The Hero Behind Zero Waste

Daniel Silverstein

Daniel Silverstein in his own zero waste design

It’s been three years since I first met New York fashion designer Daniel Silverstein and that is hard to believe. In that time, I have seen a young designer grow in leaps and bounds in his creation of beautiful designs with a mindful and ethical purpose: zero waste. Now located in Brooklyn and affiliated with Manufacture NY, his journey is reaching new depths and creating a vehicle for change in the fashion world. I applaud Daniel for his energy, positivity, integrity, and for his commitment. We talked about what is on Daniel’s mind now and for the future …

MKG: Why did you move your design studio from Manhattan to Brooklyn and what has the move meant to you and to your brand?

Daniel: I moved from Manhattan six months ago because I felt stuck.  But at the time, I didn’t realize the significance of moving my business to Brooklyn and Manufacture NY – now of course it makes perfect sense. What prompted the change was the fact that I wasn’t having a large enough impact on zero waste designs. I was too focused on succeeding in the industry as it is. I have always worked behind closed doors, developing my designs and techniques in a private, almost secret space with a small team. But moving to a community space (without any walls) has given me a new approach, with the benefits of support and access to equipment. The people with whom I work are excited about my zero waste design efforts and are helping me build and facilitate my message. It is a huge blessing for me and a really exciting time. I had an incredible professor at FIT who told me that there are 2 kinds of designers: good designers and great designers. The good designers get work, and great designers change the way people dress. I always knew that I wanted to be one of the great designers making a positive impact. Continue reading

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“Be a Kitten,” said the Heel.

Loving my kitten heels - Photo, Lauren Hagerstrom

Loving my kitten heels!

Kitten heels are such a perfect fashion choice. Adding height but not too much, they are more subtle than a stiletto and more stylish than a flat. This time of year, before it gets too cold, is the perfect time to add a kitten heel to your outfit – trouser, skirt, or dress. Try it for fun and feel yourself purr with satisfaction. You go, Kitten!

Shoes, vintage Manolo Blahnik, Photo by Lauren Hagerstrom

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Sisterly Love, Colombian Style

Amelia y Elisa

Amelia y Elisa

Last August I was drawn to an article in The New York Times Style section, about the transformation of the The Colombian city of Medellín. One half of me is Colombian – anything having to do with this mysterious country both fascinates and mesmerizes me. Twin sisters, Amelia and Elisa Ochoa, were interviewed in the article and I tracked them down to see if they would share their story for my blog. These sisters describe themselves as “twins and soul mates, passionate about fashion, style, healthy beauty, and LIFE.” Their blog, Sisterly Style, is not only a tribute to their love of fashion, but is also a testimonial to their love as sisters and best friends. How exciting it was for me to connect with them and hear about their life in Medellín and their dreams for the future! 

MKG: You are twin sisters with a passion for fashion – when did this passion start?

Amelia y Elisa: Since we were little girls. We have always loved fashion, it is our major passion. We have always read magazines and have been aware of fashion shows and fashion news from all over the world. It all started when we would go with our Mom and our Grandma to the seamstress and the fabric store. It was something that we just LOVED.

MKG: What inspired you to start your blog, Sisterly Style?

Amelia y Elisa: Our blog was an opportunity, a way to enter the fashion world as ourselves. At the same time, it was a chance to start doing what we’ve always wanted to do. It was our time to act and to make our way into the fashion world. Continue reading

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The Dreams of a Young Model

Kayla Odenthal

Kayla Odenthal – Photo Credit Jeananne Sizemore, Art Whims Photography

Dreams and dreamers come in all shapes and sizes. I met a young 18-year old woman named Kayla Odenthal, a small-town girl from a neighboring city of Portland, Oregon – just across the river in Washington State. Kayla is studying to be a nurse, working at Hollister (her first job), and about to start her new job as a certified nursing assistant! But with all this going on and in Kayla’s words, “as crazy as it may sound,” she also dreams of modeling. In pursuit of this passion, Kayla has done a promotional shoot for Avari Magazine. She is not signed to an agency at the moment, but is planning to build a portfolio and submit it to agencies as soon as she can. Kayla has had a love of fashion since middle school, when she started reading Teen Vogue and Seventeen Magazine. However, at 5’3″ Kayla is considered petite for a model. Says she: “I know that I have a hard road ahead of me with my careers and education, but I look forward to the journey!” Here is more from this 18-year old dreamer …

MKG: You mention being interested in fashion and modeling since middle school, when you started reading teenage fashion magazines. When did the notion go from an idea to a true pursuit?

KAYLA:  I never really took modeling seriously until this year. Previously, I thought that you had to be tall and thin and have that “perfect” body, as seen in most magazines. It wasn’t until recently, however, that I realized anyone can model; the type of modeling that is right for each individual just varies. I tried submitting some simple photos of myself when I was in middle school, but I was turned down. I felt hopeful, but at the time I didn’t have the confidence to try again. That changed when I met with the photographer for my high school senior portraits, Jeananne Sizemore of Avari MagazineContinue reading

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The Real Fashion Warriors

Photo courtesy of flickr/Viva Vanista

A Sales Associate: Photo courtesy of flickr/Viva Vanista

Long before you walk into a store to shop and well after you leave, there is a world of behind-the-scenes activity that you never knew existed, thanks to the very hard work of the true fashion warriors – the sales associates. We may have just celebrated the Fourth of July but today I feel like honoring Labor Day. After my first few weeks as a client specialist at Talbots, I am acutely aware of those on the battle field of the fashion experience and how much we owe to them. They are the ones who stay close and personal with the customers and the product and they are the ones who set the stage for the day and tear it down just to bring it back again the next morning. And it is all done with seamless precision. I think of myself as a considerate shopper, but I never really thought about the fact that as soon as I put down an article of clothing someone is right there to fold it neatly and put it back in its proper place.

I hope you will take a moment to think about them the next time you shop. They work hard to make the shopping experience a pleasurable and productive one for us all. They are the real fashion warriors!

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The Love of IRIS APFEL’S Life

'Iris' the documentary film

‘Iris’ the documentary film

The life of Iris Apfel has been big and bold as I discovered recently when I watched the documentary film called, IRIS, by Albert Maysles. Ms. Apfel is as much a fashion influencer and icon now, at 93, as ever, and to hear her tell her story is as touching as it is inspiring.  Outspoken, honest, creative, productive, practical, and authentic are some of the words I think best describe her. This one-of-a-kind spirit says she “likes to improvise” and is, in her own words, “a denim freak.” Known for her larger-than-life collection of couture accessories, it all makes sense when you hear Ms. Apfel say in the film that her mother “worshipped at the alter of the accessory.” Iris Apfel’s influence is far and wide and people love to hear what she has to say. One thing Ms. Apfel is saying is that she likes individuality: “Everything is so homogenized these days. I hate it.” Continue reading

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TFIO: Three Years of Conversation

Last month, Turning Fashion Inside Out celebrated its 3-year anniversary. To honor the occasion, my dear friend Kylie sat down with me to talk about creating this blog and what it means to me. Watch closely and you will see how Kylie turns the tables on me

TFIO Logo by Patricia Saxton, Saxton Studio; Interview Photography by Lisa Reznik, Editing by Odeon Films; Filmed on location at Mondo Summit  

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“Sustainabilty Doesn’t Mean Compromising Fashion” says Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde Reveals Exclusive Collection with H&M

Courtesy: H&M –  Olivia Wilde Reveals H&M Exclusive Collection

Courtesy: H&M - My favorite look from the collection

Courtesy: H&M – My favorite look from the collection

Sustainability has got a bad reputation, especially in fashion … I hope the collection empowers women around the world who love fashion but want to consume it in a more sustainable way. It gives them the chance to look their best, and also act responsibly. I also hope the rest of the fashion industry is watching.” ~ Olivia Wilde

On April 16, H&M will launch its new Conscious Exclusive collection, showcasing clothing made of sustainable materials. It will be available in about 200 H&M stores and online. The new collection is being modeled exclusively by Olivia Wilde, who is a strong supporter of sustainability in the fashion industry. And Ms. Wilde says that H&M is “doing a great thing by showing people that sustainability doesn’t mean compromising fashion.” I agree. This soon-to-be-launched collection features beautiful pieces: dresses, tuxedo jackets, tops and skirts. My favorite is the halter jumpsuit with sash belt. No compromises here.

The new Conscious Exclusive collection uses sustainable fabrics like hemp, organic linen, silk, and organic cotton. Fast fashion? Maybe not so much. I’m buying it!

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TFIO: Three Years of Conversation

Stay tuned for my interview with Kylie!

Stay tuned for my interview with Kylie!

In honor of TFIO’s anniversary this month and to celebrate three years of conversation, I will be interviewing my friend Kylie – talking about what Turning Fashion Inside Out means to me, the conversations that I have had on the blog, and the connection between fashion and self expression.

Happy 3rd Anniversary, TFIO! Thank you for all your kind support. And stay tuned for the interview …

Photo by Lisa Reznik, shot on location at MONDO, Summit

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In search of the Color of The Year

Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.”
Leatrice Eiseman
Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

Each year Pantone selects a color to inspire and provide a catalyst for creative spark. Last week, Pantone selected its Color of the Year: Marsala, an earthy red-brown, like the red wine itself. I hesitated at first because the red I favor is more of a clear, bright apple-red but I kept an open mind as I went in search of a richer, deeper red – to see if it has a place in my wardrobe.

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I even searched Chanel:P1050454 Continue reading

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