For our FW’12 line, we created an olive wool motorcycle coat to bring another level of sophistication and edge to our collection. Our coat combines 2 big fall/winter trends: motorcycle and military, and can appeal various aesthetics. It’s even been praised by staff at Urban Outfitters, J.Crew, and Maje!
One of the biggest trends that came out of NYFW for Spring’13 was black and white geometric prints. We at Natty Paint have always loved the simplicity of two colors, intersecting shapes, and its retro vibes. Our favorite collection from NYFW for was Marc Jacob’s Spring’13 collection.
Here are a few of our favorite looks from Marc Jacob’s collection, images courtesy of ELLE UK:
We were so smitten with the sequined black and white checkered and striped dress above, but after seeing the multi-thousand dollar price tag on Moda Operandi, we decided to save some cash and make a version of our own. After scouring the NYC garment district,we noticed no one was selling black and white sequined checked or striped fabric (Future trend alert!), but we did find a black and white wave pattern which is similar. FYI we spend $95 on all the material to make this dress.
We made sure to give this dress a similar optical geometric feel to the Marc Jacob’s dress. We cut the strips for the bottom skirt so that the waves alternate in vertical and horizontal directions.
We still have tons of work to do on it, like add in the black chiffon gore panels, make sleeves, sew the skirt and top together, and add an invisible side zipper. But we will post the finished dress as soon as it’s done!
Natty Paint has designed some of our own black and white optical prints. Check out this Dot & Stripe Button Down we made for our Spring 2012 collection, which we paired with charcoal & cream Hexagon Leggings for our lookbook shoot.
Here’s a detail of the Dot & Stripe Button Down so you can see just how trippy this print is:
Here’s a preview of some pieces from our latest collection: Psychedelic Beach S/S ’12
You can also check out our SS’12 lookbook on our website and become a fan of our facebook page to receive the latest updates about the line. We’ll have photos of the line from our beach photo shoot in a month or so.
All our SS’12 prints were designed and custom printed for the collection. What’s a spring and summer collection without vibrant floral prints? Pair our floral tops with our cool color blocked blue shorts or with this spotted purple high waisted skirt and you got yourself a dynamic mix-and-match splash look. All silhouettes are available in other prints as well.
If colors aren’t your thing, don’t worry! This sheer button down shirt with gray hexagons legging and our seagull romper will make you look chic and edgy without losing the summery feeling! They can be worn from day to night, from the city to the beach, if you feel like taking a long walk. And while you’re at it, you can mix it up with our sheer tank top and seagull shorts (shown below) if you feel like showing off more of your sun kissed skin.
ELECTION DAY OUTFITS
The presidental election is in Nov 2012! Put your stars and stripes gears on this summer to show off your USA pride! And what’s a better way to cheer on the candidates than to wear our USA inspired prints? These outfits will take you right from a rally to the voting booth and then a party or two after that. We have many U.S. prints to choose from that are perfect for the election, July 4th, or even for everyday wear. You can’t go wrong with some fun stripes and stars to pair with other pieces in your wardrobe.
Our bold kaleidoscope print appears on many different silhouettes in our SS’12 line: silk tanks, t-shirts, and dresses.
And don’t forget the palazzo pants! Comfortable yet chic at the same time. Perfect for an afternoon stroll in the park, the beach, the museum, or around the city. Add a statement belt to accentuate high-waist, a pair of evening shoes, some bold metallic jewelry, and you’re good to go for the evening too.
Thank you to everyone who made our SS’12 collection possible. For those of you who were able to attend we hope you enjoyed our NY fashion week show at The Skyroom.
Here’s a video of the show which also includes a track by Alexander Trust made specifically for our SS’12 Fashion Week Show:
This black shiny spandex dress is a fun twist on the “little black dress”. With black fringe on the bottom and black mesh with silver glitter polka dots gathered at the hem and sleeves. Cut in an a flattering silhouette with a low scoop back.
This shiny dress is sure to be a show stopper wherever you wear it! The combination of periwinkle and gold foil snakeskin printed spandex and cream stretch jersey with bronze glitter dots makes for a fun and chic pairing. Cut in a flattering silhouette with long sleeves, and a cut out detail on the back, this dress is comfortable and classy.
This black stretch velvet dress with red, purple, and silver glitter is a perfect dress for a cocktail party or night out around town. Cut in a flattering silhouette with long sleeves, and a low scoop back, this dress is comfortable and classy. Features three silkscreened silver foil triangles on both sleeves.
We decided to spend our spring break this year in Austin for SXSW, a week long festival featuring the hottest, newest, and best in music, film and interactive (aka technology). We had an awesome time meeting up with old friends, making some new ones, and getting our clothing to some musicians! We didn’t get a pass for SXSW official events, but there were so many shows going on, so many people to meet, so many free things to eat and see, we had plenty to do. Just to give you an idea of some of the shows we stumbled across while wandering around Austin: Rooney, Mr. Heavenly, Rye Rye, Foo Fighters, The Strokes…the list keeps going!
We got a proper Texan welcome right after arriving at the airport with some amazing steak!
Our first show we went to was Rye Rye!
Here’s a pic of Rye Rye performing at an event for Fast Company in a custom made NP Outfit! The top features our new triangles design from our Summer 2011 line.
The leggings had neon yellow mesh triangles on the sides. (a lot of work making them but sooo worth it!)
Check out these glowing ice cubes in our free drinks. Score!
And here’s a pic of Rye Rye and me after her set.
Here’s a pic of the leggings while they were being sewn together.
This was an amusing sight we came across while we were chilling in the park. Nothing like exercising with your pets!
This group reminded us a lot of Kraftwerk. They were definitely German and very talented!
Also managed to stumble across Mr. Heavenly, the new band with Michael Cera of Arrested Development and Nick Diamonds of Islands, as well as guys from Man Man and Modest Mouse. Let’s just say the girls were getting rowdy…
Here’s a pic of some Austin BBQ we had to gear up for some more shows! mmm meat…
And for some more hearthrobby goodness, we saw Rooney play an amazing show.
Here’s a pic of the lead singer Robert Schwartzman
And here’s a pic of myself with the bassist Brandon Schwartzel after I gave him NP shirts for the whole band. Nothing like some NP!
The last full day we were in Austin, we swung by Rachel Ray’s Greenhouse (yes as in foodnetwork…) to hang with our friends from Andrew Charles, Hilfiger’s awesome new line which focuses on branding through musicians. It officially debuts in fall 2011, so stay tuned!
We heard Alex Ebert perform with his new group, Alexander. He’s also in Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Ima Robot.
We gave him a shirt after the show and got a pic! He’s hiding but it’s him!
And in our most ambitious product placement schemes ever, we saw The Strokes play at Ladybird Lake Shore Stage in front of 30,000 people. I arrived super early for the show, made sure to be towards the front, and kept pushing through till I was at the front and center. Didn’t get shirts to The Strokes though because of a 10 ft gap between the crowd and stage, crazy crowd, and overzealous security. But we ended up RUNNING INTO TWO OF THEM, FABRIZIO AND NIKOLAI, LEAVING A BAR at 2 in the morning that same night!!! SUCCESS! Fabrizio was fighting with his girlfriend Binky (I liked him better with Drew!) but I gave Nikolai Fraiture the bassist a shirt! We didn’t manage to get a pic though, hopefully one turns up soon!
Our final meal of the trip before we went to the airport-Elevation Burger, the In n’Out esque chain of Austin!
It’s amazing how the last post on our blog was over 2 months ago! Where has the time gone?! However we’ve been so busy and have so much to tell you about.
First of all, as of 2011 and this EPIC post, the NP blog is going to be heading in a different direction….instead of only NP related news, we’re going to be blogging about interesting occurrences/revelations/inventions in the fashion and business worlds. The blog is also going to be an examination of the business of having a clothing company.
So why have we been so busy?! Natty Paint is going pro!
1)As of January 2011, Natty Paint has become Natty Paint LLC!
2)We’ve been working very hard on preparing to enter the clothing industry with our fall 2011 line, which is going to be the first line we are going to have manufactured professionally in factories! This is going to allow us to get our designs into more stores, so we can “natty-ify” many more people.
Here are some pics from sample creation from the fall 2011 line to get you as excited as we are!
What’s going on here? Free t-shirt goes to the best answer!
Since moving to Brooklyn, it’s been difficult to find a routine with a very busy and chaotic schedule-balancing Natty Paint and a part-time MBA all while in a new city with so many exciting things going on. Two things that were constants in my life in Baltimore while Natty Paint was starting up were my diet and exercise:being vegan and Bikram Yoga.
I’ve decided after much deliberation, I don’t want to be vegan anymore. I like having many more food options available and miss things like eggs and greek yogurt. And now I can eat other things! Like goat cheese! The list keeps going… But milk will not happen, EVER. I hate milk.
I have also decided it’s time to pick up Bikram again, as it is the ultimate way to destress, relax, and clear my head. Today was my first day returning to practice Bikram Yoga. Luckily, there’s a studio super close by in Williamsburg! YES!
After getting back from class, I see I’m tagged in new pic on Facebook of a Bikram yoga instructor wearing a Natty Paint custom Bikram Yoga Hampden shirt, standing next to Bikram Choudhury himself! EPIC!
We’re going to work on getting Bikram his very own shirt to wear at teacher training. Bengal tiger strength, bulldog determination!