subtle Bottega Venetta

I'm currently reading a GREAT book for anyone interested in the fashion industry... it's the much commented on Deluxe: How Luxury Lost it's Lustre. Author Dana Thomas really takes a fascinating dive into the underbelly of the luxury industry. It's a reality check for any fashionista or designer, and it's making me rethink how we define luxury, access, labels, etc.

So imagine how great it is to acquire all this insider business knowledge of the luxury industry, then find this article in the NY Times today. Titled "You'll know how much you spent", the article reveals how the high standards of Tomas Maier have become almost subversive in a market that wants more fast. But - wonder of wonders! - he has a strong market. It's a great article in light of Deluxe's presentation of aluxury industry that perhaps has dictated more than it's listened. Maybe Bottega Venetta's success (and I would include Prada's success as well) is a testimony to what happens when we let creative directors (as designers) run fashion houses - instead of interior decorators and aggressive business men.


trashy fashion

Check out this amazing (student) fashion show

Also, this page has some really great minimalist designs like this coat.


sartorialist goes to India

And the results are stunning. I can't get enough of the young lady in black with the yellow silk slippers. and these eyes. Check it out HERE.

"April can wait"

This is a great little street fashion feature from the NY Times.

And who else LOVES the Diane VonFurstenberg Am. express commercial?


etsy treasures

There have been so many great etsy finds recently, a LOT including magical felting. here are a few to consider...
(the necklace above is from the ever amazing kjoo. $65)

Florals are all the rage! A happy find from Mid West Vintage for just $15)

These are cute and bright, without being too precious. Choose 3 for $10 from The funky felter

Dino LOVE from Monster Hoodies for $49.99

This shop is endlessly creative. from Squidlicks for $18


These cloth shoes are adorable. What a fantastic DYI project just in time for spring break. You can find the pattern here. Thanks to K. for sharing!