Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Two Days Remaining to Enter the Hessnatur Ambassador and Discover Peru Travel Contest

Such a thrill to view the latest designs by Miguel Adrover and Eviana Hartman for Hessnatur Fall 2010 at their downtown NYC showroom a week or two ago. You can read more about my review of Eviana's (of Bodkin fame) 13 piece capsule collection for autumn on Ecouterre today. The gorgeous images above/below are of Adrover's texturally rich and responsibly produced Fall collection for Hessnatur. I love the Andean earth-toned knitwear and layered silhouettes.

Do not miss the amazing opportunity to travel to Peru as Hessnatur's ambassador and special guest. The winner of this contest will be able to visit local fair-made production facilities and alpaca producers as well as tour this culturally and geographically rich country. The deadline for the contest is now only two days away, but it is never too late to show your love for beautiful textiles and sustainable fashion initiatives like this.

Details are here. Good luck, global adventurers!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Nel Linssen Paper Jewelry

"Nel Linssen takes an intuitive approach to her bracelets and necklaces made from paper; however, it is also an approach based on years of research and haptic knowledge. The relationship between wearer and viewer is the essence of Linssen's jewellery, its articulation on the body enhancing and highlighting its colours and textures. While the wearer is aware of the sensuous nature and movement of the jewellery, the viewer is drawn to the constant visual changes to the work wrought by the slightest movement of the body. " - The Scottish Gallery

*Dutch designer Nel Linssen is also represented by Charon Kransen Arts

via World of Textiles

Friday, June 25, 2010

BOA Studio Totally Illustrates Summer

I am totally smitten, yet again, with BOA Studio's latest offerings. This Istanbul-based eco fashion label remains true to the source with their commitment to organic 'pamuk' (cotton) and their whimsical hand-drawn illustrations.

BOA's Sena Çevik and Seray Cengiz have spelled out Summer 2010 chic with these 'Mr. Whale, Maiden Tower, Princess, and Sea Monster' silhouettes.

Organic graphics and cut-outs never looked so fresh, but then again, with the streets of Istanbul as your backdrop and source of inspiration, life is magically unfolding with every twist and turn. Read more about BOA Studio in their recent interview with G Living.

*BOA Studio

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh Green Jewelry by Ceca Georgieva

The latest green leaf and vegetation experiments by Bulgarian eco textile artist, Ceca Georgieva. Ceca is represented in the US by Browngrotta Arts and is currently exhibiting her green jewelry in (Re)Fashioning Fiber. She also conducts workshops from her studio at the base of Mount Vitosha in Sofia. Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming fiber and vegetation collaborations.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Indigo Bible by Jenny Balfour-Paul

A gorgeous visual and historical account of all things indigo by the world's renowned expert, Jenny Balfour- Paul. A deep ocean of information. Available on Amazon.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Pure and Simple from Loup Charmant

Loup Charmant's latest PURE accessory for Summer 2010 ~ a hand-carved African Bone bead necklace strung on organic twill tape. The unique variation of the white and bone hues on the polished beads of this beach chic accessory, speaks to all that is elemental, minimal, and beautiful about living in harmony with nature.

*Visit Loup Charmant's online boutique

Monday, June 21, 2010

Sunset Days by Risto Bimbiloski

Risto Bimbiloski's cashmere 'Sunset Dress', responsibly made in Macedonia

Rest easy. Summer is officially here. Time to melt into the grass and sod and soak up the cool green hues.

*images via Stylecaster and Risto's blog

Friday, June 18, 2010

Eliza Starbuck Launches The Little Black Dress for 'Bright Young Things'

Designer Kathleen Scully in her colorful and creative re-interpretation of the The Little Black Dress by Eliza Starbuck

Eliza Starbuck at the preview of The Little Black Dress for 'Bright Young Things' at Maryam Nassir Zadeh on the LES in NYC

“I’ve heard so many women with closets full of clothes say, ‘I haven’t got a thing to wear!’ I am giving them one dress that they can wear forwards, backwards, open, again and again, with anything they like.”

Eliza Starbuck, Founder and Designer of Bright Young Things

Bright Young Things at Maryam Nassir Zadeh

If you are a fan of The Uniform Project and its cover girl, Sheena Matheiken, you will be thrilled to know that Eliza Starbuck, the designer behind this iconic 365 day black dress, is now inviting fashionistas everywhere to get in on the action. As of June 18th, this trans-seasonal, locally-made cotton piqué design is available online at the 'Bright Young Things' website.

The Little Black Dress tucked in to create a shorter hem or left open cardigan style. It's all in the attitude.

The BYT's website also serves a community space (blog) where followers can share their personal style journey by submitting images of their customized twists and turns on The Little Back Dress. How cool is it that a group of friends can go out for the evening wearing the same dress, and no one would even know based on each individual's unique creative spin?

I could not help thinking at last night's preview that with a covetable little black dress like this, one might finally rest easy and play more with favorite accessories, DIY craft projects, and heirloom treasures. As Emma Grady at Treehugger predicted for 2010, this is indeed the year of personalized accoutrements and smart styling.

Gorgeous, one-of-a-kind accessories available at Maryam Nassir Zadeh

*Eliza Starbuck's 'Little Black Dress' retails for $185

(above photographs by Abigail Doan for Ecco*Eco)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Summer Solstice Style: Patchwork Dress by Susan Cianciolo

The summer solstice officially arrives on 21 June and in addition to celebrating with some home-brewed sun tea, I have a wee fantasy of donning this gorgeous 'Patchwork Dress' by artist/designer Susan Cianciolo.

Shimmery, exotic, and capable of making the sun or at least passersby stop dead in their tracks? Available at the exquisitely curated Maryam Nassir Zadeh boutique in NYC.

*Susan Cianciolo

Monday, June 14, 2010

Wear it! Feel it! in Wool and Vegetation Accessories by Eun Yeong Jeong

material: wool, kuwa branches, lotus, mischa’s cremains, dirt, copper via Eun Yeong Jeong

While researching imagery for an upcoming fiber project with lace, wool, and succulents, I came across these amazing fiber and vegetation accessories by Eun Yeong Jeong. These works are obviously so much more that wearable art. They speak to the spirit of materials and the afterlife of design.

material: wool, cactus, copper, stainless steel via Eun Yeong Jeong

material: wool, cactus, copper via Eun Yeong Jeong

To think that cotton-candy-swaddled cacti might be one-upped by a loofah kimono? Craft + ritual abounds.

material: loofah, nylon thread, linen cloth via Eun Yeong Jeong

via Thread NY

Sunday, June 13, 2010

JAI at Designers & Agents LA This Week

Congratulations to JAI for the stellar mention in WWD, and for their upcoming showcase at Designers & Agents in LA.

JAI's latest sustainable style collection will be on view in The New Mart Building from June 14 to 16 as a D&A green designer pick.

"Smart Design=Sustainability=Contemporary Elegance" is more than the sum of its parts when it comes to this label. No longer simply one to watch, but one to collect, covet, and flaunt with some regal eco-attitude. Kizzy + Eileen = the new royalty.

(JAI F/W10 photo credits - Art Direction: Vincent Oshin; Photography: Baldomero Fernandez; Make-up: Lauren Whitworth; Hair: Crews)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Kimono Clothing Rack and Sleeve Storage System by NOI

I love this 'kimono' storage system by Haori Hakama and Yukuta for NOI currently on view this weekend at DMY in Berlin . The modular system's outstretched geometry and secret stash sleeves makes for true interaction with your wardrobe (not to mention a clever way to spruce up a less than stylish dressing area).

The trestles are available in oak, ash or walnut and can be self assembled.

via dezeen

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Feral Childe Trunkshow at Shift Boutique in Hyannis This Weekend

Preview of Feral Childe's Winter 2010: The Lightening Fields Collection

I love how the realms of art and eco fashion are so energized these days by creative synergy from individuals in deep pockets of the American landscape. Sustainable fashion offerings are no longer exclusive to urban settings, as style savvy venues like Shift Boutique in Hyannis, Massachusetts or Mission Savvy in Charleston, West Virginia dig in locally to offer the best eco fashion brands to their communities.

Feral Childe's 'The Hills Are Alive' Collection

This weekend Amy Dufault and Amanda Converse of Shift will host Alice Wu and Moriah Carlson of Feral Childe for an evening of shopping and eco fashion chat. This will also be a great opportunity to pre-order from Feral Childe's 'Winter 2010: The Lightening Fields' collection, and if anyone can guess the real reason the line is called 'Feral Childe', Shift will offer 20% off purchases made that evening.

Feral Childe Trunk Show
Saturday, June 12, 2010, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Shift Boutique at 535 South Street in Hyannis, MA

You can also read more about Fashion Editor Amy DuFault's recent EcoSalon Shops! event on June 4 at GreenSpaces NY. It was a brilliant gathering.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Innovation Awards for Ethical Fashion: Only Five Days Remaining to Apply

Henrietta Ludgate S/S 2010 collection, winner of 2009 Innovation Award (photo by Kyle Stevenson)

Applications are now open for the Innovation Awards for Ethical Fashion

This global initiative is a leading ethical fashion business competition, aiming to promote and support inspirational and fresh new talent in fashion design and sustainability. This year The Fairtrade Foundation has joined forces with the Ethical Fashion Forum to launch a 'Fairtrade cotton' category sponsored by Tesco. The competition will be judged by fashion model and UK Vogue blogger, Laura Bailey. Winners have the opportunity to be showcased at leading UK trade shows, and promoted to buyers and press. The winner of the Fairtrade Cotton Award will be invited to work with the F&F brand at Tesco.

Deadline for applications is Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 1700.

photo courtesy of Henrietta Ludgate

There will only be a few winners, but don't let this put you off. By applying to this competition your work will receive wonderful exposure and feedback. Submitting an application will increase awareness of your work - and could open new doors for you - whether or not you are shortlisted.

APPLY NOW and best of luck! View the September 2009 winners here.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Changemakers & Stylemakers Join Forces for the 2010 Sustainable Planet Film Festival in NYC

Environmental economist and television producer Pamela Peeters will be hosting the 5th Anniversary of the Sustainable Planet film festival at the Gabarron Foundation in NYC this Tuesday, June 8 (*also World Oceans Day). This year's theme is 'Sustainable Cities and The People Who Make It Happen'. Two day event ticket passes are still available via the Sustainable Planet website. Click the 'donate' button to register.

The Gabarron Foundation's Carriage House Center for the Arts is located at 149 East 38th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues in NYC.

The 2010 FILM FESTIVAL's 12pm to 6pm program on June 8 will run as follows:

"Climate Chaos in the South, The Victims Story", Director: Geert De Belder
"Fresh", Director: Ana Joanes
"Eco Boys and Girls", Director/Producer: Maria Snyder
"Native Wind Powering America", Director: Chip Comins
"Urban Farming NYC - Bronx NY", Director Steve Ritz and Adam Liebowitz
"Ethical Markets", Director: Hazel Henderson

"Ana Joanes is the director and producer of Fresh, one of the most inspiring movies recently made about our food system and what we eat. The documentary looks at the current unsustainable state of factory farming in the US and how the industrialization of food has created severe environmental problems. Fresh, however, is not a tale of doom and gloom, in fact quite the opposite, as it focuses on the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system through local and organic family farms." - via PlanetGreen

June 7th's 'Sustainable Steward Ceremony' venue, Rouge Tomate in midtown Manhattan

On Monday evening, June 7 Peeters and her team have also organized a celebratory, eco chic Sustainable Steward Ceremony from 6pm to 8pm at Rouge Tomate, located at 10 East 60th Street in midtown Manhattan.

Model and eco-activist Almudena Fernandez receiving the ELLE Environmental Ecology Award 2008

The green gala reception will be an opportunity to celebrate individuals working to promote sustainability in their respective fields, with a special focus on community building and environmental practices. Some of the 2010 laureates are Almudena Fernandez for the 'Lifestyle' category and Emmanuel Verstraeten for the 'Food' category.

Guest speakers include Tara DePorte (program director from the Lower East Side Ecology Center), Almudena Fernandez (Spanish top model, spokesperson for Al Gore and owner of a line of Eco shoes), Maria Snyder (artist and designer, former top model and creator of Eco Boys & Girls, education for children), Ana Joanes (the Director and Producer of the movie FRESH), Steve Ritz (teacher/community advocate), Chip Comins (founder AREDAY, American Renewable Energy Day), John Stacey (EMAdvisory ) and other inspiring guests.

Visit Sustainable Planet for more details.