i was really glad today to see that the concept of buying from independent clothing and jewelry designers was written about in the reputable WSJ today. the article talks about how the big luxury brand names aren’t as fashionable as they where a couple years ago. people are now looking for authenticity and a connection to what they purchase. please read the article, Crafts, Clothes and Clout and pass on the indie support!
like every year, this summer is full of fun new trends, but there are also trends from last summer that are still cool this year. here are tips from celebs on what works this year for summer fashion. which new and old trends are you liking?
what works this year that you wore last summer:
tie dye (on kate bosworth)
maxi dresses (on nicole richie)
jean jacket (on jessica biel)
what’s new this summer:
digital prints (on lea michele)
sheer (on vanessa hudgens)
sequined skirts (on selena gomez)
i’m adding a new feature to this site - indie favs – featuring indie artists, bands, photographers, etc. i’ll start off with what i like, but please share your indie favorites with me so i can share with others. i’m all about showing support to talented people!
today i’m sharing 2 indie-ish bands that i’m loving right now. the first is broken bells – a mix of producer danger mouse (who also worked on albums by the gorillaz and gnarls barkley) and the lead singer from the shins. i’m obsessed with the whole album!
the second band is the temper trap. you might recognize their song “sweet disposition” from the (500) days of summer soundtrack. so good!
yay! the clothing menu featured indie designer Norwegian Wood is no longer just an amazing accessories designer, but is now an incredible accessories and clothing designer! Norwegian Wood just launched a spring/summer collection of clothes full of fun prints to complement it’s original jewelry. your wardrobe will not be boring if you add one of these pieces to it!
new pieces are still being added this month, so check the Norwegian Wood shop often!
the june issue of N.E.E.T. magazine just came out! here are my 2 favorite parts of this month’s issue:
1) this spread featuring “the summer top 10″ – 10 great pieces that all work together from dress to hat to necklace all from independent designers around the world.
2) this article about Australian shoe designers, tHe Horse. it’s tough finding independent shoe designers, so i was excited to learn about this collection. they also remind me of sienna miller and jude law’s shoes from their recent outing. yes? no?
lucky for us, denim is big this summer. bigger than jeans and jean skirts, denim is showing up in all forms – dresses, bags, denim on denim, colored denim, and the list goes on. for more on how to wear denim, please read denim: the trend of the season and if you want to add some denim to your wardrobe, buy one of these pieces from some great independent designers:
100% vegan denim bag by Pansy Maiden
cotton denim dress by Dainty June
one shoulder woven twill denim shirt by daal
chambray denim romper by Dear Creatures
i love this partnership! swedish indie fashion label, dreamandawake, has created 40 dresses to help raise awareness and funding for the red cross. the dresses were produced locally in sweden, sewn together by red cross tailors, and 100% of profits are going to the red cross organization. read more about the red cross collection from dreamandawake and buy clothes from the red cross collection for a good cause!
i’m not sure why it has taken me so long to put the indie spotlight on one of my favorite indie clothing designers, Every Little Counts, but i guess it’s never too late, right? Every Little Counts is a line of tee shirts inspired by romance and love. every season, a new collection with new love-themed graphic print tees are released and this spring/summer season is “a girl in love.” check out the collection and my interview with co-founder/designer, amy.
How did you get started creating your clothing line?
Well, I had gone to school for fashion and I had been working in the industry for quite a few years. So about 3 years ago, when the company I was working for closed, I decided to give it a go on my own. It was what I had always wanted to do anyway. It just felt like the right time.
What three words would you use to describe your current collection?
dreamy, romantic, smart
What do you think makes your designs different?
Well, we are always romantic and nostalgic, while often dreamy or funny, or even snarky, and we hope a little bit cool and edgy at the same time. As well, we really try to develop a personal connection with our customers. To that end, we agonize over every detail of each style- from the graphic, the typography, the colors, the placement, and the overall style, as well as the packaging and presentation. Each of our pieces is coming from a very emotional and sentimental place, which we hope extends out to our customers.
What do you see in the future for your collection?
I would love to expand- to create a fuller, more realized collection. I would also love to expand into children’s and men’s. But then again, I do have my hands full right now with the line as it is. I can say for sure that there will be more one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces…those are the most fun for me. I just wish I had a model and a make-up artist on hand at all times- that would make my life so much easier!
Why should people buy clothes from an independent designer over a mass-market store?
On one level, independent design is where a lot of the smartest and newest innovation is occurring, and it’s innovation that is closer to street level, closer to what people are actually wearing day-to-day. Your average chain store has too many people to please to ever take a step in a new direction. Independent designers can afford to take risks.
But, on a different level, I think what’s best about independently-made products is that you’re getting something that is made with love and passion, without compromise, and usually the only one slaving over each piece is the designer themselves! There’s often a more personal connection to the work that makes each piece more meaningful.
i can’t get enough of pretty summer dresses. here are 10 cute dresses from indie designers, ranging from $58 to $425. which do you like?
seneca rising – $108
daal – $195
elroy apparel – $88
dreamandawake – 70 euros
parkvogel – $280
mociun – $425
larimeloom – $58
a fortes design – $172
allison wonderland - $184
this afternoon was my cousin’s wedding shower at a beautiful hall/building at a college campus overlooking the ocean. she’s the first wedding in our family, so everyone is excited for it and of course happy for her and her soon to be hubbie!
when i came home after the shower, i was sorting through my closet and pulled out the dress i bought a few months ago that i’m going to wear to her wedding. have you ever bought something that you just love? you get excited about wearing it and piecing together what shoes and jewelry you’re going to wear with it? that’s how i feel about this dress. i just think it is so pretty. the dress is made by esley, purchased off indie online store, scarfu. (the dress is sold out now, but maybe they’ll restock if you ask). i just love the mix of royal blue and turquoise and cream. and the scalloped bottom in a satiny/silk material. i can’t wait to wear it!
here’s the dress:
and it makes the think of this:
images from weheartit.com