As China enjoys a period of rampant industrialization on an unprecedented scale, lowly paid factory workers are churning out mass produced textiles behind the scenes to meet the global demand. Contrast this with Chinese “anti-designer” Ma Ke, who detests assembly lines and opts for design on her own terms — which includes unique methods such as “burying the clothes in dirt to allow nature and time to (add) the finishing touches”.
Worlds away from the factory workers of Guangdong, Ma Ke employs artisans who hand loom all her sustainable materials in sunny studios. A pioneer of sustainability, Ma Ke’s designs truly reflect the seasons — from the flowing asymmetrical jersey dresses of spring/summer and the layered knits of fall to the structured jackets and coats of winter.
What’s ratcheting up more celebrity column inches than all of Brit’s Starbucks visits combined? Gypsy 05. No, this isn’t North America’s answer to Shakira — it’s the Hollywood-based high-end T-shirt line that’s stylish, organic and on the backs of Tinseltown’s hottest celebrities. From Hayden to Halle, Tori to Teri, Angelina, Kristen to Christina, A-listers can’t get enough of brother and sister duo Osi & Doten Shoham’s, gorgeous fabrics and drool-worthy designs.
The name of world famous French designer Philippe Starck first entered my lexicon back in 1999. I had just set foot inside the newly opened Starck-Schrager boutique hotel, St Martins Lane, and I was smitten. A combination of modern, baroque, minimalism, wit and irony, it was a design like I’d never seen before. Next came the lavishly luxurious Sanderson, which is best described as a “surreal Cocteau-like dreamworld”. Stateside, you’d already been spoilt by NYC’s Paramount, Miami’s Delano and LA’s Mondrian — but at that time in London, the Starck influence was epic.
Once on my radar, there was no stopping me. I greedily devoured everything Starck from the ambience of Cafe Costes in Paris and the stunning interiors of the Felix restaurant at the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong to the cult Juicy Salif he designed for Alessi.
39” 19” 33”. No, Pamela Anderson hasn’t had (another) rib taken out. These vital stats belong to another impossibly proportioned buxom blonde: Barbie. The slogan is just one of the straight-forward social messages of the new high-end T-shirt line, Social Atelier.
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Ecoganik is a California-based manufacturer of funky fashions that are as easy on the eyes as they are on the planet. With the youthful energy of design duo Mallary Sante and Genevieve Cruz at its helm, Ecoganik is a sweet, savvy and ethical label with a fabulous future.
We caught up with Mallary, who says the label came about because the owner, David Chau, wanted “to make the world a better place. He wanted something that would stand out amongst other green labels. Something more chic, fashion forward, and stylish.”
Want to wear armadillo? No? How about slip on some raccoon? Or my personal favorite, the beaver? No smirking… I’m talking about your feet. These are all styles of shoes by MINK, with animal names that are clearly tongue-in-cheek.
As a matter of fact, MINK’s custom designed “G” Shoe Line shuns leather and animal products all together, without sacrificing creativity or style.
Polish born actress Dominika Wolski is the new face of ethical jewelry line Froote. With her lean physique and penchant for sports, the 28-year-old actress is often compared to Cameron Diaz and Uma Thurman. And she’s not a bad actress either. Wolski has been a mainstay of the West Coast Vancouver film scene since her big screen debut in 2001.
Wolski traveled to Mozambique on the request of director Ed Zwick, where she to visited the set of “Blood Diamond”. She later wrote on the Huffington Post, “My own choice to be a ‘face of Froote’ instead of other brands represented how much visiting the set of ‘Blood Diamond’ and learning the history of one aspect of a glamorous icon had influenced me.”
Dominika can be seen in the Canadian series jPod which premieres this month.
Want to know about the sartorial trifecta that’s guaranteed to leave any fashionista pleased as punch? Take a dozen-plus perfect pairs of jeans. Add ridiculous quantities of shoes (so much that you have sneak new pairs into wardrobe). And finally, throw in basics so luxurious you’ll never take them off. With that last point in mind, allow me to introduce you to Australian label Skin and Threads.
Crafted from finest natural and organic fabrics, Skin and Threads’ line of “edgy designer basics” allows women to look and feel beautiful. While traditional types may opt to wear them as is, the more adventurous among us can layer them for a truly fashion-forward aesthetic. Skin and Threads’ Winter 2008 collection provides a dazzling array of desirable, versatile dresses, tops, legging and cardigans in just the right color palette — from muted pastels and grays to electric blue and a splash of fuschia.
Say you lived in Minnesota but had dreams of relocating to the rainforest of Central America — what would you do? Well, if you’re John and Karen Lewis, you’d sell everything you owned, buy a small tract of rainforest in Costa Rica and build an eco-lodge that would enable others to experience nature at its finest.
Set in over 1,000 acres of the region’s “last remaining lowland tropical rainforest”, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the breathtaking Pacific Ocean and backs onto the Corcovado National Park. A conservation program by The Nature Conservancy and Cederena will ensure that this rainforest will be “preserved into perpetuity”.
A friend of mine once told me that you can get away with dressing like a tramp in L.A. as long as you had a nice watch, nice sunglasses and a nice car. Sound advice. Now add to that a nice face — and by nice, I mean young. Looking old in the City of Angels is plain unacceptable. This city is home to countless movies stars, models and celebrities whose very existence revolves around the superficial. They, in turn, are extensively documented in trashy magazines, trashy websites and trashy TV, which puts immense pressure on the rest of us unwitting trash addicts.
I’m outnumbered by the West of Lincoln posse at G Living, and when it comes to commuting – sure, cycling to work beats bumper to bumper traffic. But when it comes to music, being East of Wilton (self-coined, you like?) literally rocks. Silverlake and its surrounds is the epicenter of the L.A. music scene — home to cool bands and artists like Silversun Pickups, Lavender Diamond, not to mention Elliott Smith. East of Wilton is where it’s at to catch a live gig any night of the week. Not to mention the annual Sunset Junction festival.
We were all utterly spoiled by Great Northern’s performance in our kitchen studio this week. I mean, when do you get a slice of Spaceland in your own space? Our private concert consisted of two melodic tracks from their Trading Twilight for Daylight album, “Just A Dream” and “Home”, which is getting massive airplay on KCRW and Indie 103.1 FM.