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Academy Awards Red Carpet Inspires Eco-Fashion For Designers And Movie Stars

[This guest post is by Jemima Lopez. You can read more about her on the website: Zen College Life]

The carpet may have been red at the 84th Academy Awards, but if fashion designers have anything to do with it, future star-stilted award ceremonies will soon be filled with a lot more green in the coming mo
nths—Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld, Gucci, and Yves Saint Laurent are just some of the few designers who are rumored to have been inspired by the stunning eco-friendly dresses seen at last Sunday’s award ceremony.
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Hundreds of professional and aspiring fashion designers submitted gowns made of sustainable products earlier this year to compete in the third annual Red Carpet Green Dress Contest. This contest, which was initiated in 2009 by environmental advocate and wife of Director James Cameron, Suzy Amis Cameron, was created in the hopes of significantly reducing the environmental footprint fashion can have on the planet. Contest winners had the opportunity of seeing their gowns worn by some of the hottest Hollywood stars at the Oscars, including Best Actress winner Meryl Steep, on Feb 26. That said, below are some of the winners as well as the Hollywood stars who rocked the dresses.
 

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Designer: Valentino
Star: Livia Firth
Italian movie producer and environmental advocate Livia Firth wore this lavish, bright red custom-made couture Valentino gown, which according to the “fashion police” was beautiful enough to dub her as one of the best dressed. What many didn’t know however was that the fabric was a hybrid of polyester derived from recycled plastic bottles and Valentino’s house silk. She also wore diamond earrings from Celleija, a sustainable jeweler. Hubby Colin Firth did his part to sustain the planet too—he recycled the Tom Ford suit he wore to the Academy Awards the year before.

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Designer: Valentina Delfino
Star: Missi Pyle
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Caudalie Spa

By Paige Donner

Paige Donner is a Luxury Writer

There is one spa that was voted The Best Spa In The World by Condé Nast readers in 2010. That spa is in France’s Bordeaux region and sits serenely in the middle of a vast and prestigious AOC Graves vineyard. The spa? It is Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa.

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Photo by Paige Donner c. 2011

On her parents’ vineyard and just next to her sister’s Small Luxury Hotel, Les Sources de Caudalie, in Bordeaux, Mathilde Thomas discovered a naturally occurring hot springs 540 feet below ground. This is the site on which she and her husband, Bertrand, built the signature Caudalie Spa based on the anti-oxidant, ant-aging properties they have patented from the seeds and skins of grapes.

Caudalie Vinotherapie beauty products are used exclusively at this idyllic spa in the Bordeaux countryside, in a vast wooden structure planted next to a pond with swans and indoor-outdoor swimming pools. Treatment rooms are both upstairs and downstairs and it is possible to walk from your hotel room in your robe to your spa treatment in the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa with only a few feet of exposure to the outside air.

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Caudalie Spa, Bordeaux, Greening Beauty c. Paige Donner

Famous among their treatments are the Barrel Bath, the Honey and Wine Wrap, thePulp Friction Massage with fresh grapes and the Crushed Cabernet Scrub. At each of the relaxation stations are small dishes of fresh grapes alongside pitchers of fresh water. Portishead and other “lounge” music is piped in overhead from the sound system, unless you request classical or another genre.

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You can also go for a simple Caudalie Grand Facial Treatment. This includes a full facial massage, gentle buffing cream made from a base of crushed grape seeds, a moisturizing (or purifying, as needed) mask and anti-ageing serum for eyes and lips. You also have the choice of a hand or foot massage. Afterwards you are welcome to linger downstairs in the lounge chairs that overlook the vineyards and dip into the pool that has strategic water jets fitted at just the perfect height to pulsate relaxing water onto your neck and shoulders.

There is also now a Caudalie Spa in NYC. Read More on Greening Beauty.

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Eco-Friendly Paris, Even the NY Times Is (Finally!) Taking Notice

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.

 

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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

http://travel.nytimes.com/2011/04/10/travel/10journeys-ecoparis.html?ref=travel

 

You can also read it in Print in the April 10th 2011 edition of Travel Section.


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Greening Beauty, Paris Mentioned in NY Times

 

This weekend’s Travel Edition of the NY Times has an article about Eco Paris. In it is mentioned Greening Beauty favorites…

Honoré des Prés is a boutique parfumeur that offers organic, phthalate- and chemical-free scents (available in Printemps’ Scent Room, 64, boulevard Haussmann; honoredespres.com).

Read Full Interview with Founder Christian David on Greening Beauty by Paige Donner

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Jewelry Ethical Luxury uses mercury- and cyanide-free precious metals sourced from open-air mines in Colombia (sold at Colette, 213, rue St.-Honoré; colette.fr). The home décor shop Merci sells eco-friendly items like Jérôme Dreyfuss’s “agricouture” bags and disposable plates made from biodegradable sugarcane pulp (111, boulevard Beaumarchais; merci-merci.com).

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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 Parisand 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 Eearth 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
http://travel.nytimes.com/2011/04/10/travel/10journeys-ecoparis.html?ref=travel

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.

 

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Paige Donner, environmental and fashion editor is on Dailysingle today. Check out her interview and photos!

Paige Donner, environmental and fashion editor is on Dailysingle today. Check out her interview and photos!: “Paige Donner is an editor, publisher and media/environmental consultant. She lives in Los Angeles, California.”

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Oscar Dazzle And Academy Bling

 

Actress Eva Mendes arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter – Arrivals Sunset Tower West Hollywood, CA United States February 27, 2011 Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images North America

Actress Eva Mendes wore:

  • 18kt yellow gold earrings with diamonds, onyx, turquoise and yellow sapphires, from BVLGARI’s High Jewelry Collection
  • 18kt yellow gold ring with diamonds, turquoise, onyx and yellow sapphire, from BVLGARI’s High Jewelry Collection

(Credit:   Craig Barritt/Getty Images)

Actress Ginnifer Goodwin wore:

•             18kt white gold earrings with diamonds, from BVLGARI’s High Jewelry Collection

•             Platinum and diamond ring, from BVLGARI’s Historical Archives

(Credit:  Michael Buckner/WireImage)

Ginnifer Goodwin, Animal Rights Activist,  Advocates Adopt-A-Turkey

Ginnifer Goodwin is just one of these people who extend care and concern foranimals.  Her celebrity status currently is an advantage to spread this advocacy to the public.

She teamed up with Farm Sanctuary, a leading organization that upholds protection for farm animals to launch the Adopt-a-Turkey project.  Celebrated annually, the national program is designed to put a stop to the misery of turkeys which were raised commercially.  Particularly, the program educates the public and makes them realize the cruelties these animals endure, and being offered as an alternative when Thanksgiving celebration comes

Actress Ginnifer Goodwin attends the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted by Graydon Carter at the Sunset Tower Hotel on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter – Inside Sunset Tower West Hollywood, CA United States February 27, 2011 Photo by Jeff Vespa/VF11/WireImage.com
Actress Anna Kendrick arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter – Arrivals Sunset Tower West Hollywood, CA United States February 27, 2011 Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage.com
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 27: Actress Rashida Jones arrives at the 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at the Pacific Design Center on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for EJAF)

19TH ANNUAL ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION ACADEMY AWARDS VIEWING PARTY:

Actress Rashida Jones wore:

•18kt yellow gold and diamond ring, from BVLGARI’s High Jewelry Collection

•18kt pink gold and diamond bracelet, from BVLGARI’s SerpentiCollection

•18kt pink gold with diamonds and onyx bracelet, from BVLGARI’sSerpentiCollection

•18kt yellow gold and 18kt pink gold bracelet, from BVLGARI’s Historical Archives

•18kt yellow gold and diamond bracelet, from BVLGARI’s Historical Archives

(Credit:  Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

L’Wren Scott and Angelica Huston attend the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted by Graydon Carter at the Sunset Tower Hotel on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter – Inside Sunset Tower West Hollywood, CA United States February 27, 2011 Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF11/WireImage.com

Actress Anjelica Houston wore:

•Platinum ring with diamonds and a yellow sapphire, from BVLGARI’s High Jewelry Collection

(Credit:  Kevin Mazur/VF11/WireImage.com)

Arianna Huffington wore:

•18kt white gold and diamond earrings, from BVLGARI’s Parentesi Revolution Collection

•Platinum and diamond brooch, from BVLGARI’s High Jewelry Collection

(Credit:  Jordan Strauss/WireImage.com)

Arianna Huffington arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter – Arrivals Sunset Tower West Hollywood, CA United States February 27, 2011 Photo by Jordan Strauss/WireImage.com

Model Anne V wore:

•             18kt pink gold and diamond watch, from BVLGARI’s Serpenti TubogasWatch Collection

•             18kt pink gold with diamonds and onyx ring, from BVLGARI’sSerpentiCollection

(Credit:  Michael Buckner/WireImage)

 

 

Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Anne V arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter – Arrivals Sunset Tower West Hollywood, CA United States February 27, 2011 Photo by Michael Buckner/WireImage.com

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Greening Hollywood: The DL On L.A.’s Green Fashion Scene

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.
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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:

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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.

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CoLA FW featured Designer, Brian Lichtenberg Collection, Photo by Paige Donner

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Fremont collection by Brittany Pham, shown at CoLA FW, Photo by Paige Donner

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CoLA FW, backstage with models, Photo by Paige Donner

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Model and CoLA FW attendees, Photo by Paige Donner

Downtown L.A. Fashion Week’s Vintage: Classy, Timeless and Eco

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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.

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Designer Louis Verdad, at MOCA Geffen Contemporary, showing his Louver Collection, Photo by Paige Donner

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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CoLA FW’s Eksempel show, Photo by Paige Donner

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GenArt’s Society for Rational Dress, Photo by Paige Donner

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