Discovering Indie Style and CultureOrlando Unwrapped
I’ve had the 1890s on my mind lately. Not long ago, I read an interview with comedienne Margaret Cho about how she and her husband considered themselves to be “steampunks": a subcultural movement that includes wearing Victorian and Edwardian garb (such as corsets, waistcoats, pocket watches) and a gothic fascination with machinery of yore. Then, about a month ago while working on a fashion shoot for Orlando magazine, Lisa Smith of Orlando Vintage brought out some Victorian clothing she had aquired. She was smitten with its edgy incorporation into artsy kids’ wardrobes.
I am constantly impressed by the amount of talent and creativity Orlando holds. Two local jewelry designers I recently came across are perfect examples.
The first is Italian-born fashion designer Consuelo Bellini. You may have seen her work as the costume designer for the “Education Is In” campaign for Valencia College but she also makes killer jewelry. You can find her wares at Tuni’s (301 S Park Ave. Winter Park) and at Obsession Boutique downtown.
New on the scene from New York is Michal Yakar. Her gorgeous line made with Swarovski crystals and semi-precious stones in girly constructions have been sold at Henri...