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FASHION / April 6 2012 11:30 AM

roundUP: Recycled Necklaces

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These nine necklaces have fascinating backstories. They were all something else before besides raw materials. Some were broken china. Some were bullets. Some were vinyl records, and all were found by their crafty creators. Marni even dabbled in the recycled jewelry front. It’s far better to wear the world’s trash in a beautiful (clean) way, than to have the discarded materials sit forlorn in landfills. See nine necklaces you can feel great about wearing.

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CULTURE, FASHION / March 29 2012 9:28 AM

Art by Design: Picasso Inspires Marni & Vivienne Westwood

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After a period of somber (and cheap) blue, Pablo Picasso broke out of his depression and into his Rose Period. ‘Twas a time of harlequins and acrobats, Parisian nightlife and a deep cheerfulness. The palette is a burning red, with yellow-orange accents and black and bronze undertones. Picasso’s two-year red phase started in 1904; get inspired by the turn of the century look. 

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FASHION / March 1 2012 10:25 AM

Which Fall 2012 Collections were Made in China?

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Probably more than we could begin to count, much of fashion is being sourced in China; it’s that sweet sweet price that keeps bringing us back. But now designers are taking something completely different and free from the Chinese: Inspiration. There’s a turn toward the orient that is translating in a traditional manner. Gilded birds glide down Dries Van Noten and Proenza Schouler garments, referencing Song Dynasty’s luxurious governmental garb. Marni dipped a toe into splashes of mod Chinese red, but stepped full foot into kabuki shoes that translated the collection into Mandarin. Josie Natori may take the prize for who took the theme most literally, with obi belts, Mandarin collars and a feathered fan. Meanwhile, Jason Wu twisted his own heritage into Maoist jackets and looks that lean toward what Americans in the 1930s thought Chinese clothing was like. Ironically, most of these designers produce locally. 

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FASHION, FILM / February 27 2012 5:42 PM

Sofia Coppola Directs Marni for H&M in Marrakesh [Film + Behind-the-Scenes]

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Sofia Coppola burst her fashion film virginity all over Marni for H&M - she must be in love with the collaboration as much as we are.  In distinct Coppola style, the scene is set in a swanky locale; a house in Marrakesh that she had been to once before with friends. It involves beautiful people giving meaningful glances, becoming slightly forlorn, then ending with a sense of harmony, all set to uptempo jazz. Fusing vivacious Marni prints with the eclectic nature of this Middle Eastern abode, Sofia Coppola captures the copacetic capsule du jour. Indulge the short film, then go behind the scenes with the Oscar winning Coppola herself. Then just wait it out till the Marni for H&M launches on March 8th

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