It's been over a month since Amanda Brooks unexpectedly left her post as Barneys' fashion director and announced that she'd be relocating to England with her family "in the interest of further pursuing other opportunities." And now we finally know a little bit more about why she's decided to make the move and what she's planning to do with her life.
Yesterday, Brooks updated her inspiring blog, I Love Your Style, for the first time since February 2011, when she began her "DREAM JOB" at Barneys. And you'll never guess where she's headed next. She's moving to a farm! With pigs and horses and everything. She is also probably writing another book. Here's her little update:
Hi there. I'm back!
So, recently my family and I made the decision to spend a year on our farm in Oxfordshire, England. I am calling it my "creative sabbatical." First on my agenda? To get my blog and up and running again. I also have ambitious writing plans for the next year, and you all will be the first to know about them as they unfold. In the meantime, here is a look at my future dwelling, all about which I will share when I arrive there at the end of June. Stay tuned!
In 2009, she published a style guide called I Love Your Style: How to Define and Refine Your Personal Style, so our first assumption is that her "ambitious writing plans" involve some sort of follow-up to that. We also wonder if her use of the term "sabbatical" means she'll be returning to NYC and perhaps even her former job after her year on the farm (she's been out on the fashion/social scene since leaving Barneys, making an appearance at that Chanel dinner recently--though she was overshadowed by the appearance of Kimye). Speaking of which--a farm? For a year?
Can one write a book about fashion while living on a working farm? And what will she wear? Does Barneys deliver there? We have so many questions, which will hopefully be answered on her blog, which we'll definitely be following religiously from now on, and which she's updated again today. In a post titled "Collaborations," she wonders why designers rarely ever collaborate with each other: "Come on Rick Owens + Lanvin! Proenza + Junya Watanabe! Christopher Kane + Narciso Rodriguez!" Um, yes please! Maybe she should just stay here and somehow make that happen.