Portland Fashion Week Spring 2010: Suzabelle and Sweet Skins (Video) - Part 1


Suzabelle (left, middle) and Sweet Skins (right) at Portland Fashion Week Spring 2010. Credit: Ed Kavishe / Fashion Wire Press
Portland Fashion Week (PFW) is the place to be for west coast eco-fashionistas. Thanks to PFW videos, we're highlighting what's good in Oregon's green fashion scene. From Mira Fannin's designs for Sweet Skins -- made with with hemp, organic cotton and wool, low impact dyes, and recycled fabrics -- to Suzabelle's sweatshop-free clothing; spring 2010 fashion looks like high-waisted shorts, belted waists, black-and-white-striped dresses, and more ethically-conscious trends. Click through for our videos of the runways shows.

Portland Fashion Week Low Impact Production


Much like New York Fashion Week's GreenShows, PFW is not only showcasing fair-trade designers and sustainable labels, but the production plans to be low impact as well -- organic food and wine served in biodegradable cups and plates, natural beauty and styling products on models, organic cotton swag bags, printing on 100% recycled paper, a runway made of recycled plastic bottles, staging made with sustainably harvested wood, LED lighting, all at a LEED Gold-certified venue.

Sweet Skins by Mira Fannin

Sweet Skins at Portland Fashion Week Spring 2010. Credit Hybrid Moon via YouTube. Sweet Skins Clothing showed business casual floor-length dresses, denim jumpers, high-waisted shorts and pencil skirts, for Spring 2010. The Oregon-based brand works with hemp, organic cotton and wool, low impact dyes, and recycled fabrics to create their wearable designs, and all clothes are made in a garage turned sew shop by women. :: Sweet Skins

Suzabelle by Suzanne Jaberg

Suzabelle at Portland Fashion Week Spring 2010. Credit Hybrid Moon via YouTube.

Founded in 2005, Seattle-based Suzabelle is known for designing elegant coats. For spring they showed thigh-length variations of the "little black dress" with gold accents, black-and-white striped dresses -- with empire waists -- and bursts of teal and orange color dresses and skirts. All garments are made sweatshop-free and to offset production and transportation, the ethically-conscious company donates 5% of profits to Conservation International.:: Suzabelle.

Visit Portland Fashion Week for full coverage and keep tuned, later today we'll bring you Portland Fashion Week: Part 2.

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