Yesterday morning the CFDA hosted William McDonough, designer, advisor, and co-author of the manifesto Cradle to Cradle, for a “Beyond Sustainability: Designing for Abundance” talk.
Here are a few takeaways:
- Changing the way we see design is the first signal of human intension. First as the question: ‘Am I doing the right thing.’
- Start with your values not goals.
- Instead of focusing on creating ‘less bad’ focus on creating ‘more good’. Being ‘less bad’ is not being good.
- Ask- ‘How can you consider something to be beautiful if it’s poisoning us?’
- Design as if there is going to be a tomorrow
- Designers are the demand side, so demand something good from your suppliers. “You are the demand side. Demand something for a change!”
- Clothing is not a living organism “Don’t talk to me about the end of life of a dress. It’s not alive.”
- Regulation is a signal of design failure.
- When a supplier tell you ‘It can’t be done’ don’t take their word for it, say ‘Don’t tell me it can’t be done. Tell me you can’t do it, so I can go find someone who can.’
The fashion process can be transformed to do ‘more good’. With that in mind the The Cradle to Cradle program launched the Fashion Positive initiative in 2013, which applies Cradle to Cradle certification to transform the way fashion, textile materials, and products are made. The purpose of Fashion Positive is to support the fashion industry in an effort towards addressing the key challenges of toxicity, waste, energy, water and social fairness that are currently facing the fashion industry.
So when a supplier tells you “It can’t be done” you can turn to Fashion Positive and they will advise you on how you can create what you want as well as connect you with suppliers that can get it done for you.
For more on Fashion Positive click here.
We all know that black and white are elegant colors. Whether it’s stripes, color blocking, a fun print, or polka dots, combining these colors adds playfulness and a modern twist that works for the office, a night out, or a laid back weekend. Black and white add both simplicity and sophistication to any look.
Philadelphia based KNO is bringing the good old t-shirt back to America. From using Texas grown organic cotton, to manufacturing in North Carolina, and packaging in Philadelphia, every step supports the local economy and reduces environmental damage (no long transportation CO2 emissions or chemicals usage).
KNO is not just about selling t-shirts, they are working hard to end homelessness across the U.S. For every t-shirt they sell, they hand deliver a piece of clothing to someone on the street, and give funding to organizations working to stop homelessness.
They are in the home stretch of their Kickstarter campaign and TODAY is the last day. Check it out and help them reach their goal. Supporting them means supporting workers and communities around the country.
Today’s pick comes from Study. A take on the classic button-down shirt, this one has a button placket across the upper back which can be worn open or closed, dropped armholes, and no cuffs for a more relaxed feel. It’s great for the office or a weekend getaway. Made from 100% organic cotton in New York City. Get it here.
We love, love, love this sexy bra top from New York based Chromat. The crop is perfect for the coming warm weather and tan skin, and will add sexiness to any outfit. Wear it with a pleated high waisted skirt, soft colored blazer, and pumps. It’s made in New York City from perforated and solid soft leather panels. Get it here.
A shift top or blouse is one of the best fashion creations of all times. The near-elbow-length sleeve and boxy silhouette create a chic flattering and versatile look. The shift top is an elegant version of the beloved t-shirt. You can get away with a shift blouse and feel comfy yet fashionable, allowing for effortless sophistication.
The silhouette emerged during the fun of the 1960s and 1970s. The loose and billowy look allows for versatility and works well on different body types. Depending on the style, the neckline may be a sweetheart, deep oval, or boat neck.
The shift top can be worn with skinny jeans, leggings or shorts. However, the most popular way of wearing it is with a pencil skirt to show of a woman’s curves. When wearing a shift blouse with an embellished neckline, it’s better to skip the necklace. If you love accessories, go for a set of bracelets or long earrings.
Here are some styles and ideas for wearing a shift top.
This Daniel Silverstein top is made of 100% silk crepe. It was made using zero waste design technology and utilizes the full yardage of the fabric. A plain silk shirt like this one gives you lots of possibilities for accessorizing, from statement necklaces to beautiful headpieces. Get it here.
This sheer top by New York based Restore can be used in many possible ways. It can be a great addition to any outfit either casual or edgy. Think lots of colorful jewelry.
Curator is a line of clothing that uses mostly organic fabrics and is designed and produced in San Francisco. This print can be complimented with different types of pants or skirts in solid colors. The earthy color is also very trendy this season. Get it here.
This bohemian top by Oregon-based Portland Collection fits the spring trend of bright prints and mixed colors. It is a statement piece in itself, so there is no need for lots of jewelry, however a headband would definitely make the top stand out even more.
This Honest By printed top with short sleeves has side slits for a relaxed and edgy look. It can be paired with shorts and skinny pants for a perfect balanced look. It definitely has a unique look and will add flavor to any outfit. Get it here.
Spring is great time to play with fashion. If you haven’t worn a shift top then you must try it. If you are not into wearing just plain shirts then the shift top is just for you.
I love everything about fashion. I find pleasure in writing and sharing ideas about my passion for fashion. I enjoy fashion for what it is and how it looks and feels whether it is Chanel or a cool thing from a thrift store. I strongly believe there is a future in recycling and reusing fashion. My recent move to New York opens lots of opportunities and inspires me in ways I had never been inspired before. I am currently working at Kleinfeld Bridal and interning for the one and only Patricia Field who is one of the reasons I fell in love with fashion many years ago. I started out as a model and that gave me an idea of what fashion is. That turned into another adventure- styling and blogging. I love creating stories through styling. I am always open on new adventures. What’s next? Hopefully much more to come.blog: www.patinkasworld.blogspot.com fb: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Patinkas-World/344759968994803 instagram: patinkalh
In no time flowers will bloom and the bees will be a buzzing. Bees are awesome, and so is this handcrafted brass Martine Ali ‘killer bee’ bracelet. Bees are focused and hardworking creatures and you can channel some of their energy by wearing this bracelet. It’s intricate and striking and will add sophistication, but not flash to your arm. Truly an artist’s work. The only killer thing about this bracelet is how beautiful it is. Made in Brooklyn, New York. Get it here.
It’s officially the first day of Spring! Soon we’ll be putting down the winter gear and turning to lighter and brighter pieces. White is a beautiful transition color from winter to spring. We’re trading in snow for snow drops, white parkas, ski pants and heavy boots, for light kimono jackets, spring pants, and delicate heels. And in another few weeks or so, as the trees begin to bloom we’ll be wearing white dresses and shorts.
The Start Up Playbook is for anyone starting or thinking about starting a business and seeking advise. In the book, some of the most successful entrepreneurs like Reid Hoffman from LinkedIn, Tony Hsieh form Zappos, and Kevin Ryan from Gilt, give to the point advice from their ‘playbooks’ on aspects like marketing, hiring, customer development, leadership, product development, and failure. Our favorite ‘playbook’ was Spanx’s founder Sara Blakely. Get the book here.
By Jadea Fields
Wear We Wander is a fashion destination for the bad-ass bohemian women who push the limits and live outside the boundaries. The Ireland based company started by Brownyn Connolly offers a unique selection of clothing and accessories to spice up any wardrobe. This clothing line is for the wanderers, the dreamers the doers, the lovers, the adventurers, the broken, and the lovely.
“Funny how a complete stranger can make you realizes something,” says Connolly who decided to pursue her fashion dream after meeting a graphologist in Central Park who analyzed her handwriting style. The graphologist told Connolly she was very creative and that “fashion and passion are deeply seated in my mind and that my profession at the time would eventually suffocate me.” After traveling for almost a year and gathering inspiration she ended up in Bali where her idea truly began to take shape.
Connolly has infused sustainable practices throughout her company. Instead of producing clothing in a traditional factory susceptible to poor working conditions, she opted for working with a seamstress she met while traveling to Bali, who works out of her home and pays her staff fairly. The company uses no plastic in the packaging and this year they are introducing a ‘Re-Work It’ line of clothing that takes vintage jeans and turns them into skirts and shorts.
Starting Wear We Wander hasn’t been easy for Connolly, but her advise to anyone wanting to start their own business is to go for it. “ It won’t just fall in your lap” says Connolly, “You have to take risks, be prepared to be broke, work long hours, take knock backs, sacrifice your social life, have sleepless nights & long days, and be willing to put in the work in.”
To shop Wear We Wander click here.
About Jadea Fields
I recently graduated in the field of Fashion Merchandising and Buying at Nassau Community College, but fell in love with writing along the way. Adventure is my middle name, I enjoy trying new activities the biggest one yet being skydiving two years ago. I believe that once you put your mind to it you will achieve anything.
by Claudia Camille Khoury
The formulation of a perfect day-to-night outfit is never an easy task, especially if you’re a college student that lives in a diverse, fast-paced environment. As a student at Columbia University, my typical day involves walking (or sprinting) to/from classes located several blocks away from each other, maximizing my free time by studying in the library, attending sorority chapter meetings, and going for dinner to catch up with friends. With spring approaching, it is essential for all university students to have their go-to outfit that will keep them both fashionable and appropriately dressed for all stages of their day.
The Day-to-Night Weekday Outfit
This spring, floral prints and loose, unfitted pants are coming back on the radar. Floral prints are easy to work with because they look simple and chic on any article of clothing. Whether it is a fitted floral blazer (Riverisland.com) with a basic tank top or a structured floral blouse (Stella McCartney), these pieces exude a sophisticated, feminine air that will give students the confidence to excel in classroom discussions to dinner conversations.
To complete the outfit, pair your desired floral piece with light blue boyfriend jeans, or if you’re feeling especially confident, flared jeans. Pants will allow you to move effortlessly from place to place and the flare will automatically make your outfit less predictable. Finish up your look with a pair of colorful sandals that have some sort of hardware or embellishment on them that makes them unique.
The Day-to-Night Weekend Outfit
From shirts to skirts to gowns, sparkle and shine are a spring must-have. For a stylish weekend getup, slip on an embellished, pastel dress that can be made casual with a simple jacket. An embellished dress will create a flirty and romantic vibe appropriate for the night-time, while the biker jacket will keep it grounded during the day.
About Claudia Camille Khoury
I currently attend Columbia University in NYC and am double majoring in Political Science and Latin American and Iberian Cultures. I am an active member of “Hoot”, my schools’ fashion magazine/blog, and have particularly loved interviewing teachers about their style for it. My father is from Beirut and my mother is from Paris, so I have grown up in a culturally diverse environment that influences my fashion – I like to juxtapose the sparkle that characterizes Lebanese attire with the simple vibe that distinguishes French wear. I have previously worked at Capelli New York, currently intern at Modabound and will be a wholesale intern at Max Mara this summer. I love being involved in fashion in any and every possible way –whether I am writing about current trends, organizing showrooms, styling others or simply dressing myself, I get a thrill from every single moment of it!
Bomber jackets are a definite spring trend. But if you are looking for a bomber jacket with less environmental baggage, look no further than Olga Road. The company takes used leather trench coats and upcycles them into modern bomber jackets.
The trench coats are first examined and sorted and any unique design features in the original coats are incorporated into the new jacket. Each jacket is an original. You can get them here.