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Self-care wear: The offhours home coat



Offhours Homecoat

It’s been raining for three days solid and I can barely drag myself out of the house. No matter though, as I work from home and luckily for the likes of people like me, there’s a whole new fashion and lifestyle category designed to cater just for us.

It’s not pyjamas, it’s not tracksuits (god forbid), but it is cosy and comforting for the work-from-home and namastay-in-bed brigade. So let’s hear it for the ‘Homecoat’ from Offhours, a padded kimono-esque wrap coat to envelop yourself in while doing Headspace meditations on the balcony, or cranking out your investor deck on your daybed. Think of it like a housecoat but with extra togs!

Offhours Homecoat

The Offhours ethos is couched in comfort and positivity; the Homecoats are designed in Chinatown, NYC and ethically made in China, while web and Instagram content comes in the form of self help-lite essays.

All this self-care wear makes sense in an age of screen fatigue and relentless hustle. Like the trend for padded parkas, wearing what’s akin to a giant comfort blanket is almost a cry for security and respite from the pace of modern living. Well it’s certainly boosting the homebody economy.

In related self-care style news, Tekla Fabrics  just landed on my radar. A line of organic blankets, bedding and robes from ex-Acne Studios exec Charlie Hedin, this John Pawson-designed blanket in ‘molten lava’ would be a nice addition to my stack of mohair blankets. Just add a scented candle (but maybe not this one)…

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
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On my radar: Amoako Boafo



Amoako Boafo Cobalt Blue Earring 2019 - Courtesy of Mariane Ibrahim

A name to look out for in the 2020s: Amoako Boafo. This Vienna-based Ghanian painter came to my attention during Art Basel Miami, when his work kept pinging up on Instagram.

His portraits have a really magnetic, visceral power, using fingers to paint directly onto the canvas. While the effect is in your face and graphic, I like the attention to fashion detail, it’s got a bit of Alex Katz and Elizabeth Peyton flavour in that respect. In 2020, Boafo will have a solo show at Mariane Ibrahim in Chicago and I’m sure his influence will be far reaching. (more…)



On my radar: Marco Zanini, the label



Marco Zanini Fall 2019 ready to wear

Did you know Marco Zanini is back? One of my fave Italian designers (I loved his stuff for Halston and Rochas), his aesthetic is of the off-kilter, oversized Prada-Manuela-Pavesi-Marni variety.

Now with his own name above the door, so to speak, the Zanini AW19 collection reminds me of 1990s Italian Vogue shoots (more…)



Retro realness at the TWA Hotel



TWA Hotel David Mitchell

Gotta love the kitschness of the new TWA Hotel rooms.

Designed by New York City firm Stonehill Taylor, they boast Knoll furniture, rotary phones, special TWA toiletries, and custom-built not-so-mini bars stocked with Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne, Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège Cognac and Belvedere Vodka (can of Tab not included).

Plus a view onto JFK’s runways and the historic TWA Flight Centre. (more…)