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One day closer to the huge Fashion’s Night Out event and the Center is a bustle. We have freshened the place up and it looks fabulous, a perfect venue for such a prestigious night.  The designers and panelists are preparing their statements and finalizing their products for the a big night of shopping.  Safe to say that everyone is enthusiastic that the night will be a success.

Among the designers present are 4 local female designers who are dedicated to creating timeless clothing pieces for women that can be worn for a lifetime. Each collection has their own unique fingerprint, and trust me you will want a piece from each of them.

Panelist / Designer: Caroline Priebe founded Uluru, a clothing label with a sustainable business model, which created low-impact clothing that was minimal, easy to wear, and flattering.  Caroline’s designs focuses on dramatic silhouettes and detailed stitching whilst using eco-friendly textiles such as alpaca knits, organic cotton and hemp silk. Her signature cashmere dress was the lust of women everywhere and her easy to wear cashmere knits are still a must for the upcoming fall season.  Caroline wants every woman to have an easy go-to outfit that never fails to catch the eye and maintain ultimate comfort.  Uluru was carried in stores such as Barney’s, TrueBlue, Cantaloup, Big Drop, Elegance, etc. all over the U.S.A.  Currently she is with the company Rogan whose clothing also combines “soulful minimalism with traditional quality and craftsmanship”.  Caroline will be speaking on the “slow fashion” panel which begins at 7:00pm.

Designer: Titania Inglis is truly a designer who understands that modern women look for clothing with taste, class, and a really great seam.  After studying under big names Stærk, ThreeAsFour, and Jean Yu she ventured out with her own label, and boy are we happy she did.  Her collections utilize organic material such as Japanese organic cotton and linen dyed with vegetable dyes and leather that has been vegatablely tanned.  Her fall collection dabbled in draping, volume, and angles, which you can view on her website.  Titania will also be appearing on the “slow fashion” panel and selling her designs during the shopping hours.

Panelist / Designer: Shabd Simon-Alexander is the brilliant mind behind the “tie-dye-centric” clothing that has sparked new interest in tie-dye.  She creates limited edition pieces which take the female shape and tie-dye them in patterns that are inspired by the Hubble telescope photos (as shown on the left).  Again, she uses all natural fibers such as organic silks, wools, and cottons and each piece is dyed by hand in her Brooklyn studio.  Her designs have been reviewed by Nylon magazine, the New York Magazine, the NY Times, Daily Candy, Treehugger.com, Time Out NY, the Martha Stewart Show, and Blackbook to name a few.  She is no stranger to fashion and her dyed leggings and tights are on my wish list.  Come see Titania speak on the “slow fashion” panel at 7:00pm Friday then get your tie-dye on at 8:30!

Panelist / Designer: Caitlin Mociun was born the daughter of seafaring Tony Mociun and pedagogical Jillian Mociun, and the sister of quiet Jonah Mociun.  Her dramatic print dresses is what caught my eye first from her Spring/Summer 2010 collection. Each shift dress has an eye-catching pattern uninterrupted in the front and then a careful cutout at the back reveal and unexpected eye-full of skin.  I think it’s great when a piece of clothing looks completely different depending on the angle you look at it.  “Part of my main driving force is about making something different and approaching fashion design in a little different way than it’s been done before. Sustainability is a big issue, and it’s not just about using organic fabric. I’m interested in creating a brand that can start in a small space, using local factories and collaborating with local artists in New York and Brooklyn, but finding a way to grow from that. ” — Interview with stylecaster.com  As you may have guessed already, Caitlin will also be speaking on the “slow fashion” panel, and when the talking is over you can also browse through her amazing selection of clothing and purchase purchase purchase to your heart’s content.

Tune in tomorrow for accessories!

In a world of skimpy skirts, 5 inch high heels, layers of makeup, and some of the lowest cut dresses I have ever seen it is nice to see that some of the ideals of retro clothing is coming back. I have always been a more conservative dresser myself, that value was instilled by my parents my entire life and I am thankful they have.

Television shows such as Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire are in eras where women reveled very little skin and held the air of sophistication and sensuality.  Designers like Alexandra Grecco design using these eras as her influence, and the clothing is must-have.

You can also purchase Grecco’s design on Etsy.com or if you are just looking to browse vintage designs my favorite site would definitely have to be ModCloth.com which has become a go-to shopping site lately.

Even the music goddess, Beyoncé Knowles, is keeping it retro-chic with her music video, “Why Don’t you Love Me.”  Check out those sky-high shoes.  My favorites are those patent red and neon yellow heels she wears when “clipping hedges”.

Movie from http://www.youtube.com

But one of my favorite retro indulgences has to be hats, Dior hats to be specific.  If you want to be the completely envy of women everywhere this fall having one of these hats in your possession will one-up the competition.

I mean honestly, who wouldn’t want to have a red feather concoction on their head?

And of course what blog entry can talk about retro clothes and not talk about retro shoes? Though I could just show pictures of Chanel’s impeccable line of vintage shoes I want to show you a more affordable and easier to access line of shoes by J.Crew.  I love these retro inspired looks for fall.

Men’s knitwear.  A decade ago that phrase would only be used to describe v-neck, button down grey sweaters Grandpas all over the world wore.  (Which I still love to wear to this day.)  Though we have seen many sweater vests, beanies, scarves, sweatshirts, and crew-neck pullover sweaters knitwear has remained pretty bland in my opinion.  Solid colors are made to look interesting with layers, and I can only stand so much argyle.  There was need for a change.

Well someone must have heard my plea.  Today, I see men’s knit-wear has finally evolved to a place I can call home.  With a touch of edginess, these knitwear designs can add a touch of the unusual to any fall wardrobe.

One of my favorites is Sibling, the bold, progressive men’s knitwear label. Launched on May 29th 2008 was born out of a desire to give knit-wear for men a kick.  All their collections experiment with bright, neon colors and their association with strong patterns such as leopard print, or a skull pattern.  The contradiction between toughness and playfulness gives these classic styles new life.  Sibling is a collaboration between Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery. Between them they have served under the guidance of Alexander
McQueen, Giles Deacon, Gallliano, Lanvin, Jonathan Saunders and Bella Freud; and their influences show.

Then there is also another up-and-coming favorite.  Hailing from the Danish School of Design, Jeppe Hellemann Worning, has already begun to show great promise and talent in his designs.

Dear Intermediate Knitters: So you know how to knit and purl, make a hat, socks, scarves. How about moving on to the real deal — sweaters.  The Textile Arts Center is offering a class in Seamless Sweaters coming this November!