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I apologize for all the fashion talk lately, but it’s that time of year–it’s New York Fashion Week and anorexia and glamour are in the air.
I’m not very much into that scene, but with a little bit of savvy networking, I managed to score a ticket to the Greenshows on Friday morning at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. (This little blogger is growing up!) That’s how I found myself waiting in line outside the Box, a room in the tents at Lincoln Center, where contemporary ethical designers were showing their autumn/winter 2012 ready-to-wear lines.
The Box is not for runway shows, as my friend warned me. It’s just models standing around on podiums, looking bored, until a photographer stops in front of them. They they perk up and give a good fierce face. It’s sort of fun.
While we waited to get in, a fashion consultant popped by to talk to my friend, and it was clear she wasn’t really familiar with the sustainable design scene. “Oh, I’m here for the Concept Korea show. Wait, what’s this? Oh, the Greenshows. Cool, yeah. That’s what I’m here for.”
I got the impression everyone there was just killing time before the big names, seeing what was around. And that’s cool, because I guess that’s what Greenshows is for: to show all the cool stuff that sustainable designers do to people who have no idea. But for me? No way man, I know this shit.
Rewind to Friday morning, as I pawed through my closet looking for an appropriate outfit. I wanted to wear something eco-friendly, yet good enough for NYFW. So I pulled out my favorite pair of The Battalion pocket leggings, a Study NY cropped, cotton sleeveless top, a Theory cropped jacket (not eco-friendly, but a classic), wrapped a Peace Treaty scarf around my neck, and topped it off with an H. Fredrikkson upcycled gray tweed cape. All my gear–the camera, pen, card carrying case, phone, etc.–went into my new, made-in-NYC, upcycled leather and tapestry purse with fair trade ikat lining. Satisfied that I was repping the eco community and didn’t look completely embarrassing, I gave myself a cat eye with tarte eyeliner, applied Afterglow lipstick, and headed out the door.
As soon as I walked inside the box, I found myself in front of an H. Fredrikkson model who was wearing my cape, but in a brown wool. Here’s what I’m wondering: Are fashion shows kind of like marathons? As in, it’s such a faux pas to wear the race shirt the day of the race. So is it a a similar faux pas to stand in front of a model and take her picture, to realize you are wearing the exact same pants? I mean, not that anyone could tell. They look a wee bit different on a professional model. I’m 5’2. On a good day. I’ll just, you know, take it as a sign of my impeccable taste.
But it left me scratching my head a bit. Are these designers not turning out anything new for this fall? Some of it looked really familiar, especially the plaid Study NY cape. I was worried someone would look at my stuff and realize it was so last season. Nope, looks like it’s next season too! Well, that’s sustainable right? Not running out to buy something new every season is fine by me.
Alright, let’s get to the goodies. Here are the the pictures from the show:
Bamboo By United Bamboo
Bamboo By United Bamboo
Not pictured: Luis Valenzuela, Victoria Simes jewelry, Natalie Frigo jewelry, Nettie Kent jewelry, Ursa Major Collection jewelry, East Fourth Street jewelry, Shannon South Remade in the USA handbags, Collina Strada handbags.
Jewelry: it is the paradox of fashion. It’s so precious, yet so toxic. It’s beauty is ripped out of the earth, leaving behind gaping scars, conflict, and disenfranchised villages and towns. Why does something that confers such status have to have this legacy?
If there is any portion of wardrobe to which you should give serious thought, it is your jewelry. Not only does your decision confer a huge impact on communities around the world, it is also not one that you usually take lightly, making it ripe for thoughtful exploration of all the issues.
Perhaps you should consider Bario-Neal next time you crave something sparkly and precious to put on your finger and in your ears.
From their website: “Bario-Neal jewelry is handcrafted in Philadelphia with reclaimed precious metals; ethically-sourced stones; and low-impact, environmentally conscious practices.” You can learn more about how they source gems, diamonds, and metals at their website. A quick summary is that they put thought and care into every component to make sure it is recycled, or has a pedigree free from conflict and environmental degradation.
Beyond that, the jewelry itself is exquisite. The lines are modern, humble, and have an organic quality to them. They have ready to wear pieces, as well as custom-made designs. (I’m tucking their info away for the day I need an engagement ring!)
I love their molar earrings. So cheeky, classy and subtle:
(Please excuse the quality of the photographs. I’m working on improving my photography skills.)
Voila, BTC Elements (BTC stands for Be The Change) a cute store of lovely made-in-the-USA jewelry.
BTC Elements was founded in 2005 by Summer Bowen, a lifelong environmentalist who worked in the fashion industry while studying environmental education and social justice at UC Berkeley.
Each item we select for our boutique is made with materials that are ecologically friendly. Our natural products are either third-party certified organic or made from a plant that does not require the use of pesticides. In addition, many of our designs are created out of recycled or reused materials. Our detailed product descriptions give you information about what the item is made from and where it was manufactured. We also keep the life of the product in mind, selecting well-made items that will last a good long life in your closet or home.
You can find out more about their detailed sourcing policy, philanthropy and other admirable info on their website. (The more detailed the information given by a sustainable company, the better!)
They are having a sale of 20% off until tomorrow, so get cracking!