From left: Jamie Foxx and Paris Hilton in Threads for Thought. Photos via Threads for Thought
Hot, red carpet green designers include Linda Loudermilk, Stella McCartney and Edun. With their silk bamboo blends and organic cotton voile, they’re sumptuous and sexy…but unless you have deep Gwyneth Paltrow style-pockets you probably can't afford them: These five eco clothing designers coveted by celebrities love reflect a slightly more realistic price point, while still maintaining that super stylish edge.
From left: Ludacris in Threads for Thought; Threads for Thought on American Idol. Photos via Threads for Thought
1. Threads for ThoughtsIt’s ironic that this self-dubbed "fashion for the rebel soul" could be so darn good. A portion of total sales of casual fashion label Threads for Thoughts goes to partners that include the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the International Rescue Committee (IRC), and ENOUGH, a project to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Each collection is inspired by three major issues: the environment, Africa, and world conflict. Did we mention that every über-cool tee is made with 100 percent certified organic cotton?
Celebrities Who Love Threads for Thought: Jamie Fox, Don Cheadle, John Norris, and Paris Hilton.
From left: Maggie Gyllenhaal in the Battalion; a selection from the Battalion AW07 collection. Photos via the Battalion
2. The BattalionSisters Linda and Chriss Wong create a slick, sophisticated brand of eco fashion with the Battalion. The duo uses fibers generated from organic crops, and 95 percent of raw material used in production is certified by Oeko-Tex, an independent certification company considered to be the most comprehensive in apparel. Fabrics include bamboo, organic cotton blends, and what the siblings dub cruelty-free "peace" silk. The Battalion strutted their stuff at the Fashionably Natural showcase of emerging eco-fashion designers that kicked off L.A.’s 2008 fall fashion week.
Celebrities Who Love the Battalion: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ashley Olsen, Tatyana Ali, Angela Lindvall, and Julie Delpy.
Photo left: Angela Lindvall in EcoSkin. Photo via WWD. Photo right: The EcoSkin spring 2009 collection. Photo via Eco Skin.
3. EcoSkinEcoSkin designer and owner Sandy Skinner creates colorful, "California-lifestyle" clothing from earth-friendly fabrics like bamboo. A big hit at the fall 2008 L.A. Fashion Week’s Green Initiative Runway Show, this one-year-old label pays close attention to every detail, from dye houses and manufacturing facilities to fair labor standards, all of which take place in the Los Angeles area. Understated and sensual, a piece from EcoSkin piece has the power to be an instant classic.
Celebrities Who Love It: Christina Applegate, Amy Smart, and Angela Lindvall.