Project Alabama Makes Quilting Positively Hip
I have been sorely remiss & forgot to mention Project Alabama.
The had an all-day trunk show during fashionweek in a suite at the Bryant Park Hotel across from the tents, so we got to fondle the clothes which is always a thrill.
Get this: Project Alabama has something like 100 women, all from Alabama, who sew and quilt all the clothes by hand. How insane is that. The stuff is exquisite, with multiple layers & beautiful -- and I do mean beautiful -- handstitching; about the only place you find that quality these days is in vintage duds and French couture garments.
In terms of the look, I would say it's mostly suited for Afro Love tastes, however some of the tops could easily have crossed over into a Downtown Doll or Rock Punk wardrobe, depending on what they were paired with.
Unfortunately, the pics on their website http://www.projectalabama.com don't begin to do these clothes justice, but it's worth a look anyway.