Suzanne Rae Takes the Habit at Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week

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Photos by Amanda Coen for Ecouterre

Suzanne Rae FW2013 is all about self-confidence and feeling comfortable with your inner self. Drawing inspiration from a unique sector of the service industry, Suzanne Rae Pelaez turned to the complex yet modest clothing of missionary monks, priests and nuns- a sector that promotes love and goodness by offering aid to those in need. Pelaez told Ecouterre, “I wanted to make thought-provoking clothing that encouraged women to have the kind of confidence that offers goodness and love and really positive, loving vibes.” Pelaez has created a minimalist line of elegantly cut designs dominated by sleek silhouettes and linear geometry that create a clean look. Her garments were accompanied by zero-waste knit pieces designed in collaboration with local knitwear designer Lindsay Degen, adding a lush, tactile element to the collection.

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Valentino Tops Greenpeace's Luxury "Fashion Duel" Ranking

by , 02/08/13   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Greenpeace has thrown down the gauntlet. In November, the environmental nonprofit presented 15 Italian and French fashion houses, including Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, and Prada, with 25 “uncomfortable” questions about their supply chains. Its goal? To determine where the luxury sector stands in terms of toxic water pollution and deforestation. The results, released on Thursday on a new “Fashion Duel” website, was a mixed bag. Valentino topped the ranking for its “ambitious and binding commitment” to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from its supply chain and products, while brands like Salvatore Ferragamo and Louis Vuitton received a poor to unsatisfactory grade for their “partial commitments” and “real lack of ambition,” says Greenpeace.

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PETA Parodies NY Fashion Week With Animals in "Runway Reversal"

by , 02/08/13   filed under: Animal Cruelty, New York Fashion Week

Just in time for New York Fashion Week, a new parody video from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals about the use of exotic skins on the runway. In a reversal of roles, foxes, antelopes, and seals strut on the catwalk in grisly outfits derived from human parts, while naked people, surrounded by bloody carcasses and body parts, are confined to cages backstage. The camera homes in on a young Chinese girl, the only caged human clearly visible, as she quivers from cold and fear. It’s somewhat of a “gotcha” moment, all the more shocking because of the whimsical atmosphere that precedes it.

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Selena Gomez Targeted by Sweatshop Protestors at NY Fashion Week

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Labor-rights activists want Selena Gomez to “be an ambassador for children, not for sweatshops.” Protestors from United Students Against Sweatshops ambushed the former Disney starlet at New York Fashion Week on Thursday at the first runway show for Neo by Adidas, a teen-oriented diffusion label for which Gomez serves as style ambassador. Outside the midtown Manhattan venue, a group of 15 people, including two former sweatshop workers, held up a banner that read, “Selena: Don’t be an ambassador for sweatshops.” A woman also handed the 20-year-old UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador a flier urging her to tell Adidas to pay its Indonesian workers $1.8 million in severance so they can feed their children and send them to school.

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Organic by John Patrick Goes Downtown at Fall 2013 NY Fashion Week

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Photos by Amanda Coen and Jill Fehrenbacher for Ecouterre

For Organic‘s Fall/Winter 2013 collection, designer John Patrick revisited his personal connection to the East Village, NYC’s downtown neighborhood known of its hip, grungy-chic style. Patrick was inspired by three indie “glamazons” and friends, Sable Starr, Cyrinda Foxe and Anya Phillips. Wednesday morning during New York Fashion Week, Patrick displayed a collection that spoke to those downtown tastemakers. “The catwalk is meant to tell a story and create an emotion,” he told Ecouterre after his show.

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Vaute's Vegan Fall 2013 Collection Goes to the Dogs at NY Fashion Week

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Vegan diets are all the craze but vegan fashion is a term that is gaining traction as the likes of Vaute begin to hit the runway. The emerging label by Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart had its first ever NY Fashion Week premier yesterday, marking it as the first animal-rights all vegan fashion label to show during New York Fashion Week. The young designer is building upon the outerwear and tee line she’s had for several years to show off a ready-to-wear line that includes tops, satin dresses, skirts, pants and sweaters made from vegan and eco fabrics for both men and women. Hilgart paired her looks with vegan men’s shoes by Novacas for Brave GentleMan and vegan women’s heels by Love is Mighty Check out Ecouterre’s exclusive photos from the presentation.

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Machina's MIDI Controller Jacket Turns Your Body Into a Synthesizer

by , 02/06/13   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Anyone can sway to the rhythm of a catchy tune. But what if you could translate your body movements into actual music? That’s the idea behind Machina’s “MJ v1.0,” the world’s first jacket to combine a Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) controller with flexible motion sensors to operate multiple digital music instruments, computers, and other devices simultaneously. It’s even designed to be hackable. The Mexico-based technology firm is working on a “hackstore” that will allow users to upload their own presets. Ultimately, you’ll be able to make the jacket do whatever you want: engineer beats, mix video, even play games. Forget learning the guitar—this is the future of making music.

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Vegan Activists Advocate Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Fur, Down

by , 02/05/13   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Vegan Fashion

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If you knew about the origins of the soft down inside your favorite winter jacket or comforter, you might think twice about putting either anywhere near your body. Last year, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals received undercover video footage that showed exactly how those feathers were obtained. Live factory-raised birds are pinned down while workers yank fistfuls of feathers from their bodies, often plucking them so violently that they rip open the animals’ skin.

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14 Eco-Friendly Lingerie Gifts to Burn Up the Sheets on Valentine's Day

14 Eco-Friendly Lingerie Gifts to Burn Up the Sheets on Valentine's Day

UNDER COVER Who says demure can’t be sexy? Skip the blowup-doll cleavage by displaying your natural assets in a vintage-inspired bra-and-panty set from Under the Root, which…

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LAST CHANCE: Win an Eco-Fashion Starter Kit From Fashioning Change (Worth $150!)

LAST CHANCE: Win an Eco-Fashion Starter Kit From Fashioning Change (Worth $150!)

If you’ve resolved to create a more sustainable wardrobe in 2013, today just might be your lucky day. We’ve hooked up with Fashioning Change to bestow one Ecouterre reader…

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Billy Wolf's Eco-Friendly Dog Jackets, Bandanas Are Handmade in NYC

Billy Wolf's Eco-Friendly Dog Jackets, Bandanas Are Handmade in NYC

DOGGONE IT Billy Wolf stemmed from Drago’s fruitless search for a stylish coat for Cujo, her Chihuahua. Taking to her sewing machine, Drago transformed an old tartan jacket into a…

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U.K. Artist Upcycles Vintage Shoes, Cellphones Into Literal "Walkie Talkies"

U.K. Artist Upcycles Vintage Shoes, Cellphones Into Literal "Walkie Talkies"

Sean Miles is giving the term “walkie talkies” a brand new meaning. The U.K. artist has created a series of “handsets” by embedding cellphones into the soles of…

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Victoria's Secret Considering Post-Mastectomy Bras for Cancer Survivors

Victoria's Secret Considering Post-Mastectomy Bras for Cancer Survivors

Battling breast cancer is a difficult enough ordeal; finding a post-mastectomy bra that fits shouldn’t be. And it looks like Victoria’s Secret agrees. After an online…

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A Gothic Wedding Dress, Made From Thousands of Paper Feathers

A Gothic Wedding Dress, Made From Thousands of Paper Feathers

Dana Jasinkevica and Dita Enikova’s wedding dress is a page from a gothic fairy tale come to life. The two Latvian fashion students created Swan in Oil.Before and After from more…

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European Union to Ban All Animal Testing for Cosmetics

European Union to Ban All Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Anita Roddick, late founder of The Body Shop. The end is nigh—for animal testing, that is. Starting March 11, the European Union will ban the import and sale of new cosmetic products…

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That Stinks: Dolce & Gabbana Launches Fragrance for Babies

That Stinks: Dolce & Gabbana Launches Fragrance for Babies

Dolce & Gabbana makes the stuff fashion dreams are made of: the sexy, trashy-chic attire of wanton peasant maidens, curvy cinematic goddesses, playfully tough Sicilian street…

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G-Star Raw Moves From "Toxic Greenwasher" to "Detox Leader"

G-Star Raw Moves From "Toxic Greenwasher" to "Detox Leader"

G-Star Raw has moved from a “toxic greenwasher” to a “Detox leader,” according to Greenpeace. Following pressure from the environmental nonprofit’s…

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