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I am a bit jaded on the whole Earth Day thing. So, people pay attention to the environment one day a year. They go to a concert on the mall. They buy an organic cotton t-shirt (prob. made in China).
But, this year, there are actually some really fun events in DC to celebrate Earth Day. Going Green DC, Natural Capital, We Love DC and the Earth Day Network have full round ups, but here are my picks:
The Meaning of Making
Slow down. Reflect. Make something! This is not specifically an Earth Day event, but I think it should be. Learning to make things ourselves and appreciating the art of the handmade item is an important part of sustainability. Plus, there will be a little handmade pop-up shop.
When: Wednesday, April 21, 2010
4-6:30pm - Drop in Make Something Awesome crafting social (powered by Hello Craft)
6:30-8pm - panel discussion, The Meaning of Making
Where: Civilian Art Projects, 1019 7th Street NW (across from the convention center)
Panelists: Tom Ashcraft, Artist and Professor of Sculpture at George Mason University; Christine Ernest, founder of Maganda Design; Dana Ayana Greaves, Artist and founder of Artistic Aya clothing and accessories; and Carole Greenwood, chef, artist and musician Moderator: Betsy Greer, author of Knitting for Good and founder of craftivism.com
Washington Project for the Arts, Hello Craft, and Civilian Art Projects are pleased to announce The Meaning of Making. The event is part of a week-long lineup of craft-focused events that are tied into CraftweekDC 2010.
In addition to the craft activity, the Civilian Art Projects' store, The Shop, will be open for business. The Shop is stocked with handmade clothing, accessories, and small works made by local artists and artisans. Most pieces are under $50 and all are 100% handmade.
At 6:30pm there will be a panel discussion, The Meaning of Making, which takes a close look at the lives of four people who make with their hands for a living or hobby. A diverse mix of panelists take on the subject from various viewpoints ranging from visual arts to cooking, crafting, design and woodworking.
Material World: Green is the New Black
Saturday, April 24, 1:00 – 3:30 with a reception to follow. (RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org). Rachel from Project Beltway will moderate a discussion with textile, interiors and fashion designers. Here is a description: "In the design world, green is the new black! In recognition of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, join us for the College’s Graduate Student Design Symposium 'Material World: Green is the New Black' - a symposium exploring the intersection of textile design and sustainability in both fashion and interior design. Textile designer Madeline Weinrib (ABC Carpet & Home) and Caroline Ollivier (Carnegie Fabrics) join fashion designers Samantha Pleet and Dre Rawlings as they share the Green movement’s influence on their work. A panel discussion of several more designers, moderated by local style blogger Rachel Cothran (ProjectBeltway.com) delves into green textiles through a cross-industry round-table."
Rachel Cothran from Project Beltway, hosted a short segment on spring fashion trends on Fox 5 yesterday and featured a few of the pieces that were worn down the runway the other night from Treasury boutique on 14th Street.
I love how Rachel emphasizes shopping your closet and buying vintage. There is no need to march out to the department store every Spring for new items. I'll post some tips later on updating your wardrobe for Spring without hitting the stores, but for now, check out the clip.
Or, this recycled polyester roses jacket.
(above) The dress I wanted! Can't wait to wear it with red tights!
This is Holly Thomas, writer for the Washington Post. Her cute little jacket was a consignment find. Definitely read her interview at BYT. I think her description of the DC fashion scene is right on. On one had we have all the people who shop at Banana, J. Crew and Intermix and on the other hand we have people who actually give a shit. LOL. Just kidding (and she didn't say that - just my own interpretation!!). What I mean, of course, is that putting your look together from vintage and thrifted pieces takes some thought - you're not just buying the new spring line with that new hot color off the rack. It has to be more of a reflection of your own expression of style and take time and effort.
Betsy Lowther, fashion writer and the blogger behind Fashion is Spinach (and one of the DC-ers selected as "Best Dressed") is selling off some of her vintage clothing in a two-day pop-up shop at Proper Tooper in Georgetown.
Oh. My. Where's the credit card?!??!?
Raquel Allegra is a LA-based fashion designer who designs drapey, diaphanous, asymmetric, Mad-Max goddess-like tunics and tops. In the post-apocalyptic world of Mad-Max, people were forced to reuse whatever was available for clothing, transportation, homes. Raquel Allegra's designs also focus on reuse (or, "upcycling") - she takes discarded tshirts from LA county jails and stretches and distresses them into these amazing one-of-a-kind designs. I want one!! Looking forward to a sale some time soon since the full priced versions are a bit steep. But still beautifully sustainable.
In the mood for DIY? Check out the tutorial from Childhood Flames (this process takes a long time!) But, to stay with the sustainability theme, please don't buy a new t-shirt!! Thrift one or steal one from your man. ; )
Found some great things on etsy.com today - all hemp or organic cotton. Beautiful, simple designs that could easily become year-round staples of your wardrobe.
And I'll never forget this spread in Vanity Fair of him and Isabella Blow (photo by David LaChapelle). I think this is the first time that I really noticed who he was.
For the last few seasons, I've been getting more concerned about the growing fashion trend for leather and feathers. Mind you, I think that the rocker-chic thang is great - I am a big fan of dark eyeliner, tight jeans and motorcycle boots, sprinkled with some vintage rhinestones.
Feathers have been used throughout history for accessorizing fashionable ladies, as you can see below in a painting by Thomas Gainsborough from 1777.
And some of the recent creations that have come off the runways have been just magical (I am thinking specifically of Alexander McQueen's red feather dress from his RTW FAll 2008 collection, which was featured, I think, in almost every fashion magazine that year). The photo below is from Harper's Bazaar (photo credit: Richard Burbridge). I just really love McQueen's aesthetic.
Anyway, if you have read this blog at all, you know that I am not a radical anti-leather, anti-meat person. For full disclosure, I have been a vegetarian for almost 20 years, but have been known, in moments of Italian-smoked-meat weakness, to indulge in some prosciutto. But rarely. And although I don't really like to wear real leather, I do have a small shoe-lust that does not exclude leather shoes. I also have used some vintage leather in a few jewelry designs.
But, back to the story at hand. I have never been into wearing leather except for shoes and a coat here and there. But, recently, on my first foray into Value Village (OMG! Who knew?) I came across a black leather Marc Andrew skirt for $10 (yes, that is what you can find at Value Village - totally awe-inspiring). I usually would not have bought a leather skirt, but the price and the recent deluge of leather fashion overtook my inhibitions. Since then, I have thought often about this skirt and the general trend toward animal by-products in fashion - so I decided to do some research . Here are my thoughts on this, in no particular order:
I will be honest, I have gazed longingly at various leather leggings on sites like shopbop. I have. But, knowing what I do now, I won't buy any. But maybe I'll get a pair of PU ones - or find a pair of vintage pants and have them restyled. And perhaps I will wear my thrifted leather skirt again, but I will make sure to use it as a conversation starter about the many issues with leather production. And no feathers. I don't eat chickens, so I don't want to wear their feathers. (I mean I do, I do. But I won't.) As I have been, I will continue to reduce my new leather shoe consumption.
The most important piece, I think, is to be educated about where the things you buy come from.
But. I do wish more designers selected/bought into sustainable fashion trends (i.e., that don't involve numerous quantities of chemicals, environmental damage or mass execution of animals.)