The GreenShows at Bloomingdale's, Luis Valenzuala at Swarovski, and More (Photos)


Designer Suzanne Rae at the GreenShows at Bloomgdale's. Photo: Emma Grady
The GreenShows Spring Ecolux Designer Pop-up Shop at Bloomingdale's SoHo is in full swing and today's your last chance--for now at least--to shop the collections of some of our favorite ethical fashion and accessory designers, including STUDY NY by Tara St James, Samantha Pleet, Suzanne Rae, and more.

On Thursday, I got an exclusive first-look at a VIP reception celebrating the pop-up. I also got a tour by designer Luis Valenzuela's one-of-a-kind dresses on display across the street at Swarovski. Read on for interviews, photos, and more.
Bloomgdale's SoHo windows. Photo: Emma Grady

I met designer Luis Valenzuela when I interviewed him back stage at his show in September. I summed up his collection as such: "If Marie Antoinette were into eco-couture her gowns would look something like Luis Valenzuela's 18th century-style collection."


Luis Valenzuala's work on display at Swarovski. Photo: Emma Grady

I arrived promptly at Bloomingdale's SoHo and before heading up the fifth floor, Valenzuela brought me across the street to show me his collection on display at Swarovski.


Photo: Emma Grady

The designer incorporated classic Swarovski elements into his elaborate garments, which are made with recycled materials, and created zero-waste neck pieces made with the remnant materials from past designs.


Photo: Emma Grady

The neck pieces are much more wearable than his artful fashion designs and offer a way for more consumers to interact with and wear his designs; they're currently available at Swarovski, prices start at $100 and go up to $3,000 for custom pieces. He's in discussions to bring the neck pieces to a mainstream audience. Valenzuala's designs will be on display at Swarovski's New York concept store until April 30.


Bloomgdale's SoHo windows. Photo: Emma Grady

Next stop: Bloomingdale's SoHo, which was packed with designers, media, special guests, and many familiar faces. I covered most of the collections during New York Fashion Week in September and it was nice to see them in a retail setting, as opposed to on the runway.

I was impressed with how easily the collections fit in at Bloomingdale's; it's disappointing that they're only available there until the end of day today, I think it should become a permanent part of Bloomingdale's.


Bloomgdale's SoHo windows. Photo: Emma Grady

I spoke with Bloomingdale's SoHo general manager Mark Tomlin who is confident that the collections will be well received by buyers, associates and customers. I applaud him and The GreenShows for making the event possible and asked Tomlin to speak to the motivating force behind the pop-up shop. He does so, below.

I don't think there can be a fashion of the future without being conscious of our environment, how things are made, who makes them and how they're being made.

I'm sensing that the trends to come are going to include eco fashion and I'm happy that in our store, we're able to be on the ground level of introducing it and causing an awareness and having some fun with it.

I look forward to seeing what Bloomingdale's does next. Visit The GreenShows and Swarovski for special events and details.

Have you made it to the Bloomingdale's pop-up shop? What did you think? Tell us in the comment section, below.

Also a stylist and the founder of PastFashionFuture.com, Emma Grady is the resident fashion expert at TreeHugger.com. Find her on Facebook and Twitter.
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