Natalie Portman's Vintage '50s Dior Oscar Gown Sells for $50,000

by , 03/08/12   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Friendly Dresses

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The vintage Dior gown that Natalie Portman wore to the 84th Academy Awards went under the hammer on Wednesday for an eye-watering $50,000. Portman, the current face of Miss Dior, borrowed the strapless silk-organza number from Rare Vintage in New York City. Upon its return, the dealer placed it on 1stdibs.com, where it was soon snapped up by an anonymous British collector. Christian Dior designed the dress, which is typical of the post-war “New Look” he invented, at the height of his career in 1954. “Natalie wore a dress she fell in love with,” wrote Rare Vintage owner Juliana Cairone on the auction website. “It was the perfect dress on the perfect girl. I think it was also a great tribute to the modernity and timelessness of vintage fashion.”

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Adidas, Nike, Puma Accused of Exploiting Workers as Olympics Approach

by , 03/08/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea, Worker Rights

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The 2012 London Olympics may be looming over the horizon, but Adidas, Nike, and Puma are playing anything but fair, according to War on Want, an anti-poverty charity accusing the sportswear giants of exploiting their workers in Bangladesh. In Race to the Bottom, a report released on Monday, the organization documents evidence of illegal work hours, dismal wages, sexual harassment, and physical violence in six factories contracted by Adidas, Nike, or Puma. All three companies have a heavy stake in the Olympics. Adidas is the official sportswear of the London games, while Nike will be providing footwear and apparel to the U.S. athletes. Puma’s logo, of course, has prime real estate: the chest of the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt.

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For International Women's Day, a Look at Kenya's Ethical Fashion Africa Project

by , 03/08/12   filed under: Fashion Philanthropy, Featured, Video

Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney are among A-list designers to throw their weight behind Ethical Fashion Africa, a United Nations-sanctioned program that doles out key skills and fair wages to more than 7,000 disenfranchised women in Kenya and Uganda. Its slogan: “Not charity, just work.” In honor of International Women’s Day, Crane.tv took its camera behind the scenes to learn more about the initiative and, more important, the people involved in it.

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

by , 03/08/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Dresses, Spring/Summer 2012, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Alexander Wang Sued for $450 Million for Running Alleged "Sweatshop" in NYC's Chinatown

by , 03/07/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Featured, The Big Idea, Worker Rights

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A group of 30 employees is suing Alexander Wang for running an alleged sweatshop in New York City’s Chinatown. Filed last month in Queens County Supreme Court, the $450 million lawsuit claims that the award-winning designer violated New York State labor laws such as compensation for overtime and minimum wages, according to WWD on Tuesday. Representatives for Wang have since denied the accusations, which include forcing employees to work 16-hour days in an stifling, windowless 200-square-foot room with 15 others. The plaintiffs are asking for $50 million for each of the suit’s nine charges, chief of which are labor law violations, breach of agreement, and “unjust enrichment.” Wang, who made his name designing slouchy, pull-on-and-go garments, reportedly earned $25 million in 2011.

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

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Kingston University, Dr. Noki Collaborate on Quirky Textile "Monsters"

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Lauren Moffatt's Pintuck Blouse Makes On-the-Go Breastfeeding a Snap

by , 03/06/12   filed under: Women's Eco-Fashion

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Breastfeeding your baby in public makes headline news in America on a regular basis—just ask Beyonce. But who says nursing moms have to look..well…mumsy? Lauren Moffatt’s cotton-twill pintuck blouse is as big on convenience as it is on style, with a fitted back waist, asymmetrical details, and gold buttons that unsnap with a single hand. Standout prints include “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road,” which features understated polka-dots sprinkled against a cream background, and “On the Road Again,” a dreamy floral pattern in turquoise, coral, and yellow. Made in New York City’s Garment District, this effortlessly chic top isn’t just reserved for mothers on the move; it’s also the perfect go-to piece to add feminine flair to any occasion.

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Brazilian Blowout Settles Class-Action Lawsuit for $4.5 Million

by , 03/06/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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A new kink—pun fully intended—has emerged in the saga of the Brazilian Blowout. The hair-straightener manufacturer, mired of late in a slew of health complaints and government inquiries, agreed on Monday to settle a class-action lawsuit for $4.5 million in damages. Under the terms of the agreement, consumers who claimed they were harmed by the product will receive $35 per treatment for up to three treatments, while stylists get to pocket $75 for every bottle they purchased, according to Elizabeth Pritzker, a lawyer for the plaintiffs. The settlement follows $600,000 in penalties and fines to the state of California after it emerged that two of the formulations emitted formaldehyde gas, a human carcinogen.

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Redress Debuts 2012 EcoChic Design Award to Stem China's Textile Waste

Redress Debuts 2012 EcoChic Design Award to Stem China's Textile Waste

Janko Lam won the inaugural EcoChic Design Award in 2011. WHAT A WASTE An average of 234 tons of textiles are discarded every day into Hong Kong’s landfills, according to 2010…

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"Green" Cashmere Protects Patagonian Wildlife, Improves Livelihoods

"Green" Cashmere Protects Patagonian Wildlife, Improves Livelihoods

A guanaco Natural, biodegradable, and more insulating than wool, cashmere is as close to the perfect fiber you can get. Just one catch: The goats whose downy undercoats are so prized…

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Buy a Bar of "Hand in Hand" Soap, Give a Bar to a Child in Need

Buy a Bar of "Hand in Hand" Soap, Give a Bar to a Child in Need

Just call Hand in Hand the TOMS of soap. For every bar of suds you purchase, Bill Glaab and Courtney Apple will donate a bar to a child in the developing world. Millions of children…

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Tube-Shape Photovoltaic Cells Could Result in Solar-Powered Clothing

Tube-Shape Photovoltaic Cells Could Result in Solar-Powered Clothing

Let’s be honest, solar-powered clothing is rarely easy on the eyes. Nor does it tend to be discreet. Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Xiamen University,…

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6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Spring-Clean Your Beauty Routine

6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Spring-Clean Your Beauty Routine

RUB-A-DUB-DUB There’s no time like the present to slough off that dry winter skin from your face, body, and feet. Use soft, circular motions when exfoliating your face. For your…

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Nael Coce’s Eco-Friendly Stiletto Heel Hides a Built-in Ballet Flat

Nael Coce’s Eco-Friendly Stiletto Heel Hides a Built-in Ballet Flat

It goes without saying; killer heels are murder on your feet. Sure, you could switch to flats, but what would be the fun in that? Sheena Young, founder of Nael Coce, hit upon an…

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"Ulterior Survival Bag" Turns Into Pair of Boots for Detroit's Homeless

"Ulterior Survival Bag" Turns Into Pair of Boots for Detroit's Homeless

Mike Forbes’s “Ulterior Survival Bag” is more than your average carryall. Designed for Detroit’s homeless population, the bag transforms into a pair of boots…

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Is Fast Fashion Driving Global Food Shortages?

Is Fast Fashion Driving Global Food Shortages?

Not everyone sees biofuels as the cure-all to our energy woes. By ousting food crops in favor of ethanol-producing ones and sending food prices skyrocketing, ethanol and its ilk are…

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Carmina Campus Upcycles Mini Roadster Parts Into Luxury Handbags

Carmina Campus Upcycles Mini Roadster Parts Into Luxury Handbags

LET’S MOTOR “The Mini Roadster inspired me with many materials, like the canvas from the convertible roofs rejected after tests or the small metal plates obtained from scraps of…

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