Blearning Blog: “C” is for Cookie only 99% percent of the time

It’s that time again for a …..

BLEARNING BLOG!

That’s right, gang! It is that magical time where I pick out a name I don’t know from an archive of designers and try and bolster my fashion-lover cred by a couple points. Today’s designer is brought to you by the letter….

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Yes, Cookie Monster. The letter ! “C” is always for cookie, of course, but one of it’s less important jobs is being responsible for the alliterative and memorable name of today’s featured design house!

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This label calls Los Angeles home, and aims to capture the essence of California (which also conveniently starts with a C). Clover Canyon’s idea of fashion is not shy or subdued. Their website uses words like “jubilant” and “joyful” to describe these boldly-printed masterpieces.  Wild prints, forward-thinking silhouettes, and old-fashioned know-how of skilled structure are what make this label both trendy and timeless. 

Here are some of my favorite looks from their Resort 2013 line. The head designer Rozae Nichols chose Cuba (wait, what letter does Cuba start with again? 😉 ) as the inspiration for this year’s fair-weather looks. Bold floral accents and familiar architectural angles intermixed with loose island-worthy shapes and printed images have me captivated! Can somebody get me a plane ticket already?!?!

 

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I pretty much love everything about this. It is vivid and interesting and flattering and flat-out fun! And 10 bonus points for the model’s shoes being realistic. Heels that aren’t from hell?! I’ll take ’em!

The graphic on the novelty sweatshirt in the last image is of a cigar-roller Mavis Touissant Fuentes who was famous for her eccentric style. This is what she looks like when she is not immortalized on a sweatshirt….

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I’ll have whatever she’s smoking.

 

Want to check out some more from this designer?

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Want to weigh in? Drop a comment below! 

Cheers to being a little smarter and cheers to cheers starting with our letter of the day!!! Now about that cookie…..

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xo

 

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Blearning Blog: Today’s Episode Brought to You by the Letter B!

For those who missed it, I’m working on a new regular blog feature called “Blearning Blogs” and I’m highlighting a designer A-Z that I’ve never heard of before. Clearly if they have an established career I’m behind the times, but I take comfort in accepting there is a first time for everything.

So how’s about a proper introduction to today’s letter? Hit it Beetles!

 

 

Haha, I hope you watched the whole video, because I sure didn’t. Enough of my trickery! Today’s letter is B and I am highlighting designer Brandon Sun.

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According to his website, the designer graduated from Parsons in NYC and was named “Designer of the Year” amongst a handful of other awards. He went on to work with J. Mendel and Oscar de la Renta. His work is noted especially for his incorporation of furs, which you can tell even still a place in his 2013 Spring ready-to-wear line. He’s moved on to become more independent, and you can find a high-end fur accessories line at luxury retailers like Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, BoontheShop, and Savannah. Others were mentioned, but, admittedly, none of which I’d heard of.

So check it out! Here are some pics of my favorites from his recent Spring 2013 independent collection. There are some beautiful styles here and it’s clear that construction is both innovative and mindful for Sun.

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Check out those furrrrocious furs!

What’s super cool is that Brandon Sun actually designed a mink collection exclusively for Janet Jackson which she used in a promotional campaign for Blackglama called “What Becomes a Legend Most?” (Blackglama is an extremely high-end mink fashion retailer that boasts it’s exclusivity by deeming less than 2% of the world’s mink worthy of their designs. Also, Blackglama starts with the letter “B”….. Booyah.)

Check out this vid I nabbed from his site!

Make sure to do a Google search first if you are wanting to look up Brandon Sun. If you go to http://www.brandonsun.com, like I did, then you’ll find yourself on the newspaper website of the 2nd largest town in Manitoba, Canada. You guessed it — Brandon. 

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Top stories and photos include :

-a car wreck where a car hit another car and also hit another car. Everyone’s fine.

– a member of the “Prairie Thistle” band bagpiping at a community event.

– somebody riding a bike, and separately somebody riding a skateboard. It’s 0 degrees Celsius there, so I think I’d take a picture too.

So cheers to Brandon Sun and the Brandon Sun! One of which is warm under layers of expensive fur, and the one who is in freezing temperatures to the North. Maybe they can work out an endorsement deal….

Signing off from a sunny spot in PDX!

have a great wednesday, xo