Dame Vivienne Westwood Says That "Fashion is a Terrible Thing"

by , 06/09/14   filed under: Quotes, Vivienne Westwood

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“There are signs in my shops that say ‘buy less, choose well, make it last.’ I agree, fashion is a terrible thing, it’s all about tempting to buy. But [consumers] should buy less. [On the other hand,] fashion gives me a voice, it gives me prestige. It’s another reason why I don’t retire, don’t close the company and give up.

Business is good. If anything, I want to reduce my product range, to concentrate on quality rather than quantity. I might have to put up prices and see what happens.

I don’t know when the human race will disappear, but right now I know it’s inevitable…If temperatures go up 5 percent, as they’re predicted to, everything below this line, the world below Paris, will be uninhabitable. The heat will be unimaginable. No one will help each other, there will be war…I’m not very optimistic about the future of the human race. I wish I was, but I’m not.”

—British designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, speaking to journalist Chris Blackhurst in the June 8, 2014 edition of The Independent.

 

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Supermodel Lily Cole, Veja Collaborate on Rainforest-Friendly Sneakers

by , 06/06/14   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Shoes, Fair Trade, Fashion Philanthropy

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If anyone knows how to walk the walk, it’s Lily Cole. The British supermodel, actress, and environmentalist has crossed ankles with French ethical footwear label Veja to create a capsule collection of sneakers. Her goal? To raise awareness of wild Amazonian rubber, a renewable material that can provide locals with a source of income without damaging or cutting down trees. Cole, who serves as ambassador for Sky Rainforest Rescue, a partnership between the World Wildlife Fund and the Sky Broadcasting Group to protect one billion trees in the Amazon rainforest, designed a print inspired by the fragility, strength, and vulnerability of the rainforest ecosystem.

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NASA's "ForceShoe" Helps Astronauts Maintain Bone, Muscle Health

by , 06/06/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Let’s first agree that there is no need to worry about fashion while you’re in space. With that said, NASA has come up with a pair of high-tech, but ugly sandals that can measure forces put on the astronauts while in zero gravity in space. The ForceShoe will help scientists understand the effects of gravity, the astronaut’s current exercise regimen on the International Space Station and how they can improve workouts to ensure they retain muscle mass and bone density.

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The Hague's Humanity House Hosts "Fair Fashion Lab"

by , 06/05/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Events

 

Jazz Up an Old Tank Top With These Easy Embellishments (DIY Tutorial)

by , 06/04/14   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion

 

Archaeologists Discover World's Oldest Pants, Worn 3,300 Years Ago

by , 06/04/14   filed under: Fashion Artifacts

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The excavated remains of two trouser-clad men from the primeval Yanghai tombs in western China suggests that ancient nomadic herders put their pants on just like the rest of us: one leg at a time. Dated to between 3,300 and 3,000 years ago, or somewhere around the 13th and 10th centuries B.C., the woolen pants are the oldest-known examples of the garment, according to Ulrike Beck and Mayke Wagner of the German Archaeological Institute. Despite their age, the bygone breeches share an uncanny resemblance to modern riding pants, with straight-fitting legs; a wide, reinforced crotch; and patterned bands for adornment.

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Diane von Furstenberg, Net-a-Porter Collaborate With Google Glass

by , 06/03/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Friendly Eyewear, Wearable Technology

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Google Glass is about to get a significant boost in specs appeal, thanks to the efforts of legendary fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, who is creating five new frames and eight new shades for the augmented-reality eyewear. Available from June 23, the “DVF Made for Glass” collection will retail exclusively online at www.google.com/glass, as well as luxury e-tailer Net-a-Porter, which will sell a $1,700 prepackaged bundle that “includes Glass, a DVF optical frame, a sunglass style, a mono earbud and a case,” according to Women’s Wear Daily. Mr. Porter, Net-a-Porter’s menswear-focused counterpart, will offer a similar prepackage with Glass’s more-unisex “Titanium” collection.

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Atlanta Secondhand-Goods Store Parodies Pharrell Williams's "Happy"

by , 06/02/14   filed under: Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

Finally got Happy out of your head? Used Clothes Are Not Trashy, a cover of Pharrell Williams’s infections earworm by Atlanta’s Garson & Shaw, will keep you clapping along to the benefits of textile recycling for days. #sorrynotsorry

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Nike Unveils World's First 3D-Printed Performance Sports Bag

by , 06/02/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Bags, Wearable Technology

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Don’t count on getting your mitts on Nike Football’s “Rebento” duffel any time soon. The sportswear goliath only made three copies of the carryall, which it’s billing the world’s first three-dimensionally printed performance sports bag. Created exclusively for soccer stars Neymar Jr., Wayne Rooney, and Cristiano Ronaldo, who’ll be flashing the bag at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer, the Rebento features a flexible, “Flyknit”-esque laser-sintered nylon base, a seamlessly fitted premium leather upper, and custom gold hardware emblazoned with the respective player’s name.

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Droog's "Create Me Textile" is a Clothes-Mending Kit for the 21st Century

Droog's "Create Me Textile" is a Clothes-Mending Kit for the 21st Century

Droog wants repairing to be the new recycling. The Dutch design firm and the crafty ladies of Humade have devised a clothes-mending kit that turns every hole, tear, or stain into an…

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Regenesi, Dainese Upcycle Old Motorcycle Racing Suits Into Accessories

Regenesi, Dainese Upcycle Old Motorcycle Racing Suits Into Accessories

Feeling a need for speed? Get a danger-free rush from Regenesi’s recent collaboration with Dainese, an Italian firm that specializes in protective motorcycling gear. Unveiled at…

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Future Travelers Will Be Emailing Their Luggage to 3D-Printers

Future Travelers Will Be Emailing Their Luggage to 3D-Printers

FAREWELL TO CARRY-ONS With advances in three-dimensional printing, this future is already unfolding, says Kyttanen. Lost Luggage supplants the traditional “analog” suitcase…

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Humane Cosmetics Act Receives "Unprecedented" Corporate Support

Humane Cosmetics Act Receives "Unprecedented" Corporate Support

The Humane Cosmetics Act is inching closer to be a reality, as 133 cosmetics companies pledged their support this week. If passed, The Act, started by Representative Jim Moran, would…

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Bio-Based Lycra: Only Commercial Spandex Derived From Plants

Bio-Based Lycra: Only Commercial Spandex Derived From Plants

Photo by Shutterstock BIO-BASED LYCRA \’bī-(ˌ)ō-’bāst-’līkrô’\ n 1 a: Developed by Invista, a version of Lycra composed of at least 70 percent…

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Reformation Debuts Eco-Friendly Wedding Gowns, Bridesmaids' Dresses

Reformation Debuts Eco-Friendly Wedding Gowns, Bridesmaids' Dresses

HERE COMES THE BRIDE Comprising eight matrimonial-themed styles in seven colors and patterns, the range telegraphs a subtly sexy, urban-boho vibe that can only be characterized as…

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Bangladesh Garment-Factory Owners Threaten to Sue Inspection Agencies

Bangladesh Garment-Factory Owners Threaten to Sue Inspection Agencies

Photo by Shutterstock The owners of Bangladesh’s garment factories are threatening the Accord on Fire and Building Safety with legal action after claiming that closures for safety…

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Greenpeace "Red Cards" Adidas, Nike for Toxic World Cup Merchandise

Greenpeace "Red Cards" Adidas, Nike for Toxic World Cup Merchandise

Greenpeace is calling foul on Adidas, Nike, and Puma ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the first study to hone in on football kits, the environmental nonprofit uncovered high levels…

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Nail Salons of the Future Will Offer Wearable-Tech Manicures

Nail Salons of the Future Will Offer Wearable-Tech Manicures

No need to strap a smart watch on your wrist to track activity when you can embed all the necessary sensors on your nails. Integrated into you body, wearable tech nail devices could…

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