The name Sukio comes from the Japanese word for "like" or "love" but now has become synonymous with what I find luxe, lovely, and too chic not to share! My aesthetic of choice: MODERN GLAMOUR – a style that marries multiple ideas, viewing traditional notions of glamour through a sophisticated lens. In a word, it’s sooo Sukio! - Desiré

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1932 - 2014

 

Wednesday
Oct222014

Ciao, Oscar! Oscar de la Renta Spring 2015 RTW 

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2015 RTW

He was an elegant man who made elegant clothes–America's purveyor of lady. Needless to say. I'm saddened by the passing of the one-and-only Oscar de la Renta. I've heard some comment that "he had a full life," noting that his age of 82 seems like an appropriate departure point. Conversely, I can't help but feel that he had more to give. Take last month's debut of his spring collection: it's the epitome of feminine sophistication, signature Oscar. His life was full and he contributed much, but I'll continue to miss what could have been.

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2015 RTW

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2015 RTW

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2015 RTW

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2015 RTW

"Known for his appropriate elegance, he always designed with the ultimate motivation that women must look and feel beautiful." - Andre Leon Talley

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2015 RTW

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2015 RTW

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2015 RTW

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2015 RTW

 

Mr. de la Renta, you will be missed.

Images: Vogue, Oscar PR Girl

Monday
Sep012014

30-Day Instagram Challenge: Your Favorite Pics and Lessons Learned

#ModernGlamour Instagram Challenge

Thirty days of uploading, tagging, and posting have taught me a few key lessons. The first (and perhaps most obvious) is daily 'gramming takes A LOT of discipline, at least, more than I expected. Unlike other platforms, there is no "set-it-and-forget-it" option on Instagram. My little fingers did the walking with each post in real time. And, although this could be inconvenient on occasion, I definitely felt more engaged and, here it goes,...more social.

Design by Rees Roberts + Partners@hellosukio: It’s all about the stools! Design by Rees Roberts + Partners #modernglamour #interiors

Design by Lori Graham@hellosukio: By one of my favorite local designers, Lori Graham #shoutout #interiors #modernglamour

Styling by Kelly Wearstler@hellosukio: Desk couture by you know who #modernglamour #interiors

The second lesson: Curated feeds are the key to enjoying any social media platform. Follow too many folks and it becomes an overwhelmingly endless stream of visual noise. With Instagram, I plan to keep my numbers small so I can actually see what people are trying to share, and if I don't like it, I'm unfollowing. Harsh, I know.

Foyer by Steven Gambrel@hellosukio: Foyer by Steven Gambrel via Elle Decor #modernglamour #interiors

Design Tamara Magel@hellosukio: This is quickly becoming the web’s favorite bedroom. Image: Tamara Magel #love #modernglamour

Design by Kelly Wearstler@hellosukio: More Kelly just cuz #modernglamour #interiors

Final lesson: Stats ruin the magic. If you solely focus on audience engagement, content optimization, and all the other buzzy terms, it becomes less about expression and more about competition. I'm tired of numbers. I'm tired of rankings and social proof. And so, I've declared Instagram my "No Stat Zone." I'm just gonna post and see what happens.

Monday
Aug182014

Interiors: An Inspired Tribeca Apartment

When decorating her Tribeca digs, Industry Standard's Nicole Najafi found inspiration in the work of two of my favorite designers. Can you guess who?

Nicole Najafi's NYC Apartment

Nicole Najafi's NYC Apartment

Nicole Najafi's NYC Apartment

Nicole Najafi's NYC Apartment

Nicole Najafi's NYC Apartment

Nicole Najafi's NYC Apartment

Nicole Najafi's NYC Apartment

Nicole Najafi's NYC Apartment

If you guessed Ryan Korban and Miles Redd, you would be correct! In describing her space, Nicole comments, "I have fur everywhere, that’s my Ryan Korban side and the unexpected injections of color are all Miles Redd." It's a great example of referencing without duplicating.

Images: Elle Decor

Sunday
Aug172014

Style Mavens: The Design Mixologist

Kelly Wearstler Talks Design While Mixing Drinks

Kelly Wearstler for Eye Swoon

During my recent foray into Instagram, I stumbled upon Eye Swoon's Q&A with Sukio-favorite Kelly Wearstler. Amongst drink recipes and pics of her signature bar accessories, the style maven dishes on everything from daily habits to her design philosophy. For Ms. Wearstler, it seems elements of good design should come together like a tasty cocktail:

Kelly Wearstler for Eye Swoon

Kelly Wearstler for Eye Swoon

Kelly Wearstler for Eye Swoon

"There has to be a balance of elements in the spaces I design. Striking the right alchemy is where the magic happens... The juxtaposition of new and old, masculine and feminine, raw and refined - the tension of opposites I find to be very sexy. It adds a certain drama and vibrancy to a space."

Kelly Wearstler for Eye Swoon

Kelly Wearstler for Eye SwoonWith Athena Calderone of Eye Swoon

Head on over to Eye Swoon for the full interview and head here to see Kelly's fantasy dinner party.

Images: Eye Swoon

Thursday
Aug142014

Style Mavens: Jenna Lyons' Beautiful Mess

Jenna Lyons, Self Service Magazine

For what I think are obvious reasons, I have a major crush on J. Crew's Jenna Lyons. She seems to be the counterpoint to everything, from definitions of beauty and personal style, to working motherhood and corporate leadership. Jenna is indeed her own woman, and what better example of her unique approach to life than her beautiful mess of an office.

I love that while others pretend to thrive in perfectly pristine spaces, Jenna boldly proclaims the opposite. With piles of swatches, papers, and personal effects, her office reflects a creative mind at work while still managing to look pretty darn stylish. I can't get enough!

Jenna Lyons' Office, Vanity Fair

Jenna Lyons, Self Service Magazine

Jenna Lyons' Office, Vanity FairJenna's ever-changing mood board

Jenna Lyons' Office, Vanity Fair

Jenna Lyons' Office, Vanity Fair

Jenna Lyons' Office, Vanity Fair

Jenna Lyons, Self Service Magazine

Images: Vanity Fair, Self Service Magazine