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When it comes to eco-fashion, you’ll find few advocates as zealous as we are—we’d rather build up than tear down. Still, we’ve had our retinas scorched by some pretty frightful sartorial statements waving the “sustainable” banner, so what better time than the spookiest holiday of the year to dish on the most spine-chilling eco-fashions to date? For your green Halloween pleasure, here are six howlers that will make your blood run cold.
Holy smokes! Chilean designer Alexandra Guerrero made a bold and wholly unconventional move when she blended wool with discarded cigarette butts to create a line of clothing. Cleaned, shredded, and spun into yarn, the erstwhile Marlboros were then hand-crocheted into a bolero, vest, poncho, and a kicky little hat that would be cute if it weren’t stained with nicotine.
JUST BE@T IT
In Heather Mills’ defense, once you’ve crossed “marry a Beatle” off your Life List, it’s all downhill from there. But that still doesn’t excuse her from perpetuating the myth that eco-fashion is the domain of yurt-dwelling yahoos with more time on their hands than sense. Her widely panned collection, Be@One, made from recycled clothing, has been pummeled with epithets from “Frankenstein-inspired” to “laughably horrid.” Kapow!
The 100 percent recycled menswear in actress Julia Stiles’ sendup of celebrity fashion designers isn’t for sale—and thank God for that. We can’t decide which is more ghoulish: the newspaper suit with the tissue-box shoes and Swiffer tie (“A Guy’s Thing”) or the shirt that you can wear as pants (“Save the Last Shants”). We have four words for you, Julia: Keep. Your. Day. Job.