Monday, November 26, 2012

Kowtow


Aside from being the home of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, New Zealand doesn't garner a terrible amount of attention from the outside world.  Fashion wise, I would be hard pressed to name a single New Zealand designer off the top of my head, but it seems like their star is on the rise.  Kowtow, a Wellington based environmentally conscious label, is one example of local design. The draping, oversized, and outlandishly printed attire demonstrate how far eco-fashion has come since its early days oriented towards yoga-inspired lifestyle attire.  Nonetheless, the principles remain the same.  The company uses 100% fairtrade organic cotton, which ensures that the cotton farmers receive a fair and living wage, and that fabrics are free of pesticides and other harmful chemicals.  In a time when companies like Walmart force down clothing prices at the expense of fair and safe labor practices, inadvertently causing tragedies like the factory fire in Bangladesh, it is more important than ever to conscientiously consume.  Hopefully, one day all designers will move towards green and fairtrade practices, rather than having a select few wear the 'fairtrade organic' badge of distinction.  In the meantime though, you can enjoy the reasonably priced building block basics from Kowtow, while seeing exactly where they came from.










-Tiffany

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Monday, November 19, 2012

The Need for Speed


Athletes never fail to inspire, and for Spring 2013, Daniella Kallmeyer cites cyclists and their t-shirts and tanks as a starting point for her sporty collection.  The aerodynamic elements of athletic wear and the stark black nylon and leather pieces are balanced by pops of feminine pastels, a gorgeous custom print, and the occasional puff of a pretty peplum.  This collection marks a new direction for Kallmeyer, who has always created minimalist, and somewhat stark, attire.  While these traits still remain, they have certainly benefited from the brightening touch, and the incredible sense of dynamism infused in the pieces.









-Tiffany

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Oh Mandy


While many designers list music as a source of inspiration each season, few have made as literal an interpretation of the subject as designer Mandy Coon.  For, her Spring 2013 collection, Coon adorned her bold pieces with laser cut imprints of MIDI files, which are digitalized music files.  Of course Coon, who moonlights as a DJ, didn't use any generic MIDI file to generate her designs.  She partnered with Pontus Winnberg of Miike Snow, who created a piece of music for her, which was then transmogrified into the unrecognizable imprint that adorns the leather dresses and metal waist cinchers deployed throughout the collection.  Beyond the brilliance of the concept, the collection itself was a wonder to behold.  In signature Coon style, the show was full of the edgy and sharp silhouettes which were tempered with a feminine flounce, as well as digital prints, the aforementioned lasercutting, and of course, a couple giant, scene-stealing bunny bags.

Even though these styles won't be in stores till next year, if you're itching to get ahold of a bunny bag, or another amazing previous season piece at 50-90% off, there will be a Mandy Coon Sample Sale this Thursday-Friday from 4-8 at MC Studio (93 St. Marks Place, 2nd Floor).











-Tiffany

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Welcome to the Stone Age


With the disaster that Sandy left in her wake there isn't much to get excited about over here.  Although I returned home on Saturday, Christina is still without power after her building was flooded, and our beloved Rockaway Beach has been all but washed away.  While we personally are very lucky to have gotten away relatively unscathed, many of our fellow friends and New Yorkers have not, so if you can, please contribute to the Occupy Sandy supply drive (also linked above), which is a great way to give directly to people on the ground.

In spite of the dismal air surrounding this week, an email from the team at Alder New York cheered me up with photos of their new jewelry collaboration with Robin Mollicone. The one-of-a-kind pieces are constructed from an eye-popping assemblage of neon leather, peyote stitched antique Italian silver beads from the 1800, braided and knotted cords, and semi-precious stones.  I was immediately drawn in by the colors, but my mind was blown by the wild mix of materials, and the labor intensive beadwork that Mollicone learned on a reservation in Upstate New York.  Originally inspired by the beaded and embellished clothes of hippies at a Grateful Dead concert, Mollicone's work still maintains an earthy sensibility and a sense of deference for the ancient craft of beading, but one which has evolved to suit a contemporary world.




-Tiffany

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