Friday, January 18, 2008

Ebay + Dolce and Gabbana + Scissors = Sustainable Style

There is one thing that I always struggle with as an environmentalist - my interest in fashion and clothing design. I love, love, love Project Runway. I love, love, love fashion glossies (though I am trying not to buy them anymore - you know, all those trees and printing chemicals, etc. ). Last time I was visiting my parents, I watched hours and hours of Project Runway during a marathon special. (Unfortunately, other than that, I don't get to see it much because, well, I don't have a television. Yep, our television blew up - in a very impressive, sparkly kind of way - a few years ago and we just never replaced it. You can't imagine how productive I have been since.) Anyway, every once in a while, I treat myself to a few hours on www.Style.com, clicking through all the photos of the wire-hanger-thin runway models. I am always inspired - and sometimes disconcerted - with what the designers come up with each collection. If I see something that really catches my eye, I usually do an Ebay search to see if there is anything close that I can buy vintage. Its hit or miss.

But, this week, after seeing Dolce and Gabbana's Spring RWT collection, which was heavy on brocade fabrics and high-waist pouf skirts - and a Steve McQueen tshirt, which I am sure you will see everywhere in a minute - I actually found something on Ebay that works. Here are some looks from the collection:



On Ebay, I found this dress (with shipping for $17.00).


I am planning on cutting off the top and just wearing it as a skirt. While it is still cold, I see dressing it down with a short-sleeved cashmere sweater, a thick black belt, black tights and short motorcycle boots. In the summer, I think that a white t-shirt with a black belt and black flats will do the trick.

So the moral of the story: fashion should be about creativity. And I don't mind spending a little bit of extra time being fashionable in a sustainable way.

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