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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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GIRLS, NEW FACES / May 2 2009 12:31 PM

DESIGNER TO KNOW: Michelle Lowe-Holder

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DESIGNER TO KNOW: Michelle Lowe Holder

Michelle Lowe-Holder‘s A/W 09 collection takes advantage of the art of “smocking” to create some experimental pieces which are sure to add a new layer to your wardrobe.

For those not in the know, smocking is a practice that makes garments “stretch”without the use of elastic. It’s an embrodery technique that was used in the Middle Ages to make clothes that were functional to use in the fields, offering comfort and fastening without the use of buttons.

In order to make her unique pieces, Michelle first produces variants of actual physical smocking on dresses and separates and then replicates the smocking pattern with a print. As opposed to the traditional forms of smocking, she’s gone for knitwear in soft colors, incorporating black to add weight. The effect can be greatly seen in the above pictured pale blue and peach combo, which really makes her pieces artmanship shine.

DESIGNER TO KNOW: Michelle Lowe Holder

DESIGNER TO KNOW: Michelle Lowe Holder

DESIGNER TO KNOW: Michelle Lowe Holder

DESIGNER TO KNOW: Michelle Lowe Holder DESIGNER TO KNOW: Michelle Lowe Holder

DESIGNER TO KNOW: Michelle Lowe Holder

DESIGNER TO KNOW: Michelle Lowe Holder DESIGNER TO KNOW: Michelle Lowe Holder

DESIGNER TO KNOW: Michelle Lowe Holder

LINKAGE: Simple Smocking

DESIGNER TO KNOW: Michelle Lowe Holder

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