Green Designers

Assembly New York Borrows From the Boys for New York Fashion Week Fall 2012

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Gretchen Jones Tours the Shadowlands at Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week

THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY As in previous seasons, Jones based her collection on a music album and a book (actually a book and a poem): Desertshore by Nico, Through the Looking Glass by…

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John Patrick Organic is a Beautiful Vision at Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week

A BEAUTIFUL VISION For the first time in years, Patrick and his team (specifically Walter Fleming and Patrick Negron) styled the looks themselves. “That was very…

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Award-Winning Designer Titania Inglis Makes the Case for Thoughtful Fashion

HER SO-CALLED LIFE What do you look for in a garment? I look for designs that are streamlined with a subtle tweak to the proportion, fabric, or construction; the classics can be amazing…

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Stella McCartney Explains Why She Doesn’t Use Leather in PETA Video

It’s widely known that Stella McCartney doesn’t use fur in her collections. Less touted, perhaps, is the vegan designer’s rejection of leather. In a new video from…

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The "Flourish Approach" Uses Modular Construction to Unite Local Skills on a Global Front

For Sarah Dixon and Danielle Sponder Testa, what began as musings on sustainability soon evolved into a business model. The designers, who met as students at the London College of…

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Julia Ramsey's Dramatic Knits Meditate on Our Relationship With Clothing

YARNIVORE To say that Ramsey, who once apprenticed with the legendary Kaffe Fassett in London, has a deep appreciation for natural fibers is an understatement. To create…

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MaXhosa by Laduma Offers Eco-Knits That Sustain South African Traditions

HERITAGE KNITS Ngxokolo, who graduated from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University with a degree in fashion, toyed with the idea of moving to Cape Town in the beginning, but he decided…

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Dahea Sun's Cabbage-Dyed Textiles Demonstrate Changing pH of Acid Rain

COME AGAIN ANOTHER DAY Shortly after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Sun found herself in South Korea on a rainy day surrounded by fears of radiation spreading from the…

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Titania Inglis Wins 2012 Ecco Domani Award for Sustainable Design

Photos by Evan Browning Hearty congratulations to Titania Inglis, winner of the 2012 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award for Sustainable Design, an honor that was previously bestowed…

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Borre Akkersdijk Uses Mattress-Knitting Machine to Create Quilted Couture

MATTRESS STITCH Akkersdik’s creations are hardly your run-of-the mill hand-knit tchotchkes. The collection drew critical praise when it debuted at Paris Fashion Week this past…

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Lexus Fashion Workshop Turns Recyclable Hybrid Parts Into Haute Couture

AUTOMOTIVE COUTURE “Merging the worlds of luxury automobiles, art and fashion is another example of how Lexus is ‘Engineering Amazing’ or maybe more appropriately, ‘Engineering…

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Dame Vivienne Westwood Pledges £1 Million to Tackle Climate Change

Dame Vivienne Westwood has never been one to shy away from a sound byte, but the doyenne of British fashion is finally putting her money where her mouth is. After voicing frustration…

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Valérie Pache Creates Whimsical Dresses From Recycled Paraglider Sails

Valérie Pache is the wing beneath our wings…paraglider wings, that is. The French designer turns castoff parachutes, retired paraglider sails, and end-of-roll fabrics into…

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Laura Sansone Exemplifies Locavore Fashion With Her Handspun, Plant-Dyed Wares

HOME ON THE RANGE Despite its clean, modern lines, Laura Sansone’s upstate New York studio coexists with its agrarian setting in perfect harmony. The designer’s two Nigerian…

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Manolo Blahnik, M. Patmos Make Eco-Friendly Shoes From Waste Tilapia Skins, Cork

A eco-friendly Manolo Blahnik shoe isn’t something we expected to see in our lifetime, but stranger things have happened. The luxury shoemaker, name-checked by Sarah Jessica…

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Stefanie Nieuwenhuys Recycles Wood Chips Into Snakeskin-Like Couture

WOODEN YOU KNOW Eschewing virgin resources, Nieuwenhuys worked with bio-waste firm InCrops Enterprise Hub in Norwich to obtain discarded pieces of plywood, which she then laser-cut into…

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Join Us Tonight for the “Healthy Food In Fashion” Gala to Benefit NYC’s Youth

Come out in style for a healthy cause on Wednesday, October 12, as the  NY Coalition for Healthy School Food throws its annual “Healthy Food in Fashion” fall gala. Hosted…

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