black sheep heap

Plastic Blows!
Plastic Blows!

Probably one of my favorite things since . . . I don’t know, recycling bins, these great totes from Jen at black sheep heap are perfect for making a statement at the grocery store and hauling around anything. She screenprints a variety of pro-nature designs on bags and tees; I personally love her tree shirts (yup there’s an “r” in there).

Elly Nelly

Outside In Wall graphic
"Outside In" wall graphic

Being an apartment dweller, I’m always looking for something to spice up the drab creme walls that I’m not allowed to paint. Several months ago, I discovered vinyl wall graphics and have since been searching for the perfect ones for my place. These little lovelies from Elaine & Nell at Elly Nelly may just be the winners!

"Fly Away" wall graphic

Diana Brennan

Gnarled
"Gnarled"

I first fell in love with Diana Brennan’s “Gnarled” (above) quite some time ago. The silhouette is just so striking and incredibly beautiful. More recently, she’s been posting photographs from her “Natural History” series, comprised of specimens from a local museum. There’s something slightly disturbing in the fact you can tell they’re not alive, and yet they also look as though they could jump off the page.

Specimen 652
"Specimen 652"

NYC Fashion Week Wrap-up

Oh Fashion Week, how I love thee. Since I’ve been pouring over collection stills for the last couple hours, I figure I might as well share the fashion forecast with you.

Overall, there was an ethereal feeling on the runways this past week with lots of pastels and dimensional draping. Some designers (Calvin Klein) kept it simple and let the form be the focus while others (like Vera Wang) had some sort of embellishment or accessory on every model. Influences were obvious with Michael Kors and Erin Featherston drawing from retro fashion while collections from Anna Sui and Diane Von Furstenberg (love those headbands!) took viewers on a trip around the world.

Overall, spring looks like a bunch of fun and gives me just one more reason to wish we could skip winter!

Seed Clothing

Gabor Dress
Gabor Dress

An awesome indy clothing line out of L.A., Seed Clothing owner Amy creates “art that lives on in our everyday lives.” I love her super-fab dresses and the way she combines fabrics. She agreed to tell us a little more about her background and her business — enjoy!

How did you get started in fashion? I went to study fashion design in New York City at the Fashion Institute of Technology. After graduation I worked for Nanette Lepore, Calvin Klein, Pacific Sunwear and Chaps Ralph Lauren before starting my own line.

Where do you work? I currently work out of my home, but plan to get a studio off-site next year. I don’t have a full time staff, I use freelancers, contractors and part-time design assistants and sewers.

What are your inspirations? Vintage clothing! And fashion designers like Balenciaga, Isabel Toledo, Vivienne Westwood, Pauline Trigere. Fashion Magazines like Nylon and Vogue, Architecture, Interior design, life!

What’s next for seed clothing? Very hi-end mini collections offered at exclusive boutiques and on the internet. The collections will include full length coats, tailored jackets, couture blouses and specialty dresses. And teaching more local classes for lay people!

What else should the world know about you? I’m always striving to challenge myself as a designer but more importantly as an artist and craftsperson.

Purple Mod Dress
Purple Mod Dress