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Connect with BurdaStyle on Facebook and Twitter, or comment on this blog post, for your chance to win the book Little Green Dresses by Tina Sparkles!

Jean Paul Gaultier's Exclusive T-shirt for the 'Born HIV Free' Campaign

We love when the fashion community utilizes their influence for social change. As sewers, we all know how rewarding creativity is to our own lives. Here is one example of how one designer’s creativity was used to influence the lives of others.

Artist Emily Fischer talks Kites and Soft Maps

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Artist Emily Fischer talks with us about creating kites for FlyNY and the creation of her soft maps. If you haven’t checked out her creations, head on over to Haptic Lab you will be blown away.

How did you become involved in Fly NY?
I had a brief abundance of time in spring 2009 to indulge in the discovery and practice of kite-making; after I was laid off from my job in architecture I had to channel my superfluous creative energy somewhere.

Are you participating in this year’s FlyNY? If so, what is your concept for this year’s design?
Yes. My entry is called “Sky Mirror”, made of five flat 24" faceted mylar panels connected by nearly invisible translucent zip-tie hinges (a rather humble detail that took me days to figure out- it’s always the simple solutions that are the hardest to arrive at). Sky Mirror is inspired by the work of artists such as Olafur Eliasson who create interventions that disrupt or reveal natural phenomena. The kite is highly reflective, which makes it almost invisible in flight. It mirrors the sky (not the ground below) because of the way the kite string loops around the facets, turning the panels out when the wind blows- it looks like a silvery cloud. The kite also reflects the sun, creating ribbons of reflected light on the ground that look like glowing smoke.

Enter to Win and Vote for your Faves in The Tessuti Awards

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Tessuti Fabrics, the treasure trove of designer silks, wools, linen, cottons and blends from the great fabric houses of the world, has watched the creativity and craftmanship of its many customers grow over the years.

The Tessuti Awards recognize two categories: up and coming young designers and the individual talents and clever creations of ‘home couture’. This year they are expanding the competition, inviting people from across Australia to enter their online event.

Open to all Australians, all finalists will be invited to Sydney for final judging and two winners will receive a trip to the world’s premier fashion capital, New York.

Hurry quick and enter! Entries close on September 7, 2010

Not in Australia? you can still vote for your favorites here for the visitors choice award

Ubergizmo's Digital Summer!

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Hey All,
Just a reminder about next week’s awesome event: Ubergizmo is back with another edition of Digital Summer. Once again taking place at San Francisco’s beacon of green nightlife, Temple. The event on August 25th promises to bring together technology, art, fashion and sustainability for a night of creativity and socializing. If it is anything like last year’s – with over 800 attendees, a fashion show featuring sustainable clothing company Edun and new product test drives – the 2010 outing should be a smash. With partners Girls in Tech and the Innovative Fashion Council of San Francisco, Digital Summer is setting the standard for the continually evolving integration of fashion and technology.

BurdaStyle is 400,000 Strong!

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We are very excited to announce that our membership has now reached 400,000!

Comment to Win with The Global Fund's 'Born HIV Free' Campaign!

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Connect with BurdaStyle on Facebook and Twitter for your chance to win a Born HIV-Free T-Shirt from The Global Fund!

Temporary Site Error - burda style Magazine patterns

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[Update] – All 404 or 500 Errors regarding patterns should now be resolved. If you are experiencing otherwise, please e-mail us at Answers[at]BurdaStyle[dot]com.

Are you receiving a 404 or 500 Error when attempting to download a burda style Magazine pattern?

Five BurdaStyle Members Infuse GAP Denim with their Personality – Sponsored Post

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You may remember Alison’s post last week about denim; well she wasn’t the only one who got a chance to explore her inner stylista. About a month ago, five BurdaStyle members were chosen for a top-secret project.

FlyNY's Kite Design Competition

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FlyNY is New York City’s annual international kite design competition co-hosted by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and the New York City Affiliate of Architecture for Humanity. The event aspires to inspire design novices and professionals alike through the challenge of designing and flying a kite. Join us in celebration of New York City and its Parks as a place of culture, community, and play with a fun day of kite making and flying activities. To contribute, simply upload your original design ideas on Architizer.com by August 10th and make your way to Pier I at 70th Street in Riverside Park South on August 21st to showcase your finished product. A special pre-launch event will take place Friday, August 20th where 40 kite designs will be on display for a jury panel, which includes Craig Dykers of Snøhetta, Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr, co-founders of Architecture for Humanity and BurdaStyle’s own co-founder Nora Abousteit.

We’re excited to be part of such a creative event, and can’t wait to see the innovative designs flying high at the Pier. For more information and submission requirements visit FlyNY on Architizer’s Project page.

Share Your Work with your Facebook Friends

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Facebook Connect allows you to share not only with the BurdaStyle community but also with your entire online community of friends!

Scheduled Maintenance Friday morning

Hey all just wanted to give you a heads up that this friday (7/30) there is some scheduled maintenance on the site that should last about 30 minutes or so.

Digital Summer 2010

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After a wildly successful first outing, Ubergizmo is back with another edition of Digital Summer. Once again taking place at San Francisco’s beacon of green nightlife, Temple, the event on August 25th promises to bring together technology, art, fashion and sustainability for a night of creativity and socializing. If the event is anything like last year’s – with over 800 attendees, a fashion show featuring sustainable clothing company Edun and new product test drives – the 2010 outing should be a smash. With partners Girls in Tech and the Innovative Fashion Council of San Francisco, Digital Summer is setting the standard for the continually evolving integration of fashion and technology.

From live-streaming fashion shows to integrative design software, fashion is embracing technology more than ever and we here at BurdaStyle are definitely no strangers to the cause. If you’re in the SF area you should definitely register and find your way to Temple and let your tech-girl-geek-flag fly with pride!

See all the details here

GAP 1969 Women's Denim – Sponsored Post

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My aunt once told me that in the late 60s she would soak her new blue jeans in the ocean for days, so as to soften them up and take the “newness” away. There’s something to say for vintage washes or worn-in clothing; they appear to have a soul or personality. You feel instantly laid back or easy going when you’re wrapped up in an old classic piece. When I tried on a pair of GAP 1969 Special Wash Always Skinny jeans they felt as if they could have been my Aunt’s jeans from decades past—super soft, perfectly frayed and gently worn-in. A prevalent trend in New York City amongst my generation is to dress in an effortlessly chic manner. Girls will throw their boyfriend’s beat up denim shirt over leggings and expensive shoes and come off as blasé about their look, or wear a playful silk georgette dress over rolled up acid wash jeans and heels.

Museum Collections: the Perfect Source of Inspiration

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One of may favorite things to do is look through past fashions and see how they influence today’s looks. Living in New York City you can see people wearing vintage pieces and styles from almost every decade from the past century. Living here also provides the opportunity to go visit the vast collections around the city. Many cities have these collections and I highly recommend going to visit them if for no other reason than to be inspired. Many of these collections are available online as well, it’s the perfect way to see details, go through the centuries and spend an afternoon.

Check out the Met’s Costume Institute (let alone their Gala)

The Brooklyn Museum also has an amazing collection up through August

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