Category Archives: Ecofashion

Style-Diet Shot: patented dress?!

“On matters of style, swim with the current. On matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
– Thomas Jefferson

You know how I feel about patented seeds… But how about a patented dress?! I just happened across this pop-up shop while going from yoga to the Pantheon with my friend Cath. Inspecting the tags, I came across la designer. Her name is Barbara Annunziata – an architect go figure – and the first person I ever met to patent a dress!!! I didn’t know you could even patent a dress until I experienced this one. You can wear it a gazillion ways and it is called La Ruota (translated to “wheel of fortune”Check it out at http://www.wearever.it/santarella-ruota.  

Below, hanging with Barbara and her cutie 10 month old (wearing a teeny La Ruota.) I’m wearing a brown-on-brown version (as some of you might be able to surmise, the darker brown is a stretchy material). 

  

I confess that I feel more inclined to don La Ruota as a light summer coat but happy to experiment with the nth number of ways to wear this superlative garment. It’s really like getting 20 for 1- howz that for a Style-Diet?? Repurposing galore… My gladiator sandals made and bought in Italy. Sure going to miss this place.  

Until the next post, baci a tutti!

The Style-Diet Shot celebrates individuals with unique style, wearing at least one article of clothing acquired via the Stephens’ Sisters Shopping Diet. It must be local, sustainable, second-hand/re-purposed, inherited or ethically produced. If you can’t find clothing fitting that criteria then it must be from a country with stellar human rights records.

Style-Diet Shot – Antonio

“On matters of style, swim with the current. On matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

– Thomas Jefferson

I hit a Style-Diet jackpot yesterday, bumping into Antonio in Rome yesterday. In a mecca of style and fashion, Antonio stood out on so many levels.  His suit is an original Valentino made in 1975.  Two years before I was born and well before being bought by Qatar. His mom and I think one of his aunts used to be tailors for Valentino.  Shoes from Tuscany.  Glasses made by a friend, the inside have a small houndstooth design.  Note the matching tie and shoes.  Antonio is a fabulous cross-cultural character in every sense of the word.  He said to tell you that he’s related to Jack Nicolson (a younger brother).  That is a joke.  I’m pretty sure – but the resemblance is uncanny.  He works in the world of art and music.  Currently looking for a museum in Canada to launch an exhibition….

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The Style-Diet Shot celebrates individuals with unique style, wearing at least one article of clothing acquired via the Stephens’ Sisters Shopping Diet. It must be local, sustainable, second-hand/re-purposed, inherited or ethically produced. If you can’t find clothing fitting that criteria then it must be from a country with stellar human rights records.

Style-Diet Shot – Andra

“On matters of style, swim with the current. On matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Spending time around and about Rome these days, I’m continually surrounded by architectural, historical, cultural and sartorial beauty. Mamma Mia! I’m so overwhelmed, I hardly know where to start.  I post photos on instagram, I gush continually over the food and yesterday, I ran into charming Andra not too far from the Colloseum.

I told Andra about my blog and asked if I could take her photo.  I wanted to share her style of the day with you all.  Andra layered her greens delightfully: malachite earrings, sparklies in her necklace, the avocado handbag and the muddy forest of her dress. Like me, she strongly feels that clothes should be made without human sufferance. She is passionate about eating fruits and vegetables in season.  When I asked her about where her clothes came from she replied that she “was wearing boots made in Italy, from a roman producer. My handbag is made in Rome, in the small Sirni studio in via della Stelletta. My coat is an Italian brand of a guy in Veneto and it’s called Seventy and made in Italy.”

Andra colors changed

The Style-Diet Shot celebrates individuals with unique style, wearing at least one article of clothing acquired via the Stephens’ Sisters Shopping Diet. It must be local, sustainable, second-hand/re-purposed, inherited or ethically produced. If you can’t find clothing fitting that criteria then it must be from a country with stellar human rights records.

Style-Diet Shot – GTC

“On matters of style, swim with the current. On matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

– Thomas Jefferson

I walked by a little store on the pedestrian Via dei Coronari in Rome and *had* to try on this ring. It’s Remus and Romulus suckling the Capitoline she-wolf. How much more Rome can you get? Dig this – it’s made in the shop by the sister and brother team of Michela and Roberto Borrazzi.  Crafted from resins, the result is antique pop art using original 1830 plaster casts. *Had* to share this photo Michela spontaneously took.  Ring: ‘Grand Tour Collection.’  http://grandtourcollection.it/ Purse made and bought in Italy about 5 years ago, and Woolen Coat by Selbu Knittings of Norway made and bought when I sang on the Hurtigruten S/V Midnatsol, (Midnight Sun) circa 10 years ago.  It’s gone through the ringer so many times – all those bits of wool that get pulled out by rings and buckles.  Thus, I am proud to proclaim that this Norwegian coat has been lovingly repaired countless times, most recently 4 weeks ago!

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The Style-Diet Shot celebrates individuals with unique style, wearing at least one article of clothing acquired via the Stephens’ Sisters Shopping Diet. It must be local, sustainable, second-hand/re-purposed, inherited or ethically produced. If you can’t find clothing fitting that criteria then it must be from a country with stellar human rights records.

Style-Diet Shot – Zoe

“On matters of style, swim with the current. On matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Zoe in the sk-shirt.  In case you are wondering what is a sk-shirt, it is a skirt-shirt.  Zoe‘s muy creative friend Jeanne Angelheart made this for her in Hawaii where they are both from.  The boots are vegan (Zippos!)  –  AND if you want to know what this boho-chic babe model and actress thinks about cell phones, check out the Tedx talk she gave earlier this year https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrOfZuvEr5w.

The Shirt:

a zoe on chair top

The Skirt:

b zoe on stairs leg up

One more (because I love this shot!):

a zoe on chaise pool

Also check out Zoe in this awesome dress from Hawaiian designer Bakshi Yudis http://www.bakshiyudismaui.com/#!faq/cqh1

The Style-Diet Shot celebrates individuals with unique style, wearing at least one article of clothing acquired via the Stephens’ Sisters Shopping Diet. It must be local, sustainable, second-hand/re-purposed, inherited or ethically produced. If you can’t find clothing fitting that criteria then it must be from a country with stellar human rights records.