the latest exhibit to go up over in building 543 might be one of my favorites to date. it’s impossible not to notice it when you walk in… back in the far corner by the cafeteria, a strange tower appeared last week… upon closer investigation it is revealed to be a tower of books, carefully stacked to form a rainbow of color with their spines.
“arguments #6C” by tom bendtsen.
the opposite wall displays more eye-catching sculptures like these:
“(un)mending” by libbie soffer
“so long and thanks for all the fish…” by joanna platt
and then this appeared above the elevator next to our café…pillows of yarn and crochet hanging like icicles from a dr. seuss book. this blew me away – it’s called “heaven” by melissa haims.
the exhibition of contemporary sculptures, titled “the journey,” opens today at gallery 543 at the navy yard, which is open monday through friday from 9am to 5pm.
the beach has overtaken my mind! i blame our march catalog for that…but i found this beach combing photo series by quercus design the other day and i think they’re so beautiful! they make me want to go to the beach right now and search for shells and stones and other treasures.
the arrangements are so beautiful…and it’s fascinating to think how the found objects differ depending on the location. what a cool idea… reminds me of our castaway trend!
There are two beautiful dresses in our March book from the label Daughters of the Revolution – beautiful graphic dresses that are ideal for a vacation as beach cover ups or dressed up for a day to night look.
Here’s a little about the designers;
Daughters of the Revolution designer, Emily Cadenhead, creates her clothes to evoke the sensibility of freedom, nature, love, and femininity that have marked her life. Her parents are hippies who live an environmentally friendly lifestyle, which liberally encourages creativity. Growing up in Malibu and Palm Springs with nature outside her window, Emily spent most of her upbringing painting and drawing. In 2007, she started Daughters of the Revolution with a small collection of hand painted dresses.
Daughters of the Revolution is a family business committed to sustainable design. The team works on a micro-level carefully selecting ethically and environmentally responsible techniques for their garments. Daughters of the Revolution uses a combination of organic clothes, natural fibers and silks. Much of their sequins and beadwork are made of recycled materials. Emily’s print designs echo nature and fairytale with recurring motifs of flowers, seashells, feathers, animal and ethic prints. The focus of the design is comfort above all else therefore developing a loyal following of women from around the world who love the collection. Daughters of the Revolution is now carried in over 200 stores worldwide as a celebration of the female form, freedom, nature, love and happiness!
our creative team sent me some outtakes from the march catalog that they didn’t end up using, so i decided to have a little fun with them and create some mood boards – each centered around a theme: castaway, in the city, and swim.
she treads barefoot through the sand, her skin tickled by the salt and sand. she dances along, dipping her toes in the ocean and stopping to pick up sea shells that shine like pearls. she drapes herself in sheer fabrics that don’t add any weight, so she can take off in whatever direction the breeze blows her.
evening sets in and the temperature in the air cools as she steps out for a night on the town. dressed in bold colors and patterns, crimped hair and red lips, skin glowing from the day’s sun and eyes alive with excitement, she dances down narrow streets into the magical night.
she takes a breath and dives deep, the cool water shocking her skin after the sun’s intense heat. she savors every second of the feeling of freedom one gets when they hit the water. all other sounds are drowned out, it’s just her and her thoughts as she moves languidly under the surface.
last week i received an email from a reader who said that she got married last summer and wore a free people dress before the ceremony, and that it helped to make her special day even better. she also sent a link to her photo album and i was completely blown away – i always find myself drawn to the small details that people put into their wedding day to make it personal and special.
you may remember, one of our fp girls wore this same dress for her wedding too! i can see why, it’s beautiful. i love the blue shoes she paired it with, and the groom’s converse sneakers!
the location looks stunning too! thanks for sharing :)
our director of design and image is taking part in an event this weekend called “yoga stops traffick,” with the goal of helping the odanadi organization put an end to human trafficking in india. last year 1,500 people joined together in yoga studios, parks, beaches and mountaintops around the world to show their support. the event takes place tomorrow, march 12th, all over the world. here in philly you can join in at mount airy yoga between noon and 2 pm, and provide a suggested donation of $20. for more info click here.
some of our designers have just been traveling in asia, and today i wanted to share a few of the lovely photos from tokyo, taipei and hong kong. our thoughts go out to the people of japan right now in the wake of last night’s earthquake… we have a great deal of love for the beautiful people and country.
all photos via chau’s blog; check out her website here – and if you’re in philly, she’s having an art show tomorrow night at 10th st laundromat called “required reading.” stop by!