Dawn Okoro Exhibit Opening

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Ethereal: Andersen & Lauth S/S 10

Sometimes a good ol’ google search yields wonderful results. That’s exactly how I was introduced to one of my new favorite  lines Andersen & Lauth! Based in Reykjavik, can you believe as a child I always wanted to go to Norway & Iceland? I digress with randomness, excuse me. Established in 1934 by tailors Andersen & Lauth, the brand continues to maintain the skillful craftmanship that it was founded on.  For S/S 10 head designers Gunni & Kolla drew inspiration from a book they discovered by the late Jackie Kennedy chronicling her summer travels throughout Europe in the sixties alongside her sister Lee. Aptly titled One Special Summer, the collection can be described as                        eclectic,bohemian,vintage-inspired but still embodying current elements.

Although I wasn’t captivated  by every piece in the collection, it was cohesive enough with just a bit of variation that was fitting. Making of a Season is the blog created by the Andersen & Lauth designers to give an insider’s view of what it entails to produce a collection from beginning to end. Hand beading, dying, washing, sketching are parts of the process for their vintage-inpisred S/S10 collection. Most of the collection is handmade and  resemblant of authentic vintage garments. It takes us 60 days, 540 hours to sketch the 500 sketches needed to wrap it up. On top of it you have the research, the thinking, the speck sheets and tech packs,the NOT sleeping and all the footwork needed. It´s worth it. The company goes by a mantra We love What We Do, and after viewing the blog & video short of the collection you will discover that this is genuinely a true statement. To view the entire collection visit www.andersenlauth.com and don’t forget to check out the video short of the collection shoot!

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Artist Alert: Q & A With Chris Hobe

Q: Do you have any formal training? At what age did you decide to pursue a career in art & did your upbringing nurture or play a role in your decision?

A: No formal training, I majored in Art my first year in college but my teachers were not into the style of my work urban/street influenced by Graf. I started my career in art when I was 28 I wanted more from my life and did not want to depend on a company for a pay check when I could be out selling my work on my own and creating non-stop. My parents are both artist by nature and they showed me that anything is possible when you utilize your talent and passion for your work.

Q: What do you find most challenging as an emerging artist?

A:The most challenging aspect of being an artist is the fact that you get knocked down a lot and it is how you get back up and continue to do what you love that makes you an artist. Anyone can create a piece of art but an artist is someone who creates and makes people believe in his or her work.

Q: Describe a typical painting session with Chris Hobe?

A: A typical session starting @ 9pm-2am is music playing @ all times LOUD (classic rock, reggae/dub, hip hop, funk) incense burning, paint all over the place (clothes and everything), no boarders or boundaries, my garage/studio is covered from wall to wall with paint cans and art. Never standing still at any point in time always moving feeling the music as my inspiration that fuels the passion and soul in each piece. Sometimes I will get up the morning after a serious session and not even realize the piece that I did the night before!

Q: Are there any newer or past artists that you admire or are inspired by?

A: Artist that influence me are my Mother and Father, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollack, Van Gogh, Goya, Futura, Shepard Fairy, Bansky, and Kaws.

Q: What do you want people to perceive when they look at your work?

A: I want people to feel the passion and soul that is put into my work. Each piece adds to ones soul. You can look at any of my pieces and it will enlighten you and put a smile on your face.

Visit the  Artistic Revolutionary blog to view more of Chris’s work or drop him an email at souloriginals78 [at] yahoo.com for any inquiries!

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Photo of the Week

Quan Mai aka GENETICBOI is my new muse! I’m totally enthralled with his creative genius. He’s a model, graphic designer, art director & photographer. He does it all, the shoot above inspired partly by Givenchy’s A/W 09 collection is just a snippet of his work. And yes homeboy made that headpiece! You can view his complete port HERE! I’ve got my eye on Mr. Mai!

*Edit* Please check out Mr. Mai’s wonderful blog as well, I just discovered it via his lovely comment :)!

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Wejetset City Notes: Philly Is Where I Am From

Philly is what 2 hrs. from NYC, yet surprisingly I’ve never taken the time to explore the wonderful city. But thanks to Taj over at Wejetset, when I do I’ll be well equipped with their current issue of City Notes. City Notes is basically a travel guide curated by a professional creative from the respective city.  Joey Sweeney writer/creator of Philebrity, is our tour guide this time around. He recommends all the best eatery’s, sights, places to stay and a few other must have stops while your in Philly. I’ve created a box that stashes all of  my city notes issues for all the excursions I plan on taking when it warms up a bit :).  And I think its beyond sweet that city notes are FREE, all you have to do is drop an email with your mailing addy to citynotes (at) wejetset.com and they’ll send you a copy. Be sure to browse the extensive Wejetset travel site while you’re visiting, I’m sure you’ll discover a bit of newness!

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Make Me Wanna Buy It: Good As Gold New Zealand

www.goodasgold.co.nz

This is a great look book by New Zealand based shop Good As Gold. Recycling boxes as props for a shoot, it works for me! Good As Gold stocks some of my fav. brands like Deadly Ponies, Make Believe(MUST HAVE), & Alice Mccall to name a few. Great styling, mixing colorful prints without overdoing it and still giving you some classic looks to choose from. I feel like I need to book a flight to New Zealand ASAP! Oh & of course they have an ill selection of Nike’s that you can always find overseas but never here in the states, how does that work out? Browse more from the  look book & shop HERE!

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Fresh N Fierce: Garderob

www.garderob.biz

NN: Hello ladies! Can you please introduce yourselves and  give us a brief background on your line Garderob

G: Hi Ebony! Garderob are Daniela Ivanova, Jivka Dacheva and Lyubomira Aleksieva. The brand was created in 2006, after starting as a student project. The first collections were shown not only in Bulgaria but also in expos in Vienna, Austria. Soon after we started to work with several shops there. All of our clothes are produced entirely in Bulgaria.

NN: You launched Garderob in 06, how have your designs and aesthetic evolved since then?

G: It is very important today to be flexible and to stay adequate to every happening change around us. Garderob style is described as discreet and elegant with clever detailing. Simple sophistication is acheived with light, flowing fabrics, drapery and clean silhouettes. Emphasis is placed on high quality and on a timeless independence of seasonally changing trends. We really focus our attention on these things every time and still keep them as our main principles.


NN: Do you ever find it challenging to compromise when designing since there are three of you?

G: Of course compromising is always a part of the process, but it is good that we are three because it means more ideas and ways to make them real and finished.

NN: Describe the type of woman you design for?

G: Sophisticated working woman who feels comfortable with herself.

NN: As emerging designers in Bulgaria, what types of challenges do you face? Give us an idea of your journey since graduating from The National Academy of Arts in Sofia to now producing your latest collection?

G: As a whole we face a lot of challenges. Taking  in to account that our country is one of the least developed in Europe, it is very difficult to start your own business and to be successful at it. Also people here in Bulgaria are still not open to embracing clothes made by young designers. We are developing, researching and making a name for ourselves at the moment. Definitely challenging but we are eager to see the end results.

NN: I think as an American I tend to believe that all fashion designers abroad ultimately are striving to have some sort of US presence with their line. How important if any is it to you as Bulgarian designers to break into the US market?

G: It would be great if we were able to sell our clothes in shops in the United States. It would be a challenge to make efforts selling our line in a new place, but I’m curious to know if it would work :)!


NN: What are some  misconceptions that people may have of fashion in Bulgaria and what would we be surprised to know?

G: For sure foreigners that are interested in fashion don’t know a lot about BG fashion. But the good news is there are alot of new names coming and wanting to show their work in different world export and competitions, making the first steps!

NN: You are also stylists for some of the top fashion magazines in Bulgaria. Does your styling work influence your design work and if so how?

G: Not that much. But working with clothes from really famous brands in fact show us how good quality clothes must be made- with really, really, really good quality and a great idea!

NN: How important do you think it is to utilize the internet in correlation to your work?

G:  Very important it connects us with more people.

NN: And finally, a fun fact about each other?

G: Well to tell you the truth I can’t remember so many funny facts. Several years ago we took part in one Vienna expo but didn’t know that we would have nothing, no clothes hangers, no decoration, no mirrors, we were supposed to provide everything. We didn’t have a car to travel from BG, so we weren’t able to bring everything. We ended up decorating our area with several things we found around like cartoons making tables from them,cutting big paper birds and sticking them on the walls and other things from paper. In the end the expo was a huge success for us :)!

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Bloggers Day of Action for Haiti

Today is an amazing day in the blogosphere! Despite the massive turmoil Haiti is currently enduring, we the rest of humanity are required to assist & lift the people of Haiti up during this time. The wonderful & talented Jeanine of Aphrochic has spearheaded a movement for bloggers. Today I am a part of 14 other bloggers that have made the choice to dedicate this day to raise awareness & educate our readers about the resilient country of Haiti.

I struggled with how I wanted to present this post, and whether I wanted to give my readers a true depiction of Haiti or mask the truth & prioritize peoples feelings or reactions. Then I remembered the truth is the only way that you can be liberated PERIOD. We live our lives day-to-day selfishly not thinking an ounce of how our brothers & sisters around the world live. Haiti has an amazingly rich history, being the first post-colonial independent black nation due to a triumphant revolt of slaves. That fact alone helps you to understand the depth & strength of the Haitian people.

Knowledge is power, &  in turn power evokes human consciousness. As I was looking for a few pictures that would accurately show the day-to-day lives of most Haitians I came across Jan Sochor’s site. Jan did a wonderful audio photo essay of Haiti entitled hunger & rage. You can view the slide show below by clicking on the link, be sure to click on the caption button to learn more in-depth facts about Haiti.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW SLIDE SHOW!!!!

Know that you are empowered with knowledge, its time for ACTION! There are many organizations & groups that you can give to, but I would like to introduce you to a org I will be donating to. Wine to Water is a org I found out about while covering an event for She Breathes. I was able to meet founder Doc Hendley & his wife and had an extensive conversation with him about the work he is doing. Wine to water provides clean water to people all over the globe. Doc a bartender, had the desire & started a non-profit. Simple as that, now he has provided clean water to people in India,Ethiopia, Sudan & many other countries. If you’re interested in donating towards their efforts in Haiti, visit their site & click on HAITI EMERGENCY FUND banner! Also be sure to visit Aphrochic’s blog to see all the other bloggers that are participating in this great effort for Haiti!

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Oliver Goldsmith Vintage

Lately I’ve really been into glasses/shades, I love every piece of eyewear Karen Walker makes. But I think Oliver Goldsmith Vintage frames have won me over. Hailing from England, the Goldsmith family/company have been in business since 1926 & are the pioneers of merging fashion & eyewear. Initially limited to materials like tortoise-shell(which I love) and bulky metal, the company gradually evolved offering handmade specs in various styles for fashion notables like Dior & Givenchy. Goldsmith Vintage frames are a testament to the ever popular saying, theres nothing new under the sun. I’m sure many of the recent “eyewear” designers can take a note or two. Amazingly you can still browse their vintage archive & have a pair custom made. Here are a few of my favs!

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Photo of the Week

(found via Chanelva Maclean)

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