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Images: Twig Creative

Feeding off the huge popularity of the photography app, from Twig Creative comes this analog version in the form of a wooden toy for children.  I think parents will appreciate the irony more than their offspring, and I'm not sure how much fun playing with it actually is as there isn't even a viewfinder for the little ones to look through, but it is a sweet-looking toy.
Image: Toms

With only days left in this US election season, altruistic shoe company Toms hope to encourage people to get out and vote by putting a whole new spin on the captioned term.   They have designed these special-edition political versions of their classic shoe.  Each pair is hand-screened on the canvas upper in Los Angeles by Hit & Run, and are the perfect way to show your party support (pictured after the jump) or you can maintain your right to privacy with an ambiguous, bi-partisan "vote" message.

The shoes are handmade and so no two pairs are identical and colours may vary slightly. 

Images: Sunkyung Kim

We've had a plush one and now this adorable origami-like book by Sunkyung Kim called "Zoo in my Hand" allows you to punch out and fold your own little colourful paper menagerie.  Just 100 hand-numbered copies of the book (which unfortunately have now sold out) were manufactured.

Tess Giberson

Kimberly Ovitz


Reed Krakoff

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Miuccia Prada takes the idea of spring, rebirth and flowers and pares it down to the basics with this collection featuring a stylised daisy motif throughout, ladylike, softly folded dresses (some resembling collapsing merengue), skirts, coats and the ubiquitous short trouser.  As always, the accessories like the split-toe shoes are important.  While I have always been a fan of the look, I am curious to see whether they'll take off, such is the power of Miuccia Prada. 

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Jefferson Hack (of Dazed & Confused fame) has teamed up with Italian leather expert Tod's with an interesting premise: to create an unique capsule collection of shoes and boots which can be worn by both men and women, night or day.   Called the No_Code collection, the streamlined styles take their influences from music, dance, art and film.  As a collection for the 24-hour, always on the move, global nomad, the five different styles are intended to break boundaries and offer a contemporary twist on Tod's classic shoes.

Alexander Wang



Proenza Schouler
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Via Dwell comes this short film on some of the work being done by Brussels-based designer Maarten De Ceulaer.  In particular, I like his low-tech way of making these colourful synthetic plaster bowls which are formed inside inflated balloons.
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I like these Cage Necklaces from Fort Standard Jewellery (Brooklyn-based design pair Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings) which are cast directly from handmade waxes. The brass "beads" are strung on colourful Japanese cords and the necklaces are closed by handmade brass clasps. 


Kimberly Ovitz

Erin Barr

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When I think Milly, I think "prim and ladylike", but these clothes were surprisingly sexy.  With an overall sporty feel, the clothes featured pops of neon tempered with black and lots of mesh.

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Black and white colour combinations look to be huge this Spring and Calvin Klein keeps up the momentum with a collection of sleekly tailored dresses and separates.  Some of the dresses featured lace overlays but the treatment was modern and graphic, ensuring that the final effect was as far from being staid as possible.  In all a thoughtful and cohesive collection.

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Linear keyhole slashes and metallic inserts were recurring motifs in Louise Goldin's show.

Hexagonal graphics, linear graphics reminiscent of a city skyline and even polka dots were featured at Vivienne Tam for Spring, and while there were some botanical prints, being dissected by bold black stripes and piping kept these from feeling too soft

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Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti present a feminine take on menswear for spring with a subtle nod to striped and dotted neckties. 

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A sweetly, feminine collection with punchy some colour-blocking.

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Easy and comfortable collection from Zero + Maria Cornejo featuring sloped shoulders and softy draped fabrics.

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For Spring 2013 Tory Burch took her styling inspiration from First People with this skilfully worked and very wearable collection in sunny yellows and blues.  

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I have a soft spot for the eccentricity that is Thom Browne.  With the exaggerated shoulders and hips, plaid on plaid intricately worked lace and fantastical silhouettes, these clothes are not about wearability but a showcase for artistry and skill.

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Marc Jacobs brings the circus to town with ruffled Pierrot clown collars, scalloped hemlines and cartoon characters.    His floor-length curving wide-striped dresses were show-stoppers.  The clothes were accessorised with pointy-toed flats and little box bags.  

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A couple of designers that have underwhelmed me in the past are surprising me in a good way this year.  With another favourite collection, Donna Karan shows us that streamlined and unembellished clothes can be pretty too.  She sent dresses and skirts with origami folds in muted tones and washed silks.

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A fun, flirty and slightly 50s collection from Karen Walker which even might get me to like polka dots.

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Primary colours formed the basis of this sophisticated collection from Carolina Herrera.  Embellished with scrollwork details, puffed and cuffed sleeves and pointed collars.

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With a lineup featuring mainly Asian models, Balmain sent some great clothes for men and women down the runway.

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In a rare occurrence, here is the only collection I haven't double-distilled this season.  As I liked all of the looks sent down by Ohne Titel, here is the entire runway.  

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A D├ętacher gives us softly draped, relaxed looks and cozy knits, folded and twisted gingham checks and tribal prints.

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Those who thought Mrs B was a one-trick pony with her little dresses are in for a surprise with this collection which also featured many separates.  She started the show with uncharacteristically long hemlines but these quickly morphed into more flattering shorter lengths.  While the first few looks were her weakest, the collection gradually gained strength culminating with her trademark figure-flattering dresses, flirty, tiered skirts and gorgeous lace up sandals.  Jarring for me was to see mismatched blacks paired together, but perhaps this was intentional and she later combined white and cream.  I liked the visual interest that was gained from the exposed geometric lingerie straps.

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Custo Barcelona has such an unfailingly European look.  While I was happy to see the return of some of their Jason Brooks Hed Kandi-esque illustrations from 15 or so years ago, I much preferred the menswear, particularly the cuffed trousers.   I can easily see one or two of these pieces paired with more conservative items really adding an little extra to an outfit.

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With more column inches dedicated to who walked the show than what was in it, I preferred the sleeker pieces to the boxy jackets the show opened with.  Leather waves were held together with near invisible stitches and outfits were sent down in contrasting pairs like a photographic negatives.