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Heidi Gardner Spring 2014


Last Tuesday night was the SS14 presentation of New York Based jewelry designer Heidi Gardner. Set in a light, airy space at the Highline loft, the stark white minimalism of the dual rooms became the backdrop of Heidi’s slightly dark and macabre aesthetic. Models in nude jumpsuits entered the room  and stood on tall cubes, gesturing slightly with their hands to showcase her work. At eye-length along the white walls were protruding dummy hands or what looked to be driftwood that held up her creations. We saw: a pair of gold majestic looking seahorses that looked to be like hair pins, startling shark jaw pendants, and a gorgeous pincushion of an anemone ring with the darkest pearl laid on top. Another stunner: a gold sting ray cuff with a sharp tail protruding up the arm. Shark tooth rings made a repeat appearance in what looked to be gold, silver and pewter and shark jaws looked like hunter traps but wrapped in gold, still delicate and hanging from a chain. It looked like sea creatures were on the designer’s mind to represent her Spring/Summer collection. Since her past work seemed preoccupied with skulls and human anatomy, it is interesting to see the designer extend her x-ray vision into other exoskeleton worlds.

– Jeanie Kwak

Photos by Charles Gigante



Castro NYC Jewelry

Castro NYC
Castro NYC

castro_nyc_2Jewelry Designer Castro is influenced by the Medieval Era, African Art, dreams and animal totems. Each piece is a unique work with elaborate detail. He has worked with  international artists and designers Brandon Sun,  David Andersen and Asger Juel Larsen. Photos by Kat and Duck. Model Diandra Forrest.

More information on Castro’s work can found here.

Teresa Field, James Thai, Leah Aripotch Academy of Art University Fall 2013 Runway

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From the Press Release:

Teresa Field was born and raised in the Bay Area suburb of Los Altos, and attended Stanford University, completing her undergraduate degree in Art History. While earning her Masters of Fine Art Degree in Fashion Design at Academy of Art University, she also worked as a design assistant at Gr.Dano in San
Francisco and spent six months as the assistant to the Head Designer at Diane von Furstenberg in NYC. Field’s Fall 2013 collection was inspired by artistic representations of the human body, including graphic representations of human anatomy and musculature, as well as process sketches from H.R. Giger’s “Alien”.
She collaborated with Textile Designer James Thai, who created custom leather textiles for the collection, and jewelry designer Leah Aripotch.

James Thai grew up in Danville, California just 30 minutes away from San Francisco. After graduating from Monte Vista High School, he attended Academy of Art University’s Pre-College Program before enrolling in the School of Fashion’s undergraduate Textile Design program. Over the summer, Thai worked
as a product development intern at Ralph Lauren in New York City, where his Creative Intern Project was selected for presentation to the company’s senior board members. He created custom leather textiles for Teresa Field’s collection, burning the leather to create blended imagery of flora and fauna.

Leah Aripotch was born and raised in Montauk, New York and moved to San Francisco to attend Academy of Art University and earn her Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Sculpture. She collaborated with Teresa Field and James Thai, creating jewelry and embellishments for the collection. Aripotch was inspired
by the work of her collaborators, incorporating themes from their work into her own. She was particularlyinterested in the mixture of structural geometric shapes with more organic elements, and focused her collection on the figure of the snake. She cast her pieces in bronze, brass, and copper metals.

Photos by Randy Brooke/Getty

KSW Runway Fundraiser Call for entries

KSWKearny Street Workshop is hosting KSW Runway, their 4th annual fashion show fundraiser featuring emerging Asian American fashion and accessory designers. Proceeds benefit Kearny Street Workshop, a nonprofit. The fashion show will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. We are currently seeking submissions from emerging and mid-career fashion, jewelery and accessory designers. To submit, please email 1) your name, 2) a paragraph bio and 3) attached jpgs or online images of 7-10 complete looks from your collection to [email protected] by June 4, 2012.

For collections in progress, please submit a combination of sketches and photos. Applicants will be notified of final selections on June 11th. Designers will be asked to donate one item for a fundraising auction. Accepted applicants will be required to attend two model casting calls. Please visit www.kearnystreet.org for more information or email Amy M. Ho at [email protected] with questions. If you are not a fashion designer but would like to volunteer at the event, please send us an email!

From LBD to Boudoir, V-Day Must-Haves As Curated By Lingerie Designer Laura Mehlinger of Lola Haze

Whether on a romantic date for two, night out with the girls, or night in solo this Valentine’s Day, nix the usual flowers and surround yourself with treats you truly deserve. Below, Valentine’s Day done right: a curated pick list of indulgent must-haves from Harvard literature grad-turned-lingerie designer Laura Mehlinger. From LBD to boudoir, this list has you covered (well, mostly) for a truly memorable night.

The dress:

LBD by Rodebjer. The deep V cutout will show a tantalizing bit of Lola Haze’s “Be My Valentine Teddy” underneath.

LBD: http://www.dearfieldbinder.com/20915.html

Lola Haze Teddy: http://lolahaze.com/shop/categories/teddies-and-rompers/holiday-teddy.html

*Added bonus: now through Feb 14th, 2012, LolaHaze.com is offering 30% off all regular priced items using code “Valentines.”

The bling:

Amazing geometric bracelet by Delfina Delettrez moves and rotates as you wear it: http://www.openingceremony.us/products.asp?menuid=2&catid=26&productid=42987

The shoes:

Love these sexy DVF pumps with a pop of color: http://www.shopbop.com/serra-twist-vamp-open-toe/vp/v=1/845524441927416.htm

The scent:

Don’t forget a little dab of Marc Jacobs Oh, Lola! too: http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/marc-jacobs-oh-lola-marc-jacobs-eau-de-parfum-3.4-oz.?ID=555969&cm_mmc=Froogle_pla_pe-_-adtype-pla-_-target-22609716332-_-kw-

The location:

Take the party somewhere sleek and sensual, like my new fave: the brand new LOLA Hotel in Manhattan! http://www.hotellolanyc.com/

The sweets:

Try these Valentine’s chocolates from independent Brooklyn chocolatier, Nunu. http://www.nunuchocolates.com/products.php?Session_ID=5d41366604a73ceed46757a6da2d22d0&category=SE


What’s Valentine’s without a sensual massage? Inspire your…muscles with this Orchid massage candle. http://boutique.thelingeriegoddess.com/pleasure/fun-factory-orchid-massage-candle.html

The boudoir:

And for lounging and inspiring round 2, drape yourself in Lola Haze’s “Drape Me in Silk” Chemise: http://lolahaze.com/shop/drape-me-in-silk-chemise.html

*Added bonus: now through Feb 14th, 2012, LolaHaze.com is offering 30% off all regular priced items using code “Valentines.”

About Lola Haze TM Designer, Laura Mehlinger
Designer Laura Mehlinger has been studying, designing and making clothing since the time she could hold a needle & thread. Laura received her BA from Harvard in English, where she was dubbed “Harvard’s Ace Student of Fashion” for creating and showing her own line of women’s wear in the only one-person fashion show there in memory. After holding design positions at Gap, Inc, Laura decided to go out on her own. She named her line after the famous temptress Dolores “Lolita” Haze from Nabokov’s Lolita, which she wrote her thesis about and which continues to intrigue and inspire her. On a year-long solo trip around the world, Laura carefully collected exotic objects, fabrics and stories. These inspiring visuals coupled with the ideas of difference, quirkiness and elements of surprise are driven into her designs:

“Design is molding juxtapositions: elegance and kitsch, innocence and seduction, playfulness and sophistication, and for Lola Haze™, public and private. I love lingerie because it dances between public and private domains. It can be a woman’s own secret that makes her feel special, or something beautiful for display. Lola Haze™ is for a playful, confident woman who loves the transformative power of clothing and dresses for no one but herself. She can wear Lola Haze™ as innerwear, loungewear, or outerwear.“– Laura Mehlinger

Produced with love in NYC, Mehlinger’s family used to be in the garment business in the Lower East Side during tenement time. She says:

“I am proud to design and produce all our products in New York City’s historic garment district. Lola Haze TM is inspired by the boldness and energy of New York City, and we are proud of the authenticity and quality of doing production here. I actually have a pair of these enormous cutting shears that I think were my great-great grandfathers. It feels kind of full circle and authentic to me to be doing this in New York.”

About Lola Haze TM
Named after the famous temptress Dolores “Lolita” Haze in Nabokov’s Lolita, Harvard grad-turned designer Laura Mehlinger created Lola Haze TM as a lingerie/loungewear/outerwear fusion for the playful, confident woman with a bold, whimsical fashion sense. Produced with love in New York City, Lola Haze™ playwear is for women who like to play in and out of the bedroom. She is a seductress, dresses for herself, and has a bold, whimsical fashion sensibility. Not just for the boudoir, she takes Lola out on the town as a layering piece or stand-alone fashion statement paired with a wow necklace and killer heels. Every woman with eclectic taste and a love of bold glamour is a Lola girl. Lola Haze™ takes inspiration from New York City and Prince to art deco architecture and influences across the globe, all of which are infused into the line’s intricate detailing and innovative color and fabric combinations.

Lola Haze TM pieces retail from $29.00 – $194.00 at boutiques nationwide and on the newly launched LolaHaze.com e-commerce.


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