30 March 2011

Jonäno Walks For Japan and More!!

It may be hard to imagine, but what would a pre-teen award show, relief in Japan, and organic fashion have to do with one another??
In most normal circumstances the answer would be nothing, however, in happy news, the unusual mergence has resulted in Jonäno being named the official eco designer for the runaway and event, F.A.M.E Caring with Style “The Art & Spirit of Fashion”.
[Flashback: Jonano at LA Fashion Week for Spring 2011]

The event is brought to you by F.A.M.E Los Angeles and serves the purpose to provide great entertainment, but also as a way to fundraise for the victims of the Tsunami and Earthquake that hit Japan earlier this month.
Jonäno will be presenting their Fall 2011 line, “London”, which was previously highlighted here: http://ecocouture.blogspot.com/2011/02/i-see-london-i-see-fall-2011-fashion.html
The “Fashion Show for Charity” will be held inside the prestigious Hollywood Kodak Complex, immediately following the 2011 Kids Choice Award on this Saturday, April 2, 2011.
Kicking off at 6 PM, the fundraiser will be celebrating life as the festivities will continually entertain, including fashions shows, live DJ’s and performances, celebrities, swag bags and much more.

28 March 2011

The Art of Fashion

Parisian artist, Amylee has found a way to create sustainable fashion by combining fashion and art in her painting and drawing, fashion illustration, and collage.

Brightly colored canvases depict themes of women, film, and portraits, and inspired by vintage fashion with seventies wallpapers and prints.

Mixed media fashion as art combines plastic art pieces with couture.

For an up close and personal Amylee, visit the permanent exhibitions of her work:

  • Galerie NEEL - Paris 2, place des Vosges, 75004 Paris
  • Galerie NEEL - Cannes 3, rue du Commandant Vidal, 06400 Cannes

22 March 2011

Spring Ahead With The Latest Trends

Yesterday marked the first day of spring, so it is about that time to put the heavy coats, hats, and gloves away and opt for something much more appropriate. But before you go and reach for your box labeled “Spring Clothes” keep in mind that this season has taken a slightly different turn and instead you may have to reach for the box that is slightly deeper in your closet because this season has taken a time trip.
The ‘60s and ‘70s have made a comeback as designs looked more to the past for inspiration. From outerwear to shoes, and everything in between, look through your old photos, but be sure to only take the good out of the past because something’s should remain where they were left.

Look for spring jackets with an A-Shape that resemble those of the Mod look in the ‘60s. The design flares away from the hips providing a subtle cover up for anyone still working on their beach body. Pair the outfit with some vintage finds like ladylike watches and large stripped totes.

Give your body a break and slip out of the skinny jeans. Don’t get rid of them for good but simply take the opportunity to easily step into some flare-leg jeans, preferably high-waisted ones. Wear these with some other in style pieces like wedge heels and oversized bangles.

As usual don’t be afraid to add color or even some prints, but don’t be surprised if you see more soft colors and nude pallets. Look for some more low-key colors as opposed to always going for the bright, vibrant options. Let your accessories stand out for you.

Overall, for the next few months take the time to enjoy the comfy look that is in this season. Gone are the body-hugging dresses and six inch heels. But as I always say style is in the eye of the beholder and never let what is “in” for that season dictate your whole style. Trends are merely suggestions and it is up for you to take your own originality and play around with some old faves and new finds.

12 March 2011

Basement Paintings - Neil Callander Exhibition Opening at Goose Barnacle in Brooklyn

I love to meet folks that have a similar wanderlust and love for unique yet timeless design. I'm just back from a trip to beautiful Burgos, Spain where I met David Alperin, Founder/Owner of Goose Barnacle, NYC's top rated men's specialty store.

I was impressed by GBs "store as gallery" concept; the curated shop carries Svensson, Sebago and Naked & Famous. GB doubles as an art gallery, whether it be art, clothing or handcrafted jewelry.

The shop will be hosting their Spring art opening to coincide with the seasons new apparel debut. Goose Barnacle debuts next Friday March 18, 2011, “Basement Paintings” by Neil Callander.

Described as a still-life series, “Basement Paintings” reveals objects designed for human intimacy, reflecting years of human contact. The name Goose Barnacle harkens back to Alperin’s Spanish roots, referring to a beloved Northern Spain shellfish delicacy his grandmother served him growing up.

06 March 2011

Green Celebrities Celebrate Oscars

In lieu of The Academy Awards last weekend, celebrities walked the red carpet while wearing green, celebrating Global Green USA’s 8th Annual Pre-Oscar party. The party was held to help raise support and awareness for Global Green’s initiative to fight climate change.
Izabella Miko

Celebrities that have attended the “organic” event, many have been A-list stars, some previous Oscar winners and some who were apart of the festivities this year. Among the guest list included, Academy-Award-winning director James Cameron and wife Suzy Amis Cameron, Dennis Haysbert, Elisabeth Rohm, Enrique Murciano, James Van Der Beek, Frances Fisher, Alison Brie, as well as Oscar nominee Lucy Walker.
As much as the party is for the goal of finding alternative solutions to climate change, fashion was at the forefront, as celebrities took the evening to show off some of their best versions of “ecoCouture”.
Global Green CEO, Matt Peterson with Guest

Global Green CEO, Matt Peterson, stepped out wearing a sleek black eco-tux where some of the design was recycled audio cassettes. Fellow guest Daphne Zuniga chose a vintage, sustainable, red, one-should cocktail dress. Actress Izabella Miko, an avid eco-conscious celeb, did not disappoint in an organic, body fitting red dress designed by a local LA designer.
Daphne Zuniga

Suzy Amis Cameron, wife of Avatar director James Cameron, spoke on the importance of green fashion and named London-based designer Samata Angel the winner of the second annual competition, Red Carpet Green Dress Imitative.
Suzy Amis Cameron, James Cameron, Samata Angel and Model

The night wrapped up with celebrities preparing for the Oscar festivities, but one thing is certain, I always love seeing any celebs support causes merely for their own personal gain as opposed to trying to create a media frenzy.
Whatever the case, much can be said about any award ceremony that rings in the celebrations in such a “green” hot way!