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By Paige Donner
Caudalie is a wine term, in French, that refers to the length of time the taste of a wine lingers in the mouth. The longer the better. It is a measurement of a wine’s quality.
A spa and beauty care line based on patents derived from bio-research on the beauty benefits of the grape, Caudalie is a fitting name for this French line that originated in the heart of Bordeaux, in fact in the prestigious Graves appellation.
Mathilde Thomas is the Founder and Creator of Caudalie, a top-selling beauty line in French Pharmacies, where so many of the best beauty brands in France are sold. Since a year or two, Ms. Thomas, now NYC-based, has launched her brand in the U.S.
But though this young beauty visionary may spend her day-to-day in NYC, it is in Bordeaux where her heart, and the base of Caudalie Vinothérapie products, remain firmly rooted.
Working with Dr. Vercauteren of Bordeaux’s University of Pharmaceuticals, Ms. Thomas was intrigued by a claim he made to her during the 1993 grape harvest on her parents esteemed Bordeaux vineyard, “Do you know that you are throwing away treasures?” he asked her when he saw the grape skins and grape seeds being discarded.
She quickly learned, by listening to Dr. Vercauteren’s explanations, that grapeseeds and grape skins hold extraordinary deposits of anti-oxidants, in the form of polyphenols. And this is where Ms. Thomas showed true entrepreneurial genius, because from that bio-detritus, she created the luxury “Cosm-ethics” beauty care line and brand, Caudalie.
Caudalie owns three patents that help slow the signs of skin-aging:
1) Polyphenols from Grape-Seeds
“The most powerful anti-oxidants occurring in the vegetable world. They stop free radicals, which are the main cause of cutaneous ageing. They are the best anti-ageing shield for the skin.
2) Resveratrol from Grapevine Stalks
It gives the skin back its youthfulness and firmness. Harvard’s Department of Medicine identified Resveratrol as the most effective active ingredient for prolonging cellular life.
3) Viniferine from Grapevine Sap
The sap from grapevine stalks was used in the past to diminish dark spots and clarify the complexion of young women. Viniferine protects against dark spots and leaves your complexion incredibly radiant.
The Caudalie researchers have come up with a few more grape treasures which are formulated into the beauty line such as “organic grape water,” grape-seed oil, and Vinolevure®.
“There’s no miracle cure for skin ageing, there is a patent!” – Mathilde Thomas, Founder-Creator, Caudalie, Skincare Line
You can rest assured you are making an ethically beautiful choice with these products, too. None of the formulas are tested on animals and they ask that their suppliers do the same. They use the maximum amount of natural ingredients, that are both biodegradable and respect the environment, in their product lines. Her coined term of “Cosm-ethics,” refers to the fact that no animal ingredients, parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, mineral oil, synthetic colorings or sodium laureth sulfate are used in any of the formulations or products.
There are also Caudalie Spas: In Bordeaux, France; NYC, New York; Versailles, France; and in Spain. Read the related article on Spa Caudalie in Greening Beauty.
If you pick up a Weekend Edition of the NY Times Travel section today, you will find inside a wonderful article highlighting some of Paris’s green-friendly programs. Of special interest is the fact that Paris ranks number 10 as a Green City according to a report referenced at the 2009 UN Conference.
Most of the Green Points highlighted in the article have been written about already here on Greening Paris and also on our affiliate blog, Local Food And Wine. Both are published by Paige Donner c. Paige Donner, Ed-in-Chief.
It’s wonderful to see, this Earth Month 2011, that the NY Times, of which the International Herald Tribune is its global edition, sat up and took notice of what Paris is doing in a green-friendly way!
NY Times Article, HERE
You can also read it in Print in the April 10th 2011 edition of Travel Section.
Read all about the World’s Green Trends on The Green Blog Network.
Recycle, Reuse, Rejoice!
The designers this season are taking their lines forward. Fashion Forward is what we’re seeing on the runways, backstage, on the streets and in the showrooms.
From Galliano’s Polynesian Sailor-on-shore-leave motif for Dior to John Paul Gaultier’s flagrant use of 3-D glasses – for his runway show! – which consisted of every inch the three-dimensional plus-sized models in Joan Jett wigs. Beth Ditto, pouring out of her rosette-trimmed teddy for his finale stole the show.
Givenchy went animal on us. Raw and untamed, Riccardo Tisci delivered his models to pulsing Techno at the Lyceé Carnot. Zippers snaked up side seams and flashes of metal punctuated the models’ catwalk.
Eco-Alert: One lone Eco Taxi was spotted outside the Givenchy venue dropping off guests. Guests were holding letter-sized animal-print invitations printed on colored paper.
Change channels to Stella’s show where only Vegans need apply. Lemons and grapefruit spilled out everywhere. Glee actress 24-year-old Lea Michele, this month’s Glamour Cover Girl, said it was the only show this fur-free animal lover was taking in on her first Paris Fashion season.
Chloé was all grown up and elegant…as usual. There’s a reason why Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly and Brigitte Bardot have all worn Chloé. In a word, elegant.
Chloé delivered again today. The runway show was held at the Espace Ephémère in the Jardin des Tuileries, and though it started 45 minutes late, designer Hannah MacGibbon delivered to reggae-rasta-rap beats with Anna Wintour in her front row. In a show of bright whites and nude beiges, the model wearing only a silk sheer blouse raised nary an eyebrow, though Grace Coddington, seated next to Wintour, seemed to take notice.
Somehow it doesn’t surprise that Stella McCartney was at Chloé before she launched her own house. On my way out, coming face to face with Anna Wintour gave me a jolt of thrills I hadn’t expected. Is it from knowing that the woman commands a part of the billion dollar fashion industry? Of course, only afterwards I realized I should have asked her what she thought of Eco Fashion. It’s not very often this reporter is caught up in the excitement of a passing moment. Chloé had a packed house and a front row of editors, in addition to Wintour. Though it seemed that the focus of the show was also a bit of a perfume launch.
And to round this up for October 4th with only two more days of Fashion Week left, Mary-Kate and Ashley showed their new line The Row, by appointment in a lovely salon boasting a boiserie and soaring white ceilings. Elegant suits, freely-flowing bias-cut dresses all in silk satin back crepe. They kept their 15 outfits tight and to a palette of black, pale pink and ivory. That they weren’t quite ready for N.Y. served them well. Where better than Paris to show your Spring Summer ’11 line the first time?! Photos are now up on Bing.com.
We’ve written about companies who engage in upcycling to create scarves, bags, teddy bears, and more. Similarly, our latest spotting breathes new life into cast-off clothing, but adds a charitable twist. Launched by the Ted Noffs Foundation, Sydney-based One Noffs offers local aspiring fashion designers the opportunity to rework donated garments into one-of-a-kind designs, which are then sold to fund programs for disadvantaged kids.
The Ted Noffs Foundation concept store – One Noffs – is shouting out to all young and talented Sydney-based designers to come and show their creative flare. One Noffs is reinventing the idea of the cool thrift store. With a very LA feel about them, One Noffs is encouraging design students, designers and mums and dads from around Sydney to get involved.
Participants receive a big bag of pre-loved clothing which they have three weeks to remanufacture, either at home or on One Noffs’ in-store sewing machine. A section of the foundation’s second-hand stores will be dedicated to these one-off designs. Each designer receives 20 percent of the sale price and their bio is added to the item’s swing tag.
There’s nothing like one-of-a-kind designs to make consumers feel unique, but add stitch of upcycling, sew in a social cause element and the products become all the more desirable.
Website: www.noffs.org.au by: Gerard McLennan
Angela Lindvall with her two boys as featured in a British Vogue photo shoot.
By: Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff
Exclusive Interview below.
ES: Are you involved in the Green Shows?
Angela Lindvall: What is that?
ES: The Green Shows are the eco-fashion shows that take place during New York Fashion Week.
– Editor, Greening Beauty
Angela Lindvall:I feel a little foolish that I don’t know more about who’s doing what. I’m not the type of girl who talks about clothes but from the point of view of what I believe in, it’s an opportunity to give credit to people who are doing great stuff. I have to check that out.
Angela Lindvall on the Victoria’s Secret catwalk, and featured in New York magazine above.
As a supermodel—and I mean that literally—Angela Lindvall has been a cover girl for Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and countless other big-fashion mags. Inside their pages, she’s the face of brands from Valentino to Missoni. I talked with the ecoista from her Los Angeles, CA home about becoming the new face of DKNY’s new Pure fragrance, which sources sustainable vanilla from a fair trade cooperative in Uganda, as well as the sticky subject of how she comes to terms with representing brands that might not reflect her personal ideals.
For the past 10 years, Angela has managed to bring a personal interest in sustainability to her professional life. After realizing that the mainstream media wasn’t talking about environmental issues, she founded the non-profit Collage Foundation, which uses the “you get more bees with honey” approach to stimulating awareness. “If you are coming in as a radical people aren’t going to respond very well,” she said. “But if you come from a place of inspiration and invitation you’ll get a much better response.”
Then the model/actress—she appeared in 2005’s “Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang”—co-hosted “Alter Eco” with Adrian Grenier. It might just very well have been her dream job if it didn’t involve working 13-hour days, six days a week, then modeling on weekends to make her mortgage payments. Oh, and she did her own hair, makeup and wardrobe—a challenge for Angela who admits, “I’m probably the least fashionable person. At home I’m in my jeans and tank top. If I shop it’s at vintage stores.”
But with DKNY Pure, an upcoming gig as the spokesperson for Biotherm’s new organic line and appointment to the founding board ofNational Resources Defense Council’s Clean by Design Initiative, the professional and the personal are truly beginning to align. “For so long, I felt like my fashion career was on one side [and] my passion and environmental endeavors were on the other side. It’s super exciting that they’re starting to collide,” she said. “It’s really exciting to believe in something that I represent.”
And no, the 31-year-old mother of two and former Victoria’s Secret catwalker doesn’t do runway anymore—“I don’t really have that Twiggy runway body anymore,” she said, “which I’m happy about.” But we might just see her at the Green Shows this season.
ES: You’ve been on countless magazine covers and ad campaigns, but our readers probably best know you from Planet Green’s “Alter Eco.” How did that come about?
Angela Lindvall: Very serendipitously, I must say. My girlfriend got a text message from a friend asking for music for the show. And she responded by saying you should feature my best friend Angela—it’s totally her world. We got a call five minutes later asking if I could meet Adrian that night. In my heart of hearts I knew that I would get it, but when I met Adrian he told me they had already picked a host. They had to convince the network—they met with the head of Planet Green and Discovery—and two weeks later we were shooting… Read Entire Article at EcoStiletto
Madame Le Figaro, France’s premier intelligent women’s magazine, declares that Green Is Glam, even for haute fashionista Parisians! Read about Greening Hollywood and Green Celebs such as Cameron Diaz and Julia Roberts in the June issue of Madame Le Figaro.
Here comes the all brand new eco friendly magazine, Shizen, which happens to be a goldmine of information for all eco friendly citizens! Well written, and with a good dose of humor, Shizen is printed with vegetal ink, on recycled paper, and wants to give a positive image of women, with in depths articles about major environmental problems. As an example , the last articles talked about the devastation of the Brazilian forest in favor of cattle breeding (When the beefs eat the Amazonian forest) and about the hidden side of our beauty products (Are we in danger when we pamper ourselves?). You can also upload Shizen in pdf version (a good gesture for the planet).
by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff,.EcoStiletto
Last month’s assertment that Los Angeles was the epicenter of North American eco-fashion ruffled a few feathers—from New York to Canada. (“The Emerald City? Puhleeze!”) Our eco fashion part deux:
There’s eco-jewelry and then there’s fine eco-jewelry, the kind of serious pieces think about for a long time before you buy them—and wear them for a long time to come. New York-based jewelry designer Sandy Leong’s gorgeous, angular cocktail rings—crafted exclusively in recycled gold with fair trade gems like the one pictured above—are just those kinds of pieces, and have made fans of celebs like Zoe Saldana, Kristen Stewart, and Fergie. Not bad company to keep.
We’ve loved Lina Rennell and Ashley Watson separately for a while now—Lina for her swimsuits and Ashley for her upcycled leather jacket purses—but their new collaboration on a series of bags crafted from hand-printed organic cotton with recycled leather accents is a dream come true. With Ashley in New York, Lina in NorCal and the bags made in Canada, this is truly a multi-city offering.
There’s nothing basic about LABEL’s Tony tee. Crafted from the thinnest possible, tissue-weight lyocell, it’s equally at home at the beach as it is on the dance floor. Since 2007, LABEL has utilized all natural, organic, renewable or reclaimed fibers to make their sporty-meets-sexy designs. Can we get one in every color?
The genius behind eco-fashion mecca TEICH, Allison is a super-green geek—we say that ever-so-lovingly—who retrofitted her East Village location with vintage fixtures, low-VOC paints and energy-efficient lighting before opening in 2009. She offers a wide range of sustainable jewelry and accessories, mostly made locally in New York City, but our favorite is her eponymous line of TEICH handbags like this vegan ultrasuede, organic-cotton lined Nolita shoulder bag with the detachable vintage chain strap.
Vancouver-based Flora and Fauna specializes in sustainable separates, like this back-to-the-beach hoodie shrug crafted from organic bamboo and cotton and accented with coconut buttons. Plus, $2 of each sale goes to local animal rescue associations. (Cute dog not included.)
Brooklyn design house Feral Childe is known for their hand-drawn textile prints and construction details—a peplum here, a plume there—crafted from sustainable materials. Find them—and other cutting-edge eco-designs—at eco boutique body politic, which adheres to its sustainable ethics with recycled shipping boxes and an emphasis on low-carbon-footprint online catering to customers with emailed size recommendations and style tips.
Wear your inspiration on your sleeve? Try moving it up to your shoulder with Boston-based Pansy Maiden’s new Lady Day bag, inspired by Billie Holiday’s signature gardenia and crafted in all-vegan-all-the-time materials like organic twill and hemp. Sweet and rugged, dainty and durable—just like all our favorite heroines.
The steel canyons of Pittsburgh are crawling with green start-ups, despite the dirty reputation the industrial age has left with the city. Local designer Jonano pioneered the cultivation of eColorgrown cotton at a Brazilian artisan cooperative, where organic cotton grows in a rainbow of gorgeous colors without dyes, but we’re partial to their new line of water color dresses made from organic bamboo and cotton that look to us like a gorgeous cloudy sky—the perfect counterpoint to a sunny summer day.
We may love peace silk evening gowns, but even a green girl’s gotta work. We love Seattle-based Plaid Doctrine’s new line of vaguely preppy work bags crafted from vintage-inspired fabrics made from recycled bottles, accented by veggie-tanned leather. We’re snapping it all up, from briefcases to laptop totes to accessories like this smart—yes, we said it—purse organizer, which could very well double as a clutch.
Winner of the first-ever eco-fashion “Designer of the Year” award from Fashion Takes Action, Canadian designer Nicole Bridger is an original innovator of the Vancouver sustainable fashion movement. Nicole learned about sculpting fabric while working with Vivienne Westwood, then applied the knowledge to fabrics such as naturally pest-resistant—and therefore truly organic—linen, like the beautiful Presence top, pictured below.
With its clean lines and innovative designs, Thieves spearheaded the Canadian eco-fashion movement when it was launched by designer Sonja den Elzen in 2006. Four years later, Thieves is still setting milestones—summer’s five-in-one tencel dress, which can be worn a myriad of ways, is a definite case in point. We can’t wait for next season, when the label introduces pieces crafted in beeswax organic cotton, like the wrap belt we’re sneak peeking here. Shhh.
There’s a reason Vancouver-based Nixxi has such a cult following: The line infuses refined classics with edgy, contemporary styles crafted in sustainable materials like hemp, soy and linen. Eco-dyed and sewn in fair-trade Canadian factories, this is a line with its ethics intact. Oh, and did we mention that each and every piece is ridiculously cute?
Leanne McElroy’s eponymous label hits sustainable fashion on every level. Not only do her clothes rock, but she manufactures through fair-trade cooperatives in Indonesia, where she also sources her certified organic or sustainable fabrics, including the buttery soft chambray tencel denim featured in these adorable slouchy trousers.
Soft buttery fabrics like micromodal and tencel—created from beech and eucalyptus trees using a “closed loop” process that isolates and recycles chemicals before wastewater is released—flatter most body types, while carefully-placed details such as gathers, pleats and ruffles make Vancouver-based Lav and Kush a staple of any ecoista’s closet.
So stop with the bickering, city girls! There’s definitely enough eco fashion to go around!
The key words to this year’s L.A. Fashion Week were “City of L.A., Vintage and (yeah!)…Eco.” CoLA FW, City of L.A. Fashion Week, set the bar with their Friday and Saturday night closing weekend shows at downtown’s Lady Liberty Building.
Fashionista Scenesters at CoLA FW, Photo by Paige Donner
“CoLA is about encouraging and supporting this city’s talent. Our desire is to set a standard of sophistication that will invite fashion moguls and originals back to the West Coast,” said Dani Michelle, CoLA FW Founding Principle. Team CoLA, including Executive Producer Shannon Leggett, staged two nights of back to back runway shows – flawlessly. Their Brian Lichtenberg theatrics was, by fashionista decree, the epicenter of our city’s Fashion Week this year. Other labels that walked the runway were Fremont, Eksempel, B. Son, Joyrich and COA (a secret show).
What set CoLA FW apart was that it was so seamlessly organized. We’re talkin’ “flow.” The building’s second floor was devoted to party space sponsored, in part by TyKu Asian Liquor. Runway shows were held exclusively on the 5th Floor of this loft space. The drama and theatre of the runway show collections were heightened by having their own devoted space. It was also clear that these were “industry events, not consumer events.” Read more from Whatswear’s N.Y. Editor, Joseph Ungoco, also in attendance. Some images from the collections:
Fremont collection, Photo by Paige Donner
Fremont designer Brittany Pham noted that her collection was “Depression Era – inspired.” She went for basic classics that hold to them the nostalgia of Hollywood Glam.
CoLA FW featured Designer, Brian Lichtenberg Collection, Photo by Paige Donner
Fremont collection by Brittany Pham, shown at CoLA FW, Photo by Paige Donner
CoLA FW, backstage with models, Photo by Paige Donner
Model and CoLA FW attendees, Photo by Paige Donner
Downtown L.A. Fashion Week’s Vintage: Classy, Timeless and Eco
Rachel Griffiths, co-host of DLAFW, wearing Ferdinando Sarmi Vintage; according to Cameron Silver, co-host, it was the only vintage maternity dress in his Decades boutique. Photo by Paige Donner
“I’m enthusiastic about fashion week taking place at the epicenter of the city’s garment district,” said Cameron Silver, owner of Decades Inc., L.A.’s starring vintage fashion boutique, who was curator of Downtown Los Angeles Fashion Week’s show staged at the MOCA in downtown L.A.’s Little Tokyo.
Designer Louis Verdad, at MOCA Geffen Contemporary, showing his Louver Collection, Photo by Paige Donner
Panoramic view of DLAFW held at MOCA Contemporary Museum, Little Tokyo L.A., Photo by Paige Donner
Thursday’s “Evening of 20th Century Glamour” happened by the graces and sheer creative innovation of museum’s Vanessa Gonzales and her team of “crazy fun” accomplices, including forward thinking DLAFW Executive Producer Leanna Lewis of Leanna Lewis Events. Silver, co-host of the evening along with actress Rachel Griffiths, said that the Geffen Center at MOCA was an exciting venue to stage a runway show and sees L.A. as being the attractive fashion debut destination for both N.Y. and Pan-Asian designers.
“L.A. Fashion Week can really position itself well because everyone I want to dress is already here,” added Silver, referencing some of the actors and celebs who showed up for the MOCA DLAFW event including Nicole Richie, Marisa Tomei, Rose McGowan and Nicki Hilton. “We need to import designers to L.A. rather than export our talent to N.Y.,” said Silver.
Vintage designers shown on the runway included the show hit, “Iconic Mermaid Coctail Dress – Red,” by Norell. This number “stopped the show” and garnered the model, Monique, applause from the crowd. Other dresses included: YSL, Valentino, Azzaro, Dior, Givenchy, Mugler and De La Renta.
DLAFW Founder, Lewis, feels that one of the most effective ways to be environmentally conscious is to re-use old(er) things. She also incorporated EcoNouveau into the DLAFW line up of event sponsors. She’s a believer in putting L.A. on the fashion world’s map. “I think there is a tremendous amount of talent in this city and it’s my mission to expose it the right way, L.A. style. Fashion, art and music fused together. The success of the event last week is the beginning of the future of fashion here in LA and will initiate the credibility Los Angeles deserves.”
Louver Collection ’09, Featured at DFWLA at the MOCA Contemporary Museum, Photo by Paige Donner
Speculation by the crowd was that this year was “fashion freer.” Freer in the sense that the corporate underwriting was no longer there [by Mercedes Benz, anyway] and that this therefore allowed the designers to “go a little crazy creatively” said some. Comparison of Louver’s new collection with last year’s reveals that he certainly showed a different side to his design spectrum. Co-host of DLAFW Cameron Silver commented that he has always been a huge fan of Louis Verdad and that “he was really the first designer to explore the 40’s in a modern way. I was excited to see his collection on display at MOCA for the evening. He’s a really, really talented designer.”
Battalion showed at the Los Angeles Theater the first weekend of Fashion Week as part of BoxEight’s Fashion Weekend. Its Native American themed collection had the crowd raving. This is an eco line that says Lights, Camera, Eco-Action…with Style! Battalion Collection PHOTOS of collection.
Lobby of Los Angeles Theater, National Historical Building, in Downtown L.A. where Eco-Line Battalion showed and also Society For Rational Dress along with Sahaaj, Photo by Paige Donner
L.A. Fashion Week attendees were enthusiastic about the downtown venues where the shows were held. A particular hit was the Los Angeles Theater where GenArt and BoxEight staged their shows. Theater’s rich history includes that its grand opening was attended by Charlie Chaplin and Albert Einstein. Women loved the roomy bathrooms which feature marble floors and an ornate, gilded makeup room.
See LA Pretty for more Fashion Week L.A. coverage.
CoLA FW’s Eksempel show, Photo by Paige Donner
GenArt’s Society for Rational Dress, Photo by Paige Donner