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Join ELLE and Swarovski for a Night with Designer Rodrigo Otazu

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This Tuesday join ELLE Magazine and Swarovski at their amazing CRYSTALLIZED concept store in New York for an event celebrating the work of jewelry designer Rodrigo Otazu. From 6-8:30 PM you can browse some of Otazu’s amazing pieces and purchase special items available for one night only during the event. Also take advantage of discounts on all New York designer collections and waltz home with your very own gift bag full of fun Swarovski baubles. Make sure you get your name on the list for this event by sending your RSVP to rsvp.NY[at]crystallized[dot]com or stop by the store and register in person:

SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED™ SOHO
499 Broadway (Between Spring and Broome)
+1 212 966 3322

Creative Fuel: Check Out BurdaStyle's Inspiration Page!

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Have you heard? BurdaStyle is on Tumblr! Check it daily for new inspirational images caught in our net. Take a look and get hooked! Do you have an inspirational Tumblr page? We want to follow you!

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Check out these gems…

Empowering Women and Fair Trade with Proxy Apparel and BurdaStyle

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The brainchild of HeatherJean MacNeil, Proxy Apparel was founded with the mission of creating sustainable fashion while empowering women through sweat-shop free and fair trade labor practices. MacNeil’s company now works with worker-owned cooperatives in Peru, Guatemala and Nicaragua, crafting cool, socially responsible apparel and accessories and helping the women in those areas to expand their businesses and strengthen their communities.

Free Designer Patterns from ShowStudio

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John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh, Antony Price, Junya Wantanabe, Maison Martin Margiela, and Yohji Yamamoto – Seven Designer Patterns Available

Patterns are available for free download for either a home printer or copy shop printing. It looks like these designs were released as part of a competition from 2009, but luckily for you they’re still available for download!

If you’re up for a challenge, try out these avante garde designs. It’s sure cheaper than buying a designer piece from the store!

A preview of the Alexander McQueen pattern…

BurdaStyle at International Houston Quilt Market

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Last week BurdaStyle’s indomitable partnership manager, Carol, packed her bags and headed to Houston, Texas for the International Quilt Festival and Market. 50,000 people were in attendance for the week-long event showcasing amazing talent from around the Quilting industry, including Kaffe Fasset, Amy Butler, Michael Miller and our friends at Westminster Fabrics and BERNINA. We were excited to be a part of such a huge creative event and get a first hand look at all the beautiful and inspiring things happening in quilting!

StyleTrek Now Offers International Shipping

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Back in September we shared with you the launch of a fantastic new shopping site, StyleTrek, which bridges social media with independent fashion design from around the world. We also scored you the opportunity to save 10% on your purchases from StyleTrek, which was a bummer for a lot of our BurdaStyle members because the New York-based company hadn’t started shipping outside the U.S. yet. Well I am psyched to announce that StyleTrek is now offering international shipping, which means each and everyone one of you can score hard to find indie designers AND save some cash. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s a pretty sweet deal.

PayPal Experiencing Technical Difficulties

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For those of you planning to purchase patterns today, it has come to our attention that an internal update at PayPal is causing some hiccups in their check out system. While we have not experienced any issues ourselves, nor had any complaints, we wanted you to be aware of the situation in case any of you encountered problems trying to pay for your patterns through PayPal. Check out PayPal’s Development Network for more information, live site stats and updates.

Nora Featured on Fast Company!

BurdaStyle co-founder Nora Abousteit was recently featured in Fast Company’s video series highlighting risk-taking, young entrepreneurs called Change Generation! Check out Nora talk about the beginnings of BurdaStyle, what she’s learned along the way and what it takes to start and run a successful business. Go Nora!

Instructables Halloween Competition!

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Our good buddies over at Instructables are having one of the biggest/best halloween contests on the internet with some incredible prizes in their craft category from Singer! We know there’s only a couple days left before Halloween, but this one is worth entering! Plus you can submit entries through Nov. 7th, 2010!

The Instructables Halloween Contest has different categories, each with its own awesome set of prizes. Win something cool in Costumes, Decorations, Props, Food, Green, Video and Slideshow for those who just want to share their photos. Don’t worry about what category your entry will be in, just enter the best Halloween-related Instructable you can and they’ll take care of the rest!

Issey Miyake Brings New Meaning to Folding Your Garments

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Teaming up with computer scientist Jun Mitani, innovative Japanese designer Issey Miyake and his team at Reality Lab have created the origami-based addition to the Miyake design family, 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE. Taking a Mitani created software program which generates formulas to construct three-dimensional, geometric shapes out of single sheets of paper, Miyaki and his design team adapted the process to fabric resulting in flat, folded shapes (rather than cutting and sewing, the fabric is held in place by a series of strategic, permanent creases) that literally pop-up into wearable garments.

Silver Screen Sewing: Annie

“It’s a hard knock life,” says Annie and the other children in the orphanage in this clip from the hit 1980s musical, Annie. You’ve got that right.

Arcade44 Presents: Best Dressed // Trovata + Sophomore

Best Dressed // Trovata + Sophomore from Arcade44.tv on Vimeo.

Meet John Whitledge of Trovata and Chrissie Miller and Madeline von Froomer of Sophomore, two labels that embody the idea of clothing you can live in. Staying away from overly hyped trends, both Trovata and Sophomore are proof that well-constructed, thoughtful basics can resonate with consumers just as much as show-stopping runway looks.

Learn to Sew with 3rd Ward and BurdaStyle

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Hey New York, do you want to learn how to sew? Through the months of October and November, 3rd Ward in Brooklyn is offering two classes using our awesome BurdaStyle patterns. For beginners, you can jump in the Level I class and learn how to stitch up our reusable Charlie Bag. If you’re a little more comfortable behind a machine you can sign up for Level II and try your hand at our comfy Corinne Pants.

Would You Pay $500 For a Pair of Socks?

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The sister duo behind Rodarte have elevated to the ranks of fashion darlings based on their home-spun take on couture techniques. Loopy knits, patchwork materials and an overall sense of nomadic naivete have been the calling cards of the Rodarte aesthetic, along with the ridiculously hefty price tags their one of a kind designs carry. Case in point: these $500 socks hand-crocheted from a mohair/alpaca blend that cannot be washed (only spot cleaned) nor could they probably withstand more than a handful of wearings.

Halloween with Schlosser Designs

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Along with your witches’ brew and bag of skulls, decorate your creepy, crawly lair this Halloween with this great table set from Erin Schlosser of Schlosser Designs.

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