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21 Dec

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Commuun Paris Runway Show F/W ’11

13 Mar

By Paige Donner

Commuun is one of the few Designer labels showing in Paris regularly who sport an ethical fashion approach. And like their famous colleague (Stella) their front foot is on design with their inspiration derived from nature, a respect they carry forward into their fashion designs from collection to collection.

When asked backstage what is the one constant in their collections, Iku Furudate and Kaito Hori responded that sourcing organic textiles is one of their trademarks for their collections. This year’s runway shows in Paris saw a lot of sheers, material that Commuun often uses in their collections.

Many of the fashion label’s fans at this year’s runway show in Paris held on March 7th agreed that this year’s collection bears witness to the design duo’s maturation and growth into their world-class label. Some of the textiles they used – all organically sourced – included an inversed velvet. The pops of color in the collection, too, are nature inspired and their name has nothing to do with “common” but rather references the concepts of community, communion and communication.

All photos by Paige Donner, Copyright Paige Donner

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All photos by Paige Donner, Copyright Paige Donner

The NY trained, Tokyo originating design duo of Iku Furudate and Kaito Hori launched their label in 2005 which is also when they first began showing in Paris. In 2007 they won the LVMH and Longchamp ANDAM prizes.

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Paige Donner is Founder and Ed. In Chief of Greening Beauty and Greening Hollywood as well as The Green Blog Network.

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Paris Soldes Offers Organic Goods

16 Jan

Reprinted from: Paris Seen By

Stylist Nathalie Garçon, the ambassador for Paris, Shopping and fashion capital,has a chic, ethnic style full of colour. Having discovered her love of fashion in Cannes, where she is originally from, she now considers herself 100% Parisian and tells us all about “her” capital.

Parisian by adoption for 30 years, you know the capital better than many of its citizens. If you had to persuade someone to visit for the first time, what would you say to them?

N.G.: It’s the most varied and disconcerting city I know, with such a classic air. It’s constantly changing with the times; a capital that manages the ultimate mixture of a rich historic past and the eclectic influence brought by a large influx of foreign visitors. But it’s also a dream city for any fashion lover!

If you were to spend 24 hours rediscovering Paris, in your own way, from breakfast to late evening, what would you choose to do?

N.G.: First of all, I’d have breakfast at Dalloyau in the 6th, with its view over the Luxembourg garden, followed by a walk and certainly a game of tennis in the “Luco”, which I absolutely adore. I’d then stroll around the surrounding streets for a bit of shopping, before stopping off around 11.45am, for a coffee at Flore, boulevard Saint-Germain, and a bit of people-watching. I’d then head towards the Musée du Quai-Branly to rediscover the collections of oceanic masks which is just as enjoyable each time I visit. Then it’d be off to Trocadéro, for a bit of a walk and to admire the Eiffel Tower; passing by the terrace at Carette, a hot spot for Parisians.

After that I’d go to the Marais district and get a Vélib; a quick stop along the lively rue de Bretagne for some organic fruit, and then I’d take a look around the Musée Picasso. I’d have lunch quite late on rue Charlot, in one of the little restaurants that have recently opened there, before continuing on to Drouot, where I’d hope to find something a bit unusual. At the end of the afternoon, a drink at the bar of the Meurice, before a trip to the theatre. Dinner at Cristal de Sel, a little bistro I love, one last drink at Mathis and finally to bed!

As an internationally renowned stylist, is Paris a source of inspiration?

N.G.: Paris instills into creators a subtle mixture of freedom, fantasy and elegance. But it’s also a multicultural capital, and so open to the entire world, making its influence both very Parisian and completely cosmopolitan at the same time.

Paris is continually evolving, with new boutiques, but also the opening of many palaces in the coming months. Do you think that this return to such grand luxury will breathe new life into the city?

N.G.: These palaces are both a reflection of a constantly changing world, and a strong sign of the end of the economic crisis. Paris is offering a large number of exceptional venues that will attract foreign visitors, many of whom may never have previously visited the city; they will also bring back visitors who are looking for high quality, up-market accommodation.

The elegance of Parisian women is often the envy of the world. But what do you think of Parisians, and what would you like to suggest to them?

N.G.: Definitely a bit more fantasy and freedom, both of which are fun. Men are definitely less favoured than women with regards to day-to-day fashion, as they’re still limited to a suit at work, but a simple accessory in a lively colour or elegant shoes would add a bit of creativity, making it less dull. And certainly more humour and lightness … And if their professional environment doesn’t allow them freedom with their clothes, my main advice would be to try and make a real effort at the weekend, rather than slouching around in jogging bottoms or other clothes that may very well make their own grandfathers blush!

You’re the ambassador for Paris, Shopping and fashion capital. For the “Soldes by Paris”, what advice can you offer to visitors and Parisians looking to make the most of the sales?

N.G.: The sales are always a chaotic time that merit a bit of practical preparation: good shoes (don’t wear them if they’re new!), clothes that are easy to take on and off in the changing rooms without a struggle …Then, you also need to make sure you avoid the well-known areas, as they get very busy. Go and discover new places during the sales with friends; and of course an outside opinion is always handy to avoid those shopping mistakes!

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The Detox Market pops up in Abbot Kinney, Venice, CA

6 Nov

The Detox Market is a collaborative pop-up store of hard-to-find, best-in-breed eco-friendly brands. Traveling from city to city the Detox Market introduces carefully screened green brands in Beauty, Fashion and Food to the consumer who wants to detoxify their body and living environment. Some of these brands are available for the first time in the US.

Did you know that state laws recommend that you dispose of nail polish in your city’s hazardous-waste collection department? You will find patented, water-based, truly safe, nontoxic nail polish at the Detox Market.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, Valérie Grandury realized it was time to completely detoxify her environment. This journey led her to becoming a health and wellness coach and creating Odacité, a skin care line offering freshly made organic formulations. “In my years of coaching clients through detox, I tested and searched for the best non-toxic products.

The choices were overwhelming, sometimes deceptive… I searched all over the world and in the end, I found only a handful of products that I felt confident using and recommending. I selected the best of their kind and I’m proud to showcase them at the Detox Market,” states Grandury.

Behind each brand stands a passionate green entrepreneur, whose life has been touched by personal challenges, creating a desire to craft products that promote health and wellness. Real people moving in a new direction based on zero toxins and minimal impact on our environment.

Acquarella A refreshing toxin-free evolution of nail polish has arrived.

Honoré des Prés, organic French perfumes, for the first time on the west coast, a real “coup de Coeur.”

Kide, Eco-luxury cosmetics from Finland. Available for the first time in the US. Pure natural based mineral foundations containing vitamins and antioxidants including green and white tea and diamonds for reflectivity and light. Packed in birch-wood boxes and wrapped in parchment.

Kusmi Detox tea, born in Russia, raised in Paris, the perfect blend of tea and herbs for slimming and detoxifying diets.

MatchaSource ancient Japanese premium matcha tea delivering a mega-dose of cancer-fighting EGCg in every serving.

Pure Provence, long-lasting, triple-milled, pure vegetable organic soaps crafted in the South of France using only the purest ingredients.

Rahua transformative hair care collection that marries an exclusive beauty extract found in the Amazon with luxurious organic ingredients. The collection is paraben, silicone and sulfate free and is 100% vegan.

Taza Chocolate the only producer of 100% stone ground, artisan organic chocolate in the US and seriously delicious. Minimal processing using only the best ingredients while compensating growers fairly for their work.

Odacité innovative organic skin care line, introducing the undeniable necessity of freshness to create effective products without the need of preservative or synthetic chemicals. Did you know that with time natural ingredients lose their antioxidants and vitamins, and thus their effectiveness?

“For small start-up brands like mine,” says Alissa White, Owner of Matcha Source a Detox Market participant, “This is an incredible opportunity to showcase my product in an affordable and urban setting alongside other likeminded companies. Being part of this group of distinguished brands brought together by Valerie is a rave endorsement.”

The first edition of the Detox Market opens November 1st through December 31st, on 1524 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA, 90291. “We want to welcome you and your families to a unique space and experience. Just come curious to discover our products and I am confident you will leave convinced,” says Grandury.

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Let Them Recycle!

21 Sep

Fighting Global Warming One Dress at a Time.

[Excerpted from Designed By Hollywood]… Hollywood Costume Designer Kresta Lins, has taken the discussion a little farther, and started a public campaign.

Her mission: To Green Hollywood One Costume At a Time.

Kresta’s green crusade started when she was writing green articles for the Costume Designers Guild newsletter. Her research for an article about recyclable materials in the costume department made her realize how much waste was never recycled due to the lack of information and proper systems for disposal.   But she didn’t stop there, Kresta took her mission to the next level, and created a dress “The Costume Department” dress, that would start a campaign that aims to educate and inspire the members of the entertainment industry to use less, recycle more and make Hollywood a greener industry.

Meet Kresta Lins, a costume designer with a mission to help Hollywood become greener by telling a story of recycling and sustainability through the art Sustainable Sirens 11-18of costume design.

MM –  Kresta, What motivated you to start on your mission?
KL – It all started with a link to the “LA City Department of Sanitation”, where I learned about the proper way to recycle and saw first hand how miss-informed I was about what can and can’t be recycled.  I’ve been working in the entertainment industry for over 12 years and the amount of paper and plastics we go through on a daily basis is shocking.  So much of what we use can be recycled but almost never gets disposed of correctly.

MM –  I know what you mean. As a Costume Designer myself, it bothers me the amount of trash we produce and although we try to recycle, sometimes I never know what to do with a lot of the waste. Why do you think Hollywood is not green enough?
KL – I think there is a disconnection between the people that organize the recycling systems and the actual execution of these systems.  Sometimes is as simple as not knowing where the recycle bins are, or not having the right information of what goes into which bin.  I think Hollywood wants to be greener, but there is a need for a department that coordinates the recycling program – green jobs so to speak, that helps the recycling process in the film industry with more PR and communication with the crew and employees.

MM – I can see that happening at some point.  So is that part of your mission, to green Hollywood?
KL – My main mission is to create awareness of what we could be doing to reduce waste and hopefully inspire folks to take action wherever they can.  That is why I created the first costume – The Costume Department dress.lethemrecycle

MM –  I love the dress you created, how did you come up with the idea?

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KL – A little after I wrote an article about recyclable materials in the costume department, as I was watching The Duchess for the 15th time, I realized that panniers look a lot like laundry baskets… “That’s it!” – The rest hit me like a bolt of lightning. My mind raced as I realized that my two greatest passions—costume design and recycling—could come together to make a difference.

So I started with what I know best, Costume Design, and the materials that we use in the costume department such as old scripts, shopping bags, and created the first dress after an 18th century, Marie Antoinette -style gown, entitled

“Let them Recycle!”

Cover_BackCov CDG spr09.inddAll the items used for the construction of the gown are recyclable materials.I used shopping bags, scripts, fashion magazines, hangers, laundry baskets, ink cartridges and dry cleaning bags.

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Each item was used to mimic the extravagance of the era, including a wig made of dry cleaning bags.recycle-detail3

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recycledetail1different colors are used as decoration as well as rosettes of recycled paper packaging and manila tags. The undergarments are also designed true to the period and incorporate a recycled denim corset and laundry basket panniers.

Once finished it was photographed and used for the cover of The Costume Designer magazine.Sustainable Sirens 11-18

MM – I heard the dress has been getting a lot of attention. What happened next?
KL – Since then, I teamed up with Lauren Selman, the founder of Reel Green Media, an environmental consulting company for the entertainment industry, and together we put together “The Sustainable Sirens” campaign project.

The project is designed around 6 costumes, each of them inspired by a different department in the film industry.  The first one is The Costume Department Dress – “Let them Recycle!” which has been in display in several boutiques and events around Los Angeles, and will soon be available as a poster.  My hope is that the poster will serve as an inspiration to use less and recycle more.kresta-w-corset

MM – So from concept to creation, what is your approach when you design one of these costumes?  How do you get inspired?
KL – I start by interviewing each department and asking them “What kind of waste do you produce in your department?”  Each department has different needs and therefore they consume different products.
For example the second dress of the campaign started by interviewing the Casting Department.  When I asked what kind of waste they produced, the answer was quite interesting; it was all about information disposal.  For example, CD’s, DVD’s head shot pictures, tons of scripts.  There were actually 3 towers of DVD’s that they were going to throw off.   So the concept emerged for the second costume entitled “Cast a Change”. The concept is a mermaid and the subject is e-waste and information disposal.   I won’t go into details now, because it’s not ready yet.  The “Cast a Change” costume will be done by the end of 2009, and you will be able to see it here at Designed by Hollywood.

MM – It seems that each dress has a story behind it doesn’t it?
KL – Yes, each dress has a story to tell about what choices we can make that are better for the environment.
When I became aware of what I could recycle, I reduced my trash to 50%, and I took those best practices to a show I just finished.  Yes it’s work, but it pays off at the end.Read Entire Article and Interview HERE

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One Noffs Upcycling

16 Sep

Prince William Supports One Noffs

We’ve written about companies who engage in upcycling to create scarves, bags, teddy bears, and more. Similarly, our latest spotting breathes new life into cast-off clothing, but adds a charitable twist. Launched by the Ted Noffs Foundation, Sydney-based One Noffs offers local aspiring fashion designers the opportunity to rework donated garments into one-of-a-kind designs, which are then sold to fund programs for disadvantaged kids.

The Ted Noffs Foundation concept store – One Noffs – is shouting out to all young and talented Sydney-based designers to come and show their creative flare. One Noffs is reinventing the idea of the cool thrift store. With a very LA feel about them, One Noffs is encouraging design students, designers and mums and dads from around Sydney to get involved.

Participants receive a big bag of pre-loved clothing which they have three weeks to remanufacture, either at home or on One Noffs’ in-store sewing machine. A section of the foundation’s second-hand stores will be dedicated to these one-off designs. Each designer receives 20 percent of the sale price and their bio is added to the item’s swing tag.

There’s nothing like one-of-a-kind designs to make consumers feel unique, but add stitch of upcycling, sew in a social cause element and the products become all the more desirable.

Website: www.noffs.org.au by: Gerard McLennan

Edun Rocks NY Fashion Plus Scenes From Paris Fashion Night Out

13 Sep

By Paige Donner

According to today’s International Herald Tribune, style section:

Edun’s diversity is built into the brand. The first convincing offering of a “green” wardrobe, this show featured inspirations from Africa, using the continent’s historic prints and beading, as well as more subtle touches, from the new designer Sharon Wauchob. Embracing African in America is just one of the ways that designers are widening their reach and their theatrical programs. – Suzy Menkes

What shouts a message louder than silence?  Nothing! Edun, oh by the way, is ENTIRELY ECO!

Ali Hewson, Creator and Founder of Edun

And now some scenes from last week’s Vogue Fashion Night Out a’ Paris!  Ooh La La!! What a tease for Paris Fashion Week.

Photos Courtesy Alexandra de Lapierre “Adelap”

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Angela Lindvall, Super Model, On NYC’s Green Fashion Week

13 Sep

Angela Lindvall with her two boys as featured in a British Vogue photo shoot.

By: Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

Exclusive Interview below. 

ES: Are you involved in the Green Shows?

Angela Lindvall: What is that?

 ES: The Green Shows are the eco-fashion shows that take place during New York Fashion Week.

Eco Fashion Highlights From N.Y. Green Fashion Week

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Angela Lindvall:I feel a little foolish that I don’t know more about who’s doing what. I’m not the type of girl who talks about clothes but from the point of view of what I believe in, it’s an opportunity to give credit to people who are doing great stuff. I have to check that out.

Angela Lindvall on the Victoria’s Secret catwalk, and featured in New York magazine above.

As a supermodel—and I mean that literally—Angela Lindvall has been a cover girl for Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and countless other big-fashion mags. Inside their pages, she’s the face of brands from Valentino to Missoni. I talked with the ecoista from her Los Angeles, CA home about becoming the new face of DKNY’s new Pure fragrance, which sources sustainable vanilla from a fair trade cooperative in Uganda, as well as the sticky subject of how she comes to terms with representing brands that might not reflect her personal ideals.

For the past 10 years, Angela has managed to bring a personal interest in sustainability to her professional life. After realizing that the mainstream media wasn’t talking about environmental issues, she founded the non-profit Collage Foundation, which uses the “you get more bees with honey” approach to stimulating awareness. “If you are coming in as a radical people aren’t going to respond very well,” she said. “But if you come from a place of inspiration and invitation you’ll get a much better response.”

Then the model/actress—she appeared in 2005’s “Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang”—co-hosted “Alter Eco” with Adrian Grenier. It might just very well have been her dream job if it didn’t involve working 13-hour days, six days a week, then modeling on weekends to make her mortgage payments. Oh, and she did her own hair, makeup and wardrobe—a challenge for Angela who admits, “I’m probably the least fashionable person. At home I’m in my jeans and tank top. If I shop it’s at vintage stores.”

But with DKNY Pure, an upcoming gig as the spokesperson for Biotherm’s new organic line and appointment to the founding board ofNational Resources Defense Council’s Clean by Design Initiative, the professional and the personal are truly beginning to align. “For so long, I felt like my fashion career was on one side [and] my passion and environmental endeavors were on the other side. It’s super exciting that they’re starting to collide,” she said. “It’s really exciting to believe in something that I represent.”

And no, the 31-year-old mother of two and former Victoria’s Secret catwalker doesn’t do runway anymore—“I don’t really have that Twiggy runway body anymore,” she said, “which I’m happy about.” But we might just see her at the Green Shows this season.


British Vogue

ES: You’ve been on countless magazine covers and ad campaigns, but our readers probably best know you from Planet Green’s “Alter Eco.” How did that come about?

Angela Lindvall: Very serendipitously, I must say. My girlfriend got a text message from a friend asking for music for the show. And she responded by saying you should feature my best friend Angela—it’s totally her world. We got a call five minutes later asking if I could meet Adrian that night. In my heart of hearts I knew that I would get it, but when I met Adrian he told me they had already picked a host. They had to convince the network—they met with the head of Planet Green and Discovery—and two weeks later we were shooting… Read Entire Article at EcoStiletto 

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Julia Roberts Eats, Prays and Loves in Calleen Cordero Cuffs

27 Aug

By Paige Donner

Exciting news! Julia Roberts is wearing Calleen Cordero’s signature “Mexico” cuff in  her feature film “Eat Pray Love”. Julia can also be seen wearing some of Calleen Cordero’s

handbags and footwear in the feature film www.imdb.com/title/tt1583420/” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”>Larry Crowne – an upcoming comedic drama directed by Tom Hanks. It stars Hanks and Julia Roberts and is scheduled to be released in 2011.

Below is a video clip of Lisa Edelstein’s appearance on Lopez Tonight wearing herCalleen Cordero “Onda” heels in Black Deep – Nickel. Lisa currently stars as Dr. Lisa Cuddy on Fox’s hit television show House and has become quite the fan of the collection! Watch below..

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