Thursday, April 30, 2009

Deep Sea Om by VeridiAum

Collecting flotsam and recycled glimmery bits is definitely a part of the upcycling process. Accessories designers who are both resourceful and highly selective in their editing process get extra points for creating lasting beauty out of consumer cast-offs. This is why I love this afordable luxe collection by VeridiAum, recently featured on Style Will Save US. Fair trade freshwater pearls are delicately suspended on ultra fine, hand-sculpted 14k rose or yellow gold fill wire. VeridiAum's designer, Eileen Caldwell, has stirred up a deep blend of eco materials for her delicate designs that include recycled vintage chains and metals. If ever there was a good catch for Spring 2009's sustainable style mavens, VeridiAum is definitely some deep fashion om.

* all images courtesy of Veridi Aum/etsy via Style Will Save Us

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Medium is the Message

Walnut wood and sterling silver bracelet by Ema Fernandes Jewelry, photo courtesy of Ema Fernandes via

Laser-cut cork bangle by Anthony Roussel, photo courtesy of Anthony Roussel via

Krystof Strozyna embellished slinky dress, photo courtesy of Devon Jarvis via

This is a whittled down selection of several 'tree hugger' fashion items that were featured on on April 28. Gorgeous and luxe, though not necessarily sustainable in terms of materials, if at all. It seems to me that *treehugging* to the core entails a conscious and informed use of environmentally and socially beneficial materials. I so want to see these Alexander McQueen designs crafted out of bamboo, Ingeo, or Tencel.

Marshall McLuhan was no fool, and our global village should be populated by informed consumers who know the difference between tree hugging and season-to-season designer hugging.

Faux-grain silk jacket by Alexander McQueen, photo courtesy of Devon Jarvis via

T-strap heel by Charlotte Olympia, photo courtesy of Devon Jarvis via

* Tree Hugger style ideas were compiled by Kate Lanphear for

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Slow Design Repair Dialogues

Slow Repair Dialogues
Amsterdam (NL) > Spring/Summer 2009

slowLab has developed a new series of Slow Dialogues to expand the parameters of Platform21's 'Repairing' exhibition currently on view in Amsterdam (NL). These are small-scale public conversations about how Slow Design can help re-imagine consumption behaviors, human relationships and ways of collaborating, all with a view to systems-level 'reparations' for transitioning to a more sustainable future. Local slow creative activists will present their work and ideas to stimulate the discussions, and everyone is encouraged to join the debate. In addition to these events, an evolving installation within the Platform21 space will capture Slow Repair ideas, questions, quotations and comments from the public. For those of you not in Amsterdam, we've dedicated our Slow Dialogue blog to the topic for the duration of the project.

There will be four evening events throughout Spring/Summer 2009, each with featured Slow creative activists to open debate with other participants. Schedule and topics are as follows:

Friday 22 May: SLOW CONSUMPTION > Re-imagining Material Interactions
Friday 26 June: SLOW TRANSITIONS > Rethinking Systems
Friday 21 August: SLOW COMMUNITIES > Renewing Social Relationships

Slow Repair Dialogues happen on-site at Platform21/Amsterdam on Friday evenings from 18.30 to 20.30.

Crocheted Snow 01, Abigail Doan

Monday, April 27, 2009

Yuko Oda's Magical Realm

*I think that it is important to call out the amazing installation art created by Yuko Oda at this year's Project Earth Day. Her confectionary bees and recycled butterflies really added extra buzz to the night's runway presentation.

You can see more of Yuko's installation work, animations, and drawings, here.

*all images courtesy of Yuko Oda

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Alices in Eco Fashion Land

Eko-Lab and Ekovaruhuset designer, Meiling Chen, checks in to Project Earth Day with designer, Melissa Kirgan

The theme of this year's Project Earth Day show at Nolita's bright white Openhouse Gallery was *through the looking glass*. The show's creative fashion director and stylist, Bahar Shahpar, came up with some stunning algorithms for magnifying the bold new dimensions of sustainable style. Here are a few of my off-the-cuff Leica shots from the night, with more images are viewable here.

Student Competition Design

Student Competition Design

Eko-Lab and Ekovaruhuset designers, Xing-Zhen and Melissa Kirgan

Designer Meiling Chen's amazing coif and attention to details

Professional Designers/Runway Show (Dress by Meiling Chen)

Professional Designers/Runway Show (Dress by Melissa Kirgan)

Professional Designers/Runway Show (Dress by Lara Miller)

Designer and fashion stylist, Bahar Shahpar, with PED founder and organizer, Molly Garretson

Next up: eco art events and my fiber projects this weekend - oh, and some good old fashioned *sunshine* with friends and family, too.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Through The Looking Glass Preview

The creatives and stylists for Project Earth Day 2009 did an amazing job last night of interpreting the fractal and fabulous world of green design and eco fashion. I had a lot of fun backstage before the runway show. More photos to come * but for now, here are a few to toss in with the sunshine of the weekend's forecast.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Donna Sharrett's Heirloom Reverb

One of my absolute favorite artists, Donna Sharrett, has her opening reception at Pavel Zoubok Gallery tonight. Even though I will be at Project Earth Day, I hope to swing by her exquisite *reverb* exhibit as soon as I can. Sharrett uses mixed media ingredients like: rose petals, handmade rose beads, synthetic hair, guitar-string ball-ends, violin bow-string, blue jeans, hand embroidered damask linen, cotton shirting, rings, buttons, synthetic pearls, bone beads, dirt & thread - just to name a few.

Why do I want to sit Donna Sharrett down to have fresh mint julep or an icy cold lemonade with Natalie Chanin? You decide.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Cotton: From Blue to Green Drive

My old trusty Levi's donated at Bloomingdale's Soho for COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN.®'s denim drive

April 22, 2009 - April 26, 2009 @ Bloomingdale's

Recycle your denim. Celebrate Earth Day with Bloomingdale's. As a result of the COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN.® denim drive more than 100 homes have been built using UltraTouch? Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation made of recycled denim. Bring your clean, old or gently worn jeans to our denim departments. We'll donate them to build houses for those in need. You'll receive a reusable Bloomingdale's Brown Bag as a special token of our thanks.

The denim collected by Bloomingdale's will be recycled through the COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN.® denim drive program and donated to a non-profit organization to assist in their environmentally-responsible building efforts for communities in need.

Gone Planting * Happy Earth Day

Going offline today to dig in *reconnect *reflect *restore. Back tomorrow for exclusive Project Earth Day coverage. Happy Earth Day fashion farmers!

* image courtesy of The Linden Tree on etsy

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Amira Marion's Winning Eco Collection

One of the most exciting aspects of the annual Project Earth Day eco fashion event is the showcase of student talent from fashion programs around the US. Last year's student competition winner, Amira Marion, was a brilliant example of just how innovative and knowledgeable up and coming eco fashion designers truly are. Her textile rich collection featured a striking collage of original knits, indigenous-inspired weaves, and other organic materials that melded so effortlessly and eco stylishly. Amira's presentation was totally charmed from the get-go and a hands-down crowd pleaser at the 2008 event's Teknion showroom.

Since graduating from Parsons fashion design program, Amira has travelled to Paris and Amsterdam to do more research for future collections (and enjoy life as well). She is currently working as an accessory designer for J.Crew's subsidiary brand, Madewell 1937. I look forward to seeing Amira again this Thursday evening at Project Earth Day 2009 to share in some cheer after a year of design adventure and dedicated fashion toil.

* all images courtesy of Amira Marion's blog

Monday, April 20, 2009

Coclico's Stylish Earth Walk

If I could don any pair of shoes to wear to Project Earth Day on Thursday evening, I would definitely opt for these sculptural slingback Nectar sandals from Coclico. A fusion of French chic and Spanish artistry, Coclico's designs are the eco*it girl's answer to covetable heirloom investments.

I love Coclico's dazzling enviro-attitude, perhaps because they walk the earth walk without losing their stylish edge. Here is a list of ingredients that makes Coclico such a hot eco find:

vegetable tanned leathers; sustainable FSC certified wood platforms; sustainable FSC certified cork; non-toxic, water-based adhesives; nickel-free & lead-free buckles; recycled PU foam bed (produced in Spain with the highest standards of environmental & labor laws); components in Spain (sourced locally); and purchased carbon credits from Native Energy.

Check out all of Coclico's tempting specials for *Earth Day* and beyond. Lofty summer sandals never looked so fresh and totally earth walkable.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sustainable Sunshine and Pritiness

The wonderfully curated eco boutique, Sustainable NYC, has some great offers and events lined up for Earth Week. I am loving their radiant assortment of fume-free Priti nail polishes, their retro-style but fashion-forward Dynamo solar radio, and well as their toteable Garden In A Pail.

Even hotter, do not miss Sustainable NYC's solar powered window installation created by Solar One - to be unveiled on Earth Day.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

100% Cerrado: Brasilia Reborn

Many thanks to fashion designer Amira Marion for forwarding this great tip regarding 100% Cerrado, a fashion-forward project by designers Sandra Maria and Sonia Reis, whose innovative textile collection helps support local communities of artisans on the outskirts of Brasilia while also promoting the preservation of natural resources in Brazil's 'Cerrado' region. Production waste is re-utilized as much as possible, and textile traditions are able to thrive in this 100% inspired Latin American enterprise.

via Treehugger