Congratulations to designer Heather Heron for a fabulous year as the VOGUE 'It Girl' of sustainable style accessorizing. Even Mila Kunis got in on the action during 2009 by toting a sparkly Heather Heron clutch at a NYC Ballet fete. Hop on over to TRUNKSHOW for a sampling of Heather's gorgeous creations for 2010. Her newest Environment Collection draws inspiration from a life lived responsibly in the radiance and glow of nature's purest elements.
"Nature has always been my compass for expression. My life by the ocean feeds me in so many ways ... surfing, swimming, and listening to the dolphins communicating. Skinny dipping during late nights with my husband and friends, then falling asleep by the water's edge. My sense of wonder is abundant and thriving." - H.H.
Hello, January 2010, we greet you with open arms and the glow generated by living, loving, and sharing to the utmost.
Good riddance faded palette of 2009, hello bold and groovy textiles of 2010. Joann Berman rocks the house with these recycled textile creations. Word is, she might even be making a showing at The Green Shows this February.
*The designs featured above are available via her online store.
*image at left Bulgarian embroidery sampler; image at right courtesy of Filep Motwary
I will be off to the farm in upstate NY early in the morning to see family and tend to the sheep in the fields. Hoping to catch a few snowflakes, eat, drink, be merry, and reflect on all the goodness of 2009. I will then be gearing up to travel to beloved Bulgaria for a few months in order to work on new fiber projects, see dear art friends like Ceca, and perhaps visit the lovely folks at BOA Studio in Istanbul. (Do not miss their new online shop.) Watch out Helene and Eva in Paris and Annouk in Amsterdam ~ 2010 might finally be the year.
Hours for the openhouse are 1pm-8pm Saturday & Sunday with free crochet lessons offered on-site by the very eko-crafty 'XZ'. Join us for the beauty of sustainability and the cheer of community building ~ all in one cozy, nest-like setting.
ShiboriLove's one-of-a-kind hand-dyed tights and accessories "The name ShiboriLove comes from 'shibori', the Japanese resist-dyeing technique used to create our unique patterns. Shibori is an art in which flat cloth is manipulated into a three-dimensional surface through folding, pleating or bunching. When the fabric is dyed the tightly bound areas resist the dye and are not colored. When the binding materials are removed they reveal the intricate abstract patterns formed by the protected areas."
Join the original 'fearless dreamer', Meiling Chen and I as well as other amazing artists, musicians, and live performers at House of Organic in NYC this weekend for a medley of interactive events related to sustainable style, 'fashioning self', and being creatively fearless. Artists Sara Hubbs and Rob Strati of Strati Lab will have pieces on view (& available for purchase). Consider it the perfect antidote to the holiday rush, with slow design goodness and community building galore.
*Click on the flyer below for the weekend schedule and location details. There will be a special open house with refreshments between 1-6pm on Saturday, 12/12.
Saara Lepokorpi's award-winning sustainable designs (photo: Liisa Valonen, model Christel/Paparazzi)
Congratulations to fashion designer Saara Lepokorpi from Finland, for her stellar award at the Fashion Summit runway presentation in Copenhagen last evening. Sara's chic, sustainable designs included the material Ingeo, based on annually renewable sugar plants.
"On the brink of potentially dangerous climate change and with attention on corporate social responsibility soaring to new heights, the world needs innovators who can lead the push toward a more sustainable economy. The fashion industry has the potential to be one such innovator, working proactively to address critical environmental,social, and ethical challenges on a global scale."
The Nordic Initiative Clean and Ethical (NICE) has been established to motivate and assist companies in the Nordic fashion industry in becoming more sustainable. NICE is a groundbreaking collaboration that brings together the entire Nordic fashion industry around the shared goal of incorporating sustainable values, principles, and practices into the industry and making a difference globally.
Fashion Summit Copenhagen will initiate this global process by catalyzing a discussion on the evolution of a successful fashion industry in a world where new business models are required to tackle the growing sustainability challenges facing the planet and our societies. What exactly does a sustainable fashion industry look like and what does it take to get us there?
Keynote speakers will address the issue at the Fashion Summit:
Laurent Claquin, Senior VP, Corporate Social Responsibility at PPR Group Julie Gilhart, Senior VP, Fashion Director at Barneys New York Ingrid Schullström, Head of CSR at H&M Christian Kemp-Griffin, Chief Mission Officer at Edun Vanessa Friedman, Fashion Editor at Financial Times Ros Harvey, Global Programme Manager at Better Work Marjorie Yang, Chairman of Esquel Peder Michael Pruzan-Jørgensen, Managing Director Europe at BSR