R&Design: 3 Tips to Succeed in Jewelry Design from The ROPES’ Shana Ready (Q&A)

imageThe rugged Maine coastline is the home and source of inspiration for The Ropes designer Shana Ready, who creates her jewelry line boatyard materials like colorful ropes and hardware. With a J. Crew collaboration under her belt, Ready shares thoughtful tips on how to be successful in a fast-paced fashion industry.

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Daniel Silverstein Demystifies Zero Waste Fashion (Event)

This week in New York, join us for Zero Waste: An Intimate Conversation with Daniel Silverstein, our next event hosted with the Ethical Writers Coalition.

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Ethical Writers Co. and Mode Marteau Host New York’s Most Stylish Fashion Swap

I’ve long been baffled by the “going out top” and the mindless consumption pattern of purchasing cheap, fast fashion for one-time wear. Fashion Swaps are a more ethical and meaningful way to acquire new clothing in a flash, which is why we, the Ethical Writers Co., teamed up with haute online vintage boutique Mode Marteau to host our very own.

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Ethical Fashion Nonprofit Celebrates Kelly Rutherford at Annual Gala

On Wednesday, October 1st, Mercado Global held their annual “Fashion Forward” gala to support their non-profit work championing female Guatemalan artisans and inspiring sustainable sourcing in the fashion industry.

Hosted by Rodolfo de Rothschild, honorary chair of Mercado Global, and held at Hôtel Americano in New York, the swanky fundraiser honored actress Kelly Rutherford, of “Gossip Girl” fame, for her role as an advocate for women.

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Sarah McGuire Introduces Beautiful Fairmined Gold Jewelry for Holiday 2014

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My R&Design column wouldn’t be complete without featuring the wise words and wonderful work of my longtime mentor and friend, Sarah McGuire, whom I’ve had the pleasure of working for as a metalsmith for a number of years.

From a timber-loft studio and showroom, the Chicago-based jewelry designer and her small team have recently begun working with Fairmined gold from Peru. Here’s the inside scoop:

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Emma’s Vintage Street Style at New York Fashion Week SS ‘15 

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My favorite outfit from all of New York Fashion Week this Spring/Summer 2015 season is hands down a vintage handmade Indian dress that I wore to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center. 

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Top 5 Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Looks at Suzanne Rae

Suzanne Rae Pelaez is a lovely, inspiring designer whom I’ve always adored since we met years ago at New York Fashion Week.

Never one to shy from bold shapes and dramatic silhouettes, Suzanne Rae captures timeless concepts and masters modern design in her spring/summer 2015 collection. I am delighted to share my favorite looks with you, here.

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Classic Beauty Trend: Old Hollywood Glamour at Naeem Khan SS ‘15 (NYFW)

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Inspired by legendary actress Lauren Bacall, who passed away this year,  Naeem Khan looked to Old Hollywood for spring/summer 2015.

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Lulu Frost’s Nature-Inspired Jewelry Takes a Dramatic Turn at NYFW SS ‘15 

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I’ve long admired New York-jewelry line Lulu Frost, designed by Lisa Salzer. The timeless statement pieces have the quality and elegance of jewelry from the 1950s.

Click through for my favorite pieces from Salzer’s nature-inspired “Flora Fauna” collection for Spring/Summer 2015.

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Classic Beauty Trend: Sleek Hair and Bold Eyeliner at Tome SS ‘15

Inspiration by two Indian artists Rukmini Devi, a classical dancer, and Dayanita Singh, a contemporary photographer, Tome’s spring/summer 2015 collection was complimented with chic, sleek middle-parts and ponytails and bold, yet mascara-free, eyes.

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Natural Beauty Workshop Comes to a Brooklyn Tepee (Event)

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Renown natural beauty artist Jessa Blades will host a night celebrating organic beauty on September 9th at The Tipi Project in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

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R&Design: Todd Reed Jewelry Launches West Coast Design Studio (Q&A)

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Get excited, Los Angeles. Next month, Colorado-based jeweler Todd Reed will open a second studio space designed Tres Birds in Venice!

Todd Reed shares the inside scoop on the new studio, the launch of a men’s line—ladies, these are not just for the guys—and how Polaroid images brought his brand major success.

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Remembering the Night I Met Lauren Bacall

imageI met Lauren Bacall five years ago in New York. I was honored then as I am now to have met someone who is a part of my main source of inspiration: Hollywood’s Golden Age.  

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R&Design: Alice Roche Builds Architecture-Inspired Jewelry (Q&A)

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San Francisco designer Alice Roche is known for architecturally-inspired Sterling Silver jewelry. This season, the California-based designer has a new look for her collection, think 14kt gold.

As a long-time fan of her work, I was excited to sit down with Roche who is fresh off the launch of a new website and in prep-mode to debut her Fall collection at NYNOW next month.

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We Host First Ever Sustainable Summer Fest in New York (Photos)

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If you missed the Sustainable Summer Fest—the only summer party you wouldn’t want to miss—you can still live vicariously through all the fun photographs from the event in Brooklyn, New York this past Saturday.

Quick recap: Past Fashion Future teamed up with the Ethical Writers Coalition and the underground dance party house, Beef Cuts, to throw a summer bash. As promised, it was unlike anything New York has ever seen.

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