I was so excited to get this festive holiday greeting from artist and designer, Meiling Chen. Perhaps because I am currently tucked away in the Balkans, it was particularly sweet to see a dear friend's smile. I also love Meiling's pure organic, one-of-a-kind garments and accessories, not to mention her warm, infectious spirit. So much goodness is in the works for her this upcoming year. Here's to all eco fashion designers who continue to innovate and share the eco-cheer.
I am currently in Sofia, Bulgaria, visiting family and working on various projects through early February, 2009. One of my favorite places to visit in the city center is the National Ethnographic Museum, which houses a vast collection of traditional costumes and folkloric objects. The Thracian costumes pictured here are not from the museum specifically, but I thought that they were particularly apropos for the holidays that are upon us. The rich layering and apron motif abounds in traditional dress, and other adornment is undeniably nature-based. This is already a magical holiday season and a brilliant segue to 2009.
I am totally enthralled by these latest textile creations by Argentinian artist, Silvina Romero. I previously featured her work on my blog in September 2007, but I was thrilled to get an e-mail from her the other day via flickr. So great to see how her recycled textile accessories and sculptural work continue to grow and overlap in organic wonder and dimension.
'Simply sustainable' Sublet Clothing is currently having a super seductive sale on their Fall 2008 collection. Beautifully crafted eco apparel like classic tees, soft cardigans, and perfectly draped skirts and dresses never go out of style. All pieces that are well worth the investment for recessionista dressing. Check out their blog also for a very cute interview with their Fall '08 collection's star photographer, Elizabeth Weinberg.
Earthpledge has joined forces with Barneys NY to create *hippie holidays* window installations as an homage to the very groovy peace sign and the current love-in that is eco-fashion. On view through January 1, 2009, the Madison Avenue window displays celebrate a "collaboration with top fashion designers to create one-of-a-kind environmentally friendly fashions incorporating the peace sign. Designers were given free reign to incorporate the iconic symbol into their designs, while utilizing sustainable materials and techniques that reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing and production." Not all passersby seemed convinced when I was photographing these windows last month, but then again, not everyone is a peacenik or a true hipster during the often stressful holiday season.
The super creative chicks at Eko-Lab are hosting a holiday party and fiber fete on the Lower East Side this weekend. The design collective will be featuring their own sustainable fashions as well as new handmade items for little ones. Sure to be a great turn-out sprinkled with lovely organic treats and shared crochet goodness!
I am pretty excited about this interview that I recently did with London's hottest ethical fashion designer, Ada Zanditon. If you do not yet know Ada's work, read on for a fantasy odyssey through her colorful eco couture and trippy, hand-drawn illustrations. Her latest Emergence S/S09 collection is also featured in this video.
ID Textile blog has just launched their extremely gorgeous online boutique of one-of-a-kind textile inspiration and handcrafted goods. Organic 'motifs' abound in their prints, cards, and mini-frames. Perfect for holiday gift-giving or for savoring in your own creative work space. Visit their brilliantly curated blog for ongoing coverage of the most innovative projects on the textile scene.
The ever*amazing ladies at Loup Charmant and Heather Heron recently joined forces to create TRUNKSHOW, a stunningly curated line up of the best in pure organic and eco luxe design. This upcoming weekend marks TRUNKSHOW's debut in San Francisco. If ever there was a match made in heaven, it is the pairing of the sensibilities of Kee Edwards and Heather Heron with this savvy curatorial enterprise for the eco fashion and accessories design set. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on where TRUNKSHOW might pop up next.
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Very exciting to see Parisian-based knitwear and eco fashion designer, Risto Bimbiloski, getting some well-deserved press of late. Karin Nelson's NY Times PULSE column featured this Bimbiloski mini-dress on model and Alter Eco host, Angela Lindvall. It's refreshing when nice folks and consciously-aware designers get some love and time in the sun.
One of my favorite eco boutiques, Eco Citizen in San Francisco, is having a gorgeous holiday sale with select items that are under $100. 'Tis the season to be wise with one's funds and one's choices. The opportunity to think sustainably about all things green is certainly aided by Eco Citzen's fine offerings. Take a peak and get inspired!
Unfortunately I am going to miss the opening of Alexander Calder's traveling jewelry exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, but I have already spied the book, and it is totally fabulous. Leave it to artists to have forged new paths in upcycling, before this was even an eco-buzz term. Do not miss Calder's whimsical mobiles at The Whitney as well. My twins were completely mesmerized.
There is perhaps no better example of resourceful East/West resourcefulness than Luisa Cevese's recycled kimono scrap carry all accessories. Luxe bits of hand-picked kimono fabric are collaged and preserved between soft, pliable layers of plastic to create one-of-a-kind portable art totes and home goods. A more sophisticated take on the I'm Not A Plastic Bag phenomenon?
Some accessories just exude sustainable brilliance. These 'moirés grecques' crocheted necklaces by Anaïs Carde are fine examples of delicately crafted fiber bejeweled with natural treasures like polished shell. Fit for a green goddess or simply an environmental crusader, Carde's collection is proof that true inspiration comes from the purest materials and deepest desires.
No, this is not the first signs of winter snowflakes, but inspiring examples of eco*festive cheer for holiday nesting and personal adornment. Alabama Chanin crossed with Tithi Kutchamuch & Nutre Arayavanish ='s a pretty exotic and crafty cocktail. Drink in the appeal of recycled appliqué and origami style bling.
Tithi Kutchamuch & Nutre Arayavanish fold-out paper jewelery
Have I mentioned how much I fantasize about being Scandinavian, seeing Scandinavian, dreaming in Scandinavian? Life is Carbon has now supplanted dezeen as my smörgåsbord of weblog style secrets. I could not resist sharing these gorgeous images of Louise Cambell and Anja Hynynen's designs. Being Celtic is just not the same shade of green.
The 'simply sustainable' design duo, Inessah and Tara of Sublet Clothing, are having a super sweet sale on their eco chic apparel at Clothes ~ Pin. Several of these items have become the iconic essentials for sustainable style 2008. Stock up now on some great pre-holiday treats that you can savor and feel good about all year long.
The Victoria & Albert Museum in London is graciously hosting Conscious Style this Sunday (11/9) as a forum on sustainable style how-to's and ethical fashion dialogue. The cool Brits seem to be leading the pack with BBC Thread, The Ethical Fashion Forum, and now this round up of green fashion progressiveness. Workshops, clothing swaps, and an afternoon runway show will insure that conscious style moves forward, in an educational and resourceful manner.
I love these eco friendly, species-specific jewelry pieces and stationary designs by Prismera. It's not every day that one gets to sport sedum as a necklace or a cuff. Totally 'succulent' in my opinion.