Friday, June 29, 2012

seeing the forest for the scarves

by frédérik

Alas, my workload has only gotten worse. To top it off, four interviews I was working on inexplicably fell of the edge of the Earth. That means I have to remain on autopilot for a while.

I don't want to leave you without something snazzy to enjoy, however, so here's an update on the latest over at LOOMLAB: a collaboration with medical marijuana advocacy group Grassroots California. As always, designer Jane Henry dazzles with her customary blend of the smart and the beautiful, demonstrated in this limited edition scarf:

It's 50% wool and 50% cotton, with a design that features the state trees of 16 states. Click ye here to treat yourself for 90 clams.

Friday, June 22, 2012

sheswai says f**k yeah

by frédérik

Sorry, folks, but it's been a rough week and even rougher day - not much brainpower left over to finagle a substantial post. But the good news is the Fashionoclast's very own CFO - that's Chief Frivolity Officer - is preparing her grand comeback, so stay tuned. Huzzah!

And for those of you who like to splash a little colour to keep your digits from dwelling in drabness, the classy and eco-chic sheswai lacquer announced a limited edition shade named after the reaction it evokes: fuckyeah.

Get it for 16 clams right here.

There you have it. Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, June 15, 2012

bags of a feather flock to pinterest

by frédérik

Here's a massive post chock-full of fashiony goodness to make up for the not-so-massive posts of weeks gone by.

...with a feather in her hair

Presenting themselves as the “original feather hair extension company,” Colorado-based Fine Featherheads offers stylish hair extensions made from natural American Rooster feathers dyed in a variety of colours with organic, mineral-based dyes. They come either bonded into sets or as individual feathers, and, apparently, can be treated like natural hair.

Also on offer are feather drops, which are designed to be woven into braids:

Here are snapshots of their lovely bohemian style:

Beautiful hair styling is great, but even better is that Fine Featherheads is a company with a conscience through their participation in 1% for the Planet, carbon-offsetting programs, and efforts to be a zero-waste company.

The only downside is that that their products are mostly available to stylists and salons, so you’d have to go through their website to find someone who offers their products. But you may get a chance to see them on the road through the Vans Warped Tour in partnership with breast cancer advocacy group Keep A Breast. Quoth the press release:

Kicking off this weekend during Vans Warped Tour, and continuing at each of the 44 stops throughout the summer, the companies hope to engage and educate the 550,000 15-25 year old attendees on the importance of the issue.

Throughout the duration of the tour, Fine Featherheads and Keep a Breast will work with the free photo sharing mobile app, PictureHealing, to encourage attendees to take photos of themselves and their friends on site and share via social media to earn donations.  With every download of the PictureHealing app, Fine Featherheads will donate $1 to Keep a Breast.  With every picture taken and shared, Fine Featherheads will donate an additional $.25.

In addition to connecting with VANS Warped Tour attendees via the PictureHealing app, Fine Featherheads will join Keep a Breast in the Girlz Garage where they will host giveaways and offer stylists to apply feather extensions at select locations.

Style + Social Responsibility = Beautiful

So all you fine long-haired folk now have a cool accessory to turn to. Fine Featherheads are very fine indeed. Now, if only they could figure out how to do feather hair extensions for bald people.

The Great Bag Quest

I’m on a quest for two things: flared black jeans and a utility bag. No luck on the flares so far, but the Great Bag Quest has yielded a tantalizing lead. Before sharing that lead in a future post, however, I wanted to share a very snazzy online discovery: Happy Cow, an Australian company that specializes in transforming the discarded leather from furniture manufactures into bags and belt. As they point out on their website, by reusing material that would otherwise go to waste, they help prevent the unnecessary killing of animals and contribute to reducing the CO2 emissions underlying global climate change.
Like Fine Featherheads, their ecological sensitivity is matched by really hip styling, some of which could make you feel like Batman or Batgirl at the Renn Faire:

Leather Waist Pack -  US $89.06

Side Pack Bag - US $70.55

Vintage Hipster - US $74.05

Leather Pocket Holster - US $69.05

Mini Pouch Belt Bag - US $84.56

Unfortunately, they didn’t quite have what I’m looking for, which presents a dilemma. I found what I’m looking for somewhere else, but it’s not made from reused leather and I have no idea where it’s made. Technically, then, that particular bag isn’t exactly what I’m looking for since I want both the functional style AND the eco-consciousness. My current solution to the dilemma is not to get anything, so I might not actually be sharing that so-called tantalizing lead after all except to mention that it's inspired by tactical gear. And the Great Bag Quest continues. Maybe I’ll just make my own. (Yeah, right.)

In any case: Happy Cow. Cool bags. Check it out.

Ugglebo’s Very Pinteresting Contest

You might have noticed that little unassuming box marked “Featured Contest” in the upper right corner. Whenever possible, I’ll try to link to fun contests for you to participate in. For the box’s inaugural contest, I linked to Ugglebo’s fun contest using pinterest boards. The prize: a pair of clogs. Natch.
I hemmed and hawed a bit over whether or not to enter. But the prospect of winning combined with the opportunity to give Pinterest a try won me over. After getting the invitation to join, I put together a board that would be substantively different from what anyone else was putting together. With the exception of one, maybe two, boards that really show some thought and imagination, I’m pleased with what I came up with regardless of whether I win or not.

For your amusement, here’s the board I submitted (click to enlarge):

If you prefer to see the live version of the board, click ye on this link right here.

To see the full set of rules and other entries, visit Ugglebo’s pinterest contest page.

If you already use Pinterest, there’s still time to enter – today’s the deadline. If you don’t already have an account, however, I’m afraid your out of luck; Pinterest takes a few days to respond to requests for invitations.

Alas, I still have no idea whether you fine readers would be interested in posts based on Pinterest boards. But the fault is mine for being too abstract, perhaps. Stay tuned for further experiments related to Pinterest. I think there’s some fun to be had…

A few housekeeping notes. I’m still incredibly busy, so as much as I strive to stay on schedule the forecast continues to list a 60% chance of tardiness, abbreviated post, and miscellaneous wibble-wobbliness. Becky hasn’t disappeared, but is taking care of business until things settle down enough to get back into the blogging swing of things. Please bear with us.
Usual Disclaimer: Images borrowed from their respective companies under fair use for illustrative purposes only. They will be removed at the copyright owner’s request.

Friday, June 8, 2012

any interest in pinterest?

by frédérik

What's this? Have I decided to put my feet up this week and slack off? Well, arguably yes. But in my defense, some of the interviews I've been working just haven't panned out, leaving me in a bit of a bind as I deal with other concerns. 

Since I'm going to be quiet this week, I'm opening this post up to you. The question is: would you have any interest in seeing posts centered on pinterest boards? If so, what kind of boards/topics would interest you? Lines are open and operators are standing the comment section below.

Friday, June 1, 2012

resin in the sun

by frédérik

It was a beautiful Southern California afternoon at the delightful Beverly Hills Art Show, the kind of day to put on shorts and sandals to soak in the warmth after a period of oddly confused weather. Although much of my fashion musings consisted of baffled bemusement at the impractical footwear some women chose to wear – almost as questionable as wearing high heels at Disneyland – I also kept a lookout for beautiful jewelry among the dozens and dozens of painters, photographers, sculptors, and mixed-media artists. Of all the artists offering wearable art, Andrea Haffner – an award-winning mixed-media artist who exhibits nationally – popped out with pieces that blend the organic and the sculptural.  Much like the familiar insect trapped in amber, biological materials such as flowers, seeds, stems, and leaves become encased within coloured resin. The difference is that instead of inspiring grandiose but intriguing science-fiction, Andrea manipulates form and texture to achieve abstract but not aloof compositions of often startling beauty.

Particularly appealing is the (apparent) simplicity of the pieces. Almost minimalist, Andrea’s compositions nevertheless are sensual and nuanced. A wall would greatly benefit from one of Andrea’s larger hanging pieces, and a neck would certainly be complimented by one of Andrea’s pendants. Take a look for yourself:

Tree blossoms, mustard seeds, resin, pigment, sterling silver - $88

Found twigs, mustard seeds, resin, pigment, sterling silver - $88

Hydrangea flowers, glass ball, resin, pigment, sterling silver - $102

Found berry stem (CA), photo paper, resin, pigment, sterling silver - $102

Found stem, peppergrass pod segments, resin, pigment, sterling silver - $102

If there’s a downside, it could be the price. While it’s hard to judge how fair or unfair the price of these lovely pieces is – and the impeccable quality isn’t a factor in the ambiguity – my wife felt that they were rather too pricey. Had the prices been lower, she wouldn’t have hesitated to buy one for herself. (I wouldn’t have hesitated to buy one for her either.)

Perhaps it’s a question of viewing her work not as a mere commodity, but as an investment in the arts. Still, whatever the veto power of the wallet, Andrea’s wearable art is certainly beautiful, unique, and expressive. Best in show!

To view more of Andrea Haffner’s art, including jewelry for sale, visit her website at:

Disclaimer: Images borrowed from under fair use for illustrative purposes. They will be removed at the copyright owner’s request.