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Tracing Fashion

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We are increasingly more aware of and interested in where products we use and consume come from – whether food, home goods, or clothing. So online retailer Everlane is a welcome new concept in transparent retail. The company offers a pared-down, carefully edited range of basic clothing and accessories – all made in the U.S., and also reveals the whole process and cost of production of each item. The focus is on quality goods from trusted sources – using manufacturers that have been thoroughly vetted – and Everlane hopes to establish trust with customers by keeping prices low, being honest about how.

Design Around Fashion

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Often all of the tools of presentation around fashion – runway, shop window, and store designs – make the clothes themselves much more interesting. Frame magazine has a great round-up of examples of ten of the best windows, runways and displays in fashion lately. Included are the spacey change room cocoons at Dover Street Market by Patkau Architects, an exhibition of Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and Berlin’s Bread and Butter presentation of the massive Tempel of Denim – where “guests” sat at the runway/communal table drinking wine as models walked the center.

Perfect Packing

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For jet-setters who love to obsess over a perfectly-packed suitcase, Louis Vuitton has released a great little series, “The Art of Packing.” The short videos demonstrate with cute animations how to roll your jeans, expertly interlacing two shirts, and the art of folding a jacket. All are short, simple and to-the-point.

Forward-Thinking Fashion

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Every Spring, the ‘International Festival of Fashion and Photography’ takes place in Hyeres, France, offering 10 young fashion designers the chance to present their first collections, all in a series of fashion shows directed by Maïda Gregoiri-Boina. Ten young photographers’ work is also shown, and both are submitted to a prestigious jury. The winning work, and all entries, are meant to push the creative boundaries of fashion and photography, making the event unlike any other in fashion. Some of this year’s winners from the Festival held April 26-29 are highlighted here.

Fashion in Many Forms

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We pop around the corner from our office every so often to check out Danish fashion designer Henrik Vibskov’s shop and fun, quirky, inspiring clothes. Vibskov also dabbles in many other art forms, creating videos, elaborate sets for his fashion shows, and now with a show at Galerie des Galeries in Paris, “Neck Plus Ultra.” The impressive, surreal installation uses textiles, wool, wood and metal to explore the form of the neck in tactile ways.

All Papered Up

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We’ve seen dresses made of maps, water, and even balloons. And to re-create some of Richard Avedon’s iconic fashion photographs, Spanish photographer Iban Montero revived the images with models entirely in paper dresses. Designer and stylist Ane Lopez created the fragile frocks, many of which you have to take a second glance to see the evidence of paper, not fabric. Model Natalia Iturregui lends grace and movement to the dynamic images, with elegant results.

New Fashion

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A new crowd-funding company hopes to alter the traditional modes in which fashion designers create clothing. Byco, from NY label JF& Son, helps young designers connect with investors and manufacture a sample clothing piece. Designers submit drawings, and when accepted, Byco caluculates the cost of sampling and posts to an investing page. Once the sample has funding, Byco manufactures it and sells it as well. Designers own samples and copyright along with 20% of sales, and investors receive 10% of sales. With successful designs and funding, all win.

Map Drapery

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In a pinch, Elisabeth Lecourt’s dresses may be able to lead you through rivers and mountains. The French designer forgoes fabric for vintage maps, creating her simple and beautifully delicate frocks from old maps of the U.S., France, Los Angeles, India, etc. Drawn to their poetic nature, Lecourt hopes her dresses can represent “a portrait of people through their clothes, like a blue-print of their soul.”

Haring in Fashion

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Keith Haring is taking over Paris. A show celebrating the iconic artist, known for his bold, graphic work, is on view at the Musée d’Art Moderne April 19 – August 18. Concurrently, Colette is hosting an exhibition conceived and curated by French photographer Maripol – “Keith Haring & Fashion.” The show provides a new perspective on Haring and his art as it relates to fashion, with Haring’s drawings, photographs, and fashion items created both during his lifetime and posthumously.

Water Wear

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Young Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen has explored the elements and their interaction with the human body in her work, creating collections inspired by crystallization and lightning, and using 3D-printed techniques. For a new project, she will create a dress from water – sort of. The one-off dress will be inspired by photographer Nick Jones’ photos of water being thrown at artist Daphne Guinnes, and the collaboration will all be documented live on film at site SHOWStudio from April 3-9.

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