Written By , on September 27, 2010

Before excess, pomp, circumstance et al hit Paris for the grandaddy of all fashion weeks something different took place yesterday. The ethical fashion world went on display with the largest assortment of eco-designers and sustainable fashion under one roof. This smattering of top fashion designers with Mother Earth in mind hit with organic cotton and silk fabrics under the Docks en Seine roof at the French fashion institute. Some of the designers on display at this event include La Queue de Chat, Diffus (from Denmark), and Terra Plana (England) that had on display recycled leather shoes.

The Ethical Fashion Show is in its seventh year in Paris and looks to continue ever stronger. For more information visit the Ethical fashion show website at here.

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Written By , on May 8, 2008


The stores are known all over London and now they have a place in the world of eco-sustainable fashion. According to the Daily Mail, Oxfam is opening a new store with a focus on fair trade clothing, sustainable fashion and designers one would normally find in high-end boutiques. Some of the names being trotted out by the Oxfam folks include Giles Deacon, Henry Holland, Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders, Richard Sorger, Jens Laugesen and Stephen Jones. While Oxfam won’t be trading it’s industrial-wear mantle anytime soon, this development is definitely welcome news for those who love diving in bargain bins and getting a surprise in the form of a Christopher Kane top.

online: Daily Mail

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Written By , on April 30, 2008


If you were wondering when this eco-aware fashion stuff will end and the industry will get back to the raping and pillaging of earth’s natural resources and animals don’t hold your breath. Everyone is on the environmentally conscious fashion train with little to no end in sight. The New York Times a couple of days ago featured an article on Future Fashion (the initiative spearheaded by EarthPledge and Barneys New York).

Julie Gilhart, fashion director at Barneys posits, ” Design and creativity don’t have to be sacrificed to make garments that are less harmful to the earth. In fact, developing something sustainable can be a much more creative process.”

Here’s the small counterpoint from your’s truly: the idea behind sustainable fashion is creating environmentally friendly, “green” fashion collections, that is both practical and yes… fashionable. From a purely economical standpoint the masses will never see the benefit’s of the designer’s works and their green raison d’etre when only the elite can purchase their clothing. While there will surely be a market at the lower end of the spectrum for “green” collections. Creating eco-fashion for the few who can afford it mutes the purpose of going in that direction in the first place. And while the intent is already stated as bringing it to a well-heeled audience as the article infers, the point of being environmentally conscious is that everyone takes part, not just the few or those who are able to do so. The end result is this sort of self-defeating initiative that goes nowhere…fast.

Let’s try this one again.

(addendum: for those who can afford it, these eco-fashions are trouncing their high-carbon footprint brethren, the idea works, when it can be brought to the masses) above Doo.Ri’s cocktail dress made of Abaca

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Written By , on April 22, 2008


Ultra’s April photo editorial is breathtaking. For those living under a rock Ultrapdx, is what Vogue would be like if it were cool and had some sort of Portland edition. This month they havde a photo editorial entitled Out East shot by photographer Kevin Focht. A good smattering of what’s featured comes in the form of fashion from what’s quickly becoming eco-aware, sustainable fashion capital of the world (that’s not hyperbole folks), Portland. Take a look here.

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Written By , on April 22, 2008

EdunWith Earth week, the advent of everything green it’s good to know that Edun picked up the torch way earlier and the mission statement/mantra is environmentally aware fashion. The great thing with this mantra and execution is that environmentally aware need not mean boring. The above photo is from the designer’s Spring collection. The entire men’s collection is a bit weaker than what’s coming for women, but if you are adamant about having something green (read sustainable and environmentally friendly) in your closet, this is it.

online: Edun.ie website

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