NYC GF: “Sustainable or stylish? It doesn’t have to be one or the other.”
Thanks to fashion designer Eileen Fisher for sponsoring our sustainable fashion show, kicking off Day Two of the NYC Green Festival. Eileen Fisher’s new “Green Eileen” project recycles used Eileen Fisher clothing at stores across the country, and the company’s “&” (ampersand) line brings a new level of sustainability to fashion: made-in-the-USA items, organic cotton and fairly traded garments, and more. (Find more on green fashion from our recent Green American.) The Green Festival fashion show featured items from the & line modeled by green fashion writers, bloggers, designers, and activists:
Organic cotton dress and made-in-the-USA belt modeled by fashion editor Jasmin Malik Chua.
Fashion writer Amanda Cohen models made-in-NYC harem pants, that she has repurposed into a one-piece outfit. “Fashion media overlooks that you can recycle your clothing,” says Amanda. “You don’t always need to buy new.”
Designer Carrie Parry won the 2012 Eileen Fisher Business Grant for Women Entrepreneurs. She produces a line of clothing made from sustainably sourced fibers, and here models an organic cotton cashmere sweater and organic linen skirt.
Make-up artist Kristen Arnett models a made-in-NYC viscose jersey dress. She did all the models’ make-up for the fashion show, using all-natural products from Well People Cosmetics. “All kinds of toxic chemicals are in conventional make-up,” she says. “Make sure you’re looking at labels, and if you can’t pronounce it, that’s a good sign to avoid it.”
Jessica Moretti, a social enterprise consultant, models clothing from Eileen Fisher’s sustainable silk collection. She shares that she’s most excited about EF’s partnerships with worker cooperatives overseas.
Style expert and fashion writer Emma Grady models a crepe-de-chin skirt and top made in the USA. She emphasizes the use of vintage clothing and accessories in her style, saving resources and recycling old items into new.
Sass Brown of ecofashiontalk.com models brightly colored jeans made in Los Angeles at a factory that recycles its scraps into insulation.
Greta Eagen of fashionmegreen.com sums up this group’s approach: “Sustainability should be integral to design.”