NY Fashion Week came and went as fast as the I'm Not a Plastic Bag fad, bringing with it a mixed tote of eco-style preview parties, cause-related events and enlightening exhibits. Descending upon the sustainable scene were runways touting eco-friendly fabrics, socially conscious brands and the latest and greatest in what we can expect to be the next green fashion trends.
However, 'Huggers have a knack for spotting a splashy fleeting fad from a green mile away. Here are five well-crafted and eco-conscious sustainable favorites we think are here to stay:Edun's Menswear: Organic Cotton Tees and Classic Denim Jeans
Green guys, gather 'round. You can enjoy giving to a good cause and feeling like a rocker/naturalist in Charles Darwin-inspired organic tees and classic denim jeans from Edun's Spring/Summer 2009 collection. Edun mixes edgy, euro-punk style with its back-to-the-land African roots giving the line an almost poetic, old world feel. In my own personal opinion, the "I-didn't-try-so-hard/just-rolled-outta-bed" jeans and a tee look never looks hotter—or goes out of style.
Melissa Kirgan's Deep Waters Organic Hemp Halter Gown
As fellow eco-fashionista Blythe points out, it's not at all a classic, cookie-cut dress but I'd like to think it is elegant enough to last beyond a season. The provocative, mid-section cut outs may seem trendy but I had bathing suits like this as a kid and I've since seen this style make consistent come-backs. This sexy halter gown is made from naturally dyed organic hemp gauze and embellished with hemp crochet, vintage buttons and shell.
Blythe first spotted this sexy silouhette at Eko-Laboratives Organic and Fair-made Sustainable Fashion 2009 Exhibit. What caught her eco-eye? Here's what she had to say:
I think the coloring in this dress is striking, and I love that it's all from natural dyes--indigo comes from a plant and the exhibit's program says that Cochineal is a "scale insect that feeds on the Nopal cactus in arid areas of Mexico, Peru, Chile, and the Canary Islands." I'm also a little obsessed with the sliced glass bottle necklace and its color--I love how something we see all the time, like a glass bottle, can look so different and chic when it's re-used.
Amen, to that!
Ralph Rucci's Structured Recycled Raffia Jacket
Supermodel Alek Wek
Image credit: Starre Vartan
Hot off the Be EcoChic runway, our intern, Emma, fell hard for this yellow over-sized coat calling it a "great staple for fall" and something that can "transform any ordinary outfit into a classic and timeless look." The jacket is made from recycled raffia-a renewable natural fiber originating from palm trees. What's not to love about a sustainable staple that can update your wardrobe? We also liked that supermodel Alek Wek was seen carrying her own purse from her new eco-bag collection, wek1933.
Doucette Duvall's Little Green Dress
Doucettle Duvall's Spring 2009 line is a sustainable slice of Americana with nostalgic, flirty and fun '50's-inspired pieces. Made up of 50% reclaimed fabrics and trim like gingham and silk wool, the collection proves that vintage can always look and feel modern.
A New Do-Gooder Do from Aveda
Maybe you hate NY fashion week, fashion or simply aren't in need of replenishing your eco-closet. But, maybe, just maybe you are looking to go from green and feelin' grungy to green and gorgeous. One of the easiest, modestly cheap and greener ways to update your look is with a hair cut. We are in favor of Aveda's earth-friendly efforts and more inspired than ever to support them since the launch of their Kick the Cap campaign, which helps keep un-recyclable bottle caps out of our stressed out oceans. Seek out their services at an Aveda salon near you.
More on Eco-Friendly Fashion at New York Fashion Week:
Bjork Would Love Hessnatur by Miguel Andover
Aveda Kicks the Cap Out of the Oceans
Be Eco Chic Campaign Goes Glam for New York Fashion Week
Fashion Brand Preen Goes Green Backstage and Beyond
Unique Designs Make a Splash at Eko-Laborative