Steven Alan Fall 2012

I woke up early this morning to check out yesterday’s shows from NYFW and I’m already in love with so much! First comes Steven Alan. His collection had a masculine dust-bowl era feel, but also mixed with several more girly pieces and prints. The inspiration: “riffed on thirties-era aesthetics, with an emphasis on worn tailoring and gray and sepia-toned palette straight out of Dorothea Lange. The cited inspiration was Diego Rivera – another icon of the up-with-labor, bread line era” (via is the SAME inspiration my group and I settled on a few days ago for our next design project… which means that I find this entire collection even more inspiring than I normally do (didn’t think that was possible!!).

These are just a few of my favorite looks, check out the rest of the collection here.

(all images via

‘Mazing Madewell

I’ve got some amazing news for those of you out there with a surplus of denim out there, it’s time to trade up! (and for a good cause too!)

(via their blog)

We’ve teamed up with the International Child Art Foundation to create the Madewell Denim Drive, where we’ll take your jeans and put them to creative use. Kids of all ages will be able to use these materials for their many art projects—and in return, you’ll get 20% off your first Madewell jean purchase of the New Year. (Finally, a true win-win.)

My Xmas wishlist this year is still in the works, one item is making a repeat appearance from last year, and that would be Madewell’s highriser jeans. I’m not a denim gal by any means, but these jeans are a definite staple in my closet… I’m actually wearing them right now. I can’t remember life without them. Why are they so amazing?

1: No more muffin top. No need to keep hiking your jeans up every 15 minutes. I don’t care what body type you are, hip huggers are gonna give you some sort of over-hang. Not cute. These jeans are so flattering and comfortable.

2: They don’t stretch out! I swear these babies are magic. I don’t think I’ve ever owned a pair of jeans that have kept their fit between washings like these.

eclipse, saloon, and black frost

(I have the eclipse, but I can’t decide wish of the other two I’d rather have… such a tough choice)

So be sure to do some late – or maybe early – spring cleaning and donate some of your unused denim for a great cause!

Behind the Scenes: Spring/Summer ’11 gr.dano Photo-Shoot!

I helped out with another photo-shoot for gr.dano back in August (yea, I told you this post was a long time coming too). It was the same deal as last time: awesome clothes, awesome hair and makeup, awesome model, awesome awesomeness. I helped out with the outfit changes again, and they even used my necklace in a few shots!

These are a few quick pics I snuck in here and there throughout the day, enjoy!!(That’s my necklace!)

The next two are my favs shots!(my necklace again!)

Isn’t she totally adorable?!?

Check out some of the official shots below and the rest of the collection here. (Seriously, do it!)

The seersucker jacket and shorts on the right are KILLER. I was oogling over them all day… and again right now.

I’m Crafty – Bookbinding Edition.

I’ve been interested in bookbinding pretty seriously since last semester. I wanted to put together a portfolio for my design class, I checked out a few books for the library, but I never got around to learning how to do it because I never had the time above and beyond my regular work. Thanks to a friendly email from Refinery29 a few months back (yea this post is a long time coming… so is the next one I have planned) I learned about a bookbinding class that was happening at a new shop Press: Works on Paper! Obviously I signed up immediately, because I knew I had to jump on the opportunity.

Pressworks is a small shop stuffed full of goodies: stationary, wrapping paper, rare books, quirky desk items, and bookbinding tools (of course). If it’s unique and has to do with books or paper, I’d bet that they have it stocked or can get it for you.

I won’t get into all of the gritty details, but I had a great time! Our teacher Jennie was amazing. She was so friendly and passionate, and really wanted to make sure everyone understood each step. I definitely want to take another class to learn a different method ASAP. In fact they’re actually hosting a class this Saturday that I’m thinking about going to (info here).

I snapped a few iphone pics (sorry for the poor quality!) of the bookbinding process that you can continue to checkout below. If you’re interested in reading more about Press: Works on Paper, the Bold Italic did a really nice write-up on the class and took some killer pics (Me and my hands are in a lot of them [see below], no big deal.)

Honestly, please click on this link for the Bold Italic, hopefully you’ll get as big a kick out of it as I did!

Floating in McQueen.

I just came across this new site, NOWNESS, and it’s pretty enthralling. They describe themselves as:

“… the digital leader in luxury storytelling. Each day, NOWNESS showcases an exclusive premiere of the most inspiring stories influencing contemporary culture and global lifestyle, previewing the latest in fashion, gastronomy, art, film, music, design, travel and sport.

NOWNESS collaborates with the world’s foremost designers, creatives and thinkers in the luxury industry. NOWNESS is an innovative space where ideas, both timeless and timely, are first and foremost.”

You should definitely take some time and check out their site, but first you should watch the video they did about the Spring/Summer 2012 McQueen collection. In it, Cathy Horyn (New York Times fashion critic) chats with Sarah Burton at the label’s Paris atelier about the house’s marine-inspired collection.

I couldn’t figure out how to embed the video here, so (after checking out some of my fav screenshots of the video below) click on over to here and bless your eyes and ears!


Hey Everyone!! Tonight is my school’s NYFW show!! Tune in (via the AAU website) at 5pm Pacific Time (ie 7 CST). It’s gonna be killer. I guarantee it.

Until then you can:

1- Get to know the designers on Fashion School Daily.

2 – Watch the show from last season!

Academy of Art University: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center -September 9, 2011 at 5PM (Pacific Time).

My Ojos Be Peepin’.

While not entirely accurate, this video takes us back in fashion time in an entirely charming and whimsical way!

Saw this earlier today on the glamourai. Note to self: male models apparently can’t dance. :)

My favorite looks from the video (the ruffles on the pink one are KILLER!!)

I have no words for this last one… other than it’s just too good.


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