I recently had the pleasure of meeting English designer Hari Greenough, the man behind the young label, More Lillim Than Eve. For his second capsule collection, Hari took inspiration from the movie “Behind the Candelabra” and focused on the Vegas Strip. The fabrics he designed were influenced by the lights on the strip and the glittery night life. Hari spent a month developing a Tromp L’oeil print inspired by the sparkling casino lights Vegas is known for. More Lillim Than Eve is adding a scarf collection to the mix and will be launching an e-commerce site in the UK with hopes to begin shipping to the US by end of year.
I was really excited to discover hair accessory line By Lilla. Their motto is “Rebel against the black elastic,” and looking at the collection, it’s easy to see they have done just that! Colette Feldman, Natalia Storm and Michelle Possin are the design team behind the 5 year old multifunctional line of handmade leather bracelets and elastic hair bands that double as necklaces and bracelets. These accessories not only look good, but serve a purpose. With numerous styles to choose from, the line offers everything from braided, lace and floral styles to edgy studded and animal printed leather. By Lilla retails from $10-$70, and can be found at Shop Kitson, Free People and Anthropologie. For more information click here.
This week I was invited back to cover the LA Fashion Market shows at the CMC again. One of my favorite discoveries at the Select Trade Show was Shibori-Ya Kahei. I am so excited about this line! Shibori-Ya Kahei is a Japanese company that was primarily known for making traditional kimonos. Shibori is Japanese for “tye-dye”. Originally established as a textile brand, they have collaborated with many well known brands and created textiles for the likes of Issey Miyake and others. Over the years they have perfected a technique known as “Arashi” which is a Japanese word for “tornado”. They have taken the same arashi technique that was previously used for kimonos and applied it to denim, scarves and leather handbags. Although they still make kimonos, the application of the arashi technique to denim, handbags and scarves has created a renewed interest for the younger generation, and is helping to carry that traditional print into the future.
Shibori-Ya Kahei is newly debuting in the US and Japan and at this time is only available in Japan, but will soon be available in the US. (I’ll keep you posted! ☺)
The fashion season is just beginning! This Sunday LA Fashion Market starts showing for the Summer 2014 season at the California Market Center. I was selected to be one of the CMC’s Fashion Market Insiders and will be attending market week to cover some of the newest and most fab lines debuting and returning. For those of you who may not know, market week is when buyers come to peruse and purchase for their respective stores, boutiques, e commerce sites and department stores. I will be attending two shows in particular, the Select show, which features premium Contemporary apparel, accessories and footwear, and Transit (the Los Angeles Show Show) which will showcase many of the industry’s best footwear brands in addition to accessories and gift lines. Stay tuned!