Well eco fashion lovers, September has about come and gone, another Fashion Week has blitzed through our lives with glamour and panache, and it's time for another weekly eco fashion wrap up. Let's recap this glorious week of eco fashion>>>
Green Fashion Shows: Designers outdid themselves this year, from minimalistic black and white frocks by rocker inspired designer Ashton Micheals, to Luis Valenzuela's elaborate gowns crafted from waste materials, these designers proved eco conscious clothing is anything but boring
Who knows how these and other eco designers will top this with fall collections come February? I'm already excited!
That concludes this weekly recap, until next time stay fly:D
Hello all you Eco-Fashionistas! This is Krystal with the NYFW 2010 update…eco-fashion style. This year’s New York Fashion Week will give some SHINE to eco-friendly, ethically sound, fair trade fashion in the form of the Green Shows. This showcase of earth friendly designers is the brainchild of fashion-lovers with hopes of furthering the idea “that fashion [like all things] can be considerate of the earth, animals and mankind.”
Here’s a peak at the ten ethically fashionable designers featured at this September’s eco-sound fashion fete:
ASHTON MICHAEL: Part earth friendly designer, part rockstar, Ashton Michael incorporates the rad with the recycled showing that fashion doesn’t have tone down the party to be kind to Mother Nature.
Auralis Herrero: This Puerto Rican designer pulls inspiration from her Caribbean roots and childhood in a home full of seamstresses. The eponymous line features an aesthetic that is described as one that “evokes Caribbean childhood memories and breezy summer nights in the tropics.”
Bright Young Things: The brainchild of designer Eliza Starbuck who began the line with a desire to create one piece: a little Black dress that could be worn for any and all occasions. This season the infant brand features an eight-piece line that is sure to thrill eco-friendly fashion followers.
Dress Reform: Designs from Brooklyn based eco-lover Krystal Hoffacker, who draws inspiration from nature, textiles, collages and the art of shibori.
Joann Berman: Full of fun, flair and fantasy this conscious creator’s eponymous line puts the spectacle in spectacular eco-style. Full of vibrant colors, over the top execution and limitless possibility, Berman ventures off into the final frontiers of eco-fashion where very few designers have gone.
Lavuk: Drawing from the earthen virtues of simplicity and purity, this LA based line serves to provide a haven for the eco-conscious consumer with futuristic, yet timeless textile treasures.
Luis Valenzuela: “Art has a way of shocking people into thinking." Valenzuela uses his line as a means of inspiring people to take become more conscious about how their consumption affects the environment. He does not disappoint with designs that tantalize the senses and nudge the conscience.
Samantha Pleet: A favorite of creative New York ‘eco-nistas’, Pleet’s eponymous line is a collision of “new and ancient ideas from music, art, history and literature.”
Milliner's Guild: Dedicated to shining the limelight on the thriving millinery industry, this head ware company stays eco- and style-conscious all at the same time.
Susan Cianciolo: An artist and a fashion designer, Cianciolo loves the earth as much as she loves to create. Her designs are the lovechild of her creativity and reverence to nature.
That concludes my look at this season’s NYFW The Green Shows. If you didn’t get a chance to experience the earth loving fashions first hand get an up close look at them on www.thegreenshows.com.
Happy Monday fashion followers!!! As we pack for our trip to Londontown, we thought it might be fitting to have our fav Brit and actor, Ajay Nayyar, give us his perspectives on fashion. Having lived in both, LA and London, Ajay, has some interesting insights on what style means for both sides of the pond. Check it out and let us know what you think…..
New Yorkers are nearing the end of another action packed Fashion Week while Hollywood is still digesting Lady GaGa’s get-up at last night’s MTV VMA’s (what was on her bloody head?!?!?!). Thus bringing me to the question that starts numerous debates around the globe - What is fashion exactly? Most of us are fed the answer to this question by the “fashion gurus” and general media to set the tone and style trends for another season of what is “in” versus “out”. But, as I stroll down the streets of London and seeing the same trends I observed as a child, it seems that preserving classic styles and timeless pieces becomes much more important then determining if what someone is wearing is “so last year”. This is the fundamental basis of most eco-fashion brands, such as c. marchuska. After all, don’t most trends and styles come back for a second and third run?
Having grown up surrounded by the garment industry, I’ve learnt that fashion, like beauty, is based on the eye of the beholder. Take for example my parent’s retail stores which have existed in the centre of London for over 30 years, and the “genre” of clothing has been dominated by influence of styles from the 1960’s. Fifty years later, and people still, on a daily basis, wear clothes that would be seen as “so last year”…well, actually, in this case, “so 50 years ago”. Now compare this to the last two years I have spent in Los Angeles, where less is always more when it comes to fashion. For most people in LaLa land, 1960’s style would only be appropriate for an evening gown worn by a Hollywood starlet to an award’s ceremony.
I could probably go on for hours on what fashion is, but as I mentioned earlier, fashion is what each individual deems it to be with most trends starting from the higher powers (remember the scene in Devil Wears Prada when Anne Hathaway’s character gets scolded for her negligence in why she picked her blue sweater to wear). As I write this, someone just changed his or her fashion sense. What do you think? What does fashion mean to you?
Hello eco world, it's Christina Blacken bringing another fantastic weekly eco fashion wrap up. As we come down from our labor day highs, one of the best seasons for fashion is quickly approaching> fall. But, don't abandon those summer frocks just yet you summer sunshine lovers. With a little creativity, and a few fall essentials, you will be well on your way to a flyer-autumn-sexy you:
Work dem shorts and skirts!
A wise-one once tried to convince me shorts for fall are a definite no no. What's wayyy more wise than listening to wise ones? Pairing those summer shorts with patterned, colored, or black tights for a touch of fall sophistication. Sublet Clothing got it right on the head with these cute and fall ready shorts and skirts>
From Summer to Blazers
Summer dresses don't cover much for a reason (it's hot!), but that doesn't mean they should be shunned to the back of your closet come autumn. Dresses become whole new treasures with funky blazers and chunky sweaters. Imagine C. Marchuska's Monika dress draped in an eye catching blazer or a multi colored sweater. You can't go wrong with this quick and eye catching combo!
EVENTS: Fashion week has arrived! For the eco concious consumer, Fashion Week's Green Shows will provide the luxe stage for up and coming sustainable designers such as edgy Ashton Michael and Milliner's Guild, a company dedicated to the steady flow of raw materials and fashionable headresses. Definitely plan on attending one of these Green fashion shows September 12-14th and get a glimpse of how fashion can and should be glamourous yet sustainable!
Fashion Night Out: Ever wished your favorite stores wouldn't shut up shop so early? Those wishes have been answered in the form of Fashion Night Out, an annual night when stores transform into evening event venues with designer and celeb sightings, contests, DJs, champagne and of course, late night shopping. Treehugger has greatfully compiled a list of 10 green Fashion Night Out events occuring around the city that are must-go-tos. No excuses, go and get your sustainable shop on tonight. Maybe you will even spot your fav entertainer or designer on the way.
CMar News: What is fall without some great discounts? Stay tuned for great deals on all your favorite C Marchuska items, including the chic Christine dress.
Enjoy your weekends, til we meet again..stay fly:D