The article photographer Pamela Hanson did for Financial Time’s How to Spend It issue over the weekend really struck a chord with me. Her mother passed away last winter and Pamela returned to her parents’ home in Geneva where she and her siblings were raised and her mother lived for nearly 70s years to photograph rooms and objects as way to “hold onto her, like she was there. I feel her presence in every shot.” It also turns out her mother had great taste; there are piles Chanel cashmere cardigans, Belgian loafer shoes, her Hermes scarves neatly stacked to her everyday Lalaounis gold bracelets in her drawer.
Through these images you can see her mother had a definitive, singular style; the objects Pamela photographed are reminders of her mother, because they were intrinsic to her personality. It’s what I think a well-edited wardrobe should be, succinct and repetitive in its vision. It’s about ignoring the noise of trends and holding out for what truly speaks to you. And then, sticking mostly to it. I don’t know if you can read the article (paywalls and such), but I’ve included several photos with Pamela’s quotes here. (The one for the holding image is: “I selected this Chanel bag and pearls to take back to New York with me to give to my daughter in law.”) I hope you enjoy it.