I took a tour of the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, yesterday. A truly amazing space!! Like a normal atelier…on steroids. In space lol. We (Jenny and I) saw soooooo many cools things. In addition a truly enviable space, the tools, designers and common spaces are to die for. I’m feeling so inspired.
These beauties great you when you walk in the door. Pieces from some of the design venture fellows.
On the far right, you can see the entrance to their conference room. This space can be utilized to by venture fellows to present collections and rented by locals. As soon as you turn left of this pciture, you’re met with this outstanding sight. Knitting machines roughly the size of a car, lol.
These are Shima Seiki knitting machines. This one is a normal, flat knitting machine. While the one behind it knits an entire garment. That’s not a clear enough description. An entire, finished sweater comes OUT OF THE MACHINE!! Madness.
They also have the Cadillac of 3D printers. I wish I had taken photos of the other samples. Totally unreal. Linked, complex pieces with the fluidity of fabric. But still rigid to the touch. I can’t wait until they give tours for kids. I’m totally bringing my kiddos and as many neighborhood kids as I can grab.
When I look at that space and those tools I see future careers.
The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator is just getting started. I can’t wait to see what they’re made of!
Apparently, I can still be surprised.
I kind of expected this cover.
Though I am still SO PLEASED.
But this video.
I can’t even get into the painful, beautiful, complex, disheartening, encouraging, ever-changing THING that is the relationship between black women and their hair.
It’s too much.
I will give Vogue an A+ for respecting and including this (clearly joyful!) part of Lupita’s life with the Vogue masses.
And for these insanely beautiful photos.
On the off chance that I run into you while running around Brooklyn, Lupita, I apologize in advance for being starstruck and weird!
Photographed by Mikael Jansson
All images from Vogue.com
This is a bonus project. You know, when that one cut of fabric yields more than one garment?
This skirt, which coordinates nicely with the houndstooth, was made with the same neon dream fabric as this top (there’s still some left). At about the same time, too. I just didn’t have a proper camera to capture it! I took those pictures at work ;)
I could fill my wardrobe with tons more things:
Black and White and Neon and Bright.
A spring theme!
Gaultier, McQueen and Toledo make gorgeous, amazing, show-stopping pieces. But the ones I love the most are not necessarily wearable for my life or personality.
This post is all about wearable, everyday, work appropriate, accessible-to-
The kind of thing I’d wear AND feel comfortable in.
Reese : Beckham : Wang
All three designers make that kind of wearable magic.
Tracy Reese: Leggy, colored, cropped, knit.
VB: Leather, short, texture, flippy.
Wang: Drape, tees, fluid, structure.
“I really love the technique of sewing more than anything else…the seamstress is the one who knows fashion from the inside! That’s the art form really, not fashion design, but the technique of how it’s done.”
I’m not sure how I first discovered Isabel Toledo. Maybe it was when the FLOTUS wore her designs. Maybe it was when I saw her shoe collection at Payless. Whatever threw me into her path, I’m grateful. I find her, and her relationship with her husband, Ruben, kind of fascinating. Though, perhaps at first glance, her clothes don’t scream SEXY. To me, there is something about the cut and fabric and the way Ruben draws it all that is so, so sexy to me. Maybe it’s an understated way of expressing sexiness, but it is no less effective.