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I’m saving the details for a full reveal, but I’m going to tease you with the fantastic brands I’ll be wearing this week to the movie premieres in both New York and Los Angeles:
KRISTINIT is the label of designer and artist Kristina Lenss.
Kristina studied costume design at the renowned Wimbledon School of Art in London and has an M.F.A. in Costume Design from UCLA. Working in various design arenas including theater, opera, film, commercials, ballet, and illustration, Kristina has designed and exhibited her award winning designs all over the world.
Founded in 2006, Kristinit was named Lucky Magazine’s “One to Watch” designer and has been featured in Teen Vogue, OK Magazine, Style.com, Nylon, Agenda Magazine, and Apparel News. Celebrity clients include Eva Mendes, Scarlett Johansson, Zooey Deshanel, Bobbie Thomas, Finola Hughes, and Julia Anderson.
Inspired by nature, history and art, the label fills a niche for inspirational and sophisticated fashion for the elegant and eco-conscious woman. A key tenet of Kristinit’s mission has always been to design with more than just style in mind: The line uses innovative organic fabrics, local manufacturing, and fair trade practices, and Kristinit continues to donate a percentage of each sale to the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Pachamama Alliance.
Sorrelli jewelry is hand crafted from genuine semi-precious stones and high quality Austrian crystals. It is designed to become heirlooms, handed down through the generations.
The Sorrelli vision, to create beautiful jewelry and bring enjoyment to those who wear it, continues today.
Through LA Stylist Mom – who styled both me and The Gorilla for premiere week – Kristinit and Sorrelli have lent the items I’ll be wearing to the MoMA and the Los Angeles premiere. I can’t wait to show you how it all came together.
I’ll be posting all week as much as I can during this exciting week. If you haven’t already, make plans next weekend to see the movie!
(This post comes to you courtesy of Guest Blogger Hollywood Housewife!)
I bought an engagement ring for this jumpsuit. It is stunning in all of its feminine, modern simplicity, and surprisingly constructed from 100% organic linen (the jumpsuit not the ring, obvy). It features a gorgeous sculpted neckline and deep pockets (which I completely dig, even though I have never once put anything in them – what’s up with that), along with a flattering tie-neck halter and deep back.
Designer Kristina Lenss says that “Kristinet’s mission has always been to design with more than just style in mind. The line uses innovative organic fabrics, local manufacturing and fair trade practices, and continues to donate a percentage of each sale to One Percent For The Planet, as well as the Pachamama Alliance.”
Do-gooding aside, I think she designed a kick-ass jumpsuit that I cannot wait to call my own. You can too, since they’ll be available at Petro Zilia (love) in Los Angeles, and Purdy Girl in New York City at the end of this month. But wait! If you order yours by e mailing firstname.lastname@example.org between now and March 15th, you’ll receive 30% off when you mention coupon code LA30 at the time of check out. Go. Because everyone else is, too.
I found this handbag in of all places, my inbox, which is flooded with PR e mails on a daily basis, most of which end up in the trash. (For the record, I wholeheartedly believe in the integrity of content, and am certainly not going to write about something based solely on the fact that there is an incentive. I write about what I like, and what I believe in, period.) In association with National Geographic (love), NOVICA specializes in free trade artisan home decor, apparel, jewelry, and handbags from around the world, including West Africa, Brazil, India, and Thailand. Their philosophy is to create a ‘bridge’ between the buyer and talented artisans to whom you would not otherwise have access, and in doing so they are changing lives.
With each product listed, NOVICA provides the name, photograph, region, background, and mission statement of the artist who created it, allowing for a more personal experience and connection with the product’s origin and designer. The artist that spoke to me in particular, is Nanan, a Javanese designer now living in Bali, and the creator of this gorgeous ‘Urban Safari’ leather handbag (which, incidentally, retails for $249.95). I love the fact that it looks so refined and modern, and at the same time rustic in it’s simplistic yet beautiful artistry. Although I’m partial to this sunny yellow, it’s also available in dark brown, ivory, and white. Nanan also has other similar styles, in addition to a wide array of totes and handbags by artists from other regions. How better to support independent designers then by picking up a one-of-a-kind handbag that everyone else on the planet doesn’t have – literally?? The whole thing just makes me happy…