags, Niki & Lola, Valentine K, Damn Heels, Kay Tran Eyewear) to bring some looks together along with Adam from Triarchy Jeans and Alana Ka’Kia, Greta Constantine and Glenna and Faith from RAC Boutique in Yorkville. We had a brilliant day of pulling looks together with amazing makeup and hair by Eman Aziz.

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What has been happening at THO: The Home Office in the last few months? Well… one project that has kept us busy is Kristin Kreuk who is on the CW series Beauty and the Beast. Appearances from the TCA in  Los Angeles in July 2012 to appearing on the Strombo show on CBC in Canada to styling her and Jay Ryan who picked up a People’s Choice Award for Favourite New TV Drama.

August82012
THO: The Home Office
Wednesday’s Woman: Phoebe Philo of Celine
LOVING the boy meets girl preppy attire. 
from Voguepedia:

Phoebe Philo born to British parents working in Paris. Her father is a surveyor and her mother is an art dealer and graphic artist (who had a hand in creating David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album cover). Phoebe will be raised in Harrow-on-the-Hill, London.


“At age four, I used to have absolute tantrums if I couldn’t dress myself,”[4] Philo will later tell Vogue writer Sarah Mower.


Starts customizing her clothes after receiving a sewing machine as a birthday present from her parents.


After a year-long foundation course at Wimbledon School of Art—where she saves up for a pair of pink satin Vivienne Westwood platforms, “the ones Naomi Campbell fell off”[5]—enrolls at Central Saint Martins to study design. Rooms with shoe designer Olivia Morris in Notting Hill and affects a street look. “I had gold teeth,” she will later tell The New York Times, “and I wanted to marry L.L. Cool J.”[6]


Graduates with a final student collection that The Guardian will later describe as having a “Latino influence and huge gold jewellery.”[7] After working briefly for designer Pam Blundell, starts working with Stella McCartney on the short-lived Stella line.


Moves to Paris to be Stella McCartney’s first assistant at Chloé. She spends most weekends in England, seeing her friends or riding her horse, Toby.


Pop magazine’s inaugural issue features four pole-dancing cover girls: model Liberty Ross and designers Luella Bartley, Stella McCartney, and Philo.


April: Richemont, Chloé’s parent company, offers Philo creative directorship of the label after Stella McCartney decamps to the Gucci Group to launch her own line. July: Philo introduces See by Chloé. August: “I believe the best thing I’ve got is my talent,”[8] she tells Vogue’s Eve MacSweeney. October: Presents first solo collection for Chloé, inspired, she tells The Irish Times,“by what Karl Lagerfeld, who was one of Chloé’s previous designers, did in the seventies. I wanted to capture the fluidity and energy of the time.”[9]


Philo has her first hit accessory with the Bracelet bag, selling 28 pieces at between $500 and $1,000 a pop. Singer Kylie Minogue wears Chloé in her “In Your Eyes” video. March: Vogue runs Mario Testino’s photograph of the designer with her mother and posse. September: Vogue counts her among 100 glamorous women to have appeared in the magazine in the past 25 years.


January: Philo’s “effortless edge” earns her a spot on Vogue’s best-dressed list. May: She wears an ivory gown from the Chloé archives to the Met Costume Institute gala. October: The high-waisted, flared jeans she shows for spring will sell out in a day when they arrive in stores.


June: Vogue columnist André Leon Talley describes Philo as a “master of the imperfect perfect. Of the modern vintage. She blurs the lines between the hippie-comfortable and the hippie-sexy.”[10] July: Pregnant, Philo marries Etonian gallerist and one-time Bruce Weber model Max Wigram in a “long cream silk dress with a pin-tucked bodice and … a garland of vintage silk flowers in her hair.”[11] October: Introduces the must-have padlocked Paddington bag for spring 2005. November: Roxy Music rocker Bryan Ferry presents Philo with the British Designer of the Year award. December: Philo’s daughter, who is named Maya Celia Sally—“after Maya Angelou, Phoebe’s mother, and Max’s mother, in that order”[12]—is born, Voguereports.


March: Back from maternity leave, Philo watches the fall Chloé show, executed by her assistants, from the front row. October:Launches a trend by showing wooden wedges for spring 2006.


Resigns from Chloé to spend time with her family.


Her son, Marlow Wigram, is born.


May: Philo wears a thirties dress to the Met’s “Superheroes” gala. June: Focuses on what she calls “fundamentals” for her first Céline resort collection, which will be shown in 2009. “It was just about something that was not disposable,” she will later tellVogue. “And I think that to offer women something that feels more about investing in something and less about being disposable is a complete corrective to the world we’re in.”[13]September: Named creative director of Céline, an old French house owned by LVMH that began its history as a maker of children’s clothes. She will work from a studio in London that LVMH creates for her.


October: Profiled by Vicki Woods for Vogue. Makes her runway debut for Céline in Paris, starting a craze for the house’s new Classic Box bag. “I felt it was time for a more back-to-reality approach to fashion,” Philo will later explain to Vogue’s Mark Holgate. “For clothes that are beautiful, strong, and have ideas, but with real life driving them.”[14]


January: “I’m making it about fashion—about fabrics, proportions, volumes, and attitude,”[15] she says of her approach to Céline.

THO: The Home Office

Wednesday’s Woman: Phoebe Philo of Celine

LOVING the boy meets girl preppy attire. 

from Voguepedia:

History
  1. 1973

    Phoebe Philo born to British parents working in Paris. Her father is a surveyor and her mother is an art dealer and graphic artist (who had a hand in creating David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album cover). Phoebe will be raised in Harrow-on-the-Hill, London.

  2. 1977

    “At age four, I used to have absolute tantrums if I couldn’t dress myself,”[4] Philo will later tell Vogue writer Sarah Mower.

  3. 1987

    Starts customizing her clothes after receiving a sewing machine as a birthday present from her parents.

  4. 1993

    After a year-long foundation course at Wimbledon School of Art—where she saves up for a pair of pink satin Vivienne Westwood platforms, “the ones Naomi Campbell fell off”[5]—enrolls at Central Saint Martins to study design. Rooms with shoe designer Olivia Morris in Notting Hill and affects a street look. “I had gold teeth,” she will later tell The New York Times, “and I wanted to marry L.L. Cool J.”[6]

  5. 1996

    Graduates with a final student collection that The Guardian will later describe as having a “Latino influence and huge gold jewellery.”[7] After working briefly for designer Pam Blundell, starts working with Stella McCartney on the short-lived Stella line.

  6. 1997

    Moves to Paris to be Stella McCartney’s first assistant at Chloé. She spends most weekends in England, seeing her friends or riding her horse, Toby.

  7. 2000

    Pop magazine’s inaugural issue features four pole-dancing cover girls: model Liberty Ross and designers Luella Bartley, Stella McCartney, and Philo.

  8. 2001

    April: Richemont, Chloé’s parent company, offers Philo creative directorship of the label after Stella McCartney decamps to the Gucci Group to launch her own line. July: Philo introduces See by Chloé. August: “I believe the best thing I’ve got is my talent,”[8] she tells Vogue’s Eve MacSweeney. October: Presents first solo collection for Chloé, inspired, she tells The Irish Times,“by what Karl Lagerfeld, who was one of Chloé’s previous designers, did in the seventies. I wanted to capture the fluidity and energy of the time.”[9]

  9. 2002

    Philo has her first hit accessory with the Bracelet bag, selling 28 pieces at between $500 and $1,000 a pop. Singer Kylie Minogue wears Chloé in her “In Your Eyes” video. March: Vogue runs Mario Testino’s photograph of the designer with her mother and posse. September: Vogue counts her among 100 glamorous women to have appeared in the magazine in the past 25 years.

  10. 2003

    January: Philo’s “effortless edge” earns her a spot on Vogue’s best-dressed list. May: She wears an ivory gown from the Chloé archives to the Met Costume Institute gala. October: The high-waisted, flared jeans she shows for spring will sell out in a day when they arrive in stores.

  11. 2004

    June: Vogue columnist André Leon Talley describes Philo as a “master of the imperfect perfect. Of the modern vintage. She blurs the lines between the hippie-comfortable and the hippie-sexy.”[10] July: Pregnant, Philo marries Etonian gallerist and one-time Bruce Weber model Max Wigram in a “long cream silk dress with a pin-tucked bodice and … a garland of vintage silk flowers in her hair.”[11] October: Introduces the must-have padlocked Paddington bag for spring 2005. November: Roxy Music rocker Bryan Ferry presents Philo with the British Designer of the Year award. December: Philo’s daughter, who is named Maya Celia Sally—“after Maya Angelou, Phoebe’s mother, and Max’s mother, in that order”[12]—is born, Voguereports.

  12. 2005

    March: Back from maternity leave, Philo watches the fall Chloé show, executed by her assistants, from the front row. October:Launches a trend by showing wooden wedges for spring 2006.

  13. 2006

    Resigns from Chloé to spend time with her family.

  14. 2007

    Her son, Marlow Wigram, is born.

  15. 2008

    May: Philo wears a thirties dress to the Met’s “Superheroes” gala. June: Focuses on what she calls “fundamentals” for her first Céline resort collection, which will be shown in 2009. “It was just about something that was not disposable,” she will later tellVogue. “And I think that to offer women something that feels more about investing in something and less about being disposable is a complete corrective to the world we’re in.”[13]September: Named creative director of Céline, an old French house owned by LVMH that began its history as a maker of children’s clothes. She will work from a studio in London that LVMH creates for her.

  16. 2009

    October: Profiled by Vicki Woods for Vogue. Makes her runway debut for Céline in Paris, starting a craze for the house’s new Classic Box bag. “I felt it was time for a more back-to-reality approach to fashion,” Philo will later explain to Vogue’s Mark Holgate. “For clothes that are beautiful, strong, and have ideas, but with real life driving them.”[14]

  17. 2010

    January: “I’m making it about fashion—about fabrics, proportions, volumes, and attitude,”[15] she says of her approach to Céline.

August32012
THO: The Home Office
OVERTHINKING: Don’t do it. Over thinking takes you so far away from the initial magic that happens when that spark goes off in your head and heart. Then it lights up your face and you immediately start brainstorming. At THO we don’t believe these moments ever come about from OVER THINKING. It’s more a yogic approach… we find the flow and go with it. Although sometimes we do create our own tsunami too. 
It’s Friday. Enjoy clarity of thought. 
x Sima

THO: The Home Office

OVERTHINKING: Don’t do it. Over thinking takes you so far away from the initial magic that happens when that spark goes off in your head and heart. Then it lights up your face and you immediately start brainstorming. At THO we don’t believe these moments ever come about from OVER THINKING. It’s more a yogic approach… we find the flow and go with it. Although sometimes we do create our own tsunami too. 

It’s Friday. Enjoy clarity of thought. 

x Sima

August12012

THO: The Home Office

Inspiration & Icon

For the longest time… I have been quietly obsessed with Giovanna Battaglia, a former model and now stylist and fashion director for numerous publications under the Vogue banner. I love her personal style. Here is a great interview with her where she speaks about her perspectives on working as a stylist, personal style and fashion. 

I’ve met Giovanna numerous times, mostly in Milano. She is always friendly, charming, kooky and fun. One of my favourite moments with people is when someone you really like and admire tells you how “alike” you are when you meet them and have an organic conversation. This happened once in Milano with Giovanna. I would count this as a personal high point. 

Styling is NOT an easy job. It is all consuming and isn’t just about knowing models and looking at fashion magazines. Giovanna describes a stylist as being a filter. I think this a perfect explanation for what a stylist does. For anyone who is interested in working in the fashion industry as a stylist, this video is worth sitting down the 13:56 minutes and listening to. It’s both informational and inspirational.

My favourite quote is: “I love real life translated into fashion”.

I’ve also just started a Pinterest board dedicated to Giovanna Battaglia called “Battaglia the Beautiful”. You can find it here: 

http://pinterest.com/simakumar/battaglia-the-beautiful/

July172012

THO: The Home Office loves printed pants.

I’ve loved this look for awhile now but didn’t want to jump on the bandwagon until I sat, stood, travelled and tested this look out on both myself and my clients.

The verdict is in… Printed Jeans are a THO staple.

They are easy to wear and provide any fashion newbie with the opportunity to let your freak flag fly. Whether it be florals or animal print or something from pop culture… I’m pretty sure there is a printed pant perfect for you!

July142012
THO: The Home Office loves the simplicity of this ad.
Whoever came up with the creative concept for this ad is brilliant at their job!

THO: The Home Office loves the simplicity of this ad.

Whoever came up with the creative concept for this ad is brilliant at their job!

July82012
Tie one on…
THO: The Home Office is all about COLLABORATION.
col·lab·o·ra·tion/kəˌlabəˈrāSHən/

Noun:The action of working with someone to produce or create something.
Something produced or created in this way.
So in the spirit of collaboration… here is a great way to shop  your husband, lover, boyfriend, brother, father or friends tie rack and tie one on… Girly Girl Styles. Enjoy!

Tie one on…

THO: The Home Office is all about COLLABORATION.

col·lab·o·ra·tion/kəˌlabəˈrāSHən/

Noun:
  1. The action of working with someone to produce or create something.
  2. Something produced or created in this way.

So in the spirit of collaboration… here is a great way to shop  your husband, lover, boyfriend, brother, father or friends tie rack and tie one on… Girly Girl Styles. Enjoy!

July72012
If you’re going to get hot under the collar…
here is a guide to pick your collar.

If you’re going to get hot under the collar…

here is a guide to pick your collar.

collar 

July62012
Two revolutionary cultural icons celebrate birthdays today.
Frida Kahlo: July 6, 1907
Tenzi Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama: July 6, 1935
Happy Birthday to both for past & present contributions.

Two revolutionary cultural icons celebrate birthdays today.

Frida Kahlo: July 6, 1907

Tenzi Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama: July 6, 1935

Happy Birthday to both for past & present contributions.

July52012
This Lego bridge in Germany is pretty fab. I love the feeling I get in my body when I imagine people driving under it or walking by it and being uplifted by Lego and bright colours and the conversations and interactions that will happen around this bridge that otherwise wouldn’t. 
http://laughingsquid.com/lego-bridge/

This Lego bridge in Germany is pretty fab. I love the feeling I get in my body when I imagine people driving under it or walking by it and being uplifted by Lego and bright colours and the conversations and interactions that will happen around this bridge that otherwise wouldn’t. 

http://laughingsquid.com/lego-bridge/

April192012

Quite often the most consistent confusion of collaborators of THO: The Home Office, is mixing up content vs. process. This video featuring Nick Wooster beautifully captures the subtle nuances of a creative process. Listen to what he has to say. The man understands that understanding is the key to collaborating. Enjoy.

March62012
THO: The Home Office is currently hunting like a pig looking for truffles in the search of “just so” finds for a few of our clients. I came across this Pyramid Stud Ring on the site www.uncovet.com. Placing our online order now. 
(photo via www.uncovet.com)

THO: The Home Office is currently hunting like a pig looking for truffles in the search of “just so” finds for a few of our clients. I came across this Pyramid Stud Ring on the site www.uncovet.com. Placing our online order now. 

(photo via www.uncovet.com)

February102012

97 Orchard Street

If you’re in New York City, this is a very interesting guided tour to take and gain deep knowledge of the history of this vibrant neighbourhood and it’s original inhabitants.

For more information visit: http://www.tenement.org/

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