MADE and the Clinton Foundation Team to Save the Elephants

Photo: Aria Isadora/BFAnyc.com

Fashion loves cute animals, which is a good thing in general, but especially when the industry decides to harness its mass collective power for good. During fashion week, you might remember the giant pink elephant on the ground floor of Milk Studios, created by artist Tristin Lowe. Though it may have appeared as little more than Instagram-bait, those who took a closer look knew it was in fact part of Made and the Clinton Foundation’s joint efforts for Save the Elephants. Also last season: Oscar de la Renta guests found stuffed elephants on their seats.

Now you can make a stylish contribution to the cause without an invite to an ODLR show. Made and the Clinton Foundation have teamed up with Suno, Pamela Love, and Prize Pins on items you can buy now to help save the elephants. Each brand created items from which a percentage of the proceeds from each sale goes to support conservation efforts by leading NGOs like the Wildlife Conservation Society and Conservation International.

“There is no ‘safe’ ivory, as ivory only comes from slaughtered elephants,” Chelsea Clinton told Style.com. These pieces trump ivory in every way.

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Get them here, and when you post about ’em, use #saveelephants to make your voice heard.

Keep Your Phone Charged and Lookin’ Cute in Suno, Pamela Love, and More

In acknowledgment of the fact that battery packs are a ubiquitous and necessary accessory for the modern girl-on-the-go, the CFDA and eBay have teamed up to amp up the design factor of these sometimes clunky devices. Six designers have lent their unique visions to a special battery pack that reflects their brand’s style. The six designers have pretty different aesthetics, so there’s sure to be something for everyone. Pick between Bagdley Mischka, Nicole Miller, Trina Turk, Thakoon, Suno, and Pamela Love’s takes on the the square juice pack for the buy-it-now price of $25.00, on sale from now until Dec 22nd. All proceeds will go directly to the CFDA.

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NYFW Day 2: Print Play at NAHM, Steampunk at Pamela Love

Fashion Week Friday kicked off early with two stellar shows at Milk Studios. First, I caught the NAHM show, designed by Nary Manivong and Ally Hilfiger—Tommy Hilfiger’s daughter. The legendary Mr. Hilfiger was there, too, and genuinely beaming like a proud father at his daughter’s school recital. But this collection wasn’t child’s play by any means—in fact, it just might be NAHM’s best range yet. All-over egyptian and floral prints had the cult capacity of a Prada collection, and the matching wallpaper was a genius touch. 

Next, I swung by the Pamela Love presentation, which featured four models decked out in unbuttoned overalls (a welcomed throwback) and drenched in more of the designer’s luxurious armor. While the collection definitely included Love’s signature tribal edge, the show’s fog-fueled setting and the subtle futuristic touches in the jewelry felt very steampunk, in the best way possible. Highlights included the stone-set chokers and geometric bibs:

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Sneak Peek: Pamela Love Resort 2012

It’s no secret that we’re diehard fans of Pamela Love’s luxurious armor, so we were thrilled to receive some of her latest pieces in our inbox today. For resort 2012, Love returns with the tribal spikes and pendants we coveted from spring and fall, but casts everything in resin for a lighter, earthier feel. The effect is perfect for accentuating the etching details on bold colors like red, smoke, and aqua, and provides a nice transparency to cool down a warm-weather ensemble. See a few more pieces after the jump.

Resin may reign supreme this season, but Love still loves her metals. The crystal ring comes in sterling silver with bronze or 14k gold, and the skull pendant comes in gold, pewter, gunmetal, and silver.

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ROGAN vs. LOVE: A Collection and Pop-Up Shop for Lovers

Rogan Gregory, designer of NYC-based line Rogan, has teamed up with luxurious armor designer Pamela Love to create a collection of poetically inscribed lockets. Under the name ROGAN vs. LOVE, each locket is cut in oxidized sterling silver with champagne diamonds and adorned with affectionate phrases like “Let’s Make Mistakes” and “Don’t Stop Love” (pictured). To celebrate the collection, which first appeared during Fashion’s Night Out, the collaborators are hosting a holiday pop-up shop at the Rogan store at 330 Bowery that will include their jewelry, as well as vintage, accessories, dreamcatchers, and other love-inspired treats.

The pop-up shop runs from December 9 through 16, with an opening party tonight from 7pm-9pm. Don’t miss it!

Ann Taylor Concept Store Opening: Working Women Are In For A Treat

In celebration of the 10 finalists in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Challenge, Ann Taylor has re-vamped their Fifth Avenue location to feature the 10 designs for the last leg of the competition, which challenged designers to create a look for the modern working woman. Last night marked the opening of the space, as guests filed in to see the designs of the finalists: Prabal Gurung, Pamela Love, Joseph Altuzarra, Robert Geller, Eddie Borgo, Moss Lipow, Christian Cota, Loden Dager, Gregory Parkinson, and the winner Billy Reid (pictured).

Signature cocktails of vodka and rose petals were served as guests roamed the store to get a closer look at the designs. Standouts included Robert Geller’s olive trench with leather accents (see more photos of his design and process here) and Pamela Love’s claw bangle and purse. Sadly, none of the designs are for sale, but we have our fingers crossed for a charity auction or limited run.

Pamela Love’s New Collection: When Jewelry Gets Aggressive

Don’t be fooled by her charming name—Pamela Love does not make romantic jewelry. For the girls who prefer leather motorcycle boots to Uggs, Pamela Love embraces jewelry as strong statement pieces, often featuring spikes and horns. Her Spring 2011 collection is no exception; the rings, earrings, bangles, and necklaces are tough and in-your-face with a focus on textures and bold, tribal-inspired designs.

Our own Natalie Alcala previewed a few of the pieces earlier this month, and yesterday Fashionologie unveiled pictures of the full collection, right on time to top your Christmas list. Just be careful where you point that thing.

Alexa Chung to Host a Show About Thrift Shopping

Known for her effortless vintage style, Alexa Chung has girls everywhere scouring their local thrift stores for the perfect frumpy sweater or floral day dress to pair with their latest It-bag. Sometimes they bring a print-out of her to reproduce a specific look, other times they dig based on one specific question: “What would Alexa buy?” Well, soon they’ll be able to tune in and find out. Next summer Chung is set to host a new show on PBS about vintage shopping across the country called Thrift America.

The show will follow Chung and Maya Singer of Style.com as they “comb the country’s consignment shops, garage sales, and flea markets for old clothing, furniture, music equipment, and other potential treasures to use in various creative endeavors. A few of the places they plan to visit include Orlando, Detroit, Nashville, Alabama, and Brooklyn,” says The New York Times. They’ll also make a few stops outside of the U.S., including Chung’s stomping grounds in London, where she helps jewelry designer Pamela Love create a pop-up shop in the first episode.

Thrift America will be nothing like Chung’s short-lived stint for MTV, It’s On With Alexa Chung, or her various hosting gigs for British television as the show is soley based on her creative style and aesthetic. Besides inspiring It-girl hopefuls across the country, the project also has a green factor, promoting the use of second-hand finds and repurposed materials for home decor and other crafts. I just hope this show has the staying power to keep Chung’s fun quirk on American television this time.

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Pamela Love Designs Luxurious Armor

I spoke to Pamela Love earlier this year about the inspiration behind her awesomely animalistic aesthetic. For Spring/Summer 2011, Love kept it tribal but experimented with new shapes, like a weighty spike in various finishes for cuffs, necklaces, and earrings. She also debuted a touch of luxury this go round, setting some pieces with champagne diamonds, sapphires, and quartz crystals. But baubles like voodoo-skull and wooden-tarot pendants confirm that she hasn’t left the Old World just yet.

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Perhaps the best thing about this collection is how Love plays with volume more than ever, evident in the Five Point Star, Moon, and Disc Cuffs. Extending outward instead of banding the arm, these cuffs are quite prominent and a little dangerous, which I like. Shop Pamela Love here.