In my longstanding question for comfortable fashions that will carry me from work to play and fit my very active lifestyle, I've found an answer: Gudrun Sjödén creates clothes in unique, colorful designs and natural materials – for women of all ages, shapes and sizes. Vibrant and sustainable, this is a brand that honors women who appreciate individual style and comfortable, organic materials.
For Fall 2014, Gudrun Sjödén dives into the rich beauty, color and patterns of the Burkina Faso. The color palette ranges from rich shades of ecru to warm and saturated colors inspired by Africa, to a variety of blacks and grays. The catalog features stunning photos from Burkina Faso. I was especially struck by the decorated adobe homes in Tiebele.
Going a step further, Gudrun Sjödén is also sharing the work of Ivory for Elephants project. Did you know that an elephant is killed every 15 minutes in this world? To feed the ivory trade, elephant poaching is hidden by corruption and war and continues to grow unchecked. With every Elefant top you buy from Gudrun Sjödén, a $8 donation will be made to www.WearItForElephants.com.
Here are my top five picks from the Gudrun Sjödén Fall 2014 Collection:
Useful parka sewn in a soft, lustrous, and luxurious cotton/silk blend available in solids and the "Höna" print. In a loose cut with a practical hood, snap front, and front pockets.
Lace-up leather boots
Fabulous boots come with two pairs of laces - one matching and one in a contrast color.
Pia crinkled eco-cotton dress
Raglan-cut dress with three-quarter sleeves and big round-cut pockets in front. Three inverted pleats at the bodice add volume to the skirt. Hem and sleeves finished in pretty merrow edging.
These hi-tops are just too much fun with the contrasting colors in the fabric, sole, and laces. If you get tired of the mix, simply change the laces - you get an extra coordinating set with each pair! Lined with toasty batting for chilly fall days.
"Höna" micromodal/spandex blouse
This pretty "Höna" blouse in soft modal jersey is flippy and flirty. Fitted at the bodice with a neat cap sleeves, seamed and gathered at the waist. Button front and contrast stitching around the neck.
Check out the entire fall collection here!