| Indie Spotlight and Designers on the Rise Guide: October 2009 Archives

October 2009 Archives

Inspired by nature and the beauty of autumn, many Etsy designers have featured leaves in their jewelry and accessories. Here are our top picks from this trend:

il_430xN.98957585.jpgLittleWhiteDresser Golden Leaf Necklace ($28) - The contrast of white and gold is beautiful here, and this necklace would be just as chic paired with a t-shirt as it is with a formal dress.

il_430xN.86224333.jpgTheresaRose Hanging Leaf Necklace ($22.50) - This sterling silver necklace features a simple but elegant leaf pendant and a pearl bead.

il_430xN.98926951.jpgLiveInStyle Amber Headband ($20) - Deviate from the over-done bow and feather headbands with this shimmering leaf piece.

Peaches4me Lovely Leaf Earrings ($12) - These classic silver plated earrings are a great budget find.

This gold Keren cuff, named after the Egyptian sun goddess of strength and protection, is a beautiful additional to any outfit. While it is a splurge at $249, it is a very versatile piece that will be worn for years.

Keren Jewelry is an independent line of intricate creations inspired by designer Keren Peled's travels around the world and ancient cultures. Keren Jewelry has been incorporated into several fashion week runway shows and featured in Harpers Bazaar,, InStyle and more.

For more information or to shop, visit
iddopolgara.jpg Twinkling cornflake pearls are the focal point of this luminous bracelet by Iddos. It's just one of many masterful creations by designer Aden Angier, who draws inspiration from an eclectic blend of sources - think science fiction and Peranakan art. The results are impressive: This exquisite piece of arm candy, for example, is so versatile - bold enough for a dressy party, understated enough for low-key affairs. You can't go wrong.

$98 at

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olgaard1.pngEmerging designer Sofie Ølgaard may be a newcomer to the fashion scene, but she is already snagging the attention of editors and fashionistas. Her year-old namesake line was selected for GenArt's Fresh Faces in Fashion in October 2008 and has been featured in Us Weekly, Lucky Magazine, Daily Candy and more.

Ølgaard's collection is inspired by her Scandinavian roots (she grew up in Denmark and now resides in San Francisco). Her designs are simple, but with playful details. She incorporated an extra-long jumper, knee-length dresses, high-waist pants and skirts, and feminine silhouettes in to her first collection. Her second collection for fall 2009 contains more drapey, universally-flattering dresses. Select pieces are available online at

Ølgaard's spring 2010 line will launch in March. This third collection features aspects seen in her past works (draping and neutral tones) but is slightly more classic and feminine. Here is a sneak peak of what we can expect:

Photos courtesy of Sofie Ølgaard.

Emerging designer KahriAnne Kerr creates stylish ensembles that are anything but "generic mall clothes." 

KahriAnne grew up and attended college in Iowa, where she taught herself how to sew and design before going on to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Now her funky designs are carried by a number of online retailers and boutiques across the US, England, Scotland and Israel. Plus celebs like Fergie and Paris Hilton have worn her clothes in music videos and out. 

Here are some of the pieces from Kahri's spring 2010 collection:

For more information or to find out where you can by Kahri, visit
Jill Italiano Floral Multistrand Chain Bracelet Boasting resplendent beauty that will undoubtedly turn heads, this delicate bracelet by designer Jill Italiano is a stunner. Its centerpiece is a flower arrangement made with mandarin garnet and citrine, and a smattering of peridot and tourmaline buds. With substantial gold chains completing it to perfection, this is the kind of piece you can wear anywhere and with anything to add a polished finishing touch.

$185 at

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alexraruffleskirt.pngALEX&RA designer Alexandra Cipparone added eye-catching ruffles to this wardrobe staple, making it into an edgy, stylish piece. Tuck a white blouse into this form-fitting pencil skirt for a day at the office, or wear it out at night with a loose black tank. The skirt is available for $98 at

About ALEX&RA: Cipparone lives in San Francisco, where she designs her handmade skirts and dresses. Her feminine yet understated looks are influenced by vintage finds, architectural elements, and modern art. While ALEX&RA pieces do come in standard sizes, Cipparone will also customize items so they fit the wearer perfectly.

The Marina collection is Cipparone's second. 
SUST was founded in 2007 in San Francisco by long-time friends Tristan Gribbin and Marion McKee. The women strived to create a line of practical yet cool eco-friendly clothing. SUST includes organic tees and dresses, cozy scarves, stylish halters and basic leggings, all great for layering and mixing and matching with other pieces in your wardrobe. Wear a tee under a chic cardigan with jeans for the weekend, and tucked into a pencil skirt with a bib necklace for the office.

V-Neck Blue Tee $68
White Disco Top $78

Midnight Mod Dress $76
Slate Halter $76

Mod Green Dress $78
Sunshine Summer Scarf $25

Sust is available online at eco-friendly retailer Envi.
We're always on the hunt for the coolest, funkiest shoes, and Matiko Footwear certainly fits the bill. Founded in Orange County, CA in 2003 by USC Business School alumn Jesse Howard, the collection includes colorful suede and leather flats, pumps, wedges, and comfort shoes.

Sid Yellow Suede Wedge Ankle Boots $172
Cassie Grey Suede Ankle Boots $140
Alex Grey Snake Skin Embossed Leather Flats $114
Midori Black Patent Wedge Boot $284

Matiko Footwear is available at

Fashion Junkee Knit Scarf Coat
A classic coat with a flattering fit will see you through the season in style. This chic choice is ideal in every way: It creates a graceful silhouette with its A-line cut and fitted waist, and the goes-with-everything black is, of course, perfectly timeless. The finishing touch is an adorable scarf detail at the neck, guaranteed to keep you cozier than ever when blustery weather finally arrives.

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