Feeling defeated in the search to find great fall pieces, I decided to search online in hopes of finding some vintage sites to upgrade my closet. At first the results proved disappointing mirroring the same luck I and others I know were having in the stores...
Feeling defeated in the search to find great fall pieces, I decided to search online in hopes of finding some vintage sites to upgrade my closet. At first the results proved disappointing mirroring the same luck I and others I know were having in the stores, boutiques, and even vintage shops in the city. There were numerous sites charging way too much for things I find in my Grandparents basement. As is the case with the web, I did find one nook online that led me to what many industry folk will be raving about next year. There were mini-mod dresses and baby doll tops that any of our style icons would have to include in their wardrobes. The site is http://www.kateandkass.com, and the designer Anya Teresse. This young designer, who named her line after her parents, is equally as obsessed with vintage styles and wears mostly vintage clothing herself; having it tailored to her small frame. This obsession has manifested itself into a delightful line of clothing using those styles of the 50’s and 60’s with a modern twist. Lucky for me, as soon as I discovered Anya, we were able to set up an interview so we could […]
Mention pearls and many think of older women from privileged society at cotillions wearing white pearls with their dainty black dresses and large brim hats. That's the typical stereotype. That is until one meets Eddie Bakhash of American Pearl.
Ask the uniniated about Edun and they will simply say that it is a fashion line created by rock star Bono. Employees at Edun will tell you something completely different. From top to bottom Edun is a unique fashion line. You won’t find sweatshops behind closed doors. There won’t be fur from all types of exotic endangered species. The company, brand and fashion line all represent all that is altruistic in fashion. Their aim is to bring trade to developing countries in the form of their clothing manufacturing and other businesses. On the Edun website co-founder Ali Hewson is quoted as saying, “Africa has lost six percent of the world’s trade since the Seventies, if they could earn one percent of that Africa would earn $70 billion a year. They currently receive only 22 billion a year in aid.” So goes the mantra behind the house of Edun: shifting the focus away from aid and more towards trade. The folks at Edun spoke to Papierdoll and gave an eye opening view at running a company that balances social responsibility with profits. There are indeed several public and private companies that work for the greater good. For many of these companies […]
At New York’s fall fashion week this past February, I was waiting for a show to start in Chelsea’s Metropolitan Pavilion while the rep for a Canadian underwear company was giving me a rundown of the shows she’d attended over the weekend, listing them off laundry-list style. But when she got to Monday morning, her eyes widened and expression intensified, “Were you at the Sofada show this morning?” Yes, I had been. After mutual and profusive gushing about the line, she told me she had a business trip on the west coast later in the month, and she’d already thought through two ways to reroute the trip—either through Santa Monica or Seattle—so that she could shop at a boutique that carries Sofada. She was that determined to nab an item from the label (whose namesake is derived from the Portuguese word for “naughty”), and apparently couldn’t wait for the release of the fall collection. Who is the designer who creates such a sense of urgency and need for her clothing—to have it, to live in it? Alice Dobson, the owner and creator of Sofada, who sits down with Papierdoll this month to take us through the whirlwind of being a […]
Elizabeth Brady is not afraid of fame. She just wants to make sure she’s ready when it comes. She went from being responsible for some of the most recognizable names in marketing to building her own name in fashion. For Brady, designing is an evolutionary process. There is no one certain step or convention she follows. Methodical and exacting in the colors, shapes and materials used, she brings a wealth of experience to her craft. There is a design aesthetic that underpins every single work she creates. I interviewed her by phone while driving to Brooklyn and we spoke on every topic under the sun, from her greatest fears to wondering whether people have sex in her shoes, it felt as if I was talking to a kindred spirit. PD: You spent 20 years in the advertising business and working on some of the world’s largest and most successful companies, why switch to shoe designing? EB:You spend so much time working on other people’s brands you start to think why don’t I just start my own brand? I started thinking about what I wanted to create, where did I want to go, what’s the product, what’s the service; and shoes […]
Talk to Michael Wesetly and you’ll quickly realize that this men’s designer is cut from a different cloth. Forget the obvious exterior differences from your typical designer out of [insert European Atelier here]. The Severna Park, Maryland native gets “it” when it comes to men’s fashion. He designs with all shapes, sizes and colors in mind. His workaholic attitude has brought success to his company and designs. Originally focusing much of his work on international audiences, Wesetly is set to make a major debut in the American market and we can’t wait. I sat down to interview him over the phone on a warm summers day and was surprised to find out so much about this tireless designer. Read on. Why do you commute so far? Because we started our company in Pennsylvania. We’re definitely in New York because if you make you can make it in NY you can make it anywhere right man? We’re still around, so I guess where doing a good job. That’s right. When did you start the company? Well the company was started about 3 years ago. But I’ve been desiging since I was 17. It’s just one of those things. This game is […]
Dennis Bailey is not your typical hair stylist. He’s not pretentious, he’s not a primadonna, he’s an artist. Ask him about trends from short hair, to bobs and everything in between and he will tell you exactly what to get. You can walk into his Dabartsnyc salon looking a mess and come out a completely different person. I gush about Dennis because I know about his work first hand. I came to New York hoping to find a hair stylist that was at least as good as my hair stylist slash best friend back home; and now i’ve found better in Dennis. (I hope she’s not reading this) I asked Dennis to give readers a look into trends for the summer season and he had a lot to say, read on. what are the biggest trends as far as styles and colors for the spring? The biggest trends as far as styles and colors are: funky short cuts with interesting shapes,lots of layering for straight and curly hair to provide interesting texture and movements, light blonds and golden browns and rich reds. What are the best products to use to protect our hair from spring/summer? (sun, chlorine, etc)?well, i use […]
Jay McCarroll. Where do I begin? I don’t think I laughed so hard in years. It may have been one of the most entertaining interviews ever. Jay McCarroll is everything you don’t expect a reality series winner to be. He is down to earth, easy to talk to and approachable. As with anyone, Jay has his quirks and peeves, but he remains, at the core, a designer. With the end of season 1 of “Project Runway,” Jay relocated to New York and has a studio in the Garment District where he is working on his collection that will show in the Spring Collections this fall. I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to Jay after the Heatherette show at fashion week. At that time, I remarked how genuine he was. Things like that become the opposite of the norm when dealing with a sea of “plastic” industry people. Needless to say, he was the same Jay when I spoke to him for this interview. He was just like the guy we saw on his Bravo show “Project Jay,” honest, funny and down to earth. Enter Jay. PD: As a designer, what do you think of the whole fashion Internet […]