Fashion and design are cyclical. What was once considered avant-garde becomes conventional. Some even acquire the status of a classic, simply reinterpreted to fit in with the times. Not all past trends are worth reliving, though, and bringing back a look or a style from bygone eras doesn’t mean copying it from head to toe.
Eric Paras’ workspace, for example, has an old-fashioned charm to it, especially since it is within a post-war house. Yet the furniture designer has also made his personal space feel fresh with modern-day design elements that work well with the vintage feel. Read how he created a tastefully eclectic atmosphere in our squaRED story on page 12. The modern-meets-the-past aesthetic also marks the revival of the famed Dodie Thayer tableware, this time done in collaboration with designer Tory Burch. The result: beautiful glazed plates, bowls, and cups that look as refreshing as spring (desiRED, page 8).
The ’70s is also experiencing a revival, but keep those polyester bell-bottoms hidden at the back of the closet as the decade’s comeback involves the softly feminine look. Makeup artists give their spin on the ’70s-reminiscent beauty in our editorial starting on page 20, and also pick up ideas on how to integrate the velvety suede—a ’70s fashion hallmark—into the contemporary wardrobe.
The low-key Paola Zobel is beautiful, no doubt, but what makes her even more compelling is her dedication to all of her passions. Not only is she an equestrienne, she is also a businesswoman running a restaurant in Cadiz, Spain that is frequented by power brokers and society figures. Essential beauty rituals help her keep on top of things, but she also shares some of her life hacks in admiRED on page 19—no doubt tried, tested, and proven through time.
Looking to the past for inspiration is a good thing, as long as we don’t get lost in it. After all, as corny as it sounds, the present a gift to be enjoyed.
@riaprieto: #Throwback to a chance encounter with Bill Cunningham