Tuesday, September 7, 2010

FNO: Fiber, Textile, and Slow Fashion Rules

Titania Inglis F/W 2010

There is no doubt that Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) is an occasion to celebrate fashion as we know, love, and covet it  up close and from afar. With a globe-spanning agenda aimed at rattling the timbers of gilt fashion houses and retail venues, FNO is also great way of celebrating the very fiber of what inspires us as unique style makers and shoppers. 

Whether you are in NYC, LA, Rio, or Reno, there is something for everyone this Friday, September 10. Given my passion for all things fiber, textile, and eco-related, here are a few of my picks for FNO happenings in NYC’s environs and beyond.

A two-day event at Kaight NYC where visitors can custom design their own ‘quickie couture creations’ with KRELWear’s talented knit designer, Karelle Levy. KRELwear’s philosophy is based in the simplicity and beauty of "toobular" knit design. Their stunning collections include sweaters, dresses, skirts and tanks, as well as colorful hats, scarves, leg warmers and cuffs. This will be a totally unique way to fashion a one-of-a-kind FNO couture creation, suitable for fashion week parties and fall fêtes to come.
Clothing Map (2007) by Daria Dorosh

Fashion Lab in Process (FliP™) at the American Folk Art Museum

Do not miss the launch of Fashion Lab in Process (FliP™), a one-of-a-kind fashion house created by designer and Project Director Daria Dorosh, PhD, with a social, economic and environmental agenda to carve a new sustainable niche in the fashion industry and support local young designers. FliP™ will show its first collection of garments and accessories in a 'fashion theater' installation at the American Folk Art Museum, 2 Columbus Avenue, between 65th and 66th Streets on Friday September 10th, from 5  7pm.

Daria Dorosh's recycled textile 'Wrist Loops'

Current participants include: Dorosh’s line of ‘Wrist Loops’ (jeweled textile accessories for both women and men) and fashions by eco-conscious designers, among them Meiling Chen of Fearless Dreamer, Phaedra Elizabeth, Laura Bond, and the local sustainable design collective Eko-Lab by Melissa Kirgan and Xing-Zhen Chung-Hilyard. A special fashion performance by artist Meghann Snow will be ongoing in the AFAM window.

'Slow Fashion' at The Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn

Titania Inglis F/W 2010
Come celebrate the official kick off of the fall season at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn with an evening of slow fashion and design discussion, hands-on workshops, and local sustainable designers presentations. 
Recycled rubber band necklaces by Margarita Mileva of M2 Jewelry

6 – 7 pm 'Hack Sustainable Fashion' workshop with Giana Gonzalez
7 – 8:30pm Ecouterre eco-fashion panel and Q&A moderated by Jill Fehrenbacher of Inhabitat and Ecouterre. Invited panelists include Greta Eagan (FashionMeGreen), Caroline Priebe (Uluru), Sarah Scaturro (Fashion Projects/Cooper-Hewitt Museum), Titania InglisShabd Simon-Alexander, and Laura “London” Shirreff (Waste Not Want Not)
8:30 – 11pm Shopping hours with local designers (reMade USAWiksten, Shabd, Titania Inglis, and M2 Jewelry), free DIY workshops, food, drinks, live DJ 

Visit The Textile Arts Center's website for more details
Ikou Tschuss unique knitwear designs are all hand-crafted and "the process of doing the work is vital to the form the design takes. Their production is staffed exclusively by grandmothers, who retain the old crafts-womanly approach to handwork—skills that owners Guya Marini and Carmen D'Apollonio feel are disappearing today."

You can weave together your own rockin' itinerary for the evening of September 10 via Fashion's Night Out.

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