Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Mashable Open Web Awards, Vote For Smashingdarling



Your VOTE for SmashingDarling.com in the Open Web Awards is a common vote for the entire Indie community online!
We made it through the first round and now everyone can VOTE AGAIN!





WHO: Smashing Darling NEEDS YOU!

WHAT: TO GO VOTE!

WHERE: Mashable.com Open Web Awards 2007 FINAL ROUND - Best Social Shopping Network

WHEN: NOW! Voting Ends Thursday December 20th, 9pm PST

WHY: Because the indie design community needs you to:

SHOUT IT OUT - SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT - PASS IT ON

HOW: Click Here.

Scroll down, Look for Category: Social Shopping. Click the circle next to www.smashingdarling.com. Click Cast Your Vote

It is as easy as 1,2,3! So GO VOTE now before you forget! If you aren't familiar with the site and are wondering what it is all about, we have a fabulous manifesto for you to read at your leisure. If you don't have time for that, I have included a few words from some of our fans.

What they are saying:

"You won't ever understand the allure of indie fashions until you buy and wear something distinct, fabulous and hard to find. Then and only then will you get why indie fashion rules the roost...they are on to something....
- Papierdoll


"Smashing Darling, my new favorite site to shop, drool, quiver etc over amazing indie fashion finds."
- PR Couture

Posted by miss mo at 7:27 AM

Monday, November 26, 2007


Link to post at fashiontribes
An Eco-Chic 2-in-1 Alternative to Plastic Shopping Bags

Plastic Bag Alternative Eco Chic Earth Friendly Green Design Fashion Accessories Canvas TotebagThe main sack measures about 2 feet wide with convenient ties, and is crafted from natural, unbleached cotton with a silkscreen design of green trees. It comes tucked inside the smaller green produce sack (8" tall x 1 foot wide) - which also ties.

By whosiepie & available at SmashingDarling.com.

- Lesley Scott

Plastic Bag Alternative Eco Chic Earth Friendly Green Design Fashion Accessories Canvas Totebag

Friday, November 09, 2007

Today's Featured Jewelry


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Eclectic jewelry for the classically modern.

Rutigliano Design is a dynamic jewelry company created by Juliet Rutigliano. Working in Sterling Silver, Gold, and Semi-Precious Stones, Juliet strives to bring her customers a modern and edgy look blended with a sophisticated style anyone can wear with comfort and ease.

Monday, November 05, 2007

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Featured store Hello Fabulous.

hello, fabulous: the company

reuse, recycle, renew. everything can be beautiful in the right hands. we collect, update, rework, meticulously edit and present only the most unique and fabulous ever-evolving treasures for your collection. every item is one of a kind, as it should be.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Today's Featured Fashion Designer

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Inspired by film noir and vintage lingerie, Ouvrez La Porte's designer Karen LaPorte, chooses seduction over sexy, alluring over loud. Wearing an Ouvrez La Porte silk dress can make one feel at once both demure and sensual . This retro sensibility leaves something to the imagination and let's the woman wearing it shine through.

Silk charmeuse is often combined with lace or chiffon for this glamorous effect. One small cocktail worthy collection is created each year and sewn by Karen herself in her Brooklyn studio, factory free.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Click image to buy this now.

Inspired by film noir and vintage lingerie, Ouvrez La Porte's designer Karen LaPorte, chooses seduction over sexy, alluring over loud. Wearing an Ouvrez La Porte silk dress can make one feel at once both demure and sensual . This retro sensibility leaves something to the imagination and let's the woman wearing it shine through.

Silk charmeuse is often combined with lace or chiffon for this glamorous effect. One small cocktail worthy collection is created each year and sewn by Karen herself in her Brooklyn studio, factory free.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Today's Featued Designer


Nichole Angelina Grazioli is Smashing Darling's featured designer today!
Click image to buy online.
In an effort to elevate the importance of individuality in our fashion culture, I pursue my passion for design and creation.

"MODERN ART", exists in many forms. My creations are considered by some, to be "Wearable Art".

My diverse collection of garments, are hand-crafted from an array of fine retro-vintage and new fabrics. Cashmere, silk, lace, denim, lycra... are infused to create eye catching fashions.

A creation process that bears clothing that is stunning, and functional for the modern day fashion enthusiast.

Every man and woman should be able to look, and especially "FEEL" their best. This is what I
aim to achieve with every design I create. And with every design I create...I
give to you, a piece of me. My heart, my love, my passion...

" A CELEBRATION OF INDIVIDUALITY".

I entertain the idea that individuality is not easily attained, therefore..

I commend YOU, for your time, and appreciation of modern ART! Each and every day I thank each and ever one of YOU, for embracing my art, and allowing my dreams to become my reality....

In retrun, with every design I create...I give to you, a piece of me. My heart, my love, my passion, " A CELEBRATION OF INDIVIDUALITY".

Nichole Angelina Grazioli

Thursday, October 11, 2007

compai: Compai's limited edition collection



I love compai and what these ladies are doing! You have to go see what all the FUN is about! They have beautiful indie designs.
compai: Compai's limited edition collection

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

New Mer Girl Dress







































I love this new dress in the collection. Black and dark chocolate brown stripes with a yummy lipstick pink baby over lock stitch for contrast. Come visit the store or get it online here.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Thistle Downs wool design: Great Getaway


















Thistle Downs wool design: Great Getaway,
I thought this was kind of funny. I had two friends on the Schoodic Pennisula in the same weekend. Very odd because one works for Smashing Darling and the other, Thistle Downs is a designer on Smashing Darling. Maybe this wouldn't be so odd if we had a thousand employees, but we only have the one!
Anyway read a great interview with Thistle Downs here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Must Have Hats of the Season

Naik Fur has the must have hats of the season.
They are totally one of a kind and are made of kick ass crochet.


I love the inspiration here.
Roaring 1920's flapper cloches

The inspiration is vintage,
the technique of crochet is old fashioned,
but her design sense takes both of these things and makes them very current.

I just think they are totally amazing.
I own a halter top that has some of her crochet on it.
It is incredible.
Check out her videos on in her store on Smashing Darling, some of them are of her product.
So the purchaser can see all the way around them.
You can shop Naik Fur online here.
Kudos to Amy Hemmings designer of Naik Fur,
Jennine from The Coveted, wore a piece of hers to San Francisco Fashion Week.
She did a great interview with Amy, click here to read it.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

nottene: TAXI Magazine























It was so great to find someone else that loved Taxi magazine check out the link to this and many more great finds in this blog. It is a blog about clothing, art, and interesting ephemera.
nottene: TAXI Magazine

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

In Fashion, what's old is new again


Pop on over to the blog I write over at Smashing Darling to read the post!
Sorry, I am tired and don't have the energy to write 2. After you are done reading, go check out my store, MerGirl or my friends Whosiepie.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I love big rings!


And this one by Go Robot is amazing!
I am so excited! I just ordered it yesterday! The designer Stuart makes them to order so it won't be here for two weeks. I will keep you posted about my latest indie purchase. I love his jewelry, this is the second piece of his and I don't think it will be my last!
He is very inspiring to me and I want to design a mini collection around his jewelry. So simple and modern, I love the colors as well.
A description right from the designers mouth - Dark green transparent acrylic with white resin. Hand-shaped and finished to a high polish. Clean and striking. Fun to formal. chunky, but comfortable and easy to wear.
Don't be green with envy, go get one! Send a recommendation to your closest as a gift idea for upcoming b-days or holidays!
My last word YUM!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Dot Night

Well we had a great night last Thursday for our Dot Night open house. Lots of Dots were in town for the festivities! The Dot fan base is growing and soon it will include Man Dot! For that night I wore new Dot Dress. I did a collaboration with Whosiepie. She has a great strapless dress pattern. So I made a fantastic strapless Dot Dress of gorgeous Austrian wool. It will be on sold exclusively on Smashing Darling beginning this weekend.
Me Wearing Strapless Wool Dot
and
Shell- Bell Wearing Classic Short Sleeve Dot
Christopher Wearing Man Dot
and
Nancy Wearing MerGirl Dot
Buy it online here and join the Dot Fan Club.
The best part, if you are spotted by a dot fan wearing your Dot, They will tell you they know where you got it!

Monday, June 11, 2007

The Sexiest Tunic Ever!


There are just a couple of these sexy tunics left and they aren't going to last so you better get them while they are hot! They work great as a cover up as well over your bathing suit. Which brings us to the sexy part, it only lets the pretty curves from your bottom just peak out! So go MerGirl online right now! If you purchase by Friday, June 22 you will get a DOT shirt Free! Everyone loves the DOT!

It comes in creamsicle orange and white too!




I wouldn't wait to buy it!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Perfect Summer T-shirts


I say they are perfect because they are a little sheer, a bit fitted, and pretty sexy, and can be worn dressed up or down. Change the mood of it depending on what you put under it. The sleeve is also perfect for all you women out there that tell me you hate your arms! They are available in purple or pink. Shop for them online here

Monday, May 14, 2007

Girls Are Mean!




Before you get all worked up about it, think about it. See, I'm not lying and I'm not being mean. Now that you get it, it's pretty funny! I thought they were important enough to have their own store on smashingdarlin.com

Well I think a lot of people agree with me! There is now a 2 week wait list! I think it is turning into the #1 girlfriend to girlfriend gift! I think they all must be given with a note that says 'just kidding'. (as she looks on with a Cheshire cat grin!) because sometimes Girls are Mean!

So run and purchase one before the wait gets too long!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

This is Hot



I love this dress that I designed if I do say so myself! It is very fun and flirty and available online at my online MerGirl store. Perfect in black or grey. There are only a few of these beauties so run and buy it now before they are gone! I love the playful seam down the front.

Happy Shopping!

If you are in Chester Ct stop by and say hi!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

I Bought it on Smashing Darling!


I am so excited! I had the most amazing outfit on yesterday and it all came from smashingdarling.com . The dress was from Punkin NYC The shop is owned by Designer Deirdra, an amazing young designer with a hip boutique in the East Village. The dress I ordered, which she named Wendy, is gorgeous. The quality of her finishing is well beyond what she charges for these dresses. They are all made right here in the USA. I would highly recommend her. I told her I would be charging about $350.00 per dress for the quality if it were in my store. Her pieces are timeless as well, so I know I will have it and be wearing it forever. The other beautiful object d'art I purchased was simple elegant silver wire heart pendent necklace on suede cord from Dina Varano . I received a million compliments on my outfit. So I need to say thank you to these 2 great designers for making me look so beautiful!
Remember to shop for independent designers. They make the world a more interesting and beautiful place!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Where Do People Like Me Go?



It is just a question, where do people like me go? I am a fashion designer that decided a long time ago not to go the route of the fashion industry in NY. So what were and are my options. Frankly even if you want to be in the fashion industry in NY as a designer, the job opportunities are few and most aren't what you think they would be. So I ask this question again, If you are a student graduating as a fashion designer, textile designer or accessory designer, where will you go?
I chose to create my own job opportunity by opening my own store designing and selling my own clothing line. As you can imagine it has been a lot of struggles, trying to market, produce, manage, and design for this business. The one thing I couldn't do and had no time for was designing my store online. Well now there is a site that wants to help, Smashing Darling . The site makes it so easy to create a store and start selling. The best part is, I am now part of a community of independent designers. A place where we can support and promote each other as well as ourselves, and share customers. I know my customers like to find other independent designers, they will shop in my store, but I know they will look around for other great finds.
So maybe this is one of the answers to the question, 'where do independent designers go to create the career they always wanted?' I want every designer to know about this because I think it is going to help the independent design market become a driving force in the US.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Thank You

I just want to thank all of the fabulous blogs that have written about Smashing Darling
and the designers in Smashing Darling. They are all in my list of links. Even though the site is brand new the site and the designers have gotten some good press. The site has also teamed up with THREADS , a company on the west coast that organizes independent designer and lifestyle shows. So if you are going to be Seattle, April 22, 2007 look them up. They organize shows in a few cities on the west coast and want to expand, so look for their next show if you won't be able to attend Seattle.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Smashing Darling!

I want to put a call to all indie fashion, accessory, & textile designers, check out www.smashingdarling.com. A very cool concept, a place for indies to have a store and sell their items as well as be a part of a community. That way we all work together to help promote and support each other. For example, as a designer that already owns a store, I can invite all my customers to the site. My customers can find every other designer on the site, and others can find me. There is a place for me to mark other designers from the site in my favorites, my customers will go check out these other designers because they trust what I recommend. There is a way to give an interview or film the inside of a store, design studio, or workroom. If you have done a fashion show and filmed it that can be put in your store as well. So tell everyone you know.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Calling all designers

I picked up this months British Vogue while in NY last weekend. I love Vogue from other countries. I don't know what has happened to the American market but it is sad. This Vogue has great fun, playful fashion photography in it. Maybe all of the photographs don't make sense to everyone, but that is the beauty. Sometimes it is great to see fashion just being fashion for fashion's sake and not because it can sell a billion pieces at mega-store of the month. I feel like American Vogue is falling victim to the mass machine. Pretty soon it might actually look like a gap catalogue. Any way, another cool thing I found was this ad that says
' Take the place of the big ones', It is for the Mango Fashion Awards. Very cool thing happening in Europe for young designers. That is the other thing I think Europe is so much further along in promoting and helping young indie designers. I hope this movement takes off in the good old USA as well. Hope it warm where you are.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Deja Vu

I was back in the city again on Saturday, this time to check out the Vintage show. Another great resource if you are anywhere near or in the city. Sometimes I find inspiration in the fabrics, sometimes it is in the styles and sometimes it is just a mood there. It will be there again in May, go to www.manhattanvintage.com for more info. Picked up lots of info about other vintage shows coming up. The Boston Antique Textile & Vintage Fashion Show is coming up March 31 - April 1 at Bayside Expo Center, 718-832-4039. The Pier Antiques Show is March 17 - 18, Pier 94, NYC 212-255-0020 this show includes vintage Fashion Alley, admission is $15.00. Sturbridge Mass has the Vintage Fashion and Textile Show, May, 7th 207-439-2334.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The Market NYC

If you can get to the city go check out The Market NYC, it is a young designers market,located at 268 Mulberry street, in NOHO, every Sat. & Sun. They are still working on a website. Also check out www.meetup.com, look for the fashion group set up by gary, in New york, for indie fashion designers. He is trying to put together a group that may someday all be able to meet. Fashion week starts tomorrow, Feb. 2, 2007 in Bryant Park, very cool. I loved some of the stuff that was shown in Paris. Hopefully NY will be just as inspiring. Met a very cool textile/fashion designer at her store in SOHO, Mary Jaeger. She has very cool dyeing techniques and fabric manipulation. www.maryjaeger.com.

Friday, January 26, 2007

I love NY

Yeah! I am off to NYC this weekend to hit a few museums, my favorite fabric stores and to check out this market actually called, The Market NYC, young designers market. It happens every Sat. and Sun. www.themarketnyc.com. Always fun to see what other indie designers are up to. I want to go to Momo Falana, they dye garments like no other! They take my 2 favorite things and combine them. They have a lot of bias cut dresses they hand dye. Bias is my favorite. So sexy and feminine. To me it is the equivalent to wearing liquid fabric. Even though I love to dye things, I can't imagine how they do what they do. I wouldn't want to know either. I love that they do it and I get to appreciate it. They are at www.momofalana.com check them out.
On another note, I just started working with a screen printer. She is a lot of fun. I am designing all the peices, she is doing the screen printing. Promise when they are done, I will have figured out how to use my digital camera so I can upload a picture or two. You can check out her things at www.whosiepie.com.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Balenciaga, more is more

This is the funniest thing to me. Balenciaga closed his fashion house in 1968 because he was disillusioned by the advent of pret-a-porter that the French were introducing at the time. Somewhere along the way , (I actually think I was in College when they re-opened the house in the mid to late 1980's) his house was re-opened. Why? If he didn't like or believe in ready to wear then, why would the the house believe in it now? I might be the only one out there that feels the way I do but, I think a house should close with the passing of the designer it was created for. How could any one possibly know what a particular designer will design at any given time. I think for an industry that is supposed to be so fresh and new, it is choking itself with the restraint of living too much in the past.

Check out
MFIT ON THE ROAD Balenciaga Paris

"July 5, 2006 - January 27, 2007 Following its program of monographs organized around the great fashion masters of the 20th century, the Museum of Decorative Arts pays homage, for the first time in Paris, to Cristobal Balenciaga, the famous couturier whose career shaped the history of fashion.160 pieces trace in chronological and thematic order the work of Balenciaga, punctuated by the view of Nicholas Ghesquière, artistic director of the design house, in an exhibition designed by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Benoît Lalloz. Musée de la Mode et du Textile107, rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris France http://www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/ tél. : 01 44 55 57 50."

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Blast From The Past

I stuck my hand into my pile of magazines and pulled out British Vogue December 1989. On the cover, Liza Minelli wearing a silver metallic leather coat with fringe all over it and of course massive shoulder pads, a black leather belt with a huge silver U shaped belt buckle, stockings, black thigh high boots, and a black boustier with lots of lace. This cover is so perfectly the last cover for the eighties. The end of the era of excess in fashion. Big everything is hopefully gone forever. Big something might have it's place, not big everything.
Inside there is an article celebrating the design career of Giorgio di Sant'Angelo http://nymag.com/shopping/articles/02/springfashion/santangelo.htm. He passed away at 53 years young. I was lucky to have worked with him during my senior fashion show project at FIT. He was the design critic for our couture class. There is a quote here in the magazine from him, "I'm not a fashion designer, I'm an artist who happens to work in fashion, an engineer of color and form" I think I forgot how much his philosophy influensed me. He goes on to say, " Stretch, for me, is key. It is both contemporary and practical." I do remember him insisting to all of us in this eveningwear/couture class that everything must be able to be rolled up and put into a suitcase, pulled out and able to be worn without a lot of fuss. The funny part was, we had a proffessor who had the exact opposite philosophy about eveningwear. He always told us (and made us practice), an evening gown should have enough stays and foundations built into it, that it will stand in the corner of the room all by itself without a body in it. I wonder where Prof. Contrary is now?
Another tribute in the magazine is for Diana Vreeland. http://www.canadianinteriordesign.com/kwi/diana_vreeland.htm What an amazing person with an influence on the fashion industry that I'm not sure we will see again, not in our life time anyway. She was fashion editor at Harpers Bazaar, when she was woed over to Vogue to be editor-in-chief during the sixties. I think she is most known for how she saw the world and she taught other people how to see the world differently. She says here " I have the kind of eyes that will travel over a magazine page, find a tiny insignificant-looking detail no bigger than your fingernail, and get totally mesmerised. My immediate instinct is to want to blow it up - make it big! I think laying out a beautiful picture in a beautiful way is a bore. You have to blow it right across the page and down the side, crop it, cut it in half, combime it with something else... you see I'm looking for the most far fetched perfection." I think the fashion industry as a whole is missing the influence and presence, that only Diana Vreeland could have.
TTFN

Monday, January 08, 2007

Rainy Day Fun!

I could not have been more wrong about it finally getting cold in New England! It was 71 degrees in the sun at my house on Saturday! This is insane, and I am a winter baby. I love winter and snow. I am actually one of those sick people that actually likes to shovel! Sorry, not for anyone else but me. I am in my studio watching it pour, getting ready to throw out the entire contents of this place so I can start designing my spring collection. No, that isn't the fun part, (actually it will be) the fun part is I am having lunch with a fellow indie designer and friend to talk about collaborating together on some peices for spring. I love the possibilities that are created when people smash their ideas together. She is a screen printer, she has a children's line and a women's line that she will be expanding this year. Her website for children is www.whosiepie.com. You can check out her style there and soon she will have a store online as well as myself. I hope you are doing something productive today!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

FIT, not a New Year's resolution

Well, maybe it should be a resolution to try to get to the museum at the Fashion Institute of technology, FIT has a great exhibit right now called She's Like a Rainbow: Colors in Fashion, it runs November 11, 2006 - May 5, 2007 . It is part of the permanent exhibit Fashion and Textile History Gallery. http://www.fitnyc.edu/aspx/Content.aspx?menu=PastGlobal:Museum
Here is the description from part of the press release.
In November 2005, The Museum at FIT launched America's first and only permanent gallery of Fashion and Textile History. The gallery features changing selections from the Museum's permanent collections, which are comprised of more than 50,000 garments and accessories dating from the 18th century to the present - with particular strength in contemporary designer fashion - some 30,000 textiles from the 6th to 21st centuries, as well as 300,000 textile swatches and 1,300 sample books. The Fashion and Textile History Gallery is organized chronologically, so that students and visitors can understand the important cultural, social, and technological changes that fashion so clearly demonstrates. In this and other respects, the gallery supplements the many classes and tours held in the Museum as well as its special exhibitions and public programs. The Museum at FIT is one of the world's only institutions dedicated to the study of fashion and textiles and now features its collections year-round.
Sign up to be on their email list if you go to the site. They will keep you posted on future happenings. There are few really great schools for design, and this is one of them. I will never forget my 4 years there. I love to go back to use the library and see the exhibits. Hope you get there soon.