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Are you following this 16-year-old reimagining sustainable fashion?

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via Instagram

Ribbon. Branches. Flowers, pots and pans, un-tailored fabric, morning glory, bamboo baskets. Plastic clothes hangers, stuffed animals. Pieces of wood and cement blocks. Balloons. What does this miscellany of things have in common? On the surface, nothing, really. But for a spirited thinker and doer, for someone with a ceaseless drive and a hunger to create something beautiful from the ordinary and the unconventional, these items are access. They are potential pieces of clothing waiting to be imagined and actualized.

Can you imagine a dress composed solely of mosquito netting that spans the length of a palm tree? Apichet "Madaew" Atilattana did. And he made it, too.

via Taylor Weidman/Getty Images.

via Taylor Weidman/Getty Images.

Madaew, a 16-year-old student and self-proclaimed fashionista, is from Khon Kaen, Thailand. He uses unconventional materials to craft wearable works of art, underlining the simplicity and unexpected beauty of the mundane - the beauty of what is found in nature.

The result? Ethical, responsible, and sustainable fashion transcending the fleeting quality of contemporary clothing trends. And, in an ironic twist, there's a beauty to the ephemerality of Madaew's creations that utilize natural materials like flowers and plants. These specific creations and works of art don't last forever, but the memory of creating them, and the imagination that they embodied upon completion, has a permanent space in time (and on Madaew's colorful Instagram).

Madaew imagines, crafts, and models all of the clothing himself, and he pulls his inspiration primarily from plants and animals. There is fluidity and balance embedded in the pieces that he creates - he is a thoughtful designer and engineer with a keen eye for detail, and it shows in the finished product.

via  Taylor Weidman/Getty Images

via Taylor Weidman/Getty Images

At once, we're reminded of Kyemah McEntyre, the 18-year-old student from East Orange, New Jersey, who designed and wore a sublime African-inspired dress to her high school's prom. She was crowned the prom queen, but more importantly, she broke the Internet. Kyemah is a student at Parsons now, and over the summer, she created a dress for Power actress and former 3LW member, Naturi Naughton, to wear to the BET Awards.

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If these two teach us anything, it's that our creative talent is accessible at any age. Madaew's future is glittering, and we applaud his visionary approach. The lingering question on our minds is this: What will his NYFW show look like? When it happens, we want in on the front row.

author: Rudolph Maag

 

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Mataano Resort 2016

Photographed by Sara Melotti

Ayaan and Idyl Mohallim, identical Somali-American twins and Creative Directors of the womenswear fashion label Mataano, have released their resort 2016 collection. 

We’re not sure if you can tell but it’s absolutely ridiculously mind-blowingly fabulous. And it’s simple.

There’s sheer, there’s long, there’s loose, there’s light. The line has everything you would want for a holiday abroad. that you would then want to pack up, take home, and use as beautiful layering pieces year round.

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In the meantime, if you’re not up for waiting to shop the new Mataano line, don’t There’s too much goodness in their online shop to ignore.

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Also, if you’re anything like us, and love the hats from this shoot, CLICK THIS and check out Orlando Palacio’s Worth & Worth hat shop.

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Undoubtedly, you’ve already recognized that  Khafra Company  has taken a bit of a hiatus.  We could wax poetic about how and why, convince you that we’ve been on a vacation, pretend like we’ve been visiting hella trade shows finding the hottest new designers for you.  But a lot of that would be a lie.     Here’s what really happened: One day we woke up and decided we cared more about your lives than how much merchandise we could sell you.   We decided to focus on creating and sustaining relationships with like-minded entrepreneurs.   What do we mean?  Well, simply, you trust us to tell you where to shop and why. We want to make that worth your while.    From today forward, any product, store, designer, or affiliate you see discussed, advertised, or promoted via Khafra means that that entity is as committed to black and brown and gay and lesbian and trans and a full array of lives as we are.   We figure, boycotting certain businesses? Yea, sure. That works for a day, a week, months at a time. But we’re committed to longterm investment in businesses that invest in you.     More about this to come, in the meantime though &hellip;  DO THIS .

Undoubtedly, you’ve already recognized that Khafra Company has taken a bit of a hiatus.

We could wax poetic about how and why, convince you that we’ve been on a vacation, pretend like we’ve been visiting hella trade shows finding the hottest new designers for you.

But a lot of that would be a lie.

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Here’s what really happened: One day we woke up and decided we cared more about your lives than how much merchandise we could sell you.

We decided to focus on creating and sustaining relationships with like-minded entrepreneurs.

What do we mean?

Well, simply, you trust us to tell you where to shop and why. We want to make that worth your while. 

From today forward, any product, store, designer, or affiliate you see discussed, advertised, or promoted via Khafra means that that entity is as committed to black and brown and gay and lesbian and trans and a full array of lives as we are.

We figure, boycotting certain businesses? Yea, sure. That works for a day, a week, months at a time. But we’re committed to longterm investment in businesses that invest in you.

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More about this to come, in the meantime though … DO THIS.

WHO&rsquo;S NEXT? &ndash;&gt; Not Just A Label joins The Future of Fashion Program to search for the best emerging talent! 
 Entering a new era of nurturing emerging designers by helping them find a unique platform on which to stand tall, The Future of Fashion Program launches for the first time with  WHO&rsquo;S NEXT . This season they’re teeing up for a collaboration with the world’s leading pioneers of new talent, Not Just A Label (NJAL) , who since 2008 have been introducing the fashion world to their very best in bright, young things. 
 WHO’S NEXT will seek out 20 emerging designers from NJAL’s vast database of talent, with the aim to uncover the next generation of fashion’s finest, and with applications closing next week, this isn’t an opportunity that will wait around. 
 If chosen, entrants will be given the chance to show their designs during the WHO’S NEXT AW14 Paris trade show in January. From there, a selection of the most promising will showcase their designs across three additional seasons, being judged on creativity, as well as the business potential of their brand. 
 Not to worry though because it wouldn’t be an emerging talent program without a little hand-holding. Alongside some PR help, mentoring will be provided by a selection of the industry’s best, including buyers, consultants and sales directors, as well as NJAL founder himself, Stefan Siegel. 
 The long-term program will culminate in July 2015 with the announcement of two winners, one specialising in ready-to-wear and the other in accessories. The chosen designers will feature in Dazed &amp; Confused, as well as receiving an extra six-months worth of mentoring, including advice for building the business plans to launch their futures. 
 But as we know by now, fashion moves fast and entries close on 12 December. If it’s a stepping stone, a building block, or whatever you need to get a leg up, then head on over to  NotJustALabel.com  and apply to become one of the next generation’s new designers.

WHO’S NEXT? –> Not Just A Label joins The Future of Fashion Program to search for the best emerging talent!

Entering a new era of nurturing emerging designers by helping them find a unique platform on which to stand tall, The Future of Fashion Program launches for the first time with WHO’S NEXT. This season they’re teeing up for a collaboration with the world’s leading pioneers of new talent,Not Just A Label (NJAL), who since 2008 have been introducing the fashion world to their very best in bright, young things.

WHO’S NEXT will seek out 20 emerging designers from NJAL’s vast database of talent, with the aim to uncover the next generation of fashion’s finest, and with applications closing next week, this isn’t an opportunity that will wait around.

If chosen, entrants will be given the chance to show their designs during the WHO’S NEXT AW14 Paris trade show in January. From there, a selection of the most promising will showcase their designs across three additional seasons, being judged on creativity, as well as the business potential of their brand.

Not to worry though because it wouldn’t be an emerging talent program without a little hand-holding. Alongside some PR help, mentoring will be provided by a selection of the industry’s best, including buyers, consultants and sales directors, as well as NJAL founder himself, Stefan Siegel.

The long-term program will culminate in July 2015 with the announcement of two winners, one specialising in ready-to-wear and the other in accessories. The chosen designers will feature in Dazed & Confused, as well as receiving an extra six-months worth of mentoring, including advice for building the business plans to launch their futures.

But as we know by now, fashion moves fast and entries close on 12 December. If it’s a stepping stone, a building block, or whatever you need to get a leg up, then head on over to NotJustALabel.com and apply to become one of the next generation’s new designers.