He’s the former Creative Director for Levi’s Europe and he’s worked with the likes of Comme des Garçons, Vivienne Westwood and OKI-NI to name but a few, but now Gary Harvey, this boy from Blighty, is famous for his own highly original vintage couture dresses made from our favorite clothes. Favoring garments that retain their identity once re-contextualized into one of his dresses, Harvey seeks inspiration from iconic clothing, images and, of course, women.
The eco-bell tolled for Harvey at young age. Even as a child he was acutely aware of the lack of natural resources and human exploitation in the world. As a designer, he could not endorse the seasonal waste created by the fast-moving fashion cycle, so becoming a green designer suited his politics.
Supermodels have come a long way since Linda Evangelista famously said she wouldn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day. From the old guard, some went on to host TV shows (Tyra, Heidi), others married movie stars (Christy, Cindy), others became embroiled in cocaine scandals (Kate), while others continue to make headlines for all the wrong reasons (Naomi). But hey, at least they were colorful. In comparison, the new breed, lead by Gisele Bünchen seem, well, boring.
That is, with one notable exception. Liya Kebede shows us that real beauty comes from the heart.
Amidst the all excitement that surrounds socially conscious fashion these days, it’s easy to forget about the basic principle that either makes or breaks beautiful garments, green or otherwise — the cut. There’s no such oversight when it comes to Japanese design duo, Kaito Hori and Iku Furudate. Their Paris-based label Commuun has been presenting exquisite collections at Paris Women’s Ready to Wear Fashion Week since its debut in 2005.
Hi All, It’s great to be a part of the G Living team. I’ve watched G Monkie grow G Living from a cyber-seedling last summer and it’s exciting to see how quickly G Living has grown.
A little about me: I’m a designer with Sander Architects, an award-winning firm specializing in contemporary green design and prefab architecture. I’ve always been something of a nature girl, having spent my childhood roaming through woods, hiking and camping with my family. Although nature is my sanctuary, I’ve always had a great love of fashion and good design. I am a card-carrying Project Runway addict and have dallied several times with the idea of starting a clothing line (although knowing how to sew, drape, and patternmake might be helpful).
LA-based designer Deborah Lindquist has been a fixture on the green fashion scene since, well, before there was one. A grand dame of green, she was repurposing and recycling vintage items while some of her A list clientele – Gwen Stefani, Hilary Duff, Jessica Simpson, Paris Hilton et al – were still in diapers. Lindquist’s designs are as body conscious as they are ethically savvy. Part couture, part ready-to-wear and completely environmentally fabricated, her signature items include recycled cashmere sweaters, gorgeous yet edgy scarves, fingerless gloves and other accessories, as well as the exquisitely crafted green wedding dresses. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Vacations, Wimbledon, gelato, the Hollywood Bowl concert series, gladiators (the sandals, not the blokes — tho I’m open to the latter), daylight savings, alfresco dining… summer certainly has its fair share of balmy perks. Unfortunately, it also comes with baggage — specifically in the hair department.
Dry, dehydrated locks are bad enough, but to add insult to injury, getting bleached out by the sun is just unbearable. It might be okay if you’re a blonde — heck, some you lemon heads even encourage it — but for a brunette like me, having your rich auburn hues blown out to brassy red is not a good look.
Referring to herself as the “self-elected godmother of the eco-nerds”, Scandinavian designer and boutique owner Johanna Hofring is being modest. Clearly, she also has a sense of humor. An ethical designer (who isn’t afraid to spend weeks crocheting a single garment), Hofring helped her birth city of Stockholm along the path to sustainability by opening Ekovaruhuset “House of Organic Products” in 2004. Following her success there, Hofring opened a second boutique with the same name in NYC.
All of the clothes at Ekovaruhuset are made naturally, from organic materials that don’t use chemical fertilizers or pesticides and with a dyeing process that’s environmentally responsible. Hofring notes that there are a few exceptions “such as zippers, some buttons, threads and ink for printing… areas that have not yet been perfected. We are always looking for better alternatives and are thankful to hear from you about all organic solutions”.
Don’t feel like dressing all prissy, but still want to hold maintain that girly side? Then Anna Cohen’s designs might be the style for you. Fashionable and sensible, these garments are made for today’s women.
Cohen wants to design a product that is environmentally friendly; however, she claims that in today’s world, it is almost impossible to be 100% sustainable. Cohen does make it a point to be aware of the entire process of her clothing line from raw materials to disposal – the entire life cycle of her product.
On her website, Anna Cohen describes how she maintains her 75% sustainability. Using local organic materials, recycled materials, limiting the use of packaging and using recycled office products, Anna believes her company is doing its best to obtain as close to 100% sustainability as possible.
They say old habits die hard. But when the newer habits are organic and more ethically worthwhile, sometimes the process can be sped up.
New York based designer Behnaz Sarafpour has accomplished much in a short time. A graduate of the Parsons School of Design, it wasn’t long until she found herself was working alongside some of the biggest names in the business – Richard Tyler for Anna Klein, Narciso Rodriguez and Isaac Mizrahi. In 2002, she launched her self-named label, which she describes as “the epitome of modern elegance and witty style”. It has certainly gained her a legion of fans including Hollywood leading ladies Claire Danes, Selma Blair, Rachel McAdams, Mandy Moore and Anne Hathaway.
They’ve scored a niche in the fashion world by creating stylish yet budget-friendly clothing. And now H&M is getting noticed for another growing fashion trend — the use of organic cotton. The world’s biggest clothing retailer already incorporates the eco-stylish material into their lines, but they’re stepping it up big-time this fall.
“Naturally our customers are concerned about the environment, but it’s also important that garments are up-to-the-minute trend-wise,” says H&M’s head of design Margareta van den Bosch. They’re even doing due dilligence by labeling all organic garments with a special hang tag.
The ladies can expect to see tunics, short dresses, t-shirts, trousers and leggings, all made from organic cotton. The men’s collection includes plain and striped tees, jeans and sweaters.
H&M says the cotton it uses is certified by the Control Union and has been cultivated without the use of harmful chemicals. H&M has also been a member of Organic Exchange, an organization that promotes organic cotton cultivation, since 2003.
Garth Brooks. Gretchen Wilson. Keith Urban. Carrie Underwood. Kenny Chesney. The Dixie Chicks. These country music legends are the names normally associated with Nashville, Tennessee. But come Thursday, they’ll be competing with some new kids on the block. Introducing Dr. Hauschka, Kevin Murphy, Pangea, Jurlique, Korres and Hamadi. No, this is not the next lineup on American Idol’s Twang Edition; these folks may not be able to strum a guitar, but they can keep you looking groupie fabulous.
The idea that everyone should be treated fairly maybe catching on.
“Four former Land’s End execs have launched Fair Indigo, a fair-trade apparel company with the marketing tagline style with a conscience According to the company, it sources from worker-owned cooperatives and family-owned factories, which share [its] values in countries such as China, Peru, Brazil, Indonesia, and Nepal; the company declines to reveal the names of the factories, however. (The mega names in apparel, such as Levi Strauss, Gap, and Nike, made the identities of their suppliers public, after facing flak from human-rights groups such as the National Labor Committee.) As far as I can tell, its only U.S.-made merchandise is its rather delectable-sounding Queen B bath products, which are handmade by women in New Orleans, many of whom are single mothers. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos