Our moms would shudder at the thought, but Audrey Louise Reynolds believes that a little roll in the dirt is actually good for the average outfit. To prove that point, she's spent the last few years coloring clothing with unlikely, all-natural dyes she makes herself from sources like fiddle heads, curry, berries, minerals, hibiscus and mica, even wearing outfits into the ocean to see what'll happen to fabrics when they swim in salt water. It's a biodegradable technique that she showed us one cold afternoon in Prospect Park and it's one that pairs perfectly with Yara Flinn's Nomia line of simple, chic dresses. Reynolds evokes a whirlwind of natural beauty on the blank canvas of Nomia's column dresses. One look is colored with tulips and chlorophyll, another with iris root and earth. They'll be available at Assembly NY. If someone notices a bit of mud on your hem, you can tell them that's part of their charm.
August 06, 2012