Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Eko-Lab: Living Life in True Color

I had a lovely visit with Melissa and Xing-Zhen of Eko-Lab yesterday at their Lower East Side studio and design shop.

We chatted about details for the installation of their art/fashion project for (Re)Fashioning Fiber opening Thursday, May 20th at Green Spaces NY in Tribeca.

In addition to the textural delights of their hand-crafted accessories and latest sustainable fashion designs, we also sipped aromatic tea, ate delicious Chinese yams, and mused on the the organic realm and spun web structures.

All I can say is that my senses were tingling in a way that they never do when I visit a traditional fashion venue.

Do not miss Eko-Lab's participation in the upcoming 'Sustainable Exchange Workshops With Local Eco-Designers', May 6-9 in NYC. Eko-Lab will offer beginner crochet demonstrations in conjunction with the natural dye workshop on May 6.


Sunday, April 25, 2010

(Re)Fashioning Fiber with Atefeh Khas, Tara Goodarzy, and Persian New Arts

'Mashalak Jangel' (photograph by Rahele Zomorrodinia)

(photograph by Rahele Zomorrodinia)

(photograph by Rahele Zomorrodinia)

I am thrilled to have Iranian fiber/environmental artists, Atefeh Khas and Tara Goodarzy, participating in the upcoming exhibit that I am curating, (Re)Fashioning Fiber at Greenspaces NY.

Portuguese Castle/Hormoz Island, Iran (photograph by Rahele Zomorrodinia)

I have been in touch with Atefeh over the past year or more - thanks to another outstanding Iranian environmental artist, Dr. Ahmad Nadalian at the Paradise Art Center in Polour, Iran. Atefeh and Tara have particpated in a wave of environmental art festivals in Iran (organized by Nadalian) as well as being founding members of The Persian New Art Collective. I also featured Atefeh and Tara's fiber 'peace bracelets' on Ecco*Eco in March.

Fiber installation in progress on Hormoz Island, Iran (photograph by Rahele Zomorrodinia)

Environmental fiber installation on Hormoz Island, Iran (photograph by Sharnaz Zarkesh)

Fiber installation at Orumieh Lake/Tabriz, Iran (photograph by Sharnaz Zarkesh)

These exquisite images really speak for themselves, and this for me, is the beauty of the site-specific, eco-crafting work that Atefeh, Tara, and their contemporaries collaborate on. Even though Iran is worlds away, these green forests, distant shores, and ancient salt lakes seem like they are all glistening and spun from the same elements and fiber as ours.

(Re)Fashioning Fiber opens on May 20 in NYC.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Hunter Gatherer Finds for Earth Day

'The Garden of Earthly Delights' via Dazed Digital

Graceful Garden NYC's hanging moss globes

Beklina's 'hunter gatherer' bronze rock pendant on deer leather cord - handmade in Northern California

My Jewlery Box's blue and turquoise (re-used) natural wood stretch bracelet and Leju's Aniko carved vegetable ivory ring in sky blue

The Andean Collection's Acai leather wrap choker in natural and Braided Acai necklace in teal

Kaight Shop's Alkemie large antique lace cuff - 100% reclaimed metal - handmade in Los Angeles

Kirsten Muenster Jewelry - sustainably crafted rings incorporating Australian Boulder Opal and Montana Agate

Do not miss the Kirsten Muenster Trunkshow at Ma(i)sonry in Napa Valley on Sunday, April 25 (click on above image for details)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Eco Lux Designer Showcase via The Green Shows Sprouts During Earth Week NY

*Ekovaruhuset/House of Organic along with with EKO-Lab, Mika Machida, and Kaori Yamazaki invites you to don the eco-fashion spirit during Earth Week at Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall, NYC. Click on the flyer above for details on all of the eco designers to be featured and days/times for this celebratory event.

*image at top courtesy of Ekovaruhuset/House of Organic

Friday, April 16, 2010

Floral Collars Fit for a King

I am so totally smitten with these floral collars from Tutankhamun's Embalming Cache. For art history buffs, that translates to eco chic funerary fashion from the New Kingdom/Dynasty 18, ca. 1336–1327 B.C.

Natural fiber and vegetal materials include: papyrus, olive leaves, persea leaves, nightshade berries, possibly celery, faience, linen, cornflowers, blue lotus petals, and picris flowers.

Currently on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Tutankhamun’s Funeral.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Samy Chalon Vintage Chic at Kaight

Paris in springtime? There is really nothing sweeter. These vintage silk scarf tops created by Samy Chalon in Paris are the talk of the Haut-Marais. How fabulous that they are now available at Kaight shop. So pretty and fresh.


Friday, April 9, 2010

Bon Anniversaire to Green in the City

Congratulations to Green in the City for their one year anniversary as the premiere eco-boutique in Le Marais district of Paris. To celebrate this fabulous milestone, there will be a cocktail party this evening as well as a vernissage for the exquisite photography of Esther Voisin.

TONIGHT Friday, April 9 at 6pm. RSVP to

You can also follow Green in the City's green and stylish blog here.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Future of Fashion ala Julie Gilhart

Isabel Toledo, Julie Gilhart's pick for 'conscious' and 'locally-made' fashion that speaks to the fashionista of the future

Julie Gilhart of Barneys New York (photo by Roger Deckker) via NY Mag

Do not miss 'The Future Of Fashion, Part Five', an interview with’s editor in chief Dirk Standen, and Barneys New York's fashion director, Julie Gilhart."

"The Old Formula Is Not Working" is an honest look at why current retailing models and season-to-season cycles in the fashion industry are just not working any more. The search for conscious fashion is on and the inherent contradictions of retailing (fickle consumer needs) might finally force us to create new formulas for conscious design and honest style making.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Noon Design: Natural Dye Production House

Indigo natural dye textile from West Africa

Exciting news that Jane Palmer of Noon Design Studio in Chicago has created the first natural dye production house for eco fashion and textile designers in the U.S. and beyond. The future now looks even brighter with real sustainable style solutions.

Read more in my article on Ecouterre.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Sidewalk Catwalk & Material ConneXion(s)

Thirty mannequins creatively styled by America's top designers and decked out in materials sourced from Material ConneXion will line the plazas of Broadway in NYC this summer as part of a public art installation organized by The Fashion Center. While you will have to wait until June to see outfits by the likes of Hilfiger, Mizrahi, and von Furstenburg, you can preview the high-strength textiles that Material ConneXion has selected for this project in an exhibition on view in their showroom from March 31 to April 30, 2010.

Follow up posts to come.