Prince Charles: "Nature Can Go Hand-in-Hand With Beautiful Clothes"

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Livia Firth’s Green Carpet Challenge has received the royal seal of approval. In a letter read by Firth at the launch of “The Green Cut” at London Fashion Week in September, Prince Charles praised the initiative for bringing the British Fashion Council and the British Film Institute “under the banner of sustainability.” The GCC is particularly heartening because of its “uncanny ability to show that living in harmony with the environment and respecting nature can go hand-in-hand with the most beautiful clothes,” wrote the Prince of Wales. “After all, it’s only by inspiring people that a sustainable future is not about sackcloth and ashes, but is about attaining an infinitely more balanced approach to life that works in harmony in nature once again, that we will stand a chance of securing a stable environment for our children and grandchildren.”

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Does Aki Goto's $480 Paper-Bag Jacket Take Recycling Too Far?

by , 11/08/12   filed under: Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, The Big Idea

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If you thought Jil Sander’s $290 lunch sack bordered on the ridiculous, just wait till you get a load of Aki Oto’s paper-bag blazer. Cobbled together from a bunch of used shopping bags, a vintage jacket, gobs of varnish, and a strip of duct tape (yes, duct tape), the battered and sodden-looking number conveys that fresh, just-rolled-out-of-a-dumpster look that every Rich Kid of Instagram craves. The price? $480—a bargain by billionaire hobo standards, we’re sure.

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H&M Still World's No. 1 Buyer of Organic Cotton

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Controvery, schcontroversy. As the biggest global user of certified-organic cotton for the second year running, H&M has plenty to crow about. The revelation comes courtesy of Textile Exchange, a nonprofit organization whose Organic Cotton Market Report looks back on 2011 as a “year of contradictions” filled with peaks and valleys. Among the high points? H&M, which not only maintained its position as the No. 1 buyer of certified-organic cotton but also increased its use of the white stuff by nearly 100 percent in 2011.

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Meet Gong Jia Qi, Winner of China's 2012 EcoChic Design Award

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Ecouterre is the official media sponsor of the 2012 EcoChic Design Award.

China ushered a new era of sustainability late last month when it hosted the nation’s first mainstream eco-fashion design competition. Organized by Redress, a Hong Kong-based nonprofit dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of the Asian fashion industry, the 2012 EcoChic Design Award China presented the textile-waste-reducing designs of 10 finalists to an audience of over 500 industry representatives. While all the designers showed great promise, the top prize went to Gong Jia Qi, a student at the Raffles Design Institute in Shanghai. Gong, who was inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, reconstructed five garments using unsold stock from Taobao, one of China’s leading online retailers. We checked in with Gong to talk about her experience, what sustainability means to her, and how she intends to parlay her win—with a little help from Esprit—into a full-fledged career.

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Nicole Scherzinger Lights Up London in CuteCircuit's First "Twitter Dress"

by , 11/07/12   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Wearable Technology

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Never let it be said that Nicole Scherzinger doesn’t know how to dress for the occasion. The X Factor judge set London’s Battersea Power Station aglow on Thursday when she transformed herself into a living Twitter stream for the launch of EE, Britain’s first 4G mobile network. Designed by the digital maestros at CuteCircuit, which famously outfitted Katy Perry in a light-up frock for the 2010 Met Costume Gala, the floor-grazing French chiffon gown featured 2,000 LEDs, thousands of hematite Swarovski Elements, and a real-time procession of tweets from EE’s Twitter handle to fete the event.

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Replay's "Social Denim" Lets You Update Your Facebook Status on the Fly

by , 11/07/12   filed under: Wearable Technology

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If there’s one indication that our obsession with social media is veering dangerously into codependence, it’s Replay’s upcoming line of jeans. So intent is the Italian denim label in obliterating the divide between our real and virtual lives that its “Social Denim” collection comes with Facebook and Twitter capabilities built right in. Due to hit stores in December, each pant features a extra “fifth” pocket that contains a Bluetooth-connected transmitter. Pair the device with a smartphone and you can use one of a series of buttons to broadcast your mood and/or current location in the blink of an eye. We’d ask “why?” but the company would probably just respond with “why not?”

So tell us, is "Social Denim" haute or not?

  • 46 Votes HELL NO! Do we have to embed technology into everything?
  • 8 Votes HELL YES! My Facebook network craves blow-by-blow updates.

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Hurricane Sandy T-Shirts Plunge NYC Icons Into Dip-Dyed "Darkness"

by , 11/06/12   filed under: Fashion Philanthropy

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Lend a hand to the Big Apple you know and love by purchasing one of Sebastian Errazuriz’s Hurricane Sandy relief T-shirts. Inspired by the water lines on the walls of the galleries in Manhattan’s Chelsea art district, the Chilean transplant transformed two tourist staples—Milton Glasser’s “I Love NY” logo and the Metropolitan Transit Authority subway map—by dip-dyeing them, 1970s style, in indigo ink. The arresting result reveals a city divided between those who have electricity and those still in the dark. All proceeds will go towards helping victims of the disaster.

+ Hurricane Sandy Relief T-Shirt $40 at Grey Area

+ Sebastian Errazuriz

 

Carlo Volpi Challenges Notions of Masculinity With Campy, Colorful Knits

by , 11/05/12   filed under: Green Designers, Men's Eco-Fashion

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It’s easy to understand why someone like Carlo Volpi would have a deep and abiding passion for wool. The breathable fiber is a natural insulator that can be weighted to keep its wearer warm in winter or cool in summer. It’s also flexible, easy to manipulate, and easy on the environment. As a man who knits, however, Volpi is a bit of rare breed, which explains why his own take on the centuries-old practice is less than conventional. For his thesis project at the Royal College of Art in London, Volpi experimented with stitch types, gauges, and textures to create a flamboyant menswear collection that turns traditional notions of masculinity on their heads.

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L.L. Bean, Woolrich Collaborate on Made-in-Maine Footwear, Bag Collection

by , 11/04/12   filed under: Eco-Friendly Bags, Eco-Friendly Shoes

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As far as homegrown retailers go, few have cultivated that aura of all-American authenticity more fervently than L.L. Bean, which began in 1912 as a mail-order business in Greenwood, Maine. Yet with the exception of its duck boot, boat tote, and the odd kayak paddle or two, which the company continues to produce in the Pine State, its once-venerable catalog has mostly succumbed to the deluge of Asian and South American imports. Still, the Beanster might be contemplating a return to form. Together with Woolrich Woolen Mills, L.L. Bean has launched a capsule collection of bags and boots under its higher-end “Signature” label. Clad in winter-ready ombre wool plaid, the tote, pouch, and 10-to-16-inch boots are made in Maine, just like our grandparents remember. Maybe you can teach an old dog old tricks, after all.

+ L.L. Bean x Woolrich $49-$199

 

Hagfish Slime Thread: An Unlikely Natural Fiber That Rivals Spider Silk

Hagfish Slime Thread: An Unlikely Natural Fiber That Rivals Spider Silk

HAGFISH SLIME THREAD \ˈhag-ˌfish ˈslīm ˈthred \ n 1: The fibrous protein component of the defensive slime of the hagfish (also known as Hyperotreti), an eel-shaped bottom-dwelling…

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Vega Wang's Electroluminescent Garments Are Out of This World

Vega Wang's Electroluminescent Garments Are Out of This World

Vega Zaishi Wang’s “Alpha Lyrae” collection wouldn’t look out of place on the set of TRON 3. Named for one of the celestial bodies in our night sky, the eight-piece…

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The Monster Challenges of Cheap, Low-Maintenance "Frankenfabrics"

The Monster Challenges of Cheap, Low-Maintenance "Frankenfabrics"

Thanks to a fast-fashion based industry model, coupled with consumer desire to pay the least possible price for product, we have been left to deal with over-consumption, waste, and a…

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NY Attorney General Issues Best Practices for Breast-Cancer Marketing

NY Attorney General Issues Best Practices for Breast-Cancer Marketing

Photo by Shutterstock Every October, the nation buys into the spurious notion that shopping can cure breast cancer. Slapping a coat of pink on everything from kitchen appliances to…

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Nina Khazani Recycles Human Hair Into Curiously Glamorous Accessories

Nina Khazani Recycles Human Hair Into Curiously Glamorous Accessories

HAIRY SITUATION Human hair isn’t the easiest material to work with. Then again, Khazani is an old hand at bending it to her will. She first started experimenting with shorn human…

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Greenpeace Detects Toxic Chemicals in Popular Outerwear Brands

Greenpeace Detects Toxic Chemicals in Popular Outerwear Brands

Photo by Shutterstock Wide-open vistas are frequently used to advertise outdoor clothing, yet the toxins many weather-resistant fabrics contain may actually be detrimental to nature and…

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U.K. Scientists Change the Color of Gold Without Chemical Treatments

U.K. Scientists Change the Color of Gold Without Chemical Treatments

Photo by Shutterstock Sure, we have rose gold, white gold, and well, gold gold, but what if you could have red, blue, green, or even purple gold without chemically altering the precious…

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H&M's Cambodian "Poverty Pay" Scandal Exposed on Swedish TV

H&M's Cambodian "Poverty Pay" Scandal Exposed on Swedish TV

H&M has come under fire after a Swedish broadcast claims the high-street retailer isn’t doing enough to prevent sweatshop-like conditions at a subcontractor’s factory…

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Forever 21 in Trouble With Dept. of Labor for Alleged Sweatshop Practices

Forever 21 in Trouble With Dept. of Labor for Alleged Sweatshop Practices

Photo by SeanPavonePhoto/Shutterstock Forever 21 is in hot water with the U.S. Department of Labor. The department’s Wage and Hour Division, which is investigating the Los…

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