Possibly the most feel-good fashion show ever produced, Fashion Loves Animals was a big hit Saturday night. The show, which was held at SIR Stage 37 in Hell’s Kitchen, featured the VAUTE Couture (like “haute” but vegan) line by Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, shoes by Brave GentleMan and Love is Mighty and accessories by Matt & Natt. Proceeds from the event and live auction benefited Farm Sanctuary, a non-profit that rescues and protects farm animals.
And, as if that weren’t enough fuzziness, many of the models carried adoptable puppies down the runway.
The Spring 2013 Runway went back to the basics – with a twist. Designers are using black and white and playing with geometry in all kinds of interesting ways. Here are three looks from Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and Pamella Rolad:
Screw horizontal stripes not being flattering, I love ‘em! And all these patterns are good for the figure, right? I’m super psyched about this trend and can’t wait to get back to NY to try it out. In the meantime, I’ve picked out some sustainable versions that are available right here on the internets.
The Eva Franco Audrey Dress is Made in LA, as are all of Eva Franco’s creations (some of which have been featured on Glee!) I can definitely see Rachel – and myself – in this. Buy it on Amazon →
This David Peck dress is cut from raw silk noil and manufactured in Texas. Buy it at Kaight →
Ananda Pascual skirt is made fairly in Mumbai of handwoven cotton. Women who Continue reading →
Happy Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, everyone! I was excited to hear that The Green Shows is making a reprisal at this year’s fashion week and that one of the designers I met in New York last month, Tara St. James, will be part of it. On Friday from 10:30 – 11:30 in “The Box” at Lincoln Center, Tara and seven other sustainable designers will be previewing their Fall 2012 collections.
Montreal native and former high-school math nerd Tara St. James moved to New York City in 2004. She has a degree in menswear, and worked in NY as the designer for a Montreal-based men’s and women’s streetwear brand called Covet. While working for Covet, Tara had what she refers to as an “awakening,” began researching sustainable materials, and became one of the pioneers of sustainable fashion in New York.
P1.CN, China’s first private social network aimed at the country’s affluent class, organized the show. According to SIX Magazine – a great resource for all things eco-fashion – P1.CN has recently become the first major company in China to re-position itself as socially-responsible with its new platform,E Fashion – Beauty of Change, where E Fashion stands for Exceptional, Ethicaland Eco.
If China is at all serious about eco fashion, it’s also got to address gross violations of international labor standards in its garment factories. Sustainable fashion = eco AND ethical. But bravo for baby steps!
Over the past few years, cities around the world have added eco-components to their fashion weeks, and some have gone entirely green. Sustainable fashion has hit runways from the expected cities (Seattle, Portland, Vancouver) to the mainstream (NY, Paris, Milan). Here’s a snapshot:
Portland, Oregon. No surprises here, Portland Fashion Week - one of the largest in the Pacific Northwest – is the first and only one to be entirely eco-sustainable.(more photos)
London, UK. The British Fashion Council pioneered high fashion’s foray into sustainability in 2006 with the launch of Estethica, showcasing ethical designers @London Fashion week ever since. (more photos)