Wednesday, December 21, 2011

2012 is the year of SMARTER* Clothing FOR ALL!

I'm excited to announce that this summer I was fortunate enough to take part in yoxi's Trim the Waste of Fashion competition. I joined forces with iliana quander of amparo3, and Bridgett Artise of Born Again Vintage, and together we became The SMARTER* Clothing Project.



It was over two years since I invited iliana to participate in LAYERS' first zero waste fashion show at Webster Hall.


The was the first time I had the opportunity to meet Bridgett, whom I only knew as author of Born Again Vintage.


We didn't make it past the top ten, but we were excited to have gotten there, and I was relieved that I didn't have to spend any more time in video camp :)

Here's what we've managed to pull together so far:
























Eco-fashion in the Park, September 2011



















SMARTER* Salon: Strategies and techniques to drastically reduce the waste from your fashion business. iliana quander wearing a B Artise Original, while working on her own zero waste construction.
Special thanks to our host, Karem Balacazar of KB Model Agency.

































BYOF Workshop at FIT - so much fun!




SMARTER* Internship program at the William H Maxwell Vocational School
Special thanks to the BK style foundation for making this possible!

Lots more to come in 2012, so stay tuned!

Best wishes for the holiday season,

Trudy

Monday, August 8, 2011

Vote for Us on Yoxi.com! Here's what to do:

We need you help in order to advance to the next round. You can support our team by voting for us on Yoxi.com

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Step 1: Join Yoxi, Fill out form with your name, email, and password.

Step 2: On the top there is a tab that says Competitions. Click on it.

Step 3: Click on the competition in progress: Trim the Waste of Fashion.


Step 4: Click on our team: The SMARTER* Clothing Project.

Step 5: You can simply
- Become a fan
- Promote us(on facebook)
- Pledge us

* With your votes this will help us increase our chances of winning the competition. We need Votes!!!
Tell your friends!




Thursday, August 4, 2011

Born Again Vintage Trims the Waste of Fashion

Smarter Clothing means several things, Trudy has found ways to do more with less, Iliana aka Amapro Clothing uses a zero waste philosophy and I, Bridgett Artise, author and designer of Born Again Vintage recycles old/vintage clothes into hot and new clothing. There are a lot of ways to be "smarter" so join us in bringing awareness of smarter choices to the masses. How you ask? By voting for the Smarter Clothing Project in the Trim the Waste of Fashion Competition.

Monday, January 12, 2009

LBD to the Third Power

LBD = Little Black Dress.... Long Black Dragon.... Learn By Doing.
From LBD to the Third Power


Little Black Dress

I googled "wardrobe essentials" recently, and the top three style purveyors that came up were Issac Mizrahi, Lloyd Boston, and Tim Gunn. One item we all agreed on was the LBD, or Little Black Dress.

From LBD to the Third Power


Long Black Dragon

At Trudy Miller Layers, we have taken the LBD to an entirely new level: the Long Black Dragon. Our version of the LBD is a flexible and accommodating agent of change. This SMARTER garment has endless dress, top and tunic styling possibilities, by design.

From LBD to the Third Power


Learn By Doing

Our LBD is about having more fun while playing with your look. We get you started with our easy to follow directions, and you're bound to discover many more sleek and figure flattering silhouettes on your way.

And since the change platform is finally here, we want to celebrate! Check out our LBD Inauguration Special on the right. By the way, does anyone know Michelle Obama? Surely she would be interested a line of clothing that's all about accommodating change. Holla!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Then and Now - Modular Wardrobe Systems

So I finally got a hold of Multiples, an 80's modular clothing system that I keep hearing about. "Oh, it's like the multiples from the eighties!" I never really knew what to do with this, since I wasn't familiar with the line, hence unable to compare and contrast.

I've been waiting a really long time for this image. I can now authoritatively say: "....not entirely. Though the concept is similar, those designs were bulky silhouettes that bear no resemblance to the figure flattering ones that I've been developing. Our patterns are also zero waste, and the garments can be worn year round."



On a conceptual level, the two lines are very similar: future-forward wardrobe systems with simple patterns, designed to make getting dressed more fun and efficient. However, in terms of the way the two lines are rendered, they couldn't be more dissimilar in terms of approach to the female form. (I'm actually quite relieved, because this could have meant that I spent the last three years reinventing the wheel!)

While the multiples concept was indeed ahead of it's time, a lot has changed over the past twenty years. We now know that wearing excessively loose clothing makes one appear larger and older. While loose stretchy clothing is comfortable, and is a popular choice for many, they do very little to showcase a woman's best features. We have also become a lot more body conscious since the eighties, and there is a wide selection of support technology, advertising and equipment on the market to support this trend.

Most of us have some areas we want to downplay, and other areas we want to showcase. The key concept behind Trudy Miller Layers is that clothing should be able to do both at the same time (...or whatever you want it to do) so you always look great, and never look like you're 'hiding'.

Here is an example of the same wardrobe kit, being worn by three different body types and personalities:

Clean Getaway: jeans & t-shirt style. Body type - curvy apple.
Clean Getaway Kit: leggings and heels style. Body type: petite athletic.

Clean Getaway Kit: standalone style. Body type - slender banana, 3rd trimester.


It makes me so happy to be able to serve the needs of these three very different women with the same equipment!


Confession: I do own one moo-moo....a house dress that belonged to my late grandmother. When she died, my mom gave one to my sister and me to remember her by. I rarely put it on, but when i do, it feels very special.


Friday, December 26, 2008

For those who are travelling



This has to be my favorite thing about the garments: an entire wardrobe that fits in your handbag! Say goodbye to bag check!



Sunday, December 21, 2008

For the Environment: Smarter is the New Black

A big part of TML's agenda was to use the same universal design strategies that are being used in the building and construction industries to serve the needs of many while reducing negative environmental impact.

1,2) The garments are trans-seasonal, which allows them to season-hop quite efficiently.

3) All TML patterns are zero waste, so nothing but the selvage goes into the trash. The leftover fabric is planned for in advance, and are made into other garments (0.02% waste coefficient)

4) The fabrics are luxurious, size friendly and body positive, allowing for the various cyclical fluctuations that occur in a woman's body throughout her lifetime, including pregnancy, weight loss, and weight gain.

More effort is being made to establish a national design policy to address pre and post consumer waste, as well as the waste generated by production, which is very exciting. Most of the challenges we're currently facing are a result of inefficient resource deployment, and design strategies that have not been framed comprehensively, to reflect what's happening right now, with the environment, and as we move though our daily lives. More on that later.

For the Environment: Smarter is the New Black

A big part of TML's agenda was to use the same universal design strategies that are being used in the building and construction industries to serve the needs of many while reducing negative environmental impact.

1,2) The garments are trans-seasonal, which allows them to season-hop quite efficiently.

3) All TML patterns are zero waste, so nothing but the selvage goes into the trash. The leftover fabric is planned for in advance, and are made into other garments (0.02% waste coefficient)

4) The fabrics are luxurious, size friendly and body positive, allowing for the various cyclical fluctuations that occur in a woman's body throughout her lifetime, including pregnancy, weight loss, and weight gain.

More effort is being made to establish a national design policy to address pre and post consumer waste, as well as the waste generated by production, which is very exciting. Most of the challenges we're currently facing are a result of inefficient resource deployment, and design strategies that have not been framed comprehensively, to reflect what's happening right now, with the environment, and the frequent fluctuations that occur in a woman's body over time.
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