“Starbuck isn’t compromising on any of the ideals which made her inaugural collection highly regarded. When it comes to design, she’s still thinking about overall functionality and long-term wearability…”
“Halters that flip upside-down to become skirts, coats that transform into minidresses, and sarong wraps that sling over the shoulder or around the waist. Yup, that sounds like Eliza Starbuck of Bright Young Things all right. The Brooklyn designer, best known for creating The Uniform Project’s now-iconic little black dress, has partnered with Urban Outfitters on a four-piece capsule collection with more moves than Optimus Prime and Megatron put together…”
“Eliza Starbuck says the collection was inspired by the idea of updating American classics in an effort to offer basics that are multifunctional.”
“The New York-based line debuted on the runway at The GreenShows during New York Fashion Week last Tuesday night with not models, but real women wearing eight versatile and multifunctional wardrobe staples, designed for the woman who has a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear; Starbuck believes in personal style…”
“Slow Fashion isn’t just about using greener fibers, installing more advanced machinery to reduce waste and pollution or taking into account how far an item has to be transported (though those are important factors) it’s about being a conscientious consumer. Not only considering every purchase carefully but also where products come from and how they are made. Starbuck argues that people should be “investors in fashion and really everything in life”. Starbuck strives for quality over quantity, durability and versatility instead of single-use, and local made-to-order production versus massed-produced overseas factories.”
“If they’re making garments that quickly, the quality is completely lost” Eliza Starbuck says. “There’s no promising what quality will be like.”
“Designer Eliza Starbuck likens the new, cheaper clothing to candy wrappers. “It’s throwaway fashion or ‘trashion,’” she says. “If their prices are that cheap that people are throwing their disposable income at them—only to find that the clothes fall apart on the hangers and after a wash or two—they’re just creating garbage.”
“It takes such a huge amount of human energy and textile fibers, dyes, and chemicals to create even poor-quality clothes,” she says. “They may be offering fashions at a price anyone can afford in an economic crunch, but they’re being irresponsible about what happens to the goods after the consumers purchase them.”
“We’re obsessed with Bright Young Things, and impressed with designer Eliza Starbuck’s concept of multi-purpose clothing. “If people could…get more use out of items, we’d produce a lot less waste,” she said. Point taken.”- EcoStiletto
“Sending “real people models” down the runway, Bright Young Things, a label that started with one little black dress, showed an expanded collection of eight pieces, all very simple, minimalist and wearable, but with a certain something that makes them stand out in a crowd. There were shorts, skorts, dresses, pants and wrap tops, all in a simple, but elegant, color scheme of black, beige, purple, rust and khaki. The original black dress — designed for The Uniform Project where Sheena Matheiken wore it every day for a year, styled with vintage accessories — received plenty of runway love as well. Differently styled, and now available in beige as well, it proved again to be one of the most versatile pieces of clothing out there.” -Goodlifer
“Bright Young Things presented eight versatile garments–perfect for a modern girl in search of essential clothing staples–at their Spring 2011 runway show at The GreenShows during New York Fashion Week last Tuesday night. The fresh new label, which launched out of one little black dress–or LBD, for short–expanded their line to show how garments can be multifunctional–they can be flipped inside out, backwards, and frontwards–and dressing can be creative and fun.”-Emma Grady of Treehugger
“Bright Young Things has officially revived the little black dress! Making heads tilt and wonder why the dress looked familiar as it came down the runway over and over, Eliza Starbuck proved once and for all that sometimes a staple piece is all a girl needs to achieve any look.”-Product Pasha
“It was great to feel special in conjunction with the diversity of lovely models that BYT designer, Eliza Starbuck, had hand-picked. In addition to a line up varying body types, ethnicities, and professional backgrounds, Eliza also included two women considerably older than your average runway nymph…” -Abigail Doan of Ecco Eco
“We were pleasantly surprised at the Bright Young Things (BYT) collection on the last day of the GreenShows at the Metropolitan Pavilion.
While it had its moments of off-the-cuff flair (a Carey Mulligan-esque model sporting a sequined head brace, for example), BYT was all about one thing: staples…” -Amanda Wills of Earth 911
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“Eliza Starbuck of Bright Young Things may have graduated beyond the little black dress she started with, but her ethos of less is more could not be more apparent. At The GreenShows during New York Fashion Week, Starbuck presented a Spring/Summer 2011 collection that comprised just eight basic pieces. Still, we were mentally scrambling to keep track of where each one appeared in the assembly of looks the followed, from halter-neck tops that can be worn as bottoms to jackets that reverse to become shirts.
When dresses that transform into skirts started coming down the catwalk, we threw our hands up in exasperation.
When dresses that transform into skirts started coming down the catwalk, we threw our hands up in exasperation. Flipped, reversed, molded, and folded, each garment opened up endless styling possibilities. Who needs a credit card when you have creativity on your side?”
- Yuka Yoneda and Jill Fehrenbacher of Ecouterre
“Bright Young Things is the new label launched by the creator the the little black dress from the Uniform Project, Eliza Starbuck. So, just how many ways can you wear one little black dress…?
Starbuck showcased her new collection as well as about 12 different looks based around the little black uniform at the Green Shows.
“Just by playing with your wardrobe and pieces, you can be sustainable and that is what the Uniform Project brought to the forefront,” states Starbuck.
Well, we are certainly inspired and ready to dive into our wardrobes and play!”
-Fashion Me Green
Bright Young Things’ Eliza Starbuck, designer of the famed versatile Little Black Dress is proud to announce an extension of her season-less collection to be previewed during New York Fashion Week!
Inspired by Carmen Miranda’s Brazilian jungle and Lawrence of Arabia’s desert fantasia, Starbuck adds a new line of 8 essential and multifunctional pieces that are timeless while still being modern and chic.
Dedicated to both old and new approaches to fashion design, Starbuck creates clothes that serve as staple wardrobe pieces with cuts and fits that are flexible, comfortable, and non-constricting. Leading the Slow Fashion Movement, the collection is smart and playful while each piece is multifunctional and can be worn inside out, backwards, or adjusted to allow the garment to sit differently on the body.
As a designer, Starbuck asks herself if Louise Brooks, Katherine Hepburn, Lauren Hutton and Lou Doillon would wear it- if the answer is yes then the design survives!”
“Consistency plays a big part in her success; all of her dresses are sustainable, playful and feminine. When actually designing the LBD, she inserted some strategic pleats into the silhouette, allowing the frock to expand, fit and flatter a variety of shapes and sizes. That’s what’s so appealing about the dress for so many tastemakers. It’s a wardrobe must-have, one that’s modern, romantic, sleek and, thankfully, timeless.” -Tess Ghilaga of Huffington Post
We’ve been fantasizing about seeing some of our favorite Bright Young Things of New York City do their take on our Little Black Dress, and we’ve finally come up with an excuse for the ladies to Bring It! We’re throwing a style challenge party for the fashion darlings and bloggers of NYC, giving them a chance to win some major Bright Young Things Honors, and a little black dress for each of the first place Awards, Most Original and Favorite Style! Using a mix of the items they walk in with and vintage pieces found at the Cobblestones vintage shop in the East Village each Style Challenger can present up to two different looks that express their style and taste. We your votes for your favorite original stylist, and just for voting, our viewers will be entered for a chance to win one of our little black dresses…
The name is as clever as the dress (which is reversible and infinitely convertible), so what is a Bright Young Thing? “A Bright Young Thing is defined as someone who is open minded, optimistic, playful, appreciates beauty and still is conscious about their actions effects on the world around them. A conscious Joy-maker. It has nothing to do with your age, it has everything to do with being nimble, inventive, and enginuitive within the social, physical and environmental constructs of our times,” says Starbuck. -Johanna Bjork reports for Goodlifer
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“When Bright Young Things (BYT), the sustainable fashion label that launched with one little black dress last month, asked if I would don their LBD for a Style Challenge I had to muster every ounce of will power to not pound on my keyboard in my reply of “YES!” Among eight of “New York’s most stylish fashion bloggers” and in good company with model Summer Rayne Oakes, and my friends at Ecouterre and Goodlifer, I styled two looks culled entirely from Cobblestones Vintage, a second hand shop in the East Village, NYC. Click through for photos, and a video of me on the prowl for the ultimate LBD accessories — there may even be an BYT LBD in it for you, too–that is if you vote for your favorite!”… Read More>>