I raved about the Surface to Air Buckles Sandal earlier this year, and have since been hoping for a winter version. Not only has fall brought us a better than expected Buckle Boot, but a full collection of exquisite styles.

I love the use of the bronze metallic leather, especially mixed with the grey. And while I usually wouldn't look twice at a flat bootie, I am oddly drawn to this modern (but classic) suede and patent leather pair.
These Stolen Girlfriends Club images have been circulating around the web for a while now, and I'm a bit late on the update due to being overwhelmingly busy with work. But, the collection is too good not to post about. It's as though the designer decided to put everything that's hot right now - strong shoulders, mesh panels, lace, nude shades, pops of neon and zippers - into one collection. We're not complaining!
I can only imagine how quickly these styles will sell out from Pixie Market.

Visit: Stolen Girlfriends Club
Eco-friendly clothing is no longer a hard to find specialty. You don't even have to look past the mall doors these days to find a decent selection of organic and sustainable wares. However, the amount of designers fully committed to exploring sustainability is still limited. One of these designers is Brooklyn based Eviana Hartman for Bodkin.
While Hartman's collection is produced locally using environmentally friendly or sustainable fabrics and dyes, she also creates a dialogue about important issues surrounding clothing production and consumption on her blog.
The great thing is - Bodkin is a beautiful label and likely boasts a crowd of supporters that doesn't even realize that it is classified as a "green". The Fall/Winter '09 collection is clean and modern, with architectural seaming, flattering shapes and pops of vivid colour. What more could you ask for?

Visit: Bodkin
As the weather cools down in Berlin, I'm finding myself drawn to chunkier jewelry. I couldn't have been introduced to Nektar de Stagni's "Serpents + Pearls" collection at a better time. The collection is a dramatic mix of crystals, pearls and heavy rope.
I love how simple these mirror brooches are, but I imagine they add quite the flare to any outfit.
Visit: Nektar de Stagni or shop shop here.

Eco fashion designer Tara St. James (former creative director of Covet) is in the process of producing her first independent collection under the newly formed creative collective StudyNY.

The Square Project is a study of shapes in relation to the human form starting with the square. Each style will be made from a different number of squares. Style 1 uses 1 single square. Style 2 uses 2 squares and so on.

The Square Project will launch during New York Fashion Week as part of the Green Show. Until then, you can follow Tara's daily progress through her blog. And, if you're impressed with the concept and would like to support independent fashion - you can contribute through Kickstarter. Your donations will used to train young new designers and employ stylists, make-up artists and models for the show.

See, you can be part of New York Fashion Week!

Visit: The Square Project or contribute at Kickstarter.
I have loved Valerie Dumaine's designs since the first time I laid eyes on them years ago. But Valerie's AW'09 surpassed even my wildest expectations. It is a collection I'd love to own in full - every piece as spectacular as the one before it. The strong silhouettes, beautiful choices of fabric, and smart touches of colour make it a stand-out collection.
I will not rest easy until the Tess, Cairo, Jean, Logan and Ines are hanging in my closet.

The full collection is now available to purchase online at Valerie Dumaine's online boutique.
Many of us working in the indie fashion industry are trembling in our boots at the current economic crisis. (Are we all tired of hearing those words yet?) However, as customer shopping habits change, there is space for creativity in the retail world. One example is Studio 5in1. Founded by Norman Rabinovich, 5in1 is a collaborative studio / retail space that is run by eight designers.
The store is open Friday to Sunday. Each weekend, a different member of the collective works and curates the space. How the space is used is up to on duty designer. Current members include Helena Fredriksson, Mary Meyer, Rebecka Froberg, ULURU and Study NY.

Located in Williamsburg, 5in1 should definitely be on your shopping destination list this summer if you're planning on being in NYC.

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