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.