Monday, December 19, 2011

Best of 2011, for now...



Jewelry designer, Dannijo, caught my eye as I became a follower and fan of The Man Repeller. Though extravagant at times, the pieces are bold, fearless, elegant, and edgy. I applaud the kind of effort made to add color to metal, something that does not always find success in design or appearance . Unlike Pamela Love, whose work is outstanding and thematically unique and somewhat obscure and dark, Dannijo's aesthetic fits the everyday girl who wants to add one element of pop without seeming too over the top. These pieces can do just that to the urban uniform of jeans and tops with kick ass boots for a little added zing.

Arizona Muse

Arizona Muse, arguably 2011's "It Girl", is one of the most dynamic, distinctive looking women to grace the pages of Vogue magazine in many, many years. Her deeply moving eyes, the shape of her face and her long and lean body are incredible and carry clothing beautifully, bringing each and every piece to life. Her name suits her well; I know she has been and will continue to be an inspiration to the fashion world for years to come.



Madewell, originally a denim company known for its craftsmanship and versatility, has come to life in 2011 with its preppy, downtown city style that works for women of all ages. Their aesthetic is warm, comfortable and edgy; the perfect combination for New York City girls constantly on the go. A bit of J.Crew, Urban Outfitters and Pendleton, Madewell has made its mark this year on the fashion scene, especially with the face of Alexa Chung as the company's muse.

Rachel Comey

Rachel Comey has mastered the ever-desirable downtown chic, cool girl looks. This is particularly true in the case of her show designs which are unconventional but wearable. The former Theory design consultant began her career dabbling in menswear. With the increasing trend of women wearing masculine designs and styles, Comey was moved to create a women;s wear line in 2003. Her work is spectacularly innovative, as she embraces distinctive design, luxurious fabrics and beautifully sculpted silhouettes.

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