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are you a fonts enthusiast? a typophile?
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find the beauty on your daily walk! take time to notice the details of your landscape.
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there is nothing like seeing a great handbag in action.
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plastics are our future. how can you resist plastic? it is so shiny and pleasing. I have a penchant for plastics.
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chronicling my quest for the one true
Greek Cup
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have you ever noticed the similarity between nyc fire call boxes and benevolent Kannon, goddess of mercy?
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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!
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who says there are no more 'new ideas' in art and design? the newness is in the juxtaposition.
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this is how I really get things done. with my little green co-worker/task-master.
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my clothing & accessories design
east-meets-west minimalism

my site

the look
dressy utilitarian

my concept
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

Luckymag.com Feature

in the blog press
midtown lunch
the girl who ate everything
queens eats
(into) the fray
funky finds
style document
gowanus lounge
far too cute
ethereal bliss
couture in the city
independent luxe
decor 8
funky finds
urban socialite
lady licorice
high fashion girl

more press...

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

particular loves
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 interest
Domino, Elle Decor (British), ARTnews, Art in America, Wallpaper

favorite heel style
the wedge, but a sleek modern interpretation

second favorite
the stiletto

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.





panel discussion: accessorizing the future

[Many] thanks to a fashion friend of mine, I have been turned back on to the endless great fashion industry nuggets and tid-bits in WWD, the daily newspaper, not the monthly glossy. I can't get the information into my head fast enough. I had subscribed a few times over the years to WWD; and now the timing could not be better for me to start reading in-depth again.

When I subscribed in the past, I did not have a blog. And I did not write for Zoozoom. Or free-lance for marketing and research firms, translating industry trends and writing market research reports for international companies. But now I do (yes I have been busy lately expanding my focus from making designs to writing about design and larger trends); and so the time is right to dip back in to the pages of WWD and devour all of the great information. And why not share some of the interesting tid-bits that catch my eye with you, kind readers of this blog, on a more regular basis?

If you have your copy of WWD handy, please direct your eye to page 15 for Monday, August 13, 2007, to the article entitled, "Panel Examines Future of Accessories" by Caroline Tell. If you don't have your WWD, no matter. I will tell you a bit about Tell's article. A panel discussion was held Tuedsay at the Time & Life Building entitled "Accessorizing the Future," featuring the curator of the Department of Architecture and Design at MOMA, Paola Antonelli (that an architecture expert from a museum was involved with accessories naturally appealed to me), founder and designer of the branding firm Fuseproject, Yves Behar (and now I must investigate what Fuseproject does, because that sounds very interesting to me), Samosonite's global director of marketing and communications, Richard Brett, and Luxottica vice president of product development, Paula Donnelly.

The panel was about "the new dynamics of the accessories market, ranging from sustainability and technology to new methods of individuality." Anya Hindmarch's I'm NOT A Plastic bag was discussed by Samsonite's Richard Brett as "a consumer need rather than a simple gimmick" and "a real zeitgiest of the moment" that succeeded because it was "tied to a bigger movement."

To me, the sustainabilty/eco movement is a most interesting one, in terms of how it is being marketed and sold to the public, and how the public is turning the issue around in their own minds. To be sure, the sustainability/eco movement is shaping how we currently think, even if we are not aware of how it is seeping into our consciousness. That which interests me is how the eco message is being spread: not as much through the expected political activist channels, but through corporate purveyors of luxury who are using product placement, including 'green' luxury goods (from bamboo fibers in high-priced clothing on up to 'socially responsible diamonds'), 'sustainable' architecture (luxury condos, high profile office buildings a la Bryant Park's new Bank of America building and waterfront developments a la Battery Park), and upscale parties and benefits where you can be seen talking the fashionable eco-talk with the upper echelons of purchasing society.

Don't get me wrong. I am just observing what is happening in our world right now, not complaining. I am very interested in all of it. I must further investigate Fuseproject.

The discussion at the "Accessorizing the Future" panel also touched on "the 'individualist' movement in accessories where consumers have opportunities to custom-make everything from their eyeglasses to their bags." As Tell reported, panelists agreed that "today's customer feels the need to make a statement with accessories, and that being able to make one often defines true luxury." Brett added that it was "about having an emotional relationship with a product that reflects one's individuality. And it's very in tune with how luxury is evolving."

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Blogger Megan said...

In the past couple of months, there have been many articles/features on eco-fashion in fashion magazines, nevermind the usual April (Earth Day) issues. Perhaps, the more articles (recycle those magazines!) there are, the more consumers will realize that we're slowly breaking our natural resources down. However, we're going to need more than one small section of H&M stores devoted to selling organic cotton clothing and more than one hot designer using bamboo material to completely change our ways. The "I'm Not a Plastic Bag" trend may have opened a few eyes, but because of its limited availability, I think that hungry eBayers benefited most. Enviornmentally-friendly clothing/accessories needs to be sold everywhere and available to everyone--no limited editions or tiny sections of stores. Everyone must work together!

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