Summer Rayne Oakes (God, why couldn't my parents have named me that . . .) is young, hip, sexy . . . and a diehard environmentalist. What a great combination to get the green message out to people who don't think it is possible to be stylish AND green. (But, dear readers WE all know that it is possible, don't we??!!? Oh, yes, yes we do.)
And! Summer is coming to DC (to the Corcoran Gallery of Art) as part of her book tour, promoting Style, Naturally: The Savvy Shopping Guide to Sustainable Fashion and Beauty. And!! the kind folks at the Corcoran have offered two free tickets to the event (Wednesday, March 25, 2009 7:00 PM) for me to give away to one of my readers.
So, we must have some sort of leeeettle contest, mustn't we? In keeping with the theme of the event, let's hear the most innovative/weird thing you have done to be green and stylish at the same time. Photos will earn bonus points!!
Email your submissions to my email in the right column by March 23 at 5PM. I'll announce the winner on the 24th and your tickets will be waiting for you at the event.
Here is the description of the event from the Corcoran:
"Environmental scholar and activist, advisor for Discovery Network’s new eco-lifestyle channel, Planet Green, and one of Outside magazine’s Top Environmental Activists, Summer Rayne Oakes specializes in eco-conscious fashion. Named a Global Citizen by Vanity Fair, Oakes’ newest venture, Style, Naturally: The Savvy Shopping Guide to Sustainable Fashion and Beauty (Chronicle Books, 12/2008), is a resource book for the environmentally conscious consumer. On this evening of “ecofashion,” Oakes highlights designers and brands that have made earth-friendly materials and sustainable practices a priority. A book signing follows the talk."
And, in the meantime, check out all the other amazing things the Corcoran has in store over the next month as part of their lecture series: Considering the Environment in Art and Design, which is to complement the exhibition Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes. (BTW, look for my post on the Maya Lin exhibit tomorrow.)
Monday, March 30 7 p.m.
Bringing the American Garden Home
Wolfgang Oehme is a revolutionary landscape architect and co-creator of the innovative garden style, the New American Garden. His gardens’ free-form designs reflect the simple beauty of the American prairie with explosions of vibrant color, lush texture, and the sweet scent of fragrant flowers. Through his creative use of perennials and ornamental grasses, Oehme’s designs harmonize beautifully with the natural environment. From the Corcoran’s stage, this ground-breaking landscape architect reminds us all of our connection with nature as he discusses his unique design style. Wolfgang Oehme’s colleague, Carol Oppenheimer joins him on stage.
Wednesday, April 15 7 p.m.
Through the Lens: Hazardous Beauty
Award-winning photographer David Maisel’s work focuses primarily on the impact industry has on our environment. His large-scale aerial photographs seduce viewers with their gorgeous, super-saturated color and sublime beauty, but their subject matter—the severe destruction of our landscape—has the opposite effect. Join Maisel as he explores his thought-provoking images.
Thursday, April 23 7 p.m.
Nature Returns to Interior Design
Join Stephen Drucker, editor-in-chief of Hearst Magazines’ House Beautiful, as he reviews the influence of nature on interior design. A renowned expert with over 30 years of experience writing about design for many major publications (The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Travel & Leisure, Architectural Digest, and Vogue, to name a few), Drucker has witnessed firsthand how eco-conscious designers, more sustainable products, and heightened environmental awareness are influencing today’s most interesting and remarkable trends.
Tuesday, April 28 7 p.m.
Redefining Urbanism: Our Cultural Landscape
William Morrish, Elwood R. Quesada Professor of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban and Environmental Planning at the School of Architecture, University of Virginia, considers the influence of urban design on our cultural landscape. Called “the most valuable thinker in urbanism today” by The New York Times, Morrish has been recognized for his collaboration with local and national design firms and non-profit agencies to rebuild the devastated city of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.