Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Ferocious Style

Panther Flop Clutch

Hot pink, polka dots and panthers.  A vicious combination from Canadian label, Punchanella.  

When design meets texture, it's an experience worth having.  Fabric prints that are part of chic aesthetics are combined with designs that are convenient and useful. Organization, fashion, and function are the marks of this young brilliant designer.

Everyone needs items like this. Why shouldn't they be fabulous on top of functional?

Available online at punchanella.com

Monday, March 30, 2009

The Anvil Agenda

Corporate Accessories

Welcome to Anvil Artshop,  the busy fashionista's online dream.  Unique accessories from leather handbags, belts, hand-dyed silk scarves, and custom leather jackets are just clicks away.  Where else does entrepreneur Tracy East finds her inspiration?  From women like her.

'I design for the woman who runs from a sales meeting, to a business dinner, and back home in time for bedtime stories with her kids. That woman is amazing, and my inspiration.', East says.  What's next for her?  Two new lines she's very excited about.  Home decor and jewelry.

Watch out, there's no stopping this designer.

Available online at AnvilArtshop.etsy.com

written by bijouxbead.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Tactual Bliss

Bijouxbead's Jewels

Delicate as it may seem, Darlene Martin's works are acclaimed as 'tactile'.  Capable of being touched, in layman's term.  Patrons attest they experience felicity when wearing these opulent creations from Canada.

If you're thinking hers is just another piece of jewelry to add in your chock-full collection, think again.  Every ensemble is one-of -a-kind and named individually.  

Today, I vote for the 'Artist's Brush'.

Available online bijouxbead.com

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

High-Fab for Mother Nature

Sustainable Clothing

Environmentally-friendly.  It's the 21st century's new black.  

We see, read and hear about it.  But what does being 'eco-friendly' actually entails?  The yardstick is clear and simple.  It has to have minimal or absolutely no harmful impact on our environment.  

Cloud9's handmade couture is true to the essence of earthly kindness.   Isn't it so fitting that her signature design is that of an angel's wings?  

I bet mother nature is giving her the high-fives.

Available online at cloud9designstudio.etsy.com

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Lotus Tee

Lotus, a symbol of purity.  Since ancient times, it has been a divine symbol in many eastern traditions.  Everything about is edible and usable. 

Dried flower heads are widely sought for decorative purposes, and various parts of it is used for herbal medicines.  Petals are used as garnish, leaves as food wraps, stems dried as tea and roots as soup ingredients (must be thoroughly cooked, please don't eat it raw). 

One of nature's heavenly handiwork indeed, and Rekha's design application is undeniably divine.

Available online at divinedzigns.com

Friday, March 20, 2009

Fiery Finds

Front Page Worthy

Our very own Designers featured in Trunkt's Front Page last Thursday, March 19th.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Summer Line

Sizzling Stripes
Stripes, an icon of interminable style.  It's timeless look has survived the latest fad's short-lived fame.  For her spring and summer collection, Erika Hendrix's portrayal of these celebrated streaks takes us beyond the usual nautical theme.  

None of the assuming fitted tops, trousers and shorts.  Loose, airy, yet sensual clothing is what you'll see.  Casual, comfy and trendy are the marks of this self-made designer.

Hendrix's design ingenuity is unequivocally top of the line.

Available online at erikahendrix.com

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Irresistible Treat

Crinkle Necklace

It is one of the world's most popular dessert.  Crinkles.  A perfect name for deliciously soft, fudge like confection.

If there was an Iron Chef for metalsmithing, it will be Stephanie Blackman.  Her recipe begins with pureness of form, vibrant colors of gemstones and her desire to create timeless designs.  She then tops it off with her passion for creating beauty and perfection in every form and texture.

This is one sweet treat I'll definitely indulge in, sans the fat.

Available online at metalicious.com

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Bare and Beautiful

Belgian Contemporary Designs
Perfect planes, purity and simplicity.  Terms that encompass 'Minimalism'.  True advocates of this discipline actuate the careful consideration of void spaces left by the removal of certain features in a design.  

A concept so skillfully adapted by Marcus Marguillier, a seasoned graphic designer and classical ballet dancer from Belgium.  The clean lines and simple forms in his designs come from his acumen of art and body-movement.

An absolute instance that 'less is great'.

Need we say more?

Available online at www.marcus-design.eu

Monday, March 16, 2009

Sleek Splendor

Hand painted Silks

Only mother nature can produce fibers with prism-like structures that allow incoming light to refract at different angles.  This is how silk achieves it's lustrous appearance.  

It's daintiness can be intimidating for inexperienced hands.  Janine Mave from North Carolina knows exactly how to turn this delicate cloth into fine pieces of functional art.  Handpainted scarves, hand bags, pillows and sun hats are just few of her masterly creations.  

One reason why other insects envy silkworms - they're fashionable.

Available online at OneDogTalking.etsy.com

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Blown Away

FormFire's Propeller Necklace

A propeller's efficiency is determined by thrust x axial speed over resistance x rotational speed.  Sound too scientific?  Wait 'til you try it with glass.  

Only an architect with masters degree and fifteen years of lampwork and jewelry design can pull such intricate combination.  When operating in its best regime, a well-designed propeller typically has an efficiency of around 80%.  

Formfire's lampwork discs sure has 100% vogue prowess.

Available online at formfireglassworks.com

Friday, March 13, 2009

Magical Mementos

Prague's Pride
No wonder Alice took so long in her wonderland stroll.  I would have traversed slowly too, if I was holding such enchanting purse.

Husband and wife team Alex and Karen of Baba Studios in Prague welcome you to their mythical creations.  Fairies, mermaids and other fantasyland creatures deck their crafty bags.

Don't blink your eyes, and let the magic begins. 

Available online at baba-store.com

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Beauty of Black Diamonds

Gems from Germany
Three years ago, scientists discovered the surprising origin of the mysterious black diamonds.  Report says it came from outer space, since not one was discovered from the world's mining fields.

These matching earrings and pendant are not the real deal.  But designer Sandra's take on the precious 'black diamonds' is still worthy to be prized.  We all agree.

Available online at Purpur.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Best Cocktail Mix

On Your Finger

In New York, you'll find the best brew of cocktail in America.  Not the sip that will tumble your ice-cubed body this winter.  Nor the one you can order in an opulent bar.

Think: 14 karat gold filled wire with fresh water pearls, and drops of small red coral seeds for elegance.  Served up in your finger.  Garnished with lustrous amethyst stone on the center.

Get me one please.

Available online at BridalEmunique.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Ties That Bind

Necktie BraceletsJust when we thought vintage has reached the pinnacle of utilitarian fashion, designer Celeste Christie came up with yet another genious creation.  Raise your hands for these gorgeous necktie bracelets.

Vintage ties from way before I was born got their second lease in life, as they're transformed into delightful fabric jewelries.

No better way to get your hands tied than this one.

Available online at ccstaraccessories.com

Monday, March 9, 2009

Cocoon No More

On Slender Threads

Metamorphosis.  The rapid transformation of a larva to an adult.  The ultimate 'coming out'.  

It's time to step out from your fashion doldrum.  Reveal a new you with this irresistible shawl with rutilated quartz beads. This shawl is illuminating and will brighten any event or occasion.  

So, spread your new wings and...

Flaunt it.

Available online at OnSlenderThreads.com.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Ears Be Told

Hand Hammered Earrings

Did you skip the dreaded ear piercing back in the '80s because mom was so worried?  Then, here's a great reason to get it done.

From watercolor and pen and ink, Kathryn Cole brings to life her illustrations to exquisite adornments.  A decade of experience in jewelry designing and making, you can be sure you're in good hands.

As for the piercing...

I'll let you decide.

Available online at kathryncoledesigns.com

Friday, March 6, 2009

Galaxy Jewels

Neptune Necklace

You don't have to board the next Apollo expedition to see the fourth largest planet in our solar system.  Last time I checked, a lady from England captured its magnificence for us.  

Presenting, Emily Gray's Neptune Necklace.

Even experts from NASA will surely agree its charm and intricate details are true sparkles in the eyes.  Emily's lifelong obsession with color, textiles and all things beautiful make her creations truly amazing, even up close.

Leave the telescope for this one.  

Available online at emilygrayjewels.etsy.com

Spring's Secret

Slick Scarflettes

Welcome the abbreviated version of the bulky scarf.  It's short, warm and practical.  

This clever creation serves a multitude of fashion purposes.  Wear it as a neckpiece or prep up a plain top with it's vibrant colors and textures.  Better yet, jazz up your daily wardrobe by layering one after the other.

This fabulous made to order wool scarflette is simply chic.  Did we mention each one can be interconnected?  Just in case, you suddenly miss the lengthy version.

Available online at urartist.etsy.com

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