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Vice on Fashion

Vice Magazine just released their Fashion Issue which has a great collection of in-depth, interesting articles on various fashions. Enjoy these little glimpses into other people’s clothes and habits…

Holy Fashion – clerical tailoring in Vatican City

Dressed to Kill (or be Killed) – the costumes of bullfighters

Today’s Viking – the current Viking King

Metallic Package – codpieces

Etsy of the Week – Yokoo –

I hear it gets cold in Vermont. I think I have a solution…

Ok, I know it hasn’t been a full week since the last one but I feel pretty good doing whatever I want, including oogling the amazing knit things over at Yokoo on etsy. Holy Macaronni! Have you ever stumbled upon something early in the morning and it took you a while to process what, exactly, it was you were looking at? And then fireworks happened in your brain as you connected the dots and little lights went on and everything started telling you “OH man, you should be about ten times more excited than you are” as the rest of you struggles to catch up because really, it is quite early and everything is still a bit muzzy when you’re cradling a cup of chai in your jim-jams without your glasses on. I’m still trying to process just how amazing the knitted things are at Yokoo especially when you pair it with the interview Etsy did with the artist. I want to meet this lady, I want to meet her and talk about knitting, life and bunnies. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? It does to me…

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The Nantucket Cowl in Pony Grey
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The Oatmeal Soopascarf
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The Raw Brown Warmer
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The Yokoo Spectacles
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The Paynes Grey Klumpen Hat
I love everything about this picture… everything from the idea behind it to whatever went into making that crazy-amazing hat to the quality of the photograph.
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Braided Chain in Pony Grey
This is by far my favorite idea. I want to make this, I want to wear it and I want to squeeze it because I can imagine how springy it would feel.

Etsy Shop of the Week -Lizarietz-

After spending so much time at camp away from such crazy technology as the internets, truly hot water and functioning freezers I spent a good chunk of my morning weeding through my favorite shops on Etsy. I’d forgotten how much I missed looking at all of the pretty things… what did I do before I found Etsy? Twas the dark ages m’dear. Anywho, I realized that the majority of the shops I like either have fancy stuffed animals or really neat ceramic things and I feel like I’ve done both categories justice. Tucked away in there are some clothing and jewelry based shops as well and those definitely haven’t been featured yet. This week it’ll be Lizarietz, a clothing shop. It’s always ok to look, no matter how expensive things are because half of the beauty of these outfits is the photography. Enjoy!

il_fullxfull88017112The Cross Back Jumper

This is one of my favorite pieces because of the pockets, the way the seams wrap and do pretty things and the colors.
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The Ruffle Dress

There’s something about the little details (it’s all in those ruffles man, they’re just so pretty!) that makes my brain smile when I see these outfits. I can’t tell whether it’s the dresses themselves or the photographs that makes me want to print these pictures out and paste them to my dresser door (if I had a wardrobe door, that is)?
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The Sailor Dress

How can you not love the little ruffly detail going across there? Not possible… especially when you know how hard that is. I could probably wear that… I mean if you twisted my arm and everything… Oh you brute, fine fine I’ll wear it I guess.
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The Batwing Tunic with Knotted Collar

I’m more than a little in love with this picture and, more specifically that stone fish. The colors are oh so pretty and gauzy and flowy…
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Brown Linen Cloche

When I add an etsy shop to my favorites it also adds the shop to my RSS feed and lets me know whenever the shop puts anything new up. The vast majority of my notifications involve these clothe hats. I like how they’re gathered and ruffled just enough to make them interesting but their colors are so simple and quiet that the hat recedes into the background and only acts as an accent. Nice.

Rayon oh Rayon

Over at Inhabitat they’ve put up a little post about the mysteries of Bamboo fabric. Apparently, in order to make bamboo the plant into bamboo the wearable fabric the fibers undergo a process involving some intense chemical. Inhabitat links over to Organic Clothing for a description of this process:

“Most bamboo fabric that is the current eco-fashion rage is chemically manufactured by “cooking” the bamboo leaves and woody shoots in strong chemical solvents such as sodium hydroxide and carbon disulfide in a process also known as hydrolysis alkalization combined with multi-phase bleaching. Both sodium hydroxide and carbon disulfide have been linked to serious health problems. Breathing low levels of carbon disulfide can cause tiredness, headache and nerve damage. Carbon disulfide has been shown to cause neural disorders in workers at rayon manufacturers. Low levels of exposure to sodium hydroxide can cause irritation of the skin and eyes. Sodium hydroxide is a strong alkaline base also known as caustic soda or lye. In its dry crystalline form, caustic soda is one of the major ingredients of Drano. This is basically the same process used to make rayon from wood or cotton waste byproducts. Because of the potential health risks and damage to the environment surrounding the manufacturing facilities, textile manufacturing processes for bamboo or other regenerated fibers using hydrolysis alkalization with multi-phase bleaching are not considered sustainable or environmentally supportable.”

Right now the FTC is going after a handful of companies who have been marketing their bamboo products as 100% bamboo and environmentally friendly because, at the end of this process, the bamboo fibers are not only not very environmentally friendly but they also become something known as rayon (a fiber that can be made from the cellulose in a plan or tree). Crazy huh? Inhabitat still makes a good point: “Isn’t the Rayon made from bamboo technically more sustainable than Rayon made from other types of plants that need tons of pesticides to grow and do not have the ability to regenerate as quickly?”

Yep.