click here to maximize your minimalism!
click here to view my favorites from the archives. gee
are you a fonts enthusiast? a typophile?
find the beauty on your daily walk! take time to notice the details of your landscape.
there is nothing like seeing a great handbag in action.
plastics are our future. how can you resist plastic? it is so shiny and pleasing. I have a penchant for plastics.
chronicling my quest for the one true
have you ever noticed the similarity between nyc fire call boxes and benevolent Kannon, goddess of mercy?
every design, fashion and art magazine I read lately features some important directional artist making big contributions to their genre. and where do they live? brooklyn!
who says there are no more 'new ideas' in art and design? the newness is in the juxtaposition.
this is how I really get things done. with my little green co-worker/task-master.
clothing & accessories design
useful, economical, modular pieces that can be mix-matched in numerous
ways (because why can't fashion be useful and lasting? I think
it can!) So I say Maximize your Minimalism!
Satin Karate Belt featured in Dec 06 Real Simple
Voted Best Designer 2006 Style Bakery
'On the Rise'
Daily Buss Feature
in the blog press
the girl who ate everything
(into) the fray
far too cute
couture in the city
high fashion girl
furniture (especially chairs from the 50s and 60s), uniforms, repeating patterns, menswear, Oscar Niemeyer,
traditional Japanese architecture, the Rimpa School and Ogata Korin's 8-Point Bridge, Matisse, bromeliads,
succulents and other waxy flora
bamboo, coral, moss, woodgrain, silhouettes & other cut-outs, plastic,
low-resolution images, the photo copier, off-registration prints, Max
Ernst's Lunar Asparagus, NYC fire call boxes that look like Kannon, Fauvist color sense, the Noguchi Museum,
pretty much all of Abstract Expressionism
magazines of current
Domino, Elle Decor (British), ARTnews, Art in America, Wallpaper
favorite heel style
the wedge, but a sleek modern interpretation
current shoe obsession
alas, the sneaker. (because I live in nyc and walk a ton!) but not too
sneakery of a sneaker. more of a sneaker disguised as a shoe, like a mary
jane style or a high-tech looking black one with a metallic accent. how
about Royal Elastics? I must go try some on. I really like the non-sneakeryness
of their styles.
new dress, heat wave-proof
My cousin is getting married this Sunday, in New Rochelle (home of Dick van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore, you know the place). Today it is 100 degrees in the shade in NYC. Tomorrow it will be 101. Thursday it will be 99. Yesterday was 99. You would think that the heat will break just in time for their nuptuals to be a lovely cool and breezy affair on Long Island Sound.
But I am not taking any chances. I whipped up a dress in stretch mesh a few weeks ago, because stretch mesh is breathable and mostly holes. So if I sweat to death, I will still look lovely. I hope. That is the theory that is... Ideally I would show you a picture, but as I said, the computer had a melt-down, and I am using the part of it that works right now -- the Internet connection -- to bring you the latest news from the fashion front, albeit pictureless.
Let me at least describe to you my new heat wave-proof dress, with a few links. First of all, I made it in my favorite fabric: the black and white Windows Print
. I love love love this fabric. It is my signature. Along with grassy green, camouflage
, and whatever I next deem my signature (which I do a lot, by the way, in case you haven't been reading all along.) And the cut is very flattering too, especially if you happen to not be so tall, like me. An empire waist, where the top is based on the Geisha Top
, but with a 3" band at empire waist, and an A-line skirt that comes mid-calf. The Windows Print is bold and lovely only on the front, top (exactly where the Geisha print is in the Geisha Top). On the back and on the skirt, it is overlayed with sheerish black mesh, muting the active print. Shibui.
What accessories will I wear, you ask? These shoes
. And my favorite Lucky Moon Necklace in red, with a new sterling silver chain, some cool clear lucite bangle bracelets with pearls and sparkly mini stones embedded, and my pencil-case / receipt envelope whatever it is "clutch bag"
to echo the grid pattern in the dress and complete the ensemble. Delightful and unique. And can it withstand waiting for the train to New Rochelle on the Grand Central platform? I will let you know. I think it can.
You will be able to see different versions of this flattering dress in our upcoming Fall 2006 Collection.