Fun fashion projects are popping up all over the place! There are so many sweet designs, videos, and stories up right now that we’re overflowing, so here begins a mini series of roundups. Check out the lovely collections-to-be and the brains behind them below, and stay tuned for more.
Marina Rahlin makes one-of-a-kind pieces out of vintage fabrics for gals who want to pop with color and unique cuts. She started her line, Popavina, when she realized that there weren’t enough colorful, whimsical, and retro-inspired cocktail dresses on the market, especially in LA, where she’s based. Marina has a full-time job in the fashion industry, but on off hours she’s hard at work trying to bring her city original designs that are the opposite of ordinary.
Back her project and you can snatch yourself 1950s vintage-inspired earrings for $5, a head piece (like below) for $10, plus vintage fabrics, a photo shoot visit, an original tank top, fashion show tickets, and many more goodies. And for $150, you can submit your own design to be made; for $250, get a custom-made Popavina dress. Not too shabby!
Some of Marina’s designs:
Philadelphia-based designer Shavonne DeAnn’s got style and drive. She crashed New York fashion week with her own guerilla-style runway show, receiving praise from the likes of Beyonce’s stylist and Diane von Furstenberg’s daughter. Now she’s off and running, putting her spring/summer line together post-haste in order to keep all the chatter alive. She does all the designing, sourcing, and sewing herself. For a recent grad, that’s pretty impressive output! Backers can grab themselves a super-cute cropped sweatshirt featuring Shavonne’s signature glasses (like the one she’s rocking below), as well as pins, look books, and more.
Some of Shavonne’s designs:
Shavonne crashing fashion week in NYC:
Ambit makes clothing, jewelry, and hats, and with just a few days left before their project ends, it’s your last chance to snag that illustrated tee, tote, mix CD, and other rewards for supporting the line’s fall/winter collection. Ambit creates clothing with clean lines, subtle detailing, and an angelic hipster-bohemian aesthetic. To get a better feel for their vibe, peep the video, view the latest collection here, and browse tons of images — their own plus other inspirations — on their blog.
Some photo shoot snapshots and sketches:
Browse more fashion projects on our Discover page and check back soon for Viva La Moda, Part II.