Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Support From our Town

blaec's hometown, Santa Barbara, has been covering Collection 1.0 in their weekly editorial, the S.B. Independent. We love the local support. Thanks Santa Barbara! The latest coverage in the magazine circuit has been from Zinc Magazine. Don't forget to read the latest blurbs on the contest by clicking through the articles on the right side of this news page under the header " What People Are Saying...".

Summer Whites

I saw lots of all white looks while roaming the cobbled streets. On the top row of photos we have Yves Saint Laurent (purple and red windows) and another shop window full of crisp white looks for Summer. I noticed a trend in window design where there would be a palette consisting mostly of white, paired with very rich colored backgrounds or props. Loved it. I couldnt help but think window displays from the yummy french famous bakeries had something to do with it. The colors of raspberries, passion fruit and cream and powder pastels from the parisian style macarons. I mean, who can resist such beautiful sweet treats?!

More Paris!

Here are some images of places and spaces that inspire. In the first row, we have the Manoush store on the left and a photography bookstore called "La Chambre Claire" in the middle and on the right. We have carried pieces from Manoush here at blaec and I loved the bold red and white window display. La Chambre Claire is an incredible little shop that has everything from fashion photography, documentary and fine art photography, to the most cutting edge contemporary photography publications and small books I have ever seen. Very inspiring and a great resource for the latest in artful fashion photography and a ton of other golden goodies.
The bottom trio of photos: A glimpse of Colette (Europe's biggest trend setting boutique), and the storefront of American Retro, another Parisian line we have carried here at blaec. Colette carries everything from clothing to collectibles. They have a wall of music, make-up, designer knick knacks, and a basement devoted to hydration. Yep, a water bar. Upstairs they have the men's and women's apparell as well as a sunken bookstore with hipster art books and zines. Lots to look at, and lots of being looked at, all at the same time. Paris style.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007


Visited the famous "Ecole des Beaux Arts" today and although most fashion students around Europe are in the finals phase, I managed to have a quick tour and spoke to one student, Claire, on her way to her studio. The setting at this school is world class and of traditional parisien architecture. What a place to study and get inspired! It's no wonder that Paris remains one of the strongest fashion capitols of the world. Claire is submitting designs for our Collection 1.0 contest and is very excited to get her peices in the mail once finals are over. She "loves the style that California brings to paris, but stays inside the tradition of french fashion. I love the style of Bridgitte Bardot and Francoise Hardy and everything 60's french" , says Claire. More news soon... stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

London Calling

Danielle here....reporting from London town. Visited some campuses today, and students are extremely busy with finals this week. Most of the classrooms were closed and students were locked up in the sewing room, but I will post some photos as soon as they come out from the finals cave. So far, we have lots of great students from London with cutting edge style working away and will be available soon for some photos so we can get a sense of how fashionable Londoners interpret the latest in fashion trends on their side of the pond. I have seen a lot of Phillip Lim styles, with bold dot prints and mod dresses. Went to Queen Elizabeth hall where there was a dj spinning all the northern soul classics from the famous Mod movement, and the girls were wearing short pushbacked stiletto heels and a-line 60's style frocks. Lots of cute contemporary twists of the classic mod fashion of swinging London. Also a lot of graphic black and white print tees with skinny jeans and heavy bangs with head bands. I will be in Paris on Saturday, and will have lots of fun style photos out on the sunny cobblestone streets at that time. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Deadline has been Extended!

We have decided to extend the deadline to September 1st. You now have one more month to sew some incredible pieces for us! Good Luck...

Danielle from blaec will be in London starting stay tuned for some international Collection 1.0 coverage.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

The Collection 1.0 Buzz Continues to Travel to Top Fashion Schools Around the Globe

We have received a lot of feedback from our fave fashion design schools in the US, and abroad. Here are some of the schools where we have posters hanging in sewing rooms and hallways:

US: Parson's, California College of the Arts, FIDM, FIT, Otis College of Art and Design, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rhode Island School of Design, and lots more. England: London College of Fashion, Camberwell College of Art, Central St. Martins, Wimbledon College of Art, Royal College of Art, Goldsmith's, Istituto Marangoni, and University of Westminster. Japan: Bunka Fashion College Tokyo, ESMOD Tokyo, UEDA College of Design, Osaka. France: Ècole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Studio Berçot, ESMOD Paris, Parson's Paris, and Istituto Marangoni. Italy: Polimoda Florence, Koefia Rome, and Istituto Marangoni Milan. Canada: UADT Toronto. Australia: TAFE Sydney, Ultimo College, FBI Fashion College, and Sydney College of the Arts. Iceland: Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavik. Norway: ESMOD Oslo. Sweden: Beckman's College of Design, Stockholm. Denmark: Copenhagen Academy of Fashion. Belgium: Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp.

Whether a school, office, or store - We can send you the Collection 1.0 press kit which includes posters and postcards. Send requests to:

What a fun international affair!

Danielle from blaec will begin reporting from London next week and will stop by some of these schools to see what the students are saying about Collection 1.0.

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