Author: Ashley Rabin

An explorer of style in its various substances - always authentic, never disposable.

Saturn’s Revenge : Political Therapy

“In all the time that we’ve spent trying to figure out who the villain would be in the final act, not once did we consider the possibility that the greatest threat to our civilization could be us.”

Native Fashion Now

Just as Columbus-era Native Americans developed techniques for working with the colorful Venetian beads that they acquired through trade, the skills of their descendants have also evolved to reflect the latest innovations. In Wendy Ponca’s dresses that are inspired by the “Sky World,” she blends fox fur and bald eagle feathers with crystals and Mylar, a reflective silver material found in space shuttles.

Desperately Seeking Sustainable Style

 “Looking back in History, we see that the origins of fashion portray the character of a world built by manual techniques and natural fibers. Design was carried out as a reflection of culture and society. These are the images of an extinct world we need to recover.”   – Adriana Marina,

Perception in the Age of Truth-iness

truthiness [trooth-ee-ness] – believing something that feels true, even if it isn’t supported by fact … “The entertainment industry and mainstream media perpetuate bias through the stories they tell and the images they omit.”

Gilded Mane

TALES FROM THE WINDING PATH I must warn you in advance that the following story is incomplete. Memory has a way of presenting its own reality, of dwelling on some events and ignoring others entirely. All I have are my recollections, old photographs, written words, and my mother’s elephantine memory, in order

Girls in the Years of Living Dangerously

“Why don’t you place just one crumb of basic human compassion on this fat free muffin of sociopathic detachment, see how it tastes.”  Ever since the auspicious debut of the HBO show “Girls,” I have been trying to figure out why I continue to watch something that actually makes me

The Life Experiment

We have more conveniences, but less time. more experts, but more problems; more medicines, but less healthiness. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies then ever,

Traveling Through Time w/ Bianca Turetsky

“Bianca had always known that she would be a writer, and her wardrobe tells the story of her journey from Julian Schnabel’s assistant to published author. Just like Louise – the character she fabricated – Bianca’s own journey began in a vintage shop.“ “The Time-Traveling Fashionista” is the kind of

Juliana Lazzaro: Art in Motion Part II

Every day we make a choice and in that moment we decide which voice to listen to: insecurity, self-loathing, fear, reason, all of whom would be nothing without the energy we give them…  Juliana is selective in this regard, listening only to her Intuition and the advice of those she

90’s Revival

When we look in the rear-view, it is always the most outrageous moments that end up defining an era. The twenties flapper, eighties punk rocker, and nineties grunge bands represented small slivers of the population, but now seem to epitomize the decades in which they were the outlying occurrences. I

Matthew Benson: The Seductive Farmer

“Organic is really a euphemism for misshapen beauty, or the Eastern aesthetic philosophy of wabi-sabi, where imperfections, transience, and asymmetry have more value, and are ‘more perfect’ than perfection…The more crazed and cracked the teapot, the wonkier the pear, the greater its integrity, beauty and value.” -MATTHEW BENSON At the heart

Sandra Rabin: The Mentor Is In

“I know what you’re doing is difficult. You’re expecting immediate results from your efforts, but that is not the way life works. You can only plant seeds and when you reap benefits, it is because of the seeds that others have planted.”  – A. Philip Randolph, on the advice of his

Beacon’s Return Part II: Siren’s Calling

“It has been a dream of mine to create a business borne of my desires. I refused to engage in a career based on the necessity of survival, working day to day feeling unfulfilled. My connection and relationship to the Earth was my greatest teacher in defining my life and

Juliana Lazzaro: Art in Motion

“For the real artist, there is no separation from the work because the hand of creation is present at all times. Juliana is constantly moving, observing, and will paint on almost any surface at least once.” It is impossible to talk about Juliana Lazzaro, the artist, without also taking into account

Beacon’s Return

BEA-CON [bee-kuhn] – A guiding torch for the world weary traveler, also the name of a town in New York State that lies sixty miles north of New York City… The town was originally named for the mountainous terrain that lies just southeast of the main thoroughfare. During the Revolutionary War,

Trend Report 2013: Contrast & Flights of Fancy

Most things have been done before so what makes for an interesting composition can often be a purposeful arrangement of recognizable parts… the juxtaposition of two different or opposing concepts into a single form to create something entirely new, or when 1+1=3! There are various thoughts relating to opposites and

Trend Trafficking

There is an inverse relationship between trends and originality and leaning too much in either direction means running the risk of becoming obsolete: a person can either succumb to the pressures of conformity, forfeiting one’s point of view along the way, or lose relevance to a world that demands constant

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