Shabd - Silk & Jersey Basics with a Tye-Dye Touch

I love how designer Shabd Simon-Alexander's simple collection of ethereal silks & jersey-material separates have managed to skirt the Hippie associations that come along with anything Tye-Dye.

Drawing inspiration for her muted, yet colourful pieces from, "minimalist art, quiltmaking, and the folk costume tradition of beginning one dress with the remnants from the last," Shabd's collections boast a wearable array of dreamlike basics that are just begging to be mixed and matched.

Our favourites? Those sleeveless, sheer tops, for sure - so perfect for a sunny getaway and the impending heat of the Summer...


NB Images courtesy Shabd

Win It - Fawn by Jennifer Fisher Love Charms

We're not super, super big on the frivolity of Valentine's Day; we're more into the give a little love every day school of thought...

But after chatting with New York edgy-chic jeweler Jennifer Fisher, and spying the saccharine-free, sterling silver Love Charms from her Fawn collection, we decided to get into the February 14th action.

And thus, one of our lucky, loved-up readers will get this sweet Fawn by Jennifer Fisher chain-n-charms piece on Valentine's Day! It's worth over $200.00 USD, and hangs ever so delicately from a leather cord chain.

Do you want it? From now until Monday February 14th at 9:00pm, these things two you must do:

1. FOLLOW Fawn by Jennifer Fisher and Au Courant Daily on Twitter


2. FOLLOW Fawn by Jennifer Fisher and Au Courant Daily on Facebook


Au Courant Chats with Jennifer Fisher Jewelry

Call me old fashioned, but when it comes to jewelry, I'm more of a silver or pearl person. I'll readily admit, however, that nothing picks up an outfit like a tasteful splash of gold; there's hardly a colour that doesn't work well with golden accessories.

The only caveat? It's way too MC Hammer when done with an overly heavy or ornate finish. And unfortunately, a great deal of the gold jewelry out there tends to be just that - Hammer-esque thick rope chains, door-knocker earrings, gob-stopper rings...

Enter the NY-based designer Jennifer Fisher and her extremely delicate and chic line of jewelry. When her folks contacted me late last year, I clicked through to the website out of politeness, but quickly found myself poring over every category of jewelry.

Fisher designs both her eponymous jewelry collection, a diffusion range called Fawn by Jennifer Fisher, and the recently launched Wyler, a collection of fur vests & gilets that's perfect for this seemingly neverending winter.

From the random things that inspire her design sensibilities, and to the chic notables who proudly sport her pieces, here's our quick chat with Jennifer Fisher:

1. The birth of your eponymous jewelry line was inspired by the birth of your first child, so we're guessing that being a designer has been a very personal journey for you! Tell us about some of the other influences that you bring to the collection.

I am inspired by everything around me. From the beach in Santa Barbara, where I grew up to the grates on the city streets in NYC- literally there is inspiration for design everywhere. One of the best things about creating customized jewelry is that it’s personal. I was with my kids on vacation and found a piece of driftwood. I really liked the shape and so I had it cast. It’s one of my favorite pieces in the collection.


Robert Young + Lupe Leonard Explores 'The Coalition'

This is a more than welcome alternative to the flashy colours and feathers of contemporary Trinidadian Mas' design. Robert Young of The Cloth and designer Lupe Leonard - working as the Vulgar Fraction - have cobbled together a bit of everything to present their 2011 Mas' based work, The Coalition.

Appearing only on Carnival Tuesday March 8th in Port-of-Spain, The Coalition will surely serve as an anathema of sorts to the assembly line, showgirl-style costumery that most West Indians love.


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Lisa-Marie Harris

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