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

December 2010 Archives

300.jpgNu+Nan is an Australian clothing and shoe brand with an edgy, modern aesthetic. The label embraces unique styling combined with a relaxed vibe. We love these architecturally chic black wedges, as well as the brand's classic oxford flats and sexy vacation-ready sandals. Shop now at

Murro Lasso Wedges, $129.95 at
Found: the perfect New Year's Eve hair accessories. These chic headbands handmade by a San Diego-based Etsy designer will match almost any dress, and most cost under $30. And if you're staying in with Chinese food, well these sequined hair pieces will even look good with your pajamas!

Lucia Bella Marlene Headband/Halo - $28 at
ohvsfabricly2.pngWe've raved about sites like Etsy, Accessory Artists, and Smashing Darling, but the newest website satisfying our indie fashion fix is What makes this site different from the rest, you say? Well first of all, they offer complete support for the designers they feature: sourcing, production, sample-making, and even public relations and marketing! All of this costs nothing for the designers, meaning that amazing, cutting-edge brands we might never see will now be available. That includes foreign lines with limited US exposure, designers without the means to show at fashion week, and indie labels that have yet to be discovered. Right now the site only stocks the covetable Oh! vs. Fabricly collection by London-based designer Ostwald Helgason. But site founder Ari Helgason told Fashionista that we can expect a collection with former Barlow designer Molly Girard Coonan in the near future, and accessories and menswear eventually. We can't wait!

Screen shot 2010-12-19 at 11.27.56 PM.pngWe love glitter, sparkles, and shimmer - we really do. But the whole sequins trend is getting a little out of control, and we're afraid that every girl is going to show up looking like a disco ball on New Year's Eve. If you want to stand out from the crowd, tone down the glitz and turn up your style with some of these fabulously unique options from Stanton James:

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From top left: Carmelita Couture Suede Open Back Dream Dress, $390; Natalia Romano Asymmetrical Ruched Dress, $209; Stone Cold Fox Bardot Dress, $194; Chelsea Sutrisno Rhodes Dress, $259; Elaine Kim Beata SIlk Dress, $415; and Jesica Milton Negative Space Dress, $379.
Still haven't finished your holiday shopping? That doesn't mean it's too late to get your loved ones something unique. Here are four great gifts we found on Etsy for all you procrastinators:


Hand-dyed silk wrap bracelet in burnt sienna, $38 - these bracelets are beautiful yet simple. Just pick the receiver's favorite color!


Dusty pink and Ivory Daisy Hairpins, $10 - The perfect last-minute stocking stuffer.


Pale wheat fingerless mitts recycled wool, $25 - Your Blackberry-addicted workaholic friend will love these, because she won't have to take off her gloves to answer emails!


Chunky cowl circle with buttons, $38 - Who doesn't love a scarf? It's the no-fail, go-to gift for everyone on your list. We love that this cozy pick will keep the wearer ultra-warm and stylish with statement oversized buttons. Screen shot 2010-12-16 at 7.55.47 PM.png

aa-jg03-first-shotb.jpgNew e-commerce site is like heaven for indie jewelry lovers. The site recently launched in October and focuses solely on emerging designers. They offer a carefully edited selection of hand crafted and distinctive jewelry, all of which meets high standards in design, craftmanship, quality materials, and distinguished artistry. You won't find anything mass-produced here! We especially love these pieces:
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MELIEBIANCO_BAG_CAMEL_1.jpgThis high quality, faux leather statement bag from Melie Bianco is sure to be a hit. The trendy camel color and luxe gold-colored chain strap give a functional tote some stylish appeal. And at only $94, how can you resist? 

Melie Bianco Laura Shoulder Bag in Camel, $94 at
lagarconnelouthumb.pngOne of our favorite designer shopping websites, La Garconne, recently launched an in-house sweater collection called Lou. The line consists of classic silhouettes made from 100% luxurious cashmere. These sweaters are a splurge, starting at $325, but we'd live in them all winter long! Shop the collection at


amandawhitejewelry.pngWe recently discovered Amanda White's delicate jewelry collection, all of which is cast from real vintage lace, ribbon, satin, or string and transformed into solid sterling silver and gold. White strives to distinguish her brand by using only the highest-quality materials and incorporating romantic, bold, and sophisticated details in her unique designs. Prices range from $85 to more than $4000, depending on how intricate the piece is. For example, the Gold Delicate Vintage Lace Cuff Bracelet shown is made with 14k gold molded into bracelet form and retails for $4,500 in White's Etsy shop. A more affordable favorite of ours is the sterling silver Forget me Knot Bow Necklace, $85. 
If you're looking for a unique LBD for holiday parties or New Years Eve, this stylish ruffled option is one of a kind. The recycled satin body gives the dress some vintage flare, while the ruffled sweetheart top half creates a modern (and universally flattering) silhouette. 

Sophie dress by Indecisivestrangers, $180 at

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