Lara Miller's 'Sparky Vest' arrives at Pivot Boutique in Chicago this week. Such great geometry and versatility. I am totally digging those fluttery, draped panels in the back. Congratulations also to Jessa Brinkmeyer of Pivot for being honored with a Green Award for Chicagoans who are working to promote smart green ideas and enterprises.
Portland-based Olio United launched its 100% Recycled Online Trunkshow on March 30th. These ethically-crafted collections highlight handmade, one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories by designers who artfully repurpose vintage fabrics and embellishments. The entire 50 piece collection will be viewable on Olio's site for four days only - with free shipping for their newsletter subscribers. Do not miss gorgeous, flirty spring pieces by Armour Sans Anguish, Supayana, Frocky Jack Morgan and AK Vintage - all 'made with love' and proof that recycled couture is a great way to green our lives and personal style.
"At Olio United, we love to share stories with our customers. We believe that people have the right to know how products are made and where they are made. Our mission is to carry products that are aesthetically inspiring and beneficial to people’s lives, from the maker of the product to the consumer. From fashion consciousness to global consciousness, we connect the dots. Quite honestly, we don’t believe that the world needed another retail store . . . it needed one with a better purpose. There are numerous global issues facing us today, and with smart consumer spending and support of local artisans and fairly made products, we can all be an active part of the solution."
Korinne James and Cathy McMurray, owners and founders of Olio United
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Did late March winds style the tresses of Scandinavian jewelry artist Hanna Hedman's very sculptural, oxidized metal necklaces and synthetic twig brooches? Her 'Enough Tears to Cry for Two' collection seems to evoke feelings of late winter loss and decay, mixed with the stirring promise of something new and fresh.
"Vertical Gardens is an exhibition of architectural models, renderings, drawings, photographs and ephemera that depict or imagine a vertical farm, urban garden or green roof. It features over 20 projects, both imaginary and real, by artists and architects that envision solutions for building greener urban environments. The past decade has seen a greater emergence of green roofs and vertical gardens created by artists, designers, architects and urban gardeners to combat the lack of flora in the city. Buildings around the world — from the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, to the Queens Botanical Garden in New York — have embraced green walls or roofs for all their economical, environmental, and aesthetic values. Vertical farms and gardens are also being envisioned as new ways to feed local and organic foods to city dwellers."
I am not sure how I feel about these Bernhard Willhelm X Camper leather rope sandals aka 'the soft pretzel sandal'. Handcrafted from recycled leather materials on rubber soles, they look sculpturally impressive and quite supple actually, but also a bit tricky to tip toe through summer gardens in?
I am very much looking forward to meeting up with London-based designer Ada Zanditon next week. This latest image of a jacket she crafted out of hemp canvas and recycled materials, including bamboo chopsticks and a plastic zip, is pretty state-of-the-art when it comes to future-forward design. You can read more about Ada Zanditon in my December 2008 interview on Eco Fashion World. Who says that art and fashion cannot co-exist in a totally sustainable manner?
I am not sure how I feel about the truly organic expressions of Biojewellry, a collection that uses bioengineered bone tissue to literally fuse your cells with your loved one's. It's an uncharted and extremely intimate way of expressing your deep, ever-grafting love.
Welcome to spring and the promise of raw beauty mixed with elemental style. I could think of new better way to usher in a fresh season than with Kirsten Muenster's handmade jewelry collection exquisitely crafted from recycled, vintage, and ethically sourced materials. Her designs stem from pure goodness ala the earth and a deeply creative source. Skip the bling and trendy baubles, artisanal bijoux speaks volumes, both softly and sustainably.
One of my favorite finds from Sofia Fashion Week was the young, energetic, and supremely innovative talent, Evgeni Petkov. My knowledge of Bulgarian fashion to date has essentially consisted of research on traditional textiles, embroidered folklore costumes, and Thracian gold. Evgeni's work was my first glimpse into contemporary haute couture in a city that sits at the gateway to the east while also now being a thriving new member of the EU.
The future of fashion design in Bulgaria looks fresh with Petkov's luxe-silk and chiffon creations that are both feminine and future-forward in their edginess and modern tailoring. The Spring/Summer 2009 collection also demonstrates just how gorgeous and diverse Balkan beauty can be. Stay tuned for more coverage on the designer's upcoming projects and plans to explore the fashion scene in London and other cities in Europe.
* fashion photography by Ivailo Stanev and Ivomir Peshev
I am totally smitten with this molten (100% recycled) metal octopus cuff by Alkemie Jewelry. Alchemy indeed. When fashion elixirs involve reusing precious metals that have already been pulled from the earth's core, I am a totally transmogrified.
Thanks, Yuka, @ Swyyne for the eco style tip + photo (below) from d&a.
I first spied these stunning Lavazza 2009 Calendar images while departing from Sofia International Airport to travel back to the States this past weekend. Shot by contemporary photographer Annie Leibovitz, the seductive styling of Rome's famed she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus (below) puts a whole new spin on motherhood (with twins). I also cannot imagine seeing an ad campaign like this for Starbucks here in the U.S.