Karen Mabon’s SS16 Rosebud Collection

Panda baby showers and cat costume parties perfectly disguised in sophisticated silk scarves

Channeling the seductive stylings of Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly but with thoughtful, contemporary whimsy is UK illustrator Karen Mabon’s spring/summer 2016 Rosebud collection. The 2011 Royal College of Art graduate continues to combine elegance with amusement through artistically derived silk scarves, and her latest drop is perhaps her most fashionably flippant yet. Shot by Scottish photographer David N Anderson, the new collection is modeled …

The Thing Quarterly + Michelle Blade’s Aura Scarf

Aura photography becomes a bit more tangible with this multicolored silk "painting"

Pushing artists to explore other mediums, conceptual object-based periodical The Thing Quarterly also hosts projects outside of their art-object subscription service (which “publishes” four times a season). They recently worked with visual artist Michelle Blade to bring her artwork to a wearable silk scarf. Something spiritual emanates from Blade’s paintings of shadowy figures, natural landscapes and ethereal flashes—she expertly uses inks and watercolors for beautifully …

Slow Factory + World Wildlife Fund: Petit Atlas Collection

Bringing NASA satellite imagery of Earth's beautiful landscapes to luxe and versatile silk scarves

by Chérmelle D. Edwards Design boutique Slow Factory merges silk and satellite images into sustainably designed, limited edition scarves that are entirely eye-catching. Three years ago, founder Celine Semaan Vernon began gathering images from NASA through a Creative Commons license, which would allow her to use the public data on her scarves. Given that Vernon—who hails from Beirut, Lebanon—wasn’t a fashion designer and didn’t have …

Eloi Scarves Get Psychedelic

Artist Paige Russell turns a simple silk scarf into a technicolor statement accessory by using construction paper

Instead of being born from whimsical illustrations or landscape photography, each of Paige Russell’s scarf designs from her brand Eloi started out as a collage of construction paper cutouts. On silk, the stiff, two-dimensional artworks become fluid, breathing life into Russell’s fictional technicolor forms and creating an alluring tension. The Detroit-born, Austin-based graphic designer founded Eloi scarves as a creative way of showcasing her paper …

The Bad Behavior Silk Scarf by Nottene

NYC-based illustrator Kimberly Ellen Hall takes the formality out of the accessory with her hand drawn designs

Last week at Cool Hunting + Story‘s second annual Pitch Night, we heard from over 40 different designers and makers over the course of almost five hours. With surprise guest judge Whoopi Goldberg adding to the pressure to make an impression, we heard from some stellar new talent—like illustrator (and Central St Martins alum) Kimberly Ellen Hall, who boasts the Whitney Museum and Coach as …