Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Truth Will Set You Free

All photos by Honest by Bruno Pieters

A year ago today, Bruno Pieters launched Honest By, an eco-focussed clothing company based on radical transparency regarding the facts of how clothes are made, what they are made out of, who produces them, and how much they cost.  Never, to my knowledge, have so many intricate production details been revealed in order to clarify the methods and practices that make the clothing sustainable or 'organic,' a word that is loosely thrown around, but rarely truly explained.  For example, if you are considering purchasing a white organic silk chiffon evening dress, you can learn that it was manufactured in Antwerp using 100% organic silk, and took 48 hours to design, 160 minutes to construct, 3 fittings, and 70.625 euros worth of fabric,.  Very few companies would reveal the cost of making the dress (352 euros) alongside its marked up price (1706 euros), but this company at least breaks down the justification for the markup every step of the way.

Beyond all these numbers, measurements, and jargon that most people outside of the fashion industry have little interest in, the clothes themselves are splendid.  Pieters's garments all reflect his modern and minimalist aesthetic, and forward thinking design.  He also has chosen a selection of other designers who follow a similar design sensibility while maintaining the same dedication to sustainable design, including Calla and Nicolas Andreas Taralis.  None of the items are inexpensive, but Pieters demonstrates, piece by piece, that good and ethical design comes at a price.







-Tiffany

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Ain't no party like a Mary Meyer party...


Valentine's Day is nearing, and even if you don't have a date, our friend Mary Meyer is giving us all a reason to celebrate.  If you've ever been to one of her in-store parties, you know that you can expect cute kids by the dozen, great DJs and live music, free flowing alcohol, and of course, Mary's magical designs.  Since V-Day is a holiday that's all about jewels and chocolate, Mary has partnered with jewelry designer Lila Rice, who will be selling her wares for 20% off, and Golden Well Apiaries, who will be selling their artisanal chocolates and caramels.  If that isn't incentive enough, there will be complimentary food (mole tacos!) and drinks, a shadow puppet show, and Mary's fall collection selling for 70% off.  I'll be sure not to miss it, and neither should you.
-Tiffany

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Color Coordinated

Dries Van Noten Sweater, J.W. Anderson x Topshop kilt, Ostwald Helgason leggings, Burnetie sneakers, Gap socks, Cambridge Satchel Company bag, Triskaidekaphobia Necklace.

Sale season is in full swing, and I was lucky to be strolling through Barney's right when they were marking everything down 75%.  I snatched up this Dries Van Noten sweater, and I couldn't resist pairing it with a bunch of my favorite brights, and clashing patterns to bring a little color and cheer to an otherwise drab and dismal day.  I wore it with my neon pink Cambridge Satchel Company bag, which also happened to be stuffed with some equally neon nonsense, including my Archie Grand Secret Agents notebook, and some Tide-to-go stain erasers (always good to have on hand if you're a klutz like myself). Balanced my neon/print optical overload with my J.W. Anderson x Topshop kilt and my Burnetie sneakers, and headed out to dinner at Red Farm for Pacman shaped dim sum and soup dumplings.  Winter this year might not be so bad after all.


Cambridge Satchel Company bag, Celine handkerchief, Archie Grand Notebook, Tide to Go stain eraser, Comme des Garcons wallet, AmeliaKayPhotography iPhone case.   
-Tiffany

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Forgotten Fashion

All images via The Red List

While trolling Etsy last month, I stumbled upon a gorgeous kimono sleeved baby-blue sweater.  The designer, who wasn't listed in the item's heading, was listed as Bill Gibb.  The name sounded familiar, if a bit far-off, and the item seemed too special to be your average vintage castoff.  Some quick googling revealed the Gibb's fabulous, although short, and ultimately forgotten designs, which presented a fantastical time-travelling exploration of period dress, supplemented with an expertly executed pastiche of knits and crafty looking textiles.  Gibb died young in 1988, but his designs influenced plenty of designers after him, including John Galliano, who was obviously inspired by Gibb's flair for drama.  I never got my hands on the sweater, which was a complete steal considering the small fortune Gibb's garments fetch on eBay, but I've been enjoying these old editorials featuring his work, which remind me of some of my current favorite designers, Mary Katrantzou, Ostwald Helgason, and Hermione de Paula.






-Tiffany

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Resolutions

All photos by Petrovsky&Ramone

The new year is just getting started, and although I'm not a big believer in resolutions, I have made at least a few goals for myself.  One basic one that I try to adhere to (and too often stray from) is to only buy what I absolutely love, and what I believe I will be wearing forever (or at least for the next ten years).  I'm less inclined to succumb to the tempting fast fashion fix when I have a something greater and more beautiful that I'm longing after and saving up for, so I have vowed to spend my money on a few great pieces from designers that I obsess over rather than squander it on ephemera that gets consigned to a corner in my closet.  Top on that list of designers is Bernhard Willhelm, whose outrageous designs never cease to shock, surprise, mystify, and mesmerize.  The spring collection is no exception, with a candy raver's palette of jarringly clashing colors and prints, all put together with a daring sense of irreverence and tongue-in-cheek humor.  Perfect for the 2013.










-Tiffany

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year, New Nails

Cirque x Arms & Armory nail polish and ring set, Alter Ego

Happy New Year!  It's been a while since I've posted because of my hectic work schedule, and then a much needed Christmas holiday.  I am finally getting around to basic indulgences like treating myself to a home manicure, and for 2013, I'm so excited to try out the new Cirque x Arms and Armory nail color collaboration.  My good friend Annie Pham, the lady behind the magic of Cirque Colors, teamed up with Christina, my partner, as well as the designer of Arms and Armory, to create a holographic black polish called Alter Ego, easily the sickest, spaciest black polish around (perhaps I am biased).  Inspired by 90's Hard Candy polishes, which each came adorned with a gummy ring, Christina made an Art Deco style black enameled ring to sit on top of each bottle of polish.  The ring is conveniently adjustable, and I've taken to wearing it in the middle of my finger, above my knuckle.

The Arms and Armory ring, center, worn with my Ted Muehling wedding band and Gabriella Kiss labradorite ring


-Tiffany

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