Tuesday, August 31, 2010

GreenShows Preview: Dress Reform

I will be heading to the farm upstate mid-week for some much needed downtime and an opportunity to celebrate my Mom's felted creations at the local Labor Day craft fair. I am excited to be back next week as NYFW gears up, and The GreenShows kick off soon thereafter. These luscious images from Dress Reform's S/S 2010 collection really express something about summer that one hates to see fade away. I cannot wait to see what they have in store for 2011.

Designer Krystal Hoffacker "draws in myriad inspirations when she designs Dress Reform. Her imagination is kindled by nature, ethnic garb, vintage clothing and textiles and the arts of collage, quilting and shibori. Her exacting hand designs sustainable and stylish garments that are at once contemporary and timeless."

A designer after my own heart. See you on the other side of September for more green fashion inspiration.

*images courtesy of Krystal Hoffaker at Dress Reform (photographer: Jon Uriarte)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Bridging Summer to Fall Naturally

How tricky is the leap from poolside or beach towel to back-to-school or fashion week polish? It's a snap with Samantha Pleet's Jump Up Suit. The perfect zoot suit for eco fashionistas on the go.
Join the chain gang with DLC Brooklyn's 'Octave' vintage-style brooch

Chic summer to fall wrap up with Thieves Cowl Jumpsuit made of tencel jersey (comes with this fabulous recycled leather and beeswax organic cotton sash belt)

The ultimate back-to-school basic, Kaori Yamazaki's ORGANIC 'Cap Sleeve Tee' (Made in NYC)

Quilombo bangle sustainably produced in the Amazon by the Ecostasy Collection

Tinctory smocked silk necklace dyed with Japanese indigo and natural plant dyes
Rianne de Witte's organic linen 'Robe' from her S/S 2010 'Seascapes Collection'
Cri de Coeur 'Jessie Assymetric Wedge Pump' with Hidden Platform (available for pre-order)
Extra Seed's vegan hemp linen flats on etsy

* Samantha Pleet A/W 2010 and DLC Brooklyn are both available at Kaight Shop

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Istanbul Fashion Week: Zeynep Tosun

One of the many reasons I love living part of the year in Bulgaria is the proximity to fresh new talent like Turkish fashion designer, Zeynep Tosun. Beauty is in the details as well as the strong connection to place.

*above images courtesy of Zeynep Tosun (see also Style Bubble's IFW coverage)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

MARKET Interactive Installation by Audra Wolowiec Opens in The Garment District

MARKETan interactive installation by Audra Wolowiec
August 26 - Sept 7, 2010
Opening reception: August 27, 6-9pm
Viewing hours: daily 11am - 6pm
Closed: Sept 1 - 2

"It's lonely living in the modern world - exchange!" 

MARKET, an interactive installation at Chashama 266 by Audra Wolowiec, invites individuals to participate in an intimate micro-economy by bringing garments to be altered through the process of exchange. Located in the Garment District of New York City, this site-specific project stems from a desire to connect with people and draw attention to the labor embedded in the garments we wear.

Fabric Drawing by Audra Wolowiec (2008, Pocket Utopia)

Acting as a "mercer" or "textile trader," the artist will provide a service that involves cutting out corresponding swatches from each item of clothing, transferring and sewing them in place of the other. Through this process of direct relations, a market is created based not on commerce but on tactile interaction. To participate, please visit the space during open hours and remember to bring an item of clothing. Participants will kindly be asked to leave their garments on display throughout duration of the project and can retrieve them when the show closes on September 7th. The artist will be available for exchange daily from 11am - 6pm.

*images courtesy of Audra Wolowiec

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Feral Childe S/S 2011 Debuts PickUp Stitch Knit Chains

Feral Childe S/S 20ll 'Tarquinia Collection' with PickUp Stitch Chains

Feral Childe S/S 20ll 'Tarquinia Collection' with PickUp Stitch Chains

Summer is winding down and fashion weeks are gearing up, but the cool ladies at Feral Childe are, as usual, ahead of the pack with their latest art fashion templates of stylish fun. The S/S 2011 'Tarquinia Collection' is perhaps the most stunning yet from this design duo, as they reference Etruscan antiquity with a modern spin on Mediterranean silhouettes, eye-popping graphics, and an earth-sky palette. 

Feral Childe S/S 2011 'Twist Pleats Dress' in Aqua Tarquinia Print

Feral Childe S/S 20ll 'Tarquinia Collection' with PickUp Stitch Chains

PickUp Stitch knit chain necklaces are one-of-a-kind accessories crafted by artist/designer Eleanor DuFault in her "knitting shack" in rural Maine. Eleanor uses organic fiber and yarns and playfully twines together these earth-toned hues as a layering element that you can don in multiple ways. It has even been suggested to wear the chains as a vest. These pieces are either three or four tiers and come in a range of unique textures and tones.

Feral Childe S/S 20ll 'Tarquinia Collection' with PickUp Stitch Chains

For further information on PickUp Stitch knit chains, e-mail Feral Childe directly here. For readers in San Francisco, Alice Wu of Feral Childe will be speaking with Joslin Van Arsdale of Eco Citizen at the Eco Tuesday meet up this evening. Do not miss out on what is sure to be a very groovy eco fashion pow-wow.

Feral Childe S/S 2011 'Abalone Tank with Turbine Trouser'

*Learn more at Feral Childe / Shop Feral Childe at SHIFT Boutique

Monday, August 23, 2010

DIY 'Shape Shifting' Melissa Booties

Whether or not you are a devoted fan of Melissa Shoes (aka Melissa Plastic Dreams) is really a matter of personal taste and attitude about PVC chic. A favorite footwear company amongst the vegan set, these uber-hip jellies just keep on tapping into a Rolodex of cool designer contacts for their featured collaborations.

As reported on T Magazine's blog, Melissa's has now teamed up with Gaetano Pesce, the legendary Italian architect and designer, for the creation of these 'DIY booties' composed of interconnected PVC circles that can be crafted into customized flats, sandals, or flip-flops, by simply cutting away the jelly discs for either free form or symmetrical shaping. Sounds good in theory, but what happens when you cut away too much or do not like your own whittling? Pesce encourages us by stating, "This is the future of mass production. With the technology we have today, we can give people something that is half done and ask them to finish it." Hmmm, go figure.

*image and find via T Magazine's blog

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Take Aim for New Shores

Heading to the beach for a long weekend to celebrate the birthday of my loved one. Buon compleanno, my dear. I love that we share the same horizon line but take aim in such different ways. You are my true fashion-forward warrior, with heart and soul.

*image via the Banquet NYC

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Stockholm FW: Camilla Norrback S/S 2011

Love the textures, layers, and garters of Camilla Norrback's S/S 2011 collection at Stockholm Fashion Week.

(Above photographs from the collection S/S 11 are property of Berns Salonger and copyright Kristian Löveborg).

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Help Auralis Herrero Lugo Get to NYFW's The GreenShows

Many of you will recall designer Tara St. James of Study NY’s video fundraising appeal and subsequent democratizing of New York Fashion Week in September 2009. It seems like eons ago given all of the amazing things that Tara has been able to accomplish in just under one year. With the same grassroots spirit, Brooklyn-based fashion designer Auralís Herrero-Lugo is reaching out to the sustainable design community to pull together just over $5,000 for her S/S 2011 runway presentation at this September’s The GreenShows.

Auralís divides her time between New York CIty and Puerto Rico, working diligently on both islands to promote ethical and fair trade production and new jobs for local economies. In addition to her stunning fashion initiatives, Auralís is also an advocate for organic agriculture in numerous regions of her beloved Puerto Rico, as well as supporting urban planning initiatives for pedestrians and cyclists in her Brooklyn neighborhood.

Starre Vartan at Eco Chick did a great write up on Auralís Studio’s sexy and versatile S/S 2010 collection, and I would have to agree that the designer's implementation of soft eco-fabrics and chic black and white silhouettes for her jumpers and dresses makes her a cool favorite for Summer 2010.

Auralís is proposing the following for S/S 2011 via her Kickstarter page:

Aside from making beautiful sustainable clothing for men and women, I aim to rescue old artisanal and eco-conscious Puerto Rican craft methods from extinction. I will employ and collaborate with local Puerto Rican artists to reinterpret and modernize some of the island’s cultural troves. I also want to showcase select sustainable and ethical fashion initiatives already happening on the island, such as Concalma - a line of sustainable and ethically manufactured bags and purses. S/S 2011 designs will include exclusive custom fabric prints from local NYC textile designers, which will be block printed with vegetable-based, non-toxic inks at my Brooklyn studio. These collaborations will be featured in the upcoming runway presentation with my S/S 2011 pieces."

If you are as inspired as I am by Auralís Herrero Lugo's latest ethical fashion initiatives, please visit Kickstarter to show your support by Thursday, September 2, 2010.

You can also read my article on Hand/Eye about the woven 'Proto hats' that Auralís intends to send down the runway as part of her new ethically-crafted accessories collection.

*top images are of the Auralís Convertible Jumper in black / photography by Raquel Perez Puig

Friday, August 13, 2010

Fashion in the Forest on the Fifteenth

Otto von Busch//Fashion Hactivist
There will be a sylvan fashion show to accompany CCANW's Fashion Footprints: Sustainable Approaches exhibition in Haldon Forest Park, Exeter, this Sunday 15 August from 3 to 5pm. The 'Eco Fashion Experience' incorporates a contemporary dance and music performance, a curated sustainable fashion show staged within the local forests, a special presentation by Fashion-Hacktivist, Otto von Busch, and a unique Black Fashion Bureau's 'Old is the New Black' garment recycling and dyeing workshop - bring your old garments for revamping (see image below).
'Old is the New Black' fashion recycling project

Admission fee of £12 (£10 conc.) includes a refreshing glass of wine and a slow fashion goodie bag. All details can be found on the CCANW website.  A brilliant way to spend a Sunday in the park.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Pachute Boutique Takes Root

If 'pure and simple' is part of your sustainable style equation, then pachute boutique on the Upper East Side of Manhattan is definitely a fashion outpost that you should know about. Exquisitely curated by owner Sharone Komoroff, this clean and bright style oasis is a cool nest of nature-inspired fashion amidst the steamy urban jungle.

Pachute means 'simple' in Hebrew and with designer collections like Brooklyn-based Loup Charmant and Israeli jewelry designer, Lior Ben-Beset, there is elegance and beauty throughout. The loveliest eco-basics for babies and kids also makes one-stop shopping a breeze. I found the sweetest organic cotton tees for my twins there, as parent/child options are refreshing but not at all saccharin. NB: Do not miss the Zid Zid’s Moroccan 'Babuches' (slippers) for little ones.

Loup Charmant organic cotton slip dresses and summer blouses

Loup Charmant 'Scallop Dress' of the finest organic cotton

And as if this is not enticing enough Sharone has hand-picked some of her favorite beauty and skin products to compliment the range of wholesome goods and gift giving treasures. As you can see, you will be gently immersed in the finest and simplest style finds.

The lovely Sharone Komoroff 

 1582 1st avenue
new york city
telephone: 212.794.1260
(closed sundays during august)