Lately I have been drawn to exaggerated sculptured pieces. Unfortunately, often these pieces are structured to the point of being unwearable in day to day life. Stella Lee of Linus has struck a perfect balance of design and wearability in her Maria Skirt.

The skirt is made from a silk / linen blend and is available in black, white and grey.
If you're looking for something a little less structured:
Visit: Linus
Not too long ago, the blogesphere was a buzz with chatter about the Lego inspired collection by Singapore based label Elohim by Sabrina Goh.

Get ready for that buzz to get a lot louder. Goh has just released images from the Fall Winter 09/10 collection and its so much better than we could have expected. Clean, androgynous and structural...

I think my heart skipped a beat when I saw the structured cocoon dress. AMAZING!

If you pre-order any pieces from the FW'09/10 collection before June 30th, you'll receive a 10% discount!
Thanks to my discovery of Dujour Magazine, I have almost kicked my glossy magazine habit. Goodbye to the days of pouring over fashion that is out of my price range or by designers I have little interest in. Goodbye to the days of guilt for amassing large stacks of glossy mags that will eventually end up in the recycling bin when moving day arrives.

Dujour is a independent magazine showcasing emerging talents in fashion and art, highlighting design that is relevant and attainable to the regular girl. Content is anything but compromised; Dujour features articles and editorials that rival even the best glossies. And the icing on the cake? Dujour is environmentally friendly! You can purchase a 1 year digital subscription for ten dollars.

For those of you who prefer something tangible to hold in your hands, Dujour offers a limited run of 1000 print copies per issue, packaged as little pieces of art with an accompanying gift.

From the Art Issue:
From the upcoming Vintage Issue:
Visit: Dujour
Samantha Pleet is a favourite around here. The Spring Summer '09 collection still has that quirky girlish element to it that we've come to know and expect from Samantha, but it also embodies a lovely old fashioned elegance.

No one does rompers quite like Samantha Pleet. (They've been featured prominently in each of her collections since launching in 2006).
If you're lucky enough to be in New York this weekend, pop by the Samantha Pleet trunk show at Eva (@ 355 Bowery)!
With the Rick Owen Boots out of my price range, my love for the MiniMarket Zipper boot has been reignited. The hidden wedge heel and thick industrial zipper are amazing.

Visit: MiniMarket
Nomia, named after a water nymph in Greek mythology, is a New York based label designed by Yara Flinn. The Spring Summer '09 collection is on first glance very classic, but modern touches reveal themselves in the detailing.

I love the unexpected straps on the two pieces below:
Visit: Nomia
Yesterday, I stumbled upon an amazing dress on Sunday Brunch Dress Shop by a label that I had never heard of - Kloset. This led me on a frantic search for more info about them. (Business note to aspiring fashion designers: Choose a label name that can be easily Googled!) I finally found Kloset's Website - and just as I suspected, their collection is absolutely beautiful.

Kloset is based in Thailand and sadly (or maybe best for my wallet) seem to only have one North American retail outlet (Sunday Brunch) with limited selection.
Visit: Kloset
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