With deadlines looming, I need to make this a short blogging week, but here are three things I didn't want to pass by:
Ralph Lauren's spring 2011 Blue Label ad campaign filled with Southeast Asian-influenced furnishings and a few indigo fabrics that remind me of Japanese folk textiles. (I also spotted what appears to be an iconic blue-and-white striped Indian dhurrie in the background.)
One more from Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century: the photographer's Preparations for the Baris Dance, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, 1949.
[Goddess Head brooch Designed by Van Cleef & Arpels New York, NY, 1970; Gold, turquoise, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, diamonds; Courtesy of Richters of Palm Beach; Photo: Lucien Capehart Photography Inc.]
And an intricate piece from Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels, on view at the Cooper-Hewitt through June 5, 2011. With a delicate head of carved turquoise, this brooch represents the firm's creative exploration of international motifs. Globe-trotting clients influenced Van Cleef & Arpels greatly during the 20th century, and Exoticism is a key theme in the glittering exhibition.
Related past post: Virtual Escapes.