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I just came across this awesome Aussie designer, Karla Spetic. Her Autumn/Winter 2010 collection is titled "Dreamer" and I think it's a perfect name for the mute, pastel palate (though punctuated with exciting bits of bold orange). My favorite pieces of the collection are the suit and pants combo with illustrations by local artist Caitlin Shearer for a truly unique pattern (see above). It looks like, for now, all her stuff is Down Under. Let's hope her pieces become more widely available. Stateside, stat!!

Happy spring, by the way! (Well, it feels like it now.)
I was so inspired by the looks from last Friday's Fashion Playlist that I decided to make a style board of some of my favorite floral/pastel items from Threads and Shreds, and beyond! What are some of your picks for Spring?

1. Flower Power Blazer - $34.99 (Threads and Shreds)
2. Powder Blue Kitten Heels - $19.99 (Threads and Shreds)
3. Powder Blue Lace Fold-over Purse - $14.99 (Threads and Shreds)
4. Work to the Bow-ne Ring - $11.99 (ModCloth)
5. Printed Lace Floral Tights - $30.00 (Top Shop)
Pastels, florals, and everything spring-like that can drive away the horrible snow outside is everything I need to get my through this terrible time. Just makes me want to dream about picnics in Central Park, strolling along the UWS eating a Shake Shack burger, and taking in some free concerts. But while I wait, here's some light-colored eye-candy to inspire you for when it is actually warm enough to wear such things.

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1. Once in a While
2. Petit Cafe
3. One of those days (looking warm while rocking the pastels, love it!)
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The Brachfeld Gallery in Paris has made a series of limited edition fashion tour t-shirts. Designed by SANDBERG&TIMONEN, these shirts are particularly reflexive of the state of fashion right now - with the proliferation of fashion blogs and our growing fixation with which celebrity is wearing what designer, we have elevated the role of designer from behind-the-scenes genius to some sort of rock star, cult following and all. Featured designers include Christopher Kane, Marc Jacobs, Viktor & Rolf, Miuccia Prada, Karl Lagerfeld and more. These babies set you back 50€, but they were made for a good cause: all proceeds will benefit Medecins Sans Fronti√©res and their efforts in Haiti. Hurry, though! The sale ends this Sunday the 28th. More information here.

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Hot damn, it's London Fashion Week already! British designer Hannah Marshall just showed her collection of lush velvets and essential body con numbers. Those cut outs are ingenious, especially the velvet mini dress with those garter-like strips. I had the pleasure of being introduced to Marshall during a concert a while back, which ensued in a hilarious photo of me, our mutual friend and her because I was wearing a bold yellow print dress and everything else in the photo was goth as fuck. Not that it's a bad thing! What's up with my latest gravitation towards goth? Anyway, see more of her stunning collection here.
You can always leave it to Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough to shake things up at NY Fashion Week. Those mini-dresses with collar and tie are to die for. Those flirty patterned dresses with the cutouts at the sides are kinda amazing. But most of all, I love those high-waist acid punk printed jeans (a collaborative effort with denim masters J Brand)! The New York Times called these looks "vigorously sexy" yet reflexive of the big trend of the moment: modesty. Whatever. I just know that Proenza Schouler is dead on target season after brilliant season. More at Style.com. Also, I still want these booties so badly.
Love Brigade holds a particular place in my heart because I have watched them from their first season with their medieval-rock inspired clothes to their newest collection full of bright blues and completely wearable designs. True to their haunts in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (and much like us at Threads and Shreds) they find inspiration in music and bring it to the forefront with their fashion. (Special shout out to their Justice is Love Brigade and MJ One Glove tee!) And lucky for me the avid online shopper, Love Brigade recently opened up their own online store! Check them out here. And for the fellas, they've got some cool threads for you too.
Sleepwalking. Mexican bordertowns. Melted candle wax. A southwestern road trip. The Mulleavy Sisters of Rodarte managed to weave these ideas and images into their entrancing new collection. Their vision for Fall 2010 comprised of various pieces of knitwear, pops of floral patterns, and their signature crisscrossed swaths of silks. The highlight of the show, however, were the four haunting gowns - call it "ghostly bridal" - at the conclusion of the show. Against a backdrop of flickering candles, the models wearing the aforementioned gowns stood motionless by front of the walkway, waiting for the final walk. The stage lights dimmed and black lights flickered on, transforming those white bridal gowns into otherworldly apparitions. Not only do Kate and Laura Mulleavy know how to tailor gorgeous pieces of art -- they know how to produce lasting images that haunt and inspire. Watch the runway show and an interview with the designers at SHOWstudio and check out the entire collection at Style.com.
Last night, Marc Jacobs showed his Fall 2010 collection at the Armory. His show is undoubtedly one of the main highlights of New York Fashion Week - we look for the drama, the cohesive vision, the spectacular. This season seems a bit "safe" at first, but perhaps the tried-and-true feminine shapes and pastel palette are fitting for these times, when everyone wants to invest in key, lasting pieces rather than fast fashion looks. But there is something very refreshing about the demure hemlines and flats paired with ankle socks, considering the ubiquity of the tough chick look (see below).

Anyway, the first few looks - the demureness of it all? - reminded me of an English romance I've been aching to see: Bright Star. (Totally the wrong time period, I know.) Something about the palette and silhouettes of this collection that brings to mind the fields of bluebonnets. See the entire collection on Style.com.
For those of you living under an unfashionable rock, it is Fashion Week in New York City right now. The final season at Bryant Park! Bouncing off my previous "glam, goth, grunge" post (thank you Andrew for that tweet!), here are my favorite looks from Altuzarra's brilliant Fall 2010. I first heard of the hubbub surrounding this collection when my pal Colleen, a blogger extraordinaire who's romping around tents and studios this week, tweeted about the collection. Those knee-high lace-up boots are to die for! That Dracula-esque collar! Those buckle details! I need that swing coat! If you were wondering, that's some artwork from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland in the background. Fitting mood, right? See the entire collection at Style.com.
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I've been listening to She&Him a lot lately (mostly because of my renewed love for Zooey Deschanel after watching 500 Days of Summer) and this is what I imagine the songs would look like if they were clothes. Plus, Valentine's Day is coming up! Get inspired by these flirty, romantic looks. In the meantime enjoy some tunes.

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There's been a bit of a rumble about H&M and their supposedly not-so-organic line of "organic clothing." Sure, if you care to wear 100% organic, being fooled into thinking partially modified material is the good stuff is a crap move. Then I came across Fashionista's recounting of the story which spilled into a little op-ed piece extolling how very unsustainable "the bigger picture" is. Namely, the fuel used in shipping materials from place to place during production and then during shipment to H&M's worldwide stores. So, the article concludes, "if you’re that committed to wearing sustainable fashion, you should be buying items that are produced locally with locally-grown materials." Even designers are saying you should buy locally.

So what if you don't live in New York City? Or LA?

And what if you're that small business and there's demand outside of the confines of your brick-and-mortar store? Do you just ignore the promise of a bigger customer base and shun those who don't have the money to make the pilgrimage (which btw would also cost "gas guzzling fuel" unless you walked it or had a purely electric car). I mean, shuttling around your goods from boutique to boutique is a smaller-scaled version of what big chains do no?

Point is, "buying locally" is great and all, but to me it's just not realistic unless you live in a big fashion metropolis or there's a fuel-free alternative to shipping.

What do you think? How important is purely sustainable fashion? More importantly, how realistic do you think it is?

"It's like the triple G's: Glam, goth, grunge. Like, what I'm wearing has the power to completely entrance you." I have to thank my pal Jamie for turning me to my favorite new reality T.V. show, Bravo's Kell on Earth, which follows fashion PR firm People's Revolution and its leader Kelly Cutrone. But for all I care, the show can simply follow Cutrone's assistant Andrew Mukamal around. He is the best part of the show. He said that quote above in regards to one of his fashion week oufits: a floor-length sequined gown paired with a flannel shirt, dark boots, and an artillery of silver hardware accessories. Also noteworthy in this post: Kate Lanphear, style director at Elle, with her signature platinum bob and coveted collection of studded and shiny accessories. Anyway, these two are now prominently pinned to my mental mood board, prompting me to build my own mass of threatening accessories. See you on the dark side...! (OMG I just realized this show is ON tonight!)

Looks (left to right):
1. Barcelona Fashion Week (Lookbook.Nu)
2. Kate Lanphear (Streetpeeper)
3. BARCELONE - davinia (Facehunter)
4. Andrew Mukamal (Streetpeeper, kinda old)

Some music. Oldies but goodies to go with this glam-goth-grunge feeling.


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I was flipping through a copy of Bust magazine when I saw one of the models in a spread workin' a vintage watch face necklace. I'd never heard of Thea Grant but I went to her website and fell in love. Looking through her collections made me feel like a child at a candy store. I spent almost an hour picking out which items to showcase in the above jpeg. I keep going back and deciding I like something else better but then changing my mind yet again. Bascially, I LOVE EVERYTHING!!! For store locations, click here.

I was browsing Forever 21's jewelry section the other day and found a couple of things that reminded me of Thea Grant's stuff. Check it out:

Full disclosure: those YSL rings are the only reason I'm making this post. The chunky artsy rings first came into my life maybe a year ago, but they were sold out by the time I decided to take the plunge and splurge. Now they're back in stores and back on my consciousness. Why?! Why do this to me? I will be broke. (But baroque!) Oh yeah, I found some comparably awesome baubles, but YSL really hits the spot with these rings.

(Clockwise from top left)
Yves Saint Laurent Artsy Dots Ring
Alexis Bittar Crystal Cocktail Ring
Yves Saint Laurent Arty Ovale Ring
Made Her Think Talon Knuckle Buster Classic
Forever 21 Beaded Beholder Ring

In the words of the incomparable Lady Gaga: "Ice cream topped with honey / But we got no money."
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Yay for redheads! I just love how it pops against the black, and I take comfort in knowing at least one Asian can pull it off without looking like an anime character (GMH). Of course I picked these not just for the hair, but for the fashion. Nice mixes of feminine dress with blazers and leather, or in one case lace with a bold striped skirt. Some shopping for your inspiration: 1 2 3

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Like history, fashion tends to repeat itself. I remember a few years ago thinking "The '90s will never make a come back," but lo and behold we've now got everyone substituting pants with leggings (including myself because they are just so comfy!). Above are some of the fashion trends from the last couple of decades that I enjoy: '60s mod, '70s high waisted bell bottoms, '80s poofy dress with bold prints, and what I like to call "flannel chic" (Mary-Kate Olsen does it so well) from the 1990s.

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Yoyo Pan and Michelle Wu have created one of the most sculptural and intricate pieces of art for their footwear label Heavy Machine. Between the two, the design duo boast degrees from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Polimoda in Florence, and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology from down under, and that makes perfect sense because it takes some crazy geniuses to conjure up shoes like these. Pan and Wu, now located in Taiwan, have already garnered some buzz in the fashion blogosphere, with adulation from U.K.'s Susie Bubble, Elle Taiwan and more. I'm smitten!
Check out their latest look book at their website and become a Facebook Fan here.

Oh Lily Allen how I love you. I followed you from your days on Youtube to seeing you play in Coachella 07 when I popped my music festival cherry. But I wish you would take off the cougar lingerie and put on some proper clothes (and pants). I'll even give up my "leggings are NOT pants" rule for you.
Yesterday was the 16th Screen Actors Guild Awards, and like any awards show, there was great fashion on the red carpets.
#1 Michelle Monaghan - I love this Calvin Klein beaded gown so much because of the sleekness, silhouette, and the subtle reference (in my mind) to the cover art of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures.
#2 Drew Barrymore - Dear Drew can look plain batshit crazy on the red carpet, but she keeps it sweet and darling in this tiered Monique Lhuillier confection.
#3 Diane Kruger - This is perfection. She wins back major fashion points after that Golden Globes magenta mess of Christian Lacroix. However, Diane is missing one important accessory here: her boy Joshua Jackson.
#4 Anna Paquin - Walk, walk, fashion baby in Alexander McQueen! (Speaking of McQueen, I am seeing GaGa tonight!)
#5 Meryl Streep - She took a chance in this printed frock, and it pays off. Stunning.

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As an avid shopper and an obsessive virtual window shopper, it is surprising that I am rather confined to designers on this side of the globe. Call it an irrational fear of pining for something so distant and inaccessible. But when I stumbled upon Barcelona-born Gemma Degara, I couldn't help but start a long-distance romance. Beautiful and infinitely wearable, her clothes exude an effortless cool. Nature prints + lovely draping = I'm sold. And lucky for me, she sell's on Etsy! Check out her past and present collections here.
Frankly, I'm obsessed! There has been an explosion (ha!) of awesome sunglasses in the random mailers sent to my inbox. For now, I'll put on the A. J. Morgan shades I got a while ago from In God We Trust while I pinch some pennies for the goodies above.
1. Karen Walker - Invisibility Sunglasses
2. Alexander Wang for Linda Farrow
3. Alexander Wang for Linda Farrow
4. The Row - Cat Eye Sunglasses

Every year I watch the big award shows not so much to see who brings home the trophy but to oggle at pretty dresses and shiny accessories. I was planning on showcasing my top 5 favorite dresses at this year's Golden Globes but to my dismay I couldn't even find 5 dresses that I liked enough to put forth my photoshopping efforts. Seriously, did everyone call each other up beforehand and planned to wear ugly shit? So here I am playing fashion police and giving you, in my humble opinion, the top 5 worst dresses at last Sunday's Golden Globes.


#5. Jennifer Morrison wears a deli meat dress by designer Luis Antonio.
#4. Leona Lewis in a gown by Roberto Cavalli looking like she's about to crash a high school prom held in a dimly lit gym.
#3. Sofia Vergara wearing Carolina Herrera... or a long window curtain.
#2. Tina Fey looks a bit ridiculous in this Zac Posen tea party dress. DEAL BREAKER, LIZ LEMON!!!
#1. Julianne Moore, did you make this dress yourself? Just, wtf.


Here's hoping for something a little less fug at the Oscars.

Why hello there! We took a little vacation, but we're now back in full force for the new year! These vintage leopard print Salvatore Ferragamo kicks inaugurate our Item of the Week promotion. For this week only (1/17 - 1/23), if you purchase this item on our Etsy and message us with the code "Item of the Week," you get 20% off! Check back here often (and follow us on Twitter!) for our latest posts and first dibs on the deals at the revamped Threads & Shreds shop.

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