Trendsetter Heidi Merrick is on a mission to make the world more beautiful by only creating clothing that she herself would wear.
“The clothes I make are the clothes I want to wear and I believe there are more girls like me. My father and I use a lot of the same tools: L-squares, blue pencils, patterns, markers and templates. His medium is the surfboard, mine is the dress. I didn’t wear store bought clothes until the 4th grade, and after that I didn’t wear anything my mother made until I got married. Since that day , I only want to wear something one of us has made. My mother is my muse. I believe that what you wear on the outside affects who you are on the inside. It is so much easier to be kind when you feel beautiful.” – Heidi Merrick
Dee & Ricky’s latest release see them align with M & M on a selection of sterling silver rings with.. wait for it.. interchangeable LEGO pieces. The set pictured above includes sunflower, cactus, flower and scorpion (with faux diamond) options, while others feature standard LEGO blocks. Now in stock at Barney’s.
A good friend of mine, Christine Su, has made it back to the “sexiest city in the states”…of course I mean Manhattan!! Take a look at her newest project SuYoon…the footwear collection features awesome silhouettes and amazing design.
SuYoon is a holistic collection where fashion fuses with sportswear athleticism and classic styles become slightly provocative. Launching in Fall 2010, the collection features a mixture of traditional materials, unique hardware and a custom women’s specific last, applied with sport influences such as EVA rubber inserts, knee pads, and color-blocking executions. These details help support re-engineered silhouettes such as the “not so basic” pump, a sculpted wooden wedge, the “everyday” flat boot, and an over-the-knee boot. The main philosophy of SuYoon will be to harmonize the worlds of “laid-back” comfort and leading fashion, without succumbing to trendy fads.
I had the pleasure of sitting and chatting with former magazine and fashion stylist Khirma Eliazov while in LA last week…Her line of luxury handbags is a little under a year old and has already been selected as one of “four buzzworthy entrants into the world of accessories” by WWD in April, 2009.
The collection of handbags are truly statement pieces!! The line uses a combination of luxurious and sometimes unusual exotic skins, including python and chagrin (stingray) together with the finest Italian leather. Her signature purple linings, originally designed hardware and attention to design detail is also apparent in the hand-woven handles.
Under the mastery of design greats Phillip Lim and Rachel Roy, Grace Sun produced her first collection in teh Spring of 2007… Sun’s collections melds the designer’s two loves of fashion and graphic design, creating a harmonious balance of form and function. She plays on the dichotomies of the uptown chic vs. downtown cool, ornate elaboration vs. clean minimalism and the precious vs. hard edge. Sun’s design aesthetic is epitomized by feminine silhouettes paired with a masculine structuring. Greenwich, Connecticut meets the Greenwich Village, Grace Sun designs for the social elite and ladies who lunch on Manhattan’s Lower East Side!!
My good friend Renee Patron started this amazing line - SECTA… In its sixth season, SECTA is a luxury lifestyle brand that represents a way of life, infusing a refined aesthetic with a contemporary intellect. Sophisticated silhouettes, sharp colors and clean lines inspired by functionality, are traits embodied by SECTA. Collections evoke modernity and sophistication that details a subtle sexiness, elements that serve as a common ground for the women behind the label.
You can find pieces at KIT 228 (NYC) and Krisol (LA)…for a complete list of stockists check the site…
Where to Buy:SAVE FASHION You can find current SS09 SECTA pieces…
641 8th Avenue (NW Corner of 41st Street)
@ The Port Authority Bus Terminal New York, NY 10018
When to Buy: Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat, 10-9pm
Sundays, 11-7pm Closed Thursdays