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jenkaoss11thumb.pngA relative newbie to fashion week, Jen Kao launched her high-end womenswear line in 2007 in New York. Her inspiration comes from a combination of her background (she was born in LA and raised in Kansas City) and her family history (her grandmother taught her the traditional crafts and folklore of the Japanese). Her main focus is on the details of her work, and her pieces are meant to be played with and adjusted depending on the wearer’s mood. Kao’s fall collection consisted of tight pieces and lots of body-con dresses, but her spring 2011 collection went in a different direction: dreamy, flowing dresses, crocheted knits, and tailored blazers. View the entire collection at style.com.

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While most of the media buzz this week has surrounded the new Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week hub Lincoln Center, a smaller set of shows took place at the Metropolitan Pavilion on 18th Street from Sept. 12 to 14: The GreenShows. For its third season, The GreenShows Eco Fashion Week featured the spring 2011 collections of ten sustainable designers. We were thrilled to hear that the eco-fashion movement has grown so much in popularity, but we were even more excited when we finally got a look at the gorgeous pieces produced by the featured designers. After this season, we think all misconceptions of sustainable style (i.e. tree huggers running around wearing recycled potato sacks) have been banished.  Have a look for yourself:

Ashton Michael Black

Designer Ashton Hirota launched his menswear and womenswear line, Ashton Michael, in 2004. His punk rock-inspired spring 2011 collection featured recycled bamboo, PET, cotton, and even coconut, according to fashionindie.com. The line will be available at the LA flagship store, House of Infinite Radness, and online at 80spurple.com.

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Auralis

Bright, youthful, and contemporary are all terms that define Auralis Herrero’s spring 2011 collection. Made from recycled hemp, organic cotton, soy jersey, and peace silk, the collection was named “the most wearable” of all those seen during Eco Fashion Week by ecouterre.com.

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Samantha Pleet

Samantha Pleet’s show closed the mini fashion week last night. Already a co-recipient of the 2009 Ecco Domani Sustainable Award (for her work on Bodkin), this designer is definitely one to watch for spring 2011.


Other designers that showed this week included Bright Young Things, Dress Reform, Joann Berman, Lavuk, Luis Valenzuela, Milliners Guild, and Susan Cianciolo. For more information, visit thegreenshows.com.

mandycoonss11_thumb.pngAnother designer to watch this season is Mandy Coon. Her spring 2011 collection was loosely inspired by jelly fish, she told style.com, and the result is certainly unique and eye catching. Her color palette was mostly neutral, with a few pops of bright to keep things interesting. The overall vibe was edgy, yet sleek and natural. Mandy Coon’s current collection is sold at Opening Ceremony in New York and LA, and we hope to find the spring line in more locations. To find out more, visit mandycoon.com.

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ldss11_thumb.pngIt’s that time of year again - fashion week! While we’re excited to see what our favorite designers will be sending down the runway, we’re also pumped to check out some emerging talent showing this season. 

One collection that has already caught our eye is Lyn Devon’s. New York-based Devon launched her line in fall 2005, and was named one of “The Season’s 10 Most Promising Talents” by Style.com for fall 2008. Since then she has been awarded the prestigious Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award for womenswear and in 2009 she was accepted into the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America). This year, her spring 2011 collection of luxury American sportswear did not disappoint. Playful prints and unexpected hues complemented classic silhouettes and styles for a versatile, youthful combination. Here are some of the looks we’re coveting:

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View the full collection at style.com or visit lyndevon.com for more information.
We love statement jewelry, and these super cool earrings from Seville Michelle Anastos really make a statement. Leather hoops in metallic colors and crazy shapes will stand out, but they won’t weight you down - the earrings are made with bamboo, which keeps them lightweight. This jewelry collection is certainly not for girls who want to blend in!

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