Meryl Streep Wears Eco-Friendly Lanvin Dress at 2012 Oscars

by , 02/27/12   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion News, Featured, Livia Firth

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Meryl Streep is the Green Carpet Challenge’s newest recruit, announced Livia Firth on her blog. Wearing Lanvin’s first-ever eco-friendly gown at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, the two-time Oscar winner is a shoe-in to win Best Actress for her highly acclaimed turn as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. “The gown is gold, full-length and made from eco-certified fabric sourced with help from the GCC,” Firth wrote. “I could not be more delighted! Can you tell?” To complement her gilded frock, Streep opted for a pair of heels by Salvatore Ferragamo, Thatcher’s favorite shoe designer.

 

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Carrie Parry Talks About Winning Green Fashion Competition, Future Plans

by , 02/26/12   filed under: Green Designers, Interviews

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When Carrie Parry flew home from Amsterdam International Fashion Week, the Brooklyn designer didn’t return empty-handed. Winner of The Green Fashion Competition’s Category 2 award, Parry received €15,000, along with access to a network of fashion insiders who will provide her with ongoing mentorship, advice, and inspiration. Ecouterre sat down with Parry to talk about her win, meeting Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, and the direction she expects to go from here.

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Crazy Activist Allegedly Hires Hit Man to Kill Random Fur-Wearers

by , 02/24/12   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion News

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A strategically tossed can of red paint wasn’t enough for one Ohioan animal activist. Meredith Marie Lowell, a 27-year-old woman from Cleveland Heights, was arrested on Tuesday for attempting to hire a hit man on Facebook. Her target? Any random person—”older than 12, preferably older than 14 years old”—who happened to be wearing fur. Lowell, who posted under the alias “Anne Lowery,” became more explicit when an undercover federal agent contacted her in the guise of a gun for hire. Lowell allegedly requested that the homicide take place at a local library and that she be present so she could distribute fliers about animal cruelty afterwards.

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"Power Felt" Charges Your Cellphone With Body Heat (And It Costs $1!)

by , 02/24/12   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Featured, Wearable Technology

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No need to stay tethered to an electrical outlet or worry about your cellphone running out of juice; charging your smart device could soon require no more than a quick jog on the spot, according to Wake Forest University scientists, who have developed a thermoelectric device that converts body heat into an electrical current. Dubbed “Power Felt,” the technology uses temperature differences—that of the room versus your body, say—to create a charge. The best part? A cellphone cover could cost as little as a buck.

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In Pictures: A Day in the Life of the IOU Project

by , 02/24/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Featured, Features

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Team IOU wakes up every morning with passion and purpose. This inspired Love Thy Work, a film series dedicated to “those lucky enough to have found what they truly love to do.”

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The staff spends its afternoon fussing over every detail, working with expert craftspeople to ensure that “every piece has added value and is unique.”

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Lunch provides another opportunity to meet and learn from different stakeholders.

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And tea time? Sharing “stories, dreams, and ideas,” with the hosts of its virtual trunk shows.

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At the end of the day, thank-you notes are in order.

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Hankering for more? Read our interview with IOU founder and creative director Kavita Parmar.

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Australians Ditching Sunscreen, Risking Skin Cancer to Avoid Nanoparticles

by , 02/24/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Beauty

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When sun-worshipping Aussies stop slathering themselves with SPF, you know something’s up. More than three out of five Australians have concerns about the health implications of nanoparticles, according to a survey commissioned by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. In fact, 17 percent of respondents said they would rather risk skin cancer than wear a product containing nanoparticles. The results of the study, which were highlighted at the 2012 International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology earlier this month, underscores the need for further research on nanoscale products, says Science in Public, a Melbourne-based communications group that is advocating for clearer definitions for existing nanomaterials.

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Avon, Estée Lauder, Mary Kay Resume Testing Cosmetics on Animals

by , 02/24/12   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Beauty, The Big Idea

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As American firms jostle for a piece of China’s $15-billion-and-growing cosmetics market, Avon, Mary Kay, and Esteé Lauder have quietly turned their backs on 20 years of “no animal testing” policies, according to People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals, which until recently counted all three among the largest mainstream names on its cruelty-free list. Although animal testing of cosmetics is neither required nor banned under U.S. law, the Chinese government continues to require skin- and eye-irritation tests before certain products can be marketed in the country.

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Sh!t Dame Vivienne Westwood Says: Greatest Hits Edition

by , 02/23/12   filed under: Featured, Features, Green Designers, Vivienne Westwood

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ON TRAVEL AND ART

“I try to concentrate on quality clothing and accessories that are worth having, and to get my people to take less trips by air and stay longer each time they travel. It’s more human, especially if they take time to visit an art gallery while there.”

—Vivienne Westwood speaking in the June 2011 issue of British Marie Claire.

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ON DEFORESTATION

“For every tree they cut down, a future child dies, and there are more trees than children. Some people know these things but they plan to end the rainforest in one generation.”

—Vivienne Westwood at the launch of her People Tree T-shirt dress in May 2011.

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ON CONSUMERISM

“There is a real connection between culture and climate change. We all have a part to play and if you engage with life, you will get a new set of values, get off the consumer treadmill, and start to think, and it is these great thinkers who will rescue the planet.”

—Vivienne Westwood, speaking on television on February 2010.

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ON REVOLUTIONS

“I have always loved the Mao cap, though I hate violent revolution.”

—Vivienne Westwood, at her Spring/Summer 2012 show at Paris Fashion Week.

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ON LOS ANGELES

“Within one generation, Los Angeles will be uninhabitable if people don’t do something about it. The world is going to get smaller and be uninhabitable and impossible to live in.”

—Vivienne Westwood at the opening of her store in Melrose in April 2011.

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ON GOVERNMENTS

“Governments…are so slow that we can’t wait for them any more. We have to get this thing moving and hope that they’ll join in.”

—Vivienne Westwood in November 2011, after pledging £1 million to mitigate climate change.

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ON THE DIY MOVEMENT

“Wear a towel instead of a coat, it’s very chic. Or your husband’s boxer shorts with a belt, or something from your grandmother. It’s all about do-it-yourself at the moment.”

—Vivienne Westwood at the New Economics Forum in November 2011.

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ON DISPOSABLE FASHION

“People have never looked so ugly as they do today. We just consume far too much.. I’m talking about all this disposable crap. What I’m saying is buy less, choose well. Don’t just suck up stuff so everybody looks like clones. Don’t just eat McDonald’s, get something a bit better. Eat a salad. That’s what fashion is. It’s something that is a bit better.”

—Vivienne Westwood, speaking to reporters after her Autumn/Winter 2012 show at London Fashion Week.

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ON QUALITY

“In Italy they take cheap cloth and make it look expensive, but I take expensive cloth and make it look cheap. They just don’t understand.”

—VIvienne Westwood in 1986, after losing a contract with Armani.

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ON FASHION MAGAZINES

“I never look at fashion magazines. I find them incredibly boring. To me, reading a fashion magazine is the last thing I need to do. I’ve got books I need to read. More people should read books. It’s the most concentrated experience you can have. You know, all those incredible geniuses concentrated their lifetimes’ experiences in books. It’s much better than chattering away to somebody who’s never read anything and knows nothing at all.”

—Vivienne Westwood in the November 2011 issue of Interview.

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ON DISASTER

“How impossible it is for us to imagine ourselves victims of disaster. We suffer for the poor people who were thrown into the sea from their cruise ship off the coast of Tuscany, some losing their lives. Imagine a world of accelerating natural disasters, one after the other so that nobody can help anyone else.”

—Vivienne Westwood, speaking in a statement in January 2012.

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ON DRESSING WELL

“There’s this idea that somehow you’ve got to keep changing things, and as often as possible. Maybe if people just decided not to buy anything for a while, they’d get a chance to think about what they wanted; what they really liked.”

—Vivienne Westwood in the Oct. 4, 2007 edition of The Telegraph.

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ON TRENDS

“If you ask me what I think people should be getting next season, I’ll tell you what I’d like them to buy—nothing. I’d like people to stop buying and buying and buying.”

—Vivienne Westwood in the same interview.

 

Can Wearing a Denim Kilt Help Combat Climate Change?

by , 02/23/12   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Wearable Technology

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Most people wouldn’t consider a denim kilt or a Vivienne Westwood ball gown essential tools for mitigating climate change, but then again, most people aren’t Helen Storey and Tony Ryan. The London College of Fashion professor and University of Sheffield chemist are the founders of Catalytic Clothing, a series of textiles capable of sponging greenhouse gases from the surrounding air. After showcasing the world’s first air-purifying dress and a pollutant-scrubbing “Field of Jeans” in 2011, Storey and Ryan will be attending the Edinburgh International Science Festival wearing the aforementioned kilt and gown, which they will spray with a catalyst that neutralizes nitrous oxide, nitric oxide, and other asthma-triggering—not to mention global-warming—volatile organic chemicals.

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“The Artist” Actress Missi Pyle to Wear Suzy Cameron’s “Red Carpet Green Dress” Gown at 2012 Oscars

“The Artist” Actress Missi Pyle to Wear Suzy Cameron’s “Red Carpet Green Dress” Gown at 2012 Oscars

Actress Missi Pyle, who stars in the Oscar-nominated film The Artist, will turn the red carpet green at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, according to Suzy Amis Cameron, founder of the…

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Prophetik Channels Princess Grace at Autumn 2012 London Fashion Week

Prophetik Channels Princess Grace at Autumn 2012 London Fashion Week

COURTLY LOVE It’s refreshing to see a collection that features options for both men and women. Garner uses all-natural dyes derived from plants grown on the gardens of his estate in…

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IOU Project, Along Team Up to Create Eco-Friendly Madras Surfboard Bag

IOU Project, Along Team Up to Create Eco-Friendly Madras Surfboard Bag

Ecouterre is the official media sponsor of DIY With IOU. Enter now at Source4Style to become the IOU Project’s next ethical designer! Hang ten in style this summer by slipping…

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Watch Costello Tagliapietra's Celeb-Studded Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week Show (Video)

Watch Costello Tagliapietra's Celeb-Studded Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week Show (Video)

Static images seldom do runway shows any justice, particularly when they’re as dynamic as Costello Tagliapietra’s Fall/Winter 2012 debut at New York Fashion Week. Watch our…

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Inspired by Braille, Laure Paschoud's Ethical Garments are a Tactile Treat

Inspired by Braille, Laure Paschoud's Ethical Garments are a Tactile Treat

TOUCHY FEELY To create her “Braille” collection, Paschoud experimented with two- and three-dimensional volumes that she restructured to flatter the human figure.…

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Take a Stand Against Sweatshop Labor, Give Up Fast Fashion for Lent

Take a Stand Against Sweatshop Labor, Give Up Fast Fashion for Lent

When Lent rolls around on Wednesday, a group of self-described fashion addicts across the United Kingdom will be forgoing the standard vices (meat, cigarettes, coffee, chocolate) for a…

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Simia Mineralis: Ada Zanditon Debuts Short Film at Autumn 2012 London Fashion Week

Simia Mineralis: Ada Zanditon Debuts Short Film at Autumn 2012 London Fashion Week

Photos by Christine de Léon for Ecouterre No ordinary lookbook will do for Ada Zandition. The British designer, who launched her Autumn/Winter 2012 collection at London Fashion Week…

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William Hughes's LED Snowboarding Suit Lights Up the Nighttime Slopes

William Hughes's LED Snowboarding Suit Lights Up the Nighttime Slopes

Gliding down the slopes of southeastern France at breakneck speed, William Hughes makes for an arresting sight. The effect is more than a little haunting: It’s nighttime, for one,…

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IOU Project's Kavita Parmar Offers New Business Model for Ethical Fashion

IOU Project's Kavita Parmar Offers New Business Model for Ethical Fashion

Ecouterre is the official media sponsor of DIY With IOU. Enter now at Source4Style to become the IOU Project’s next ethical designer! The IOU Project isn’t just another…

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