Eco Chic Holiday Glamour

Written by on November 6, 2012 in Fashion, Women - Comments Off on Eco Chic Holiday Glamour

Holiday party season is just around the corner. You can be just as stylish as you are conscious with very little effort. Let’s face it, you can always put on a pretty dress or a gorgeous top, why not add a bit of social good to looking good.



























Start with a gorgeous silk shirt that happens to be made in Africa by Edun. Ali Hewson and Bono founded this company in 2005 to bring about positive global change through the fashion industry. Edun is one of a growing number of companies that is re-establishing manufacturing and textile relationships with Africa which is where a significant quantity of materials and labor were sources before the rise of China. Every season, Edun’s selection appears to be growing, yet the polished ethnic aesthetic remains.

Costello Tagliapietra make sensuous dresses that would work for a romantic date as well as an office holiday party. Their revolutionary AirDye technology allows them to print and dye fabrics without using water or toxins.  This silver silk dress is especially interesting as it employs a new technique allowing them to create contrasting colors on either side of a single piece of fabric. Here you can see glints of aqua in the folds of the waist tie.

Kaelen’s Fall/Winter ’12 collection has several items that are sure to dazzle this season. Her fitted black lace top would be as elegant with a pair of slacks after work as would be with a long white satin skirt at a more formal affair.

The metallic gold fabric of a simple sheath dress drapes dramatically in the back exposing the perfect amount of skin. Before establishing her namesake brand, Kaelen Haworth worked for, among others, Stella McCartney. While there, she gained an appreciation for making sustainable decisions in the design and production process.

Theatrical is best description of Luis Valenzuela’s creations. An incredibly gifted designer out of Florida, he works closely with Eve Blossom, founder and CEO of eco-friendly Lulan Artisans, who sources the raw silk and works it into the kind of fabric that can be permanently shaped to the designer’s specifications.

Indeed, both confirmed last February at NY Fashion Week, that it really is a conversation between the fabric and the design which forms the final product. Bernice Steinbaum says it well, “Ultimately, an aura of inspiration prevails. Valenzuela’s work pushes boundaries to forge new ideas, we too must innovate to improve our way of life on this planet. With his fashionable and provoking works, Valenzuela paves the (run)way for a more promising and sustainable future.” A good example is his elegant dress with architectural fan folds and a shape that is as lovely as it is environmentally friendly.

There is no need to go against your better judgement and environmental values this party season with so many options available to dress-up and be down with down with all that is good.

About the Author


Oceana Lott travels the world and writes about ethical fashion from her home in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to her blog, titled Oceana’s Canvas, you can follow her on Twitter at OceanasCanavas, Facebook at Oceana’s Canvas – Ethical Style, and Pinterest at Oceana’s Canvas.