| Indie Spotlight and Designers on the Rise Guide: September 2010 Archives

September 2010 Archives

Double finger rings are all the rage for fall, and 80s Purple, one of the top online retailers for emerging brands, has an amazing selection from lines like Obey, Noir, and CC Skye. Wear these bold pieces with a casual outfit to give your look some edge, or go all-out tough girl with leather leggings and an asymmetrical jacket to really make a statement.

80spurplerings.pngFrom top left to bottom right: Purple Label row of hearts with crystals ring, $27; Obey 25HR antique silver ring, $42; Noir double finger dagger gold ring, $65; CC Skye crystal line gold ring, $105; CC Skye solid line gold ring, $106; and Miss Wax MW gold knuckle ring, $70 at
Stanton James is one of our favorite online shopping sites - the e-store is stocked with the most cutting edge brands, like For Love & Lemons and Elaine Kim. We love their selection of cool jackets and blazers for fall - here are our favorites:

stantonjamesjackets.pngFor Love & Lemons Furry Friend Coat - $165
Brigid Catiis Tuxedoed Boyfriend Blazer - $220
Amanda Christine Draped Front Wool Jacket - $180
Plastic Island Alexa Jacket - $196
Elaine Kim Amaryllis Wool Jacket - $695

To shop, visit

Tulle_TulipDress_TeaStainCombo_1_1.jpgLooking for the perfect fall dress? has some great options for cool nights out. We love the floral dress from Tulle for a casual outing, and the drapey blue maxi dress from Frock Los Angeles for a more formal affair. Mini dresses from Mary Meyer and Dolce Vita are perfect for a night on the town!


Tulle Tulip Dress Tea Stain Combo, $70
Frock Los Angeles Angie Long Dress Blue, $150
Mary Meyer Square Dress Triangles Black, $104
Dolce Vita Mica Dress Navy/Orange, $180

Check back on Monday for our selects from another online shopping destination we love!
This cotton and polyester blend Rosemont Sweater from Little Houses is the perfect way to add a statement to your fall look. We love the oversized buttons and the cool neck.

Little Houses was created in Vancouver in 2006 and consists of handmade garments and accessories.

Rosemont Sweater - $145 at

nixon_thumb.pngA watch is classic, and every woman should own one that matches most of her wardrobe. In a world where everyone is constantly checking their cell phones for the time, a watch seems retro in a very sophisticated way. We love these watches from Nixon - they put a contemporary sporty spin on this chic accessory. To shop the collection, visit


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


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 The line will be available at the LA flagship store, House of Infinite Radness, and online at


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

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

mandycoonss11_thumb.pngAnother designer to watch this season is Mandy Coon. Her spring 2011 collection was loosely inspired by jelly fish, she told, 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


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 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:

View the full collection at or visit 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!

Prices start at $56 at
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