Spring/Summer 2012

H&M Launches Hawaiian-Inspired Resort-Wear to Benefit WaterAid

WATER FOR ALL H&M has sold a bikini for WaterAid every summer for the past 10 years, but this marks the first time it has dedicated an entire collection to the cause. The money…

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T.H.R.E.A.D.S. Brings Eco-Fashion to New York City's Green Festival

ARTISTS AND REVOLUTIONARIES Brooklyn-based Artists and Revolutionaries sent out a series of loose-fitting, neutral-toned garments. Distinguished by the use of repurposed leather,…

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Feng Ho's Print-Happy Eco-Fashion Collection Boosts Livelihoods in Malawi

GRAPHIC STATEMENT Malawi is one of the poorest countries on the planet, with more than half of its population living in extreme poverty, according to the World Health Organization. In…

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CrOp by David Peck Celebrates New Orleans' Resilience for Spring 2012

CRESCENT RISING Although not a New Orleans resident himself—Peck hails from Houston—but the designer was immediately drawn to the historic city. This isn’t the first time…

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H&M Conscious Debuts Eco-Chic "Glamour" Collection for Spring

GREEN GOWNS If the looks evoke a sense of déjà vu, your instincts don’t deceive you. In October, Amanda Seyfried wore the blue tuxedo blazer and short at the London premiere of…

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Orla Kiely Re-Teams With People Tree on Spring Eco-Fashion Collection

CHARM OFFENSIVE Kiely keeps her silhouettes simple, allowing her prints speak for themselves. “I have always loved the 60’s and 70’s where the pattern was intrinsic to the…

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Afia Returns From Ghana With Its Urban-Indigenous Spring 2012 Collection

OUT OF AFRICA Afia offers a lively juxtaposition: It’s grounded in time-honored traditions yet informed by editorial forecasts. Its spring lineup includes vests, skirts, shorts,…

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Costello Tagliapietra Brings Romance to Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week

ROMANCE IN BLOOM Costello and Tagliapietra’s kaleidoscopic prints have become as much a trademark as their coordinating outfits. And in this instance, they led the collection.…

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Eileen Fisher Extends Commitment to Environmental, Social Responsibility

BLUESIGN-APPROVED To craft its spring collection, Eileen Fisher worked closely with Bluesign, one of the world’s most stringent textile standards for environmental protection and…

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Chanel Builds Life-Size Plane for Spring 2012 Paris Couture Week Show

Photo by Olivier Saillant for Chanel As if fashion wasn’t already synonymous with environmental excess. Karl Lagerfeld commisioned a life-size aircraft to house Chanel’s…

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Oxfam U.K. Glams Up Vintage Fashion in Spring 2012 Lookbook

OLDIES BUT GOODIES To fete its new focus, Oxfam has produced a lookbook that should dispel any lingering misconceptions about secondhand garb. Not in the least bit fusty, all pieces…

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Hessnatur Collaborates With Award-Winning Designers for Spring 2012

Photos by Amanda Coen for Ecouterre Pining for spring already? Tide yourself over with a sneak preview of Hessnatur’s upcoming Spring/Summer 2012 collection, which features…

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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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Carrie Parry’s Spring 2012 Line Channels French Films of Jean-Luc Godard

CITY OF LIGHTS Parry borrowed cues from classic Parisian style, as well as the romance and whimsy of Godard’s early 1960s films, particularly A Woman is a Woman. And while their…

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Maiyet: A Luxury Label Founded by a Former Anti-Apartheid Leader

GOODS FOR GOOD Maiyet, which made its debut at Paris Fashion Week earlier this month, is the brainchild of Van Zyl and Kristy Caylor, former president of popular apparel brand Band of…

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9 Eco-Fashion Designers at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012

KREISI COUTURE At White Goes Green, Kreisi Couture impressed us with its playful and elegant hats. Hungarian designer Krisztina Reisini, who’s inspired by the great Parisian…

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Vivienne Westwood Debuts Gold Label Spring 2012 at Paris Fashion Week, Thinks Confucianism May Save Planet

“I have always loved the Mao cap, though I hate violent revolution.” Thus spake legendary British designer Vivienne Westwood, who cites China as the key inspiration behind…

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6 Hot Trends at New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012

#1: LITE-BRITE Bright bursts of neon and other zesty hues lit up the runway this season, from highlighter yellow fluorescent green. Mara Hoffman featured retina-scorching neons with a…

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