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11.12.09

the perfect winter hat

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Photo: Eugenio Recuenco, Here.

Posted at 4pm on 11/12/09 | 1 comment | Filed Under: fashion, photography | read on

8.17.09

vintage by kate

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A sample of some lovely necklaces made by my friend Kate who repurposes vintage beads into the sweetest creations. Her necklaces are sold on Jute & Jackfruit, an online (fair trade) store that specializes in sustainable clothing, jewelry and accessories designed by women artisans and designers all over the world.

Posted at 5pm on 8/17/09 | 3 comments | Filed Under: art & artists, environment, fashion | read on

8.12.09

new antiquarians

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Charmed and delighted by the antiquated world of sisters Porter and Hollister Hovey who were just written up in the NYTimes. I’ve been glued to their blog, a fabulous collection of their vintage artifacts and discoveries, ever since finding it on Native Kee a few months ago.

In the NYT piece, Valerie Steele (director of the Museum of FIT) perfectly describes this ‘new vintage’ trend: “It’s way more than anti-modernism, this sort of deep spelunking into the past… It’s not aspirational and it’s not nostalgic. It’s a fantasy world that is almost entirely a visual collage. It’s a stitched-together, bricolage world, an alternative world.” (Spelunking and bricolage – good words.)

Posted at 10pm on 8/12/09 | 3 comments | Filed Under: blogs, fashion, home | read on

7.30.09

ashley watson

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Ashley Watson makes one-of-a-kind handbags etc. made from used leather jackets and purses found at thrift sores. I rarely see repurposed leather goods that I’d actually love to wear. Inspiring. (Thanks to Oh Joy!)

Posted at 11am on 7/30/09 | 1 comment | Filed Under: environment, fashion | read on

3.12.09

winter gypsy fantasy

Galliano does Ukranian-inspired winter wonderland. Brilliant. As usual.

(Photo #1, #2 and #3.)

Posted at 4pm on 3/12/09 | no comments; | Filed Under: art & artists, fashion | read on

3.12.09

surrealist couture

McQueen. Like a metallic burkha.

Posted at 2pm on 3/12/09 | 2 comments | Filed Under: art & artists, fashion | read on

7.27.08

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Charcoal gray Etsy discoveries.
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You wouldn’t know it from my blog, but gray is my favorite color to wear. I think cherry is where I let my secret passion for color out to play.

Posted at 2pm on 7/27/08 | no comments; | Filed Under: etsy, fashion | read on

5.11.08

white phantom, on the long black river

The “Subaquatic Beauty” spread shot by Alix Malka is magnificent! The above pic made me think of Arthur Rimbaud’s poem, Ophelia

On the calm black wave where the stars are sleeping
the white Ophelia floats like a great lily.
Floats very slowly, lying in her long veils…
–Far off in the woods there are hunters’ calls.

It’s already more than a thousand years that sad Ophelia
passes, a white phantom, on the long black river;
More than a thousand years that her gentle craziness
murmurs her romantic story to the evening breeze.

The wind kisses her breasts and arranges her great veils,
cradled softly by the waves, in a halo around her;
the shivering willows weep on her shoulder,
the reeds bend above her wide dreaming forehead.

The rumpled lotuses sigh around her;
she awakes sometimes, in a sleeping alder,
some nest from which a little shiver of wing escapes:
–a mysterious chant falls from the golden stars.

O pale Ophelia! beautiful as snow!
Yes you died, child, carried away by a river!
–It’s that the winds coming down from the mountains of Norway
talked to you quietly of bitter freedom;

it’s that a gust, twisting your long hair,
carried strange sounds to your dreaming mind;
your heart heard the singing of nature
in the wails of the tree and the sighs of the nights;

It’s that the voice of the crazy seas, immense groan,
broke your child’s breast, too human and too sweet;
it’s that one morning in April, a handsome pale cavalier,
a poor fool, sat mute at your knees!

Heaven! Love! Freedom! What a dream, O poor foolish girl!
You melted into him like a snow in the fire:
Your great visions strangled your words
–and terrible infinity appalled your blue eye!

–And the poet says that by starlight
you come looking at night for the flowers you gather,
and that he saw on the water, lying in her long veils,
the white Ophelia floating like a great lily.

Posted at 6pm on 5/11/08 | 3 comments | Filed Under: books & writing, fashion, photography | read on

4.29.08

loup charmant

I love everything about Loup Charmant (Charming Wolf), a sustainable line of clothing designed by Kee Edwards. Her designs are timeless, but still fresh and so romantic! Best part, all her pieces are organic, sustainable and fairly made in Brooklyn, NYC.

This recent write-up about Loup Charmant in Inhabitat quotes Kee on some of her inspirations: “I am inspired by the landscape and beautiful old skills and techniques – heirloom garments – travel and the mix of cultures – a relaxed vacation feeling – beaches and oceans – warm sun – budding trees and lush gardens – farm fresh foods – time with oneself and loved ones – it’s a purity and connection to our roots as a people.”

It’s enough to inspire a new philosophy on clothing, isn’t it? Rather than a closet jammed with pieces from Gap and H&M, I may start investing in special, quality pieces. Pieces that are not only sustainable, but inspired from the moment they’re lovingly conceived to the moment production is complete. I’m really trying to find ways to separate myself from some of my addictions, like the socialized need to have a closet *full* of clothing, most of which doesn’t inspire me at all.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my friend Daniela’s commitment not to buy anything new this year. Even though such a vow is too extreme for me this year, I’m going to commit to buying clothing and products only from businesses that are sustainable (whenever possible.) I’ll share some of my discoveries, purchases and challenges along the way.

*This commitment will definitely include a visit to the fabulous organic and fair made Ekovaruhuset next time I’m in NYC.

Posted at 12am on 4/29/08 | 2 comments | Filed Under: environment, fashion | read on

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