This dress, made from old computer wires, is by designer Tina Sparkles for the Keep Austin Beautiful Recycled Fashion Show. The “Project Runway” enthusiast in me thinks it looks awesome. But the practical side of me thinks constructing clothing that’s unwearable in the real world from repurposed “e-waste” isn’t really that green, considering how you are using resources like electricity while you make it. Sparkles calls the dress an “art project” and says it took her all summer to build. But lucky for us, she also has a book called Little Green Dresses with 50 far more practical patterns for re-used/recycled apparel. And if you’re interested in cutting back on your own “e-waste,” Sparkles offers more info on her website.
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Harvard Business School student Vivian Weng has had first-hand frustration with the fashion industry both as a consumer who pays high prices for clothing and as someone who has worked with designers who struggle to reach their target audiences. In an attempt to “democratize fashion,” she’s just launched FashionStake, a website that allows users to put a “stake” into an up-and-coming designer. How it works: Pre-order an item from an exclusive collection, or pledge $50 or $150 to the designer’s target fund. Once the goal is met, the designer creates the collection for the users, who get a $125 store credit and a 40 percent discount. There are also some extremely special VIP perks for people who invest certain amounts, including tickets to NYC Fashion Week, freebies, and lunch with the designer. FashionStake already has some recognizable names on their roster: The first designer is Nicholas K, followed by Lewis Cho, Aira, and Yotam Solomon. Keep reading »
I was coming to terms with my super oily skin, realizing that I’d always need blotting papers to keep the oil slicks at bay. But then I received some samples of Miracle Skin Transformer SPF 20, and my love/hate relationship with my skin became a complete love affair. Keep reading »
“Fashion clearly makes people feel good, but now it has to do the world good, too, by contributing to the creation of a virtuous circle, with nature protected at the centre … For [vintage fashion] is not only about an attraction for retro design and the charm of the old, it is very much about the future.”
—Prince Charles, extolling the virtues of dressing in vintage to Vogue magazine. We’re with him. As long as we don’t have to wear the same outfit Charlie’s wearing. [ABC] Keep reading »