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Williamsburg Fashion Weekend S/S 2013

20 Sep

An alternative to Manhattan’s Fashion Week, Williamsburg Fashion Weekend now in it’s 11th season continues to propose new designs in fashion and play with how we experience fashion.  From entertaining edgy shows to ready-to-wear collections the evenings were full of surprises.

Eco-conscious and inquisitive, a showcase of dynamic fashion forward designs by up & coming designers which took place September 14 & 15 at Windmill Studios, Brooklyn.  Kicking off at 9pm the crowd gathered outside the unassuming red brick studio on Kent Avenue.  Doors opened at 8pm and on entry there was a tray of complimentary cosmetic & accessory treats as well as a copy of the Williamsburg Fashion Weekend Magazine.

Innovative designers showing over the weekend were, Brittany Erb, Desira Pesta, Geary Marcello, Juanita Cardenas, Marco Santaniello, Marcus Hicks, Mark Tauriello, Uta Brauser, Nathalie Kraynina, Stephanie Hinson, Uta Bekaia, & Melissa Lockwood.

Creative director, Gina Tron sees the show as a way to provide a platform for designers and fashionistas interested in ethical fashion.  Setting itself up as a contrast to the commercial mecca of New York Fashion Week, Williamsburg Fashion Weekend is smarter, edgier, and totally against the disposable fashion trends often advocated elsewhere.

Arthur Arbit, who established the Weekend spent time on the catwalk between shows raising awareness of how the clothes were made and how we consume fashion.  Advocating investment buys, Arbit proposed buying garments according to your own personal style which is well designed & well made which will not be obsolete or fall apart in a year.  For the cash strapped his advice was “go to a thrift store, get a sewing machine and tweak your own clothes. That’s the most creative way to go about it.”

The Weekend came to life with Juanita Cardenas ‘Moon Landing on Candyland’.  A flurry of color that got the show off to an explosive start.  From creating circus performers outfits Candenas went on to become a costume designer for theatre.

Another totally amazing collection was Mark Tauriello’s collection inspired by H.R. Giger’s art direction for the Aliens trilogy.  A collection that focuses on shape and empowering women by presenting them as scary monsters.

“I’m a feminist at heart.  I hate fashion because it victimizes women and makes them look like dumb sexual objects.  I grew up on horror  and in the movies the women are always the victims.  So I like to turn the tables a bit.  You’ll never see me do a photoshoot where the female model is distressed and relying on a man.”

Mark Tauriello

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend Magazine

Mark Tauriello

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend S/S 2013 Part II

20 Sep

Mark Tauriello

Nathalie Kraynina’s Collection is also most definitely noteworthy.  Her S/S 2013 collection is about reinventing black.  The garments are separates that are ready to combined or they can be worn with an existing wardrobe.  Playing with ideas of texture and silhouettes, Kraynina uses very tactile fabrics and these blacks have touches of color that add amazing dimensions to the garments.

My mission is to give women power, confidence, and the means to express and celebrate their individuality and inner beauty. I want to design clothes not only original and stately but also  feminine and gracious.

Nathalie Kraynina

Mission Statement



Nathalie Kraynina

Reinventing Black

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend S/S 2013 Part III

20 Sep

The show that absolutely stole my awe and admiration was  IQTest by Melissa Lockwood, featuring Scary Monster Tees and knit dresses made from salvaged fabrics, the collection was diverse and there was a sense of excitement in the air. Lockwood’s repurposing of garment factory waste was inspiring.  A startling 28 million ton of fabric actually make it to landfills every year. The collection was refreshing in it’s sourcing of materials and the knit dresses were a little magical, alongside the kind of adorable scary monster tees.

The accessories originality of design caught my eye and I was fixated by  MazadiBCoutureAccessories who made the accessories for Lockwood’s show.  It has definitely made me look at how we wear accessories in a whole new way.

IQTEST Melissa Lockwood and MazadiBCoutureAccessories

IQTEST Melissa Lockwood and MazadiBCoutureAccessories

Don’t just take my word for it, these featured designers are definitely worth checking out:






And of course the weekend that made it all possible :

DIY Ring Display Box

12 Oct

I’ve spent the last few weeks making all kinds of jewellery and in the process of it started to puzzle over how it could all be displayed. There are some suggestions online which I interpreted to get the results I wanted. My first display case is one to showcase the rings I’ve been having fun creating. It’s easy to put together just follow my instructions.

What I Used:
1/2 inch Pipe Insulation
12 X 24 cm Box Frame
1/4 metre Black Stretch Velvet (any stretch fabric will do)

Step 1:
Remove the glass, clips and backboard from your frame.

Step 2:
Measure the width at the back of the frame and cut the pipe insulation into 5 of these lenghts.

Step 3:
Wrap the velvet around the pipe to get an idea how wide you need to cut the strips that will cover each tube. Cut the strips.

Step 4:
Fold the strips in half lenghtways so that the velvet is on the inside. Sew a straight seam along the edge and turn inside out so that you have a tube of velvet.

Step 5:
Feed the pipe insulation lenghts you have cut into the sewn velvet tubes. Tidy up the velvet edges at the ends of the tube by sewing and trimming neatly.

Step 6:
Place the covered insulation tubes into the frame et voila.

BurdaStyle DIY Fashion Show held in Austin

25 May

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If there are two things I talk about a lot they are the wonderful BurdaStyle website where inspiration for sewing projects abound, and Austin, Texas where I had the best time being wide-eyed in the tantalising vintage shops.  Well this year BurdaStyle’s DIY Fashion Show teamed up with none other than Austin’s summer Fest. SXSW.  The show is the combined effort of handmade wonderland http://www.Etsy.com and BurdaStyle and showed creations submitted to the annual competition hosted by the sewing website every year.

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