My sketchbook is my pinterest #PRINTerest #ellemag #doodling (at Wolf Den)
Katherine Feiner was easily one of the best dressed girls in our high school. She was never too trendy and always chic, so it was no surprise to us when she went on to study design and textiles at the University of London. Her style, still impeccable, and her capsule collection feels so natural, elegant, and cohesive. It’s a testament of a sharp eye and incredible talent. A week before her NY trunk show I shot her an email to get some insight to her process
How did you decide you to go out on your own and design this first capsule collection?
I always wanted to design on my own, so that was always the ultimate goal. It’s all about timing, and I wanted to be a little sponge and learn as much as I could from working from other established designers. My internships during college at Vera Wang and Jill Stewart here in NY, as well as Preen in London gave me that exposure, and I am eternally grateful for all they taught me. I feel like you never stop learning in this business, and everyday is a learning experience for me now that I’ve launched my own label. It’s definitely given me the freedom to design the clothes I’ve always wanted to wear, and to cultivate my own identity without operating within the constraints of a big name designer and what’s expected of them. That’s definitely the most exciting part for me so far!
2) Where do you draw your inspiration from? Is there a specific girl you draw up while creating? (what does she listen to, where does she hang out)
At this stage in the game, for my first collection, I really wanted to channel the ideal girl who would identify the brand. I think that’s the most important aspect for a first collection. You want to come out with a strong sense of who you are through your silhouettes, fabric, construction, etc. I definitely took a lot of direction from women I know who I would want to see walking down the street in something from my label. The woman has a strong sense of self whilst also not taking herself too seriously. She views fashion as a way to feel feminine, beautiful and empowered without having to bend to all the latest trends. She knows what works for her lifestyle and her body, loves traveling and new experiences… but still enjoys the thrill of discovery in her native city. I tried to incorporate pieces into the collection that would fit into all the different facets of this women’s life.. work, play, travel, etc.
Diane Kruger (love), Wallis Simpson (I want every single piece in her jewelry collection and wardrobe), Grace Kelly (classic), and Erin Wasson.
Favorite part of the process definitely has to be the first sample fitting. It’s like christmas when this product of your imagination that has previously lived on paper becomes a reality. I get very excited…
It’s hard to talk about living and designing in NYC without getting cheesy or using some cliche… but I’m going to try! I recently moved back to the city after living in London for 6 years, and initially I was struck by how individual this city really is. It’s constantly changing and possesses and energy that you can’t find anywhere else. On the creative side, you have an endless supply of colors, people, architecture, art, food, etc…all of which play into my inspiration for each collection.
Oh wow…hard question… I would have to say right now it’s a vintage necklace I got at the brooklyn flee market a few months ago. It was made by a costume jeweler in Paris in the 50’s. I love this type of shape..close to the neck, but not choking you. It’s very elegant but fun with all the colors. I tend to wear it with all black so it makes a bit of a statement
Shop the collection and learn more about Katherine Feiner here: Katherine Feiner
Awards season is fashion overload for the fashion obsessed. I always watch the pre show looking for my favorite fashionistas, but now I’ll be focusing on Livia Firth (wife to Collin Firth, producer, and creative director of the eco-age.com). Her Green Carpet Challenge (GCC) has managed to get the most fashionable actors and actresses as well as the chicest designers involved.
Visit her site here: Eco Age
and read more about the challenge here: GCC
Some favorites green carpet moments from the past:
Colin Firth in Giorgio Armani’s ethical wool suit with recycled accents and Livia Firth in Paul Smith. I adore this look on Livia- she’s worn such beautiful gowns for GCC but this one is my all time favorite of her looks!
Elizabeth McGovern in an organic certified silk dress from Gucci at the Cannes screening of Once Upon a Time in America
Julianne Moore in Tom Ford at the premiere of her HBO show Game Change
The always stunning Meryl Streep in the first Lanvin custom eco gown at the Academy Awards
(all photo credit: GCC)
Try these looks out for your next big event (click the photos to be taken to the link)
Tip: on a tight budget? try your local salvation army or goodwill shop for a mens suit that fits well - and take it to your local tailor to have it fitted!
Elizabeth’s ethereal gown
Tip: pair with simple sandals and minimal accessories for an effortlessly angelic ensemble
Julianne’s sleeved cocktail
Meryl’s party perfect gold:
I love blogger Margaret Zhang’s use of bold color during NYFW ‘12. I don’t know if I’m quite ready for red, maybe I’ll try it with a muted primary color first, but for those with a brave fashion sense tell me if you’d rock it?!
Red Bottoms (click photos to visit the item’s website)
Long Dark Coats
Arizona Muse has such great style, and I tend to love every shoot she does (from J. Crew to Vogue and every runway in between) Being the color-a-phobe that I am, this is such a fun way to make black look less vampy and a lot more girly and flirty.
Get the look:
(click photos to be linked to shops)
I love this handmade v-neck sweater, with a little twist
and I love that this handmade sequin skirt could be used so casually
and when I searched black vintage cowboy boots- they had every size!
Top it off with this great bag for the day time…
And swap it out for some more sparkle at night
Is up and running! The scary part is that I have 60+ items for sale and it isn’t even a small fraction of what I have hanging on my rack and shelves! Who knew that cataloging, photographing, uploading, measuring etc would take so long. I’m blaming my 12 hour work days (which is why I’m up at 5:00 setting it up!)
Head over to facebook and “like” my page for a discount code for the Etsy shop!
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(photo credit: http://www.whowhatwear.com) click to be taken to original article.
One of my favorite blogs “Who What Wear” does a wonderful job of breaking down the trends and building outfits. At the end of the post they show versions of their key pieces that are available in stores and online. I decided to use their module to find some of my own options. All my items were found on Etsy.com, some handmade, and some vintage. As soon as I learned about Etsy, it became my main source for one of a kind pieces that feel special. Here’s what they had to offer for the trend. Floral dresses, metallic sandals, metallic tops, coral blush, silver clutches, silk floral pencil skirts, interesting white blouses, lip stain, floral pants, and floral coats.
(click the picture to be taken to the shop)
This year, 2012, my partner in crime (RJH) and I have decided on voting with our dollar. Voting for sustainable, voting for reusable, voting for small businesses and locally handmade products. As my career as a shopper in a wasteful industry grows, my desire to shop factory-made brands lessens. This challenge has helped recapture the magic of a fashion find. I love a challenge. I love a competition. Following in the steps of the ‘green carpet challenge’ folks, I’m documenting my journey. From stories at estate sales, favorite finds, and revamping of my favorite style blogs, I invite you along to enjoy all the hunts and treasures!