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Happy New Year! Can you believe that 2012 is here? And already it promises to be an exciting year for both fashion AND music. Today's Sew & Tell guest is the perfect guide to help us look back and remember the trends and style developments of 2011, as well as anticipate what's coming for 2012. Mary O'Regan is the senior fashion editor for Metro Magazine, a publication dedicated to all the great culture in the Twin Cities region. In addition, Mary maintains a fabulous blog called Art of Wore, and serves as editor-in-chief for several bridal publications. As evidenced by her sharp, incisive, instructive, witty writing and beautiful blog, Mary is plugged directly into the pulse of current fashion, and on today's show, she'll be talking about fashion in 2011, 2012, what it takes to develop a successful fashion blog, and she'll even share her own fashion New Year's resolution. I also have a playlist that I'm super excited about today, filled with my top tracks from the past year. It's unabashedly weighted towards hauntingly beautiful, slightly sad music, but... what can I say? That's what I love. So you'll be hearing this year's releases from Little Scream, Bon Iver, Timber Timbre, Levek, Tom Waits, and more. Turn up the volume, throw open your closet doors, and get ready for a brand new year of looking gorgeous.
Happy Holiday Week! I know that most of you probably have all of your holiday shopping finished, but just in case there are a few late gifters out there, I thought I'd compile a gift guide from this year's Sew & Tell guests. And even if you have your list checked off, hey - it never hurts to start planning for next year, right? You'll hear interview clips and get tons of gift ideas today from Sew & Tell guests over the last year, including Payal Luthra, Carrie Parry, Belinda Pasqua of The Sway, Abe and Tyler from Outlier, Erica and Claire from Of a Kind, and Jill Scharmen of Nola Bella. They've got everyone covered, from your mom to your man, yourself to your bff (best fashionista friend)! Plus, a great mix of music including some Christmas tunes from Caitlin Rose, Sufjan Stevens, and Saint Etienne, plus a track from Miike Snow and a special cover of The xx's VCR by The Antlers. So get your wishlist out and prepare to make some additions, as we look back on the best buys of Sew & Tell 2011!
Think that sustainable fashion means forgoing fur? Fur-get it! Time to shift your perspective, and there's a fresh, made-in-the-USA line of fur outerwear called Iterrati to show you how you can stay warm & glam responsibly. Meredith Eggers and Lisa Federico are two friends in San Francisco who decided to take on a new adventure together. Last year, they launched their own line of re-claimed, re-purposed, re-designed vintage furs called Iterrati. Not only are these gorgeous pieces recycled, but Meredith and Lisa re-imagine them into brand new, chic, modern silhouettes that still preserve their vintage heritage. On today's show, Meredith will talk about how Iterrati began, the process through which they develop vintage furs into new Iterrati pieces, and some of their work with non-profits. Plus, a fabulous playlist full of fun new "stocking stuffer" singles from some of the best names in indie rock today, including of Montreal, Islands, Fol Chen, Spector and more. So stay tuned, stay warm, and join us to learn about sustainable fur…
What's your fashion fantasy? For the style editors of New York Magazine, that answer is found in Greenpoint-based designer Caycee Black, whose glamorous-but-edgy cocktail dresses they recently deemed utopian. With a background in dance and fine art, Caycee blends the influences of ballet and film into each season's collection, resulting in patterns and garments that strike a perfect balance between bold and dreamy, dark and light, tough and feminine. On today's show, Caycee talks about how she mixes the perfect cocktail of paint, dance, and fashion, what sci-fi films influenced her current F/W collection, and her fantasy picks for celebrities to dress (you will want to stay tuned for this!) Plus, fantastical tracks from some of Caycee's musical clients including Asobi Seksu and Pains of Being Pure At Heart, along with new music from Sharon Van Etten and Blackout Beach. So turn up the volume, and get ready to daydream…
We may be closing in on Winter in NYC, but it's always Summer somewhere. For this segment of Sew & Tell, Carolina Rommel visits the J. Rosen Showroom for a look at their collection of bikinis and other beachwear and accessories.
Host Carolina Rommel visits the New York City gallery of Beyond Vintage and speaks with the creators of the clothing line, which incorporates vintage inspirations from decades past. Creative Director Elizabeth Klein, Senior Designer Maggie Halpin, and Production Manager Sarah Raymond discuss various ensembles they’ve put together.
Boo! Welcome to a special Halloween episode of Sew & Tell! What's everyone's favorite part of Halloween (besides candy)? The opportunity it offers us to get dressed up, to transform ourselves through clothes, makeup, and props, and become someone we're not the other 364 days of the year. This permission to exercise creativity in costume embodies the relationship of style and identity in a way no other event can match - not even Fashion Week. So, in honor of this fashion-forward fete, I spoke with an industry professional this week. Kathryn Smith is a Maine-based costume designer and stylist for film and print. Her path to wardrobe was indirect, but it perfectly pairs her passion for expressive clothes and storytelling. Kate has built a reputation within Maine as the go-to wardrobe designer, and has experience with a wide variety of projects - from national print ad campaigns to feature and indie films. On today's show, Kate talks about how she got from set painting to wardrobe, some of the considerations that make costume design unique, a few of her childhood style role models, and even shares some fantasy Halloween costume ideas. Plus, a wonderfully dark play list featuring tracks from Tom Waits, Surfer Blood, Spectrals, and even a collaboration between Dirty Projectors and Bjork. So turn up the volume and settle in to this week's story - who knows? You might even get inspired to wear your costume again this weekend…
Happy Friday! What could be better than a week that celebrates fashion AND radio? Nothing… except maybe an interview with the creator of this very radio show, Sew & Tell. That's right, today my guest is none other than the stylish, savvy DJ with impeccable taste in both music and clothes, Caroline Sloan. Carrie is better known around the station as DJ Audrey II, the voice and mind behind the masterfully-mixed nocturnal playlist on BreakThru Radio's Night Show. But, as some of you might remember, DJ Audrey II was also the original visionary and host of Sew & Tell. On today's show, Carrie will talk about her first interview, some of the challenges and surprising discoveries she found in creating a weekly fashion talk show, and a few of her favorite shops, fall wardrobe finds, and upcoming trends for Spring/Summer 2012. Plus, don't miss her awesome 80's Halloween costume reveal! Also, great music in the mix today from Austra, Class Actress, Moby, Elliott Smith, Jens Lekman and more. So join us for a journey back in time to the start of BTR's own fashion radio show!
How the collision course between a musical genre and mainstream culture is usually arrived at in fashion and advertisements.
Fall has begun, and we felt it nip at our heels this week in New York! Yes indeed, it is time for the seasonal wardrobe change-over, and sad as I am to see those sundresses go into storage for the next few months, I am definitely ready to break out my fall boots, sweaters, scarves and hats! Just in time for the first frost, I have a talented designer whose debut Fall/Winter 2011 Collection offers a myriad of elegant solutions for stylish warmth. Shui Chen was born and raised in Taiwan, and after studying fine art there, she came to the U.S. to pursue fashion. And lucky for us! Shui's fall collection is full of Alpaca wool, silk, and leather, offering the warmth of your grandfather's sweater with the modern simplicity and versatility of today's runway. On today's show, Shui will tell us what brought her fine art to fashion, her sculptural approach to garments, what's ahead for Spring/Summer 2012, and her favorite place to find fall leaves in NYC! Plus, in honor of both fall and BTR's Genre Week, today's playlist is a celebration of a few of my favorite musical genres. This is an autumnal mix of freak folk, alt country, vintage surfer-pop and electronica, including artists like Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Sufjan Stevens, Little Scream, Phophorescent, ceo, Bon Iver & more. So stick around and warm up some apple cider...
What were YOU up to last night? ; ) Did Fashion's Night Out leave you feeling a little post-party blah today? Not to worry, this week's Sew & Tell guest is here to save the day (and your skin!) Joanna Vargas is the founder and owner of one of New York's top spots for stylish skin: the Joanna Vargas Salon & Skin Care Sanctuary. Joanna has worked as a skin care professional and esthetician for over fifteen years, treating people all over the world to a healthy glow using natural, non-invasive techniques. She's prepped celebrities for the red carpet, and her work, insight, and expertise have been featured in ELLE, Allure, Vogue, Daily Candy, and more. On today's show, Joanna talks about her myriad of beauty preservation treatments, from microcurrent and oxygen facials to LED light therapy and more, plus she shares some tips on how you can maintain beautiful skin. We'll have you back and glowing for Fashion Week in no time! Plus, a party-worthy play list that includes new music from Oberhofer and ANR, and a set of funky soul grooves. The party's just starting on BTR!

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