Brand Spotlight | Dusen Dusen

If wild prints, bold colours, and monochromatic PJ outfits are key components of your style MO, then prepare to fall head over doc martens for Dusen Dusen, a cool girl clothing and home decor brand based in Brooklyn. Designer and founder Ellen Van Dusen launched her first collection in 2010 and in the seven years since it burst onto the scene, it has expanded to include accessories and home furnishings, all with her signature eclectic aesthetic. Ellen draws inspiration from the typical sources – art, graphic design, culture – but she also creates each collection while considering how the human brain reacts to colour and contrast. Her artful (and somewhat scientific) approach translates into sleek and sharply cut silhouettes, bright hues (often primary colours), and geometric prints. It’s a magic formula that has earned this indie brand a cult following and Dusen Dusen shows no signs of slowing down. My usual style is pretty classic – think sleek cuts, lots of lace, feminine details, and lots of pastels with the odd bright here and there – so Dusen Dusen is not my usual cup of tea. That being said, there’s something about its unapolegtically in-your-face feel that pulls me in. While I’m not quite ready to don their head-to-toe printed panama suits, I am in love with their summery day dresses, cuddly (but with an edge) sweaters, and playful home furnishings line (I NEED the fruit bedding set). If you refuse to remain under the radar and love the ease of matching sets (and who doesn’t?), then allow me to introduce you to your style soulmate. Wallflowers need not apply.

DUSEN DUSEN PICKS


1 // Wrap Dress Lock Stripe


2 // Blue Key Tiered Tank Dress


3 // Floral Tile Jane Dress


4 // Rose Tile Mask Tee

5 // Floral Tile Level Tank


6 // Gray Curl High Waisted Pants


7 // Lilac Key Elastic Waist Pants


8 // Clip Throw


9 // Fruit Bedding


10 // Ladder Pillow

xoxo,

Alicia

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Designer Spotlight | Pamela Love

If you haven’t heard of Pamela Love, well then prepare to fall in love with this Brooklyn designer’s jaw-dropping line of jewelry, made entirely in Manhattan’s artsy garment district. What began in her apartment in 2006 has blossomed into a coveted cool-girl line of jewelry and booming brand. Since her eponymous label’s conception, Pamela has partnered with big names in the fashion industry like Zac Posen, Monique Lhullier, and TopShop. When looking at her collection of edgy everyday pieces and fine jewelry, it’s not hard to see why Pamela Love has become the success that she has. Her pieces are like miniature sculptures crafted out of silver and gold, embedded with stones that often seem to be from another planet. Honestly, her rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are wearable works of art. Every collection she creates is innovative and unexpected, but they are united in their uniqueness and unmatched quality. Seriously, there’s not one piece that doesn’t make me drool over my credit card.

As if her beautiful designs weren’t enough to thrust her into the fashion stratosphere, Pamela Love also prides herself on treading as lightly on the environment as possible. The fashion and jewelry industry are often thought of as being wasteful when it comes to manufacturing, but Pamela Love ensures that sustainability and environmentally friendly practices are woven into the fabric of her business. She uses recycled materials and ethically sourced stones when creating her pieces. The fact that everything is made domestically is also a major reason to love this designer. Beautiful design with a conscience? Here’s to that. If you’re the type of girl that likes to make a statement with her jewelry and abhors cookie-cutter design, then scroll on. I challenge you to not become obsessed with all things Pamela Love.

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MY PICKS

1 // Lasso Choker

2 // Large Stratum Pendant

3 // Hydra Collar

4 // Large Lee Pendant

5 // Large Stratum Ring

6 // Agnes Ring

7 // Large Satellite Ear Jacket

8 // Lee Earring

9 // Kendrick Cuff

10 // Mojave Hoops

xoxo,

Alicia

Designer Spotlight | Rachel Comey

It is rare that a fashion designer manages to create pieces that are simultaneously eccentric, boisterous and whimsical, while also being modern, wearable and flattering. New York based designer Rachel Comey is one of those rare artists. Beginning her career designing costumes for burgeoning bands in downtown New York, Comey moved on to design her first menswear collection before expanding to womenswear and footwear. Her first boutique opened in Soho in 2014. The Rachel Comey brand goes beyond her trademark, vintage-esque aesthetic with integrity and a sense of community being at the heart of the brand. All of the clothing is manufactured locally in Manhattan while all knits and shoes are produced in Spain, Portugal and Peru. With a focus on exquisite fabrics and perfect fits, its not difficult to see why Rachel Comey has built such a cult-following within the art and fashion industry.

I came across Rachel Comey recently and fell in love with her bold pieces and vintage silhouettes. Her pieces are statement making, not intended for wallflowers or those who are not confident in their own skin or sense of style. But they are also rooted in a sense of modernity and celebrate femininity with silhouettes that are at times unusual but always beautiful. Sure there a ton of talented designers out there who create pretty things. But there are few designers who blaze their own trail, shunning industry expectations while still creating works of art that women want to wear. Its clear that Rachel Comey is going to continue to grow as an artist, gaining even more respect and credibility from her peers and fans. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from her womenswear line.

Risible Dress

Rios Dress

Pollock Pant

Slim Bishop Pant

Moor Skirt

Crochet Cropped Tank

Boucle Cropped Pullover

xoxo,

Alicia