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New York-based designer Nomia, headed by the impossibly cool Yara Flinn, sat down to talk to French blog Garance Doré about her taste in everything from beauty products to the 5 people she would have dinner with.
When asked to describe a Nomia girl Yara replied, “Confident in the sense that she doesn’t think too much about what she’s wearing but more about expressing herself. She has a mix of feminine and masculine, edgy but still classic at the same time.”
Read the rest of Garance Doré’s interview HERE
Shop our selection of Nomia HERE
In order of appearance:
Nomia Orion Long Laced Shoulder Dress
Nomia X Front Drape Tee
Nomia Orion Laced Shoulder Mini Dress
Pictures of Yara taken from Garance Doré.
Thanks to Jasmine Park for the beautiful images of last Saturday’s Rachel Comey event. Rachel was hanging out, incredible food was provided by Pioneer Square Pantry, and we unveiled Rachel’s limited edition bedding made exclusively for Totokaelo Art—Object. (Now available in store, online availability coming soon)
Click HERE to see more by Jasmine Park
RACHEL COMEY IS COMING TO SEATTLE. We are very excited. Please join us Saturday, May 18 for ‘Rachel Comey Day’ at Totokaelo. Rachel will be bringing not yet seen styles from her New York studio for the event.
Rachel has also arranged a limited edition bedding selection exclusively for Totokaelo Art—Object. Fifteen duvet covers made from some of her favorite fabrics of seasons past. These will be available in store on the 18th and online as soon as possible!
Check out our selection of Rachel Comey HERE
Japanese fashion house Cosmic Wonder Light Source is much more than just clothes. An art book press (Cosmic Wonder Free Press), art exhibit (Center for Cosmic Wonder), and ecological materials project (The Solar Garden Wonder resists definition.
For their SS ‘13 collection entitled Diamond Equinox (online look book by photographer Takashi Homma HERE) a similarly abstract array of ideas makes up the designs. Yet for all of Cosmic Wonder’s obscurity, their clothes never lack sincerity and craftsmanship.
Pieces like the ‘Checked One-Piece Dress’ (shown) can be worn fitted with a belt, or worn unbelted to reveal Cosmic Wonder’s ideas about shape.
The same can be said of their sleeveless tops and one-piece cotton dresses, each with subtle fray detailing at the hem, and a look that says everyday with out ever being boring.
Our selection of Cosmic Wonder Light Source shown (in order of appearance):
Cosmic Wonder Light Source Checked One-Piece Dress
Cosmic Wonder Light Source One=Piece Dress in Beige
Cosmic Wonder Light Source Circular Shirt
Rick Owens, for his Spring/Summer 2013 collection titled ‘Island,’ challenged himself to create pieces based in ideas of serenity rather than his signature ferocity.
In this backstage interview with Italian store Antonioli, Rick Owens says, “I can’t speak for women when I make women’s clothes, but what I like to suggest, or offer, is that ‘Island’ is the idea of a self-contained retreat, or self-acceptance, something we’re all looking for.”
Watch the rest of the interview above, and check out our latest arrivals from Rick’s ‘Island’ collection “HERE”:
Pieces from Rick Owens’ ‘Island’ (in order of appearance):
Rick Owens Dagger Knee Length Dress
Rick Owens Short Mantle
Rick Owens Pronged Dress
Rick Owens Dagger Geo Tunic
We just started carrying Priory of Ten, designed by Toronto via China designer Mei Lu. I am loving the easy and feminine silhouettes from Piory. In this ‘New Label
Alert’ from T Magazine, Lu points to sportswear as a principal inspiration. She says, "The sportswear elements are…important, they make clothes relatable to modern women.”
Read the rest of the T Magazine article HERE
Priory of Ten (in order of appearance)
Priory of Ten Mir Tee in Antique White.
Priory of Ten Chase Blouse in Black.
Priory of Ten Barre Dress in Black.
Take an inside look into the mind of Jun Takahashi- The reserved man behind cult label Undercover with a HypeBeast interview.
What always impresses me is the fact that each of your collections does have a completely individual concept and result. From ultra glamorous refined chiffon and laces next you jump to a more casual approach and immediately after to a more refined architectural and structured silhouette.. Could you please explain?
My goal is to express what is happening in my head through art, mainly fashion-of course; there are times when I express myself through other forms of art as well – and I try to design from multiple directions by having different approaches and concepts. My selections are based on how fresh they appear to me. Of course, it is true that I am constantly interested in various things. Therefore, when I rely on the flow of thoughts in my brain, creating art with many different themes , it seems as something that comes natural to me.
How different is the youth culture of the 90’s compared to 2011?
Because the Internet was not as widespread during the 90s, particularly in the early 90s, I think young people were more focused on collecting information than today. It was a time when you had to make efforts to obtain what you wanted. I think the difference is that today’s young people lack of hunger. We saw things with our own eyes, touched them, and felt them. It was a non-virtual time back then.
Who is the UNDERCOVER customer? Could you please describe the man and woman of UNDERCOVER?
Independent people who know themselves.
People who are headstrong.
People who cherish freedom.
People who enjoy humor.
People with morals.
In addition to the above, people who are rebellious.
What are your morals Mr Takahashi?
Discipline and common sense in day-to-day life.But I don’t know what that is (laughs).
These are literally my favorite pieces in the shop right now! Check out our amazing selection of new Undercover pieces HERE
Read the full interview HERE