Making Soft Dolls with Lotta Craft

If you’re looking for a quick, easy project that’s great for both kids and adults, Lotta Jansdotter has the solution! Using her son’s drawings of super heroes and monsters, Lotta created adorable soft dolls using transfer paper and lightweight cotton fabric. Watch the video to see how simple this project is and try it out for yourself! It’s a great way to spend an afternoon getting creative with kids of all ages (and adults, too!).

Yohji Yamamoto: This is My Dream

Yohji Yamamoto: This Is My Dream from Hintmag.com on Vimeo.

2011 has been a great year for fans of Yohji Yamamoto (me included). After the heartbreak of watching both his New York store and New York office close over the past couple of years, then bankruptcy threatening to shut down his operations entirely, it’s been a relief to see the spotlight return to his talents as a designer and his contribution to fashion over the span of his 30+ year career. Earlier this year, Yamamoto released his autobiography entitled My Dear Bomb and now comes another peek into the life of one of the most thoughtful and fascinating designers of the last few decades with the documentary This is My Dream.

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BurdaStyle in Austin: DIY Fashion Show Roundup!

BurdaStyle and Etsy present D.I.Y. Fashion Show @ Venue 222 South by Southwest 2011 from Magic Spoon Productions on Vimeo.

Last week we packed our bags and headed to Austin, Texas! While taking in our fair share of technological innovations, new music and fantastic street vendor grub, we helped sponsor a DIY fashion show with some seriously talented designers from around the country. Held at Etsy’s Awesome in Austin space, the show highlighted 15 designers and their handmade creations in front of a huge audience of fashion fans, bloggers, BurdaStyle and Etsy members and tons of SXSW attendees. See photos from the show after the jump!

Video by Jose Lozano at Magic Spoon Productions

Behind The Scenes: A Musical Video of Our Recent Photo Shoot!

We love surprises and this one is great! At our last photo shoot, we didn’t know it, but there was a behind the scenes video being made by our photographers at WET PAINT Photography, that we just got surprised with! Check out the quick recap of the most recent BurdaStyle photoshoot and a huge thanks to Victor and Jonathan!

The New Wave

Central Saint Martins is arguably one of the most prestigious fashion design schools in the world. Alexander McQueen, Phoebe Philo, John Galliano, and Stella McCartney have all studied within it’s hallowed walls and it continues to turn out some of the most buzzed about young talent in fashion. To help kick off London Fashion Week, the school showcased collections from it’s senior MA students, including L’Oreal Professional Prize award winners Phoebe English and Viktor Smedinge, and drummed up excitement for the next wave of great fashion talent.

See my favorite looks from Central Saint Martins’ students and let me know which up-and-coming designers you think are the next big names in fashion.

I Wear My Heart on My Knees

With Valentine’s Day coming up on Monday, we’ve been scouring the web for some ideas of what to wear on the day of the year dedicated to love. When we came across this amazing little DIY tutorial from ModCloth, our hearts just melted!

Behind the Scenes: Karl Lagerfeld Prepares for Chanel Couture Spring Show

Hilary Alexander from The Telegraph (side note: does her fur hat have a tail?!) interviews Karl Lagerfeld as he gets ready to debut his Spring 2011 couture collection for Chanel. Lagerfeld admits to Alexander that he still thinks of himself as lazy and that he is often running late, not because he is being rude but because he never remembers to look at his watch. It’s interesting to see someone like Lagerfeld who is so lauded by the fashion world be so self-critical. Especially amidst the astounding praise he receives as the Creative Director for Chanel and head designer for Fendi. And lazy? This man designs upwards of 6 collections (Spring and Fall Ready-to-Wear, Pre-Fall, Resort, Spring and Fall Couture) for Chanel a year, not to mention the regular season collections for Fendi. Lazy, Mr. Lagerfeld? I doubt so, very much.

Mabel Pike: Portrait of a 91 yr old Moccasin Maker

Handmade Portraits: Mabel Pike from Etsy on Vimeo.

After a lovely visit to our dear friends at Etsy today, I have spent the better part of my morning poking around on in their video archives to find this gem. It’s a video feature of 91 year old needlecrafter, Mabel Pike who has been sewing since she was 6 years old. (She’s in her 9th decade of sewing and still going strong!)

To Lee, With Love

To Lee, With Love, Nick - A Tribute to Alexander McQueen By Nick Knight from SHOWstudio on Vimeo.

At today’s British Fashion Awards in London, photographer/videographer Nick Knight showcased a short tribute video to his late friend, Alexander McQueen, in honor of the designer’s posthumous award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design. Complete with an exclusive track by Bjork, the short film is beautiful, haunting, and truly moving. I think McQueen would have approved.

Secrets of Neapolitan Tailoring

O'MAST from Kid Dandy on Vimeo.

Check out this trailer for an upcoming documentary on Neapolitan tailoring by the creative group, Kid Dandy. I don’t know which is more beautiful: the stunning shots of Naples or the perfectly tailored suits!

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