Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Paris Who's Next Profile: Pola Thomson F/W 2011

My pre-fashion week(s) designer crush definitely goes to New York-based Chilean designer, Pola Thomson. These exquisitely crafted silhouettes from Pola's Fall/Winter 2011 collection are stunningly accessorized with organically-themed necklaces. Who's Next Paris was spot on to feature her as a major star on the fashion horizon. 

Proof that seemingly simple design can be so rich in message and cultural texture. Diversity in fashion is definitely the new sexy.

Credits / Creditos
Photography / Fotografia: OSVALDO PONTON (osvaldoponton.com)
Styling / Estilismo: ANGELA ESTEBAN LIBRERO (aestebanlibrero.com)
Hair & Make-up / Pelo & Maquillaje: NATALIE DISTEFANO (nataliedistefano.com) Production / Produccion: DAVID GOMEZ-VILLAMEDINA (verydowntown)
Hair & Make-up Assitant / Pelo & Maquillaje Assistente: ANDREW COLVIN
Talent / Talento: MADISON (fusion)
Shoes / Zapatos: BARBARA BRIONES (barbarabriones.com)
Acknowledgments / Agradecimientos: JOSH, TAYLOR & ANDREW

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Feature Interview on The Sugar Diaries

  Abigail Doan at The Land/an art site in New Mexico
 handmade paper, vegetation, and sun-powered lighting

I am thrilled to share news that I recently did an interview on sustainable fashion, living, and art making/crafting for one of Hungary's most stylish blogs, The Sugar Diaries.

Here is an excerpt:

"I think that it is important to take small steps to do those things that are achievable and meaningful in your immediate sphere. This could be something very poetic like trying to start a windowsill garden or repairing old clothes that you like but can no longer wear. Using one’s hands brings one closer to the source of a true existence. Buying green is not the only way to go green. I find that people in my neighborhood here in Sofia, Bulgaria, are living very sustainably in ways that are not necessarily trendy. For example, they till small patches of soil outside of their buildings, use the clothesline for drying garments, and certainly have small bundles of garbage that they take down to the street bins. Some times these bags are so tiny, and they obviously have been able to do this by buying food that does not come in packaging and at a higher cost. I also see the older generation canning lots of vegetables and preserves as well as mending textiles that they hang on their terraces. There is a grace to this way of living that is not about being able to afford eco-friendly clothing or design objects, but makes perfect sense for the environment and a life well-lived. This, for me, is what true sustainability is all about."

You can follow The Sugar Diaries here.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Summer Shines On With Sollis Jewellry

This handcrafted macramé collar necklace by Sollis Jewellry in Australia is total proof that summer can live on in the weeks to come with a chic, radiant glow. Given that mustard is such a hot color for fall, this seems like a great piece to add solar punch to your fall line-up.

I love this fluted bead and macramé bangle as well.

Both available at the ethical marketplace, Blue Caravan.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Summer Wrap + Lost in Fiber

I will not be posting for a few weeks on Ecco*Eco as I conclude the summer with my family, travel to Italy, and work on studio and writing projects. Stay tuned for announcements regarding new initiatives for Autumn 2011. In the interim, please enjoy my visual journal, Lost in Fiber, in order to explore ideas related to 'fashioning self and the environment'. 

A sweet summer conclusion to all.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Cruelty Free Friday: We Animals

“Polar bear in captivity at the Toronto Zoo, 2005" 
 photograph by Jo-Anne McArthur

"We Animals is an ambitious project which documents, through (candid) photography, animals in the human environment. The title is intentionally broad in subject matter, interpretation and implication. The premise of the project is that humans are as much animal as the sentient beings we use for food, clothing, research, experimentation, work, entertainment, slavery and companionship. The goal of the project is to break down the barriers that humans have built which allow us to treat non-human animals as objects and not as sentient beings. My objective has been to photograph our interactions with animals in such a way that the viewer finds new significance in these ordinary, often unnoticed situations of use, abuse and sharing of spaces. The founder and photographer of this project is Jo-Anne McArthur, who is based in Toronto, Canada."

To learn more about We Animals, visit Jo-Anne's website and their Facebook page. For anyone lucky enough to be in Toronto this weekend, there will be an opening for the exhibition of photos entitled, "We Animals: Stories of Love and Liberation".

* I am now the proud collector of the Jo-Anne McArthur's photo featured above after being selected in The Ghosts In Our Machine sponsor give-away. I cannot wait to frame this amazing image and share it with my family and community at large.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Stockholm FW: V Avenue Shoe Repair S/S 2012

I am really intrigued by these wooden accessories from V Avenue Show Repair's S/S12 runway show yesterday at Stockholm Fashion Week, but the sculpted neck pieces seem a bit tortuous on some level. The lace-tie quality of the belt is right on, but why do the other designs (with the exception of the epaulets) seem as if these models just escaped from the stockades? A very cool label but sometimes even a dreamer like myself has to wonder.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Scandinavian Noir Beauty + Raw Goodness

photo by Jesper Brandt

With Copenhagen Fashion Week having come to a close this past weekend and Stockholm Fashion Week gearing up this week, it is time to officially acknowledge that Scandinavia is the place to be for all the beautiful people during this softer and perhaps more reflective time of the summer. 

The super gorgeous Johanna Björk of Goodlifer and Råfrisk just posted a brilliant medley of 'Good Stuff: Scandinavian Noir' to celebrate the darker and sexier shades of sustainable style in her homeland.

Johanna writes, "Bllack Noir was established 3 years ago as a sub-brand of Danish conscious fashion label Noir. This LBD (above) has some badass details that will set you apart from the crowd, yet is classic enough to last a lifetime." Agreed. Johanna is also a new fashion and lifestyle correspondent for EcoSalon. She's one hot woman to watch and definitely understands the raw side of real beauty, fitness, and good living to boot.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Copenhagen FW: One Million Years B.C. No More

Question: With Copenhagen Fashion Week celebrating free-spirited ready-to-wear designs such as Munthe plus Simonsen's Spring/Summer 2012 collection, why do Scandinavian designers (who obviously have a sense of hippie-chic gorgeousness) still incorporate fur and leather into their presentations? 

Raquel Welch doing the ravaged pelt thing

I really want to love this trendsetting label, as the spirit is right on in terms of my aesthetic, but their Raquel Welch as 'Loana The Fair One' circa One Million Years B.C. approach to materials is definitely not cruelty-free or frankly very modern? With so many appealing and humane alternatives to leather and fur on the fashion landscape, isn't it time to crawl out of the cave? If Norway can do it, why not Copenhagen?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Ready-To-Wear-Away Dress Collaboration with Sylvia Heisel & Paper No. 9

Fashion designer Sylvia Heisel might be best known for her clean modern lines and ultra chic sensibility when it comes to creating luxurious pieces, but this New-York based veteran of the industry has recently teamed up with industrial designer, Rebecca Cole Marshall of Paper No. 9, to craft a whole new story. Her latest 'Ready-To-Wear-Away Dress' is primed to shape itself with the shifting nature of your life and personal narrative. Exquisitely constructed out of Paper No. 9's leather-like, recycled kraft paper, Heisel artfully demonstrates yet again her total staying power and adaptive resourcefulness with this poetic sheath creation.

As some one who understands the appeal of clever re-invention, Heisel has paired herself with Paper No. 9 in a concerted effort to implement wearable sustainable design strategies into future projects and collections. The cool factor with the 'Ready-To-Wear- Away Dress' is that body heat and natural movement cause the outer skin to break down, revealing a series of hand-drawn inspirational quotes from writers, philosophers and artists – from Truman Capote to Ghandi to Tupac Shakur.

Front side of the Ready-To-Wear-Away Dress

Paper No. 9 was developed by Industrial Designer Rebecca Cole Marshall as an exploration of three emerging concepts prevailing in contemporary design: the ephemeral, the authentic, and the mundane. Rebecca's goal is to elevate the mundane (brown paper) to become precious, while exploiting its inherent ephemeral nature to create objects that become increasingly beautiful and personal as the wearer discovers the hidden layers beneath. 

Seems like a beautiful fusion of sustainable thinking, natural materials, and construction expertise – and what's not to love about a journey through time with some of the great voices and visionaries in history. Sylvia Heisel is just getting started on a whole new chapter in cutting-edge, contemporary fashion. I love that this new design slips the sustainability message in like a secret verse or lyrical prose. Total transparency of the intelligent variety.

* above photographs by Deborah Feingold