Ahh! I can’t get enough of this blog. Amateur Couture brilliantly pairs beautiful artwork with gorgeous fashions. My favorites are the ones that aren’t too obvious – just perfectly paired compliments. So gorgeous.
Recognize this model? She’s the lovely Robin Ayers-Lee who modeled for our first women’s collection. I found this fun video over on DesignSponge. It’s a promotion for the new print magazine Anthology, a home decor magazine.
New York Fashion Week is in full swing at the moment, with designers from all over the world presenting their latest collections. Curious about whether any of the designers were from our current collection’s regions of Hungary, Romania, or Croatia, I stumbled across the stunning work of Dora Abodi.
Dora Abodi was born in the Transylvania region, though her heritage is Hungarian, Romanian, German, Dutch, and Armenian. Her childhood was spent designing outfits for her dolls and toys. After studying law and journalism she finally decided to focus her energy on Fashion, and she graduated from Mod’Art International Budapest fashion school. Although only 26, she is already taking the fashion world by storm.
Adobi references literature, sci-fi books, and European comics as inspiration for her line, as well as movie stars from the 1940s, and says that she likes to create stories with her collections. When asked what hurdles she has had to overcome in her career she states “From Eastern Europe it is harder to develop a successful brand because of the financial problems, but on the other side it is a very inspirational and not yet discovered cultural milieu, so Hungarian designers are ‘rara avis’ and more interesting.”
Ecologically aware, Adobi tries to keep her lines as environmentally conscious as possible. Although handbags are a large part of her line, she does not use exotic leathers, only those from animals such as goats, cows, and sheep.
You can see Abodi’s work in person September 21st and 22nd at the Capsule Show in NYC.
Congratulations to our Facebook Adopt a Grey Wolf randomly chosen winner, Audra Saleh! Her 4 year old Lily loves Crocodiles! She runs around snapping her arms wide! Audra and Lily will soon be the proud foster parents of their very own grey wolf.
We received 98 entries and they were all wild and wooly fun! Here are just a few:
Sarah Teo What an honor this would be! My 4, almost 5 yr old son has always loved the crafty fox.
Loretta Duncan My 4 year old daughter loves all animals but particularly snakes (boa constrictors) and spiders (tarantulas)! Not like her mummy!!!! We went to Costa Rica and Puerto Rico so she is obsessed with the rainforest.
Maria Colon-Mingo Roar!!! Definitely the lion but my two year old son does have a soft spot for turtles…
Nancy Austin Patterson My 6-year old loves elephants, and my 2-year old loves bears… or at least he likes to growl like a bear and then shout “Bear! Bear!”
Teresa Ross I just asked my son Julian and he said “snake.” I think the answer would be different every day
Erin Fitzgerald Ellie loves stingrays. She is especially partial to the Southern and Blue Spotted varieties
Amy Phillips This is perfect, because my daughter’s favorite animal is a grey wolf! We have a book called “Grey Wolf Pup” that she reads every night, and a cuddly wolf toy to snuggle with. I think we will be adopting a wolf even if we don’t win! Thanks for sharing!
The Carpathian mountains of Romania are home to a very large population of gray wolves. Commonly called Transylvania, this region contains the largest popluation of wild carnivorous animals in Western Europe. Recent counts have estimated that approximately 3,500 grey wolves live in this beautiful mountainous region, which makes up about 40% of the wolf population in Europe.
Grey wolves are the second largest carnivore in Europe, and can reach up to almost 5 feet in length and 175 pounds in weight. They live in hierarchical packs, and hunt mostly deer, boar, and smaller wild animals. Despite the negative stereotypes around their species and their widespread presence in Romania, they seldom come into contact with humans, preferring to keep to themselves in the deepest regions of the Carpathian mountains.
Grey wolves are not currently at risk for extinction, but their environments are still being threatened. With human populations expanding, the large natural territories they need for hunting and breeding are becoming smaller. Negative perception of their species by humans lead to a vast extermination of them throughout central and Northern Europe during the 19th century.
In acknowledgment of this beautiful region and the wildlife that inhabits it, we designed our Mt. Tampa Wolf Graphic Tee this season:
In support of efforts to help save this remarkable animal, Tea will adopt a Grey Wolf through World Wildlife Fund‘s Adopt an Animal program for one lucky winner. To enter the contest visit our facebook page, and comment on our post about Grey Wolves. Share with us your child’s favorite wild animal by the end of the day and the randomly selected winner will be announced tomorrow! To read more about WWF’s program, click here.
There is so much room to be creative when designing nurseries. I love this cheerful color theme and the upside-down parasol as decoration! This is part of Design Sponge’s wonderful sneak peek collection of nurseries here. If your kids have grown out of nurseries, they also have a great collection of inspiring kid’s rooms here.