Doo Ri is one of my absolute favorite designers for her innovate approach to shape. The designer blends and drapes billowing layers of fabric in the most inimitable ways ever; creating pieces that are striking, sexy, and undeniably...womanly. I'm big on contrast in design and one of my favorite elements of Doo Ri is the way one piece will be draped at the front and complemented by a plunging back. Good coming or going; now that's design. See all of the collections and contact here.
Anthony Franco stood out to me for spring with a very feminine collection; a few pieces were the customary low cut and for the a-cups of the world but mainly wearable. Anthony uses beading, chiffon, knits, and layers; the result is a look that needs to be taken dancing. My only qualm is that the models seemed ill fit for the clothing. It seems Anthony is still growing into his style though, check out his Fall collection (pdf file); it had serious edge.
You won't believe me when I tell you what you're looking at...are you ready? The components of a fuse box and a reed switch. I met Emily of Black Box Nation at the Coutorture launch party last week and her necklace (below) stuck in my mind. Then she described it to me and somewhere between math and science meets fashion I was pretty darn interested. Emily and Diana are intent on making math and science accessible through fashion and creating an evolution through which fashion and technology can merge. I wonder if they can put a blow dryer and flat iron on a necklace? Meet the gals and find their incredible products here.
You've probably heard of Ecoist by now...you know the guys who make adorable bags from candy wrappers. Founded in 2004 , Ecoist is actually a network of designers worldwide who develop sustainable products. The clutch above is made entirely of Luna Bar wrappers; not so keen on the bars but love the bags. You can purchase Ecoist online or contact them for wholesale inquiries. If you ask me this is perfect; sweet without all the fat. Oh, for shame... I'm so cheesy.
I've been meaning to write about Nature vs Future for sometime now; there's a great concept behind this line. Brooklyn designer Nina Valenti believes there is a constant struggle between organic forces and technology. Nature vs Future was created to blend these opposing forces by mixing natural fibers like soy, bamboo, and hemp with recycled and synthetic fabrics. NVF lends conscious design to the fashionista wardrobe; now when someone says you have no feeling it can only be blamed in the botox.
The adorable Pamela from Bag Trends gave me this scoop on one of her favorite designers. Alanna Bess skips the trends and creates jewelry that looks like you scored them at an estate sale. Gold, diamonds, pearls, and precious stones are all elements from the collection; Alanna also creates one of a kind and customizable pieces. It's about time you had something to pass on to your grandchildren. View the entire collection here.
Ce Ce Chin designed her shoe collection 80%20 so girls could have some fun collecting sneakers too; the ideology is...we wear our favorite 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time. The numbers sound right to me; find more cute styles here and some sure to be out of stock stores here.
Inspired by her native Buenos Aires Carolina K creates flirty and colorful pieces; including some that can be worn multiple ways. This would be akin to the little pink pill at the end of a gloomy week...yup that's exactly what it is. Find Carolina K at Lola y Maria or learn more here.
Tanya from Maneather Threads (love the name) just added Madley jewelry to her store. Designer Coryn Madley's inspiration is pretty unique: cellular photography, microbiology, and grandma's closet. Interesting indeed, a hodge podge of jewlery that is at once vintage and rock star chic. This makes me feel like I should be wearing leather and a scowl; no wonder I like it. Find the Madley collection at Maneater or at these retailers. Thanks Tanya!
I spend my days looking at beaded, victorian style, lengthy necklaces. Basically things that are trendy right now; so imagine how refreshing to find something different. Egads! Curio J creates these cute tile pendants and draws the designs by hand; each strung on gold or silver wire. Designer Jena Coray has crafted a spring collection that combines a touch modern, a shake organic, and a solid helping of pretty. The collection can be found at select stores and here.
Secrets out....I'm obsessed with bags. Not very well kept huh? Who needs to when Bliss Lau makes such cute bags. My guess is that when the trend of the half-my-body-hobo is over Bliss Lau will still be around. The bags have unique shapes, understated details, and great texture. Brooklyn based Bliss (grin) takes inspiration from her native Hawaii and musical instuments to create very original designs. Above is the accordian which can be purchased for a song... sorry, couldn't help it.