"Back to the Future"-Style Self-Lacing Nike Sneakers Could Arrive in 2015

by , 02/18/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Wearable Technology

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Looks like Marty McFly’s self-lacing sneakers from Back to the Future II might be arriving right on schedule—at least, if Nike designer Tinker Hatfield isn’t just joshing us. Speaking at a a press conference in New Orleans on Friday, the man behind many iconic Nike shoe designs affirmed that the so-called “power laces,” which made a memorable appearance in the 1989 movie’s fictional 2015 universe, could be a reality next year. “Are we gonna see power laces in 2015? To that, I say yes!” Hatfield was quoted by Sole Society as saying. Nike hasn’t given its official word on the matter, but the futuristic kicks aren’t beyond the realm of possibility.

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Khloe Kardashian Wears Faux-Fur Coat Painted With "F*ck Yo Fur"

by , 02/18/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion News

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Khloe Kardashian has strong words for people who wear fur. The reality-show star made a graphic statement in New York City on Monday when she wore a faux-fur jacket with the words “F*ck Yo Fur” spray-painted in red on the back. Kardashian later posted a Keek video of herself wearing the altered topper, accompanied by the caption “F*ck Yo Fur!!! Fake fur all day people!!” The longtime animal activist was quick to dismiss any relationship to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, however. Although Kardashian posed in the buff for PETA’s “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” ad campaign in 2008, her relationship with the group soured after a PETA member flour-bombed her sister Kim—a notorious fur-wearer and the target of a PETA billboard in 2011—at a red-carpet event in 2012.

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Alexander Wang Fetes Chameleon Fabrics at Fall 2014 NY Fashion Week

by , 02/17/14   filed under: Fall/Winter 2014, New York Fashion Week

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The outer boroughs aren’t your typical New York Fashion Week destination. Yet like a 21st-century Pied Paper, Alexander Wang drew the fashion cavalcade from its Lincoln Center outpost to the Brooklyn Navy Yard for his Fall/Winter 2014 show. That wasn’t the only trick the designer had up his sleeve. Inside the Duggal Greenhouse, Wang also trotted out all-black outfits that bloomed neon hues under strategic blasts of warm, vented air. We may never know how Wang, who is also the creative director of Balenciaga, achieved his first miracle. The second, on the other hand, is more discernible: thermochromic fabrics that change color in response to temperature.

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Jane Goodall: Prince William Wants Buckingham Palace Ivory Destroyed

by , 02/17/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion News

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Prince William isn’t a fan of ivory. The Duke of Cambridge, who recently attended the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London with his father, Prince Charles, and brother, Prince Harry, told primatologist Jane Goodall that he would “like to see all the ivory owned by Buckingham Palace destroyed,” according to the Independent on Sunday. Conservationists, who are hailing the statement as “extremely significant” in the fight against elephant poaching, say that such a move would send a “powerful message” to illegal traffickers. “It’s difficult to imagine a stronger symbol of the horrors of ivory than Buckingham Palace publicly destroying its own,” said Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith. “Good for Prince William for pushing this.”

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CuteCircuit Brings Wearable Technology to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

by , 02/14/14   filed under: Fall/Winter 2014, New York Fashion Week

 

Wear: A Directional Microphone Necklace That Improves Hearing

by , 02/14/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Wear is a new directional microphone necklace designed for those with hearing loss as a way to improve the quality of conversations. The wearable device is part fashion accessory as well as hearing aid alternative that amplifies and clarifies sounds captured within a 6 ft radius. Completely rechargeable, users of Wear simply plug in ear plugs to the device for perfect analogue sound to enjoy conversation in noisy environments.

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Modu Borrows From the Boys at Fall 2014 Launch NYC Fashion Week

by , 02/14/14   filed under: Fall/Winter 2014, New York Fashion Week

 

Mimi NY Turns Antique Textiles Into Couture at Launch NYC Fashion Week

by , 02/13/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Dresses, New York Fashion Week, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Cabela's Color-Changing Camouflage Lets Soldiers Match Surroundings

by , 02/13/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Camouflage is a big deal when you’re out traipsing through the woods bird watching, or hunting. Year-round hunters likely have a wide variety of styles and colors to match the season, but now Cabela’s has developed a line of color-changing camo with temperature-activated dyes. In warmer temperatures, the ColorPhase clothes show brighter, greener patterns, while in cooler temperatures the camo is browner to match winter surroundings. This means one set of camouflage can work all year long reducing the need for more clothes.

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Get the Perfect Valentine's Day Look, Plus Win an EcoTools Glamour Kit!

Get the Perfect Valentine's Day Look, Plus Win an EcoTools Glamour Kit!

We’ll announce the winner in our newsletter on Wednesday, February 19. The deadline to enter is 12 midnight ET on Tuesday, February 18, so ENTER NOW for a chance to win! ABOUT…

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Vivienne Westwood Designs Eco-Friendly Wedding Gown for Miss Piggy

Vivienne Westwood Designs Eco-Friendly Wedding Gown for Miss Piggy

Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog might be tying the knot, again. Like a barnyard Liz and Dick, the on-again, off-again couple have been married before—at least twice on The Muppet Show…

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Heart & Noble's Laser-Cut Jewelry Punches Up Launch NY Fashion Week

Heart & Noble's Laser-Cut Jewelry Punches Up Launch NY Fashion Week

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Vaunt & Sol is an Artist's Palette at Fall 2014 Launch NYC Fashion Week

Vaunt & Sol is an Artist's Palette at Fall 2014 Launch NYC Fashion Week

ARTIST’S STUDIO “Every single material has some story to it,” said Nicole Vaunt and Najva Sol told Ecouterre after the show. The duo favors mostly bio-based fabrics…

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Abacaxi Brings the Himalayan Desert to Launch NYC Fashion Week

Abacaxi Brings the Himalayan Desert to Launch NYC Fashion Week

DESERT CACTUS For her Fall/Winter 2014 collection, designer Sheena Sood drew from the Himalayan desert of Ladakh for inspiration. Evoking the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist monasteries she saw…

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Organic by John Patrick Shoots for the Moon at Fall 2014 NY Fashion Week

Organic by John Patrick Shoots for the Moon at Fall 2014 NY Fashion Week

Over the years we’ve seen designer Organic by John Patrick channel everything from urban traipses through Manhattan’s East Village to 19th century British photographs. This…

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Alexander Wang's "P6" Beanie Fights Discrimination at Sochi Olympics

Alexander Wang's "P6" Beanie Fights Discrimination at Sochi Olympics

Alexander Wang is not taking Russia’s anti-gay laws sitting down. The designer has launched the sale of a new beanie supporting the Principle 6 campaign, which encourages Olympic…

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George Clooney, Chris Martin Join Vivienne Westwood's "Save the Arctic" Campaign

George Clooney, Chris Martin Join Vivienne Westwood's "Save the Arctic" Campaign

SAVE THE ARCTIC Westwood’s latest initiative, shot by award-winning photographer Andy Gotts, is an example of her shifting priorities. “The status quo will kill us,”…

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Pharrell, G-Star Raw Create Denim Made From Recycled Ocean Plastic

Pharrell, G-Star Raw Create Denim Made From Recycled Ocean Plastic

RAW FOR THE OCEANS “Working with G-Star was an obvious choice, because they have a legacy of pushing the boundaries of fashion and denim forward,” Williams said.…

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