To walk the red carpet at this year’s Independent Handbag Designer Awards, I wanted to find a dress that balances my love for classic and ethical fashion. It made perfect sense to team up with the talented Jill Heller of boutique stylist company, PureThread. Her well-curated and tasteful collection of ethical designer fashion was the solution for my red carpet dilemma!
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I visited her Manhattan studio and had a blast trying on a number of looks—check out all the behind the scenes photos on Instagram,here—but Jill and I have narrowed it down to the top 4 dresses from Edun to Suzanne Rae, pictured below.
PHOTOS: 4 Classic & Ethical Red-Carpet Cocktail Dresses


Now, I want to hear from you! Tweet me @EMMAGRADY and Jill Heller @ThePureThread and let us know which number I should wear (before midnight tonight) on the red carpet at the Independent Handbag Designer Awards #HandbagAwards Wednesday night in NYC.

Wait, there’s more. Tune in to Twitter & Instagram Wednesday night at 7-10pm for all the action at the awards ceremony and to see how I styled the winning look.
MORE: Independent Handbag Designer Awards
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To walk the red carpet at this year’s Independent Handbag Designer Awards, I wanted to find a dress that balances my love for classic and ethical fashion. It made perfect sense to team up with the talented Jill Heller of boutique stylist company, PureThread. Her well-curated and tasteful collection of ethical designer fashion was the solution for my red carpet dilemma!

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Behind the Scenes Styling with Jill Heller: I teamed up with the lovely Jill Heller of boutique stylist company, PureThread, to dress for the Independent Handbag Designer Awards this Wednesday night in NYC—but I need your help choosing a dress.

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CLASSIC ESSENTIALS: If “The Dancing Princesses” ditched their slippers in favor of pretty pastel platform espadrilles, Kameleonik’s “Laida” kicks ($229 - $262) would give their cobbler—and their father—a run for the his money.
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Handmade in Spain, these seasonally-appropriate shoes are a bright way to spring into summer style. 
These kicks were recently featured at “The Green Touch of Spain”, a pop up shop in Brooklyn at GGrippo art+design but they can be purchased online.

CLASSIC ESSENTIALS: If “The Dancing Princesses” ditched their slippers in favor of pretty pastel platform espadrilles, Kameleonik’s “Laida” kicks ($229 - $262) would give their cobbler—and their father—a run for the his money.

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CLASSIC ESSENTIALS: Sweet Dreams (are Made of This): sleepwear brand ALAS emerges from down under with a collection of cute, colorful, and cozy nighties, jumpsuits, and essential separates made with organic cotton and bamboo.
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"We wander the globe, picking up pieces of inspiration from under stones on beaches, constellations in the sky and patterns in nature." - Alas




Tapping this season’s favorite trends, the Australian line features color blocking and vibrant patterns amidst the ol’ classics: PJ sets with a slim-fit twist.
ALAS is available at Shopbop.
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CLASSIC ESSENTIALS: Sweet Dreams (are Made of This): sleepwear brand ALAS emerges from down under with a collection of cute, colorful, and cozy nighties, jumpsuits, and essential separates made with organic cotton and bamboo.

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I can hardly believe it myself but I am very excited to announce that I will be modeling in the Eileen Eileen Fisher fashion show at Green Festival on April 21st! It’s in New York City and I’d love to see you there, to find out more about the show—and RSVP!—visit, here. 
And about the whole “We’d like our clothes back now thanks very much”, Eileen Fisher is launching the “Green Eileen” recycled clothing initiative. Starting April 19, all brick-and-mortar stores will recycle your ol’ gently worn clothing (and don’t worry, you’ll get a receipt to keep the tax man happy) and $5 toward Eileen Fisher clothing. #ThxVeryMuch
Photo: Eileen Fisher, via Carrie Parry

I can hardly believe it myself but I am very excited to announce that I will be modeling in the Eileen Eileen Fisher fashion show at Green Festival on April 21st! It’s in New York City and I’d love to see you there, to find out more about the show—and RSVP!—visit, here

And about the whole “We’d like our clothes back now thanks very much”, Eileen Fisher is launching the “Green Eileen” recycled clothing initiative. Starting April 19, all brick-and-mortar stores will recycle your ol’ gently worn clothing (and don’t worry, you’ll get a receipt to keep the tax man happy) and $5 toward Eileen Fisher clothing. #ThxVeryMuch

Photo: Eileen Fisher, via Carrie Parry

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This weekend, a sustainable style shoot—with a personal twist—is taking to the streets; called Local Wisdom, it is a “project intended to change the way the public thinks about, buys and wears fashion,” presented by Parsons The New School for Design and the Center for Sustainable Fashion at the London College of Fashion. Read more, via a press release, below.


Local Wisdom will invite members of the public to bring important pieces from their wardrobe to the Parsons campus for a community photo shoot, where the organizers will gather unique and moving stories about how people use and care for their clothing—unearthing the stories behind the clothes and the people that live in the global fashion capital that is New York City. 


I love this project because it champions the story behind the style and it’s so closely aligned with PFF’s style series: Something Old, Something New. 
Don’t live in New York? Not to worry, the project is coming to a city near year—that is if you will be in Vancouver, Melbourne, or London through 2014. 
If you want to take part this Saturday, January 26, show up between 10 am – 4 pm at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons The New School for Design, located at 2 West 13th Street in New York.
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This weekend, a sustainable style shoot—with a personal twist—is taking to the streets; called Local Wisdom, it is a “project intended to change the way the public thinks about, buys and wears fashion,” presented by Parsons The New School for Design and the Center for Sustainable Fashion at the London College of Fashion. Read more, via a press release, below.

Local Wisdom will invite members of the public to bring important pieces from their wardrobe to the Parsons campus for a community photo shoot, where the organizers will gather unique and moving stories about how people use and care for their clothing—unearthing the stories behind the clothes and the people that live in the global fashion capital that is New York City. 

I love this project because it champions the story behind the style and it’s so closely aligned with PFF’s style series: Something Old, Something New.

Don’t live in New York? Not to worry, the project is coming to a city near year—that is if you will be in Vancouver, Melbourne, or London through 2014.

If you want to take part this Saturday, January 26, show up between 10 am – 4 pm at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons The New School for Design, located at 2 West 13th Street in New York.

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My dear friend and talented fashion designer Sonia Tay has been hard at work developing Colorant, a luxurious line of naturally-dyed cashmere sweaters and dresses; I’ve been following her adventures from Shanghai to New York and now, I get to share the story behind her beautiful clothing line—and the history of the dyes—with all of you, in this exclusive first look and interview.
Past Fashion Future: What story do you want to tell with colorant?





Sonia Tay: That colors have shaped and influenced the world in the most astounding ways. Purple was once the most expensive color in the world because it was extracted from a predatory sea mollusk. It took 250,000 of these creatures to produced enough to dye a garment, that Roman Kings could only afford to wear it.
Or that Indigo, not only symbolized American youth through denim jeans, but was once the major export in Mexico next to Silver and Cochineal Red. The lessons go on and on, and our world is so rich with color history.
Using these same techniques and bringing them back to modern culture can influence the future in positive ways. Besides having numerous health benefits, by enriching your skin with herbal color, natural dyes can inspire the growth of more dye-able plant farms.




PFF: What is the most valuable lesson you learned while developing the line?




ST: Go with the flow. Natural colors are very spontaneous. A safflower grown in the North will never yield the same orange as one from the South. Temperature, climate, even soil effects color intensity which I realized is the beauty of the product.




Come Spring, Colorant will be available at Teich Boutique in the West Village, New York City. Prices range from $150 to $300.

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My dear friend and talented fashion designer Sonia Tay has been hard at work developing Colorant, a luxurious line of naturally-dyed cashmere sweaters and dresses; I’ve been following her adventures from Shanghai to New York and now, I get to share the story behind her beautiful clothing line—and the history of the dyes—with all of you, in this exclusive first look and interview.

Past Fashion Future: What story do you want to tell with colorant?

Sonia Tay: That colors have shaped and influenced the world in the most astounding ways. Purple was once the most expensive color in the world because it was extracted from a predatory sea mollusk. It took 250,000 of these creatures to produced enough to dye a garment, that Roman Kings could only afford to wear it.

Or that Indigo, not only symbolized American youth through denim jeans, but was once the major export in Mexico next to Silver and Cochineal Red.

The lessons go on and on, and our world is so rich with color history.

Using these same techniques and bringing them back to modern culture can influence the future in positive ways. Besides having numerous health benefits, by enriching your skin with herbal color, natural dyes can inspire the growth of more dye-able plant farms.

PFF: What is the most valuable lesson you learned while developing the line?

ST: Go with the flow. Natural colors are very spontaneous. A safflower grown in the North will never yield the same orange as one from the South. Temperature, climate, even soil effects color intensity which I realized is the beauty of the product.

Come Spring, Colorant will be available at Teich Boutique in the West Village, New York City. Prices range from $150 to $300.
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Adorable yet incredibly sexy, Bazsarózsa's New York-made organic cotton lingerie is perfect to don this summer. As seen on Ecouterre, the line of comfortable panties, camisoles, and underwire-free bras boasts impeccable design and attention to detail.
Bazsarózsa is all about design first. “Living consciously is naturally a part of my life,” designer Enikö Bázsa told me in an interview for Discovery’s TreeHugger.com. Continue reading: Sexy Bazsarózsa Lingerie Will Help Keep You Comfortable this Summer

Adorable yet incredibly sexy, Bazsarózsa's New York-made organic cotton lingerie is perfect to don this summer. As seen on Ecouterre, the line of comfortable panties, camisoles, and underwire-free bras boasts impeccable design and attention to detail.

Bazsarózsa is all about design first. “Living consciously is naturally a part of my life,” designer Enikö Bázsa told me in an interview for Discovery’s TreeHugger.com. Continue reading: Sexy Bazsarózsa Lingerie Will Help Keep You Comfortable this Summer

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Finding stylish summer fashion is easy breezy thanks to Amour Vert’s colorful dresses that are suitable for a bevy of occasions, from work to cocktail party. The California-based eco-fashion label spins peace silk into a bevy of elegant and feminine styles, all made in the USA and conveniently available online for under $200.
Continue reading my fashion feature on Discovery’s TreeHugger.com: Amour Vert’s Eco Summer Dresses are Perfect from Beach to Boardroom
Photo: Amour Vert

Finding stylish summer fashion is easy breezy thanks to Amour Vert’s colorful dresses that are suitable for a bevy of occasions, from work to cocktail party. The California-based eco-fashion label spins peace silk into a bevy of elegant and feminine styles, all made in the USA and conveniently available online for under $200.

Continue reading my fashion feature on Discovery’s TreeHugger.com: Amour Vert’s Eco Summer Dresses are Perfect from Beach to Boardroom

Photo: Amour Vert

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Pratt Institute graduate Theresa Deckner isn’t afraid to get messy with her eco-fashion line that mixes mod silhouettes and colorful, hand-painted fabrics. The senior thesis collection made its debut at the annual Pratt Fashion Show honoring Fern Mallis on April 26th. It boasts pastel color combinations—some subtle, others striking—and shows promise for Deckner, a young designer who might just be eco-fashion’s next rising star.
Read the rest of my review over on Discovery’s TreeHugger.com: Pratt Student Paints Colorful, Mod Eco-Fashion for Graduation Show

Pratt Institute graduate Theresa Deckner isn’t afraid to get messy with her eco-fashion line that mixes mod silhouettes and colorful, hand-painted fabrics. The senior thesis collection made its debut at the annual Pratt Fashion Show honoring Fern Mallis on April 26th. It boasts pastel color combinations—some subtle, others striking—and shows promise for Deckner, a young designer who might just be eco-fashion’s next rising star.

Read the rest of my review over on Discovery’s TreeHugger.com: Pratt Student Paints Colorful, Mod Eco-Fashion for Graduation Show

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Of A Kind collaborates with on-the-rise fashion designers on exclusive, limited-edition fashion and accessories, think everything from a hand dyed t-shirt to an over-sized tote bag. They have a passion for sharing the personal stories of the designers behind the labels and their hope is that the wearer will share that story, too.
Out now is the Windowpane Tee by Study NY:

Made in New York by the ever talented Tara St James, this t-shirt is organic, U.S.-made cotton and is dyed by hand in Brooklyn. Plus, it’s limited edition so you won’t see every last fashionista donning this edgy top—unless, of course, they are one of the lucky fifty people to snag it. ($78 at Of a Kind)

Continue reading my article on Discovery’s TreeHugger.com: 3 One Of A Kind Easy Style Suggestions For Spring
Photo: © Jamie Beck. Limited-edition Study t-shirt for Of A Kind.

Of A Kind collaborates with on-the-rise fashion designers on exclusive, limited-edition fashion and accessories, think everything from a hand dyed t-shirt to an over-sized tote bag. They have a passion for sharing the personal stories of the designers behind the labels and their hope is that the wearer will share that story, too.

Out now is the Windowpane Tee by Study NY:

Made in New York by the ever talented Tara St James, this t-shirt is organic, U.S.-made cotton and is dyed by hand in Brooklyn. Plus, it’s limited edition so you won’t see every last fashionista donning this edgy top—unless, of course, they are one of the lucky fifty people to snag it. ($78 at Of a Kind)

Continue reading my article on Discovery’s TreeHugger.com: 3 One Of A Kind Easy Style Suggestions For Spring

Photo: © Jamie Beck. Limited-edition Study t-shirt for Of A Kind.

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Loomstate merges on-trend color blocking and multifunctional wardrobe staples with their 321 Collection, available now.
It’s more sustainable to get more wear out of your clothes, which is one reason why I love multifunctional, versatile wardrobe staples that can be worn in more ways than one—and beyond one season.
Enter Loomstate’s “321” collection, which stands for “3 ways 2 wear 1 piece.” The line, $118-$228 at Loomstate.org, boasts six pieces that transform into an entirely new look in just a few seconds.
Continue reading my article on Discovery’s TreeHugger.com: Loomstate Creates Colorful Transformer Clothing in New “321” Collection 
Photo credit: Loomstate

Loomstate merges on-trend color blocking and multifunctional wardrobe staples with their 321 Collection, available now.

It’s more sustainable to get more wear out of your clothes, which is one reason why I love multifunctional, versatile wardrobe staples that can be worn in more ways than one—and beyond one season.

Enter Loomstate’s “321” collection, which stands for “3 ways 2 wear 1 piece.” The line, $118-$228 at Loomstate.org, boasts six pieces that transform into an entirely new look in just a few seconds.

Continue reading my article on Discovery’s TreeHugger.com: Loomstate Creates Colorful Transformer Clothing in New “321” Collection

Photo credit: Loomstate

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Fall 2012 is the season for Lavuk. While past collections have lacked cohesiveness, this season the Los Angeles-based fashion label is getting their footing and defining their signature look.
Comprised of blazers, jackets, skirts, dresses, leggings, and wearable separates, the ready-to-wear collection features feminine yet edgy silhouettes and classic styles with unexpected details like mesh cut outs. In short, it’s just the thing you would see on a polished, urban hipster who has a fashion-forward dress code at the office.
Continue reading my article for Discovery’s TreeHugger.com, here: Lavuk is Classic and Edgy with a Hipster Twist for Fall 2012

Fall 2012 is the season for Lavuk. While past collections have lacked cohesiveness, this season the Los Angeles-based fashion label is getting their footing and defining their signature look.

Comprised of blazers, jackets, skirts, dresses, leggings, and wearable separates, the ready-to-wear collection features feminine yet edgy silhouettes and classic styles with unexpected details like mesh cut outs. In short, it’s just the thing you would see on a polished, urban hipster who has a fashion-forward dress code at the office.

Continue reading my article for Discovery’s TreeHugger.com, here: Lavuk is Classic and Edgy with a Hipster Twist for Fall 2012

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On any given day designer Rio Wrenn can be found mixing up dyes with  berries grown in her garden, creating rust and copper objects, or  printing silk fabrics for her sustainable lingerie line, R.A.W. Textiles.
Based in Portland, Oregon, Wrenn produces eye-catching undergarments printed with unusual objects (read: rust). Named Psyche,  after the Greek word for butterfly, the 2012 collection channels the  “delicate and metamorphic elegance of the butterfly” with ethereal,  rust-printed silk lingerie. 
Continue reading my article on Discovery’s TreeHugger.com, here.

On any given day designer Rio Wrenn can be found mixing up dyes with berries grown in her garden, creating rust and copper objects, or printing silk fabrics for her sustainable lingerie line, R.A.W. Textiles.

Based in Portland, Oregon, Wrenn produces eye-catching undergarments printed with unusual objects (read: rust). Named Psyche, after the Greek word for butterfly, the 2012 collection channels the “delicate and metamorphic elegance of the butterfly” with ethereal, rust-printed silk lingerie. 

Continue reading my article on Discovery’s TreeHugger.com, here.

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"If I could have a New Year’s wish for 2012 it would be to see an industry-wide shift away from fast fashion and careless consumption and, in its place, a trend toward investing in  quality pieces—including items already in your closet—that can last a  lifetime.” - An excerpt from my interview with Ecouterre.
Read the rest of my eco-fashion prediction for 2012, here, and also hear from Safia Minney of People Tree, John Patrick of Organic, Gretchen Jones, Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin, and more. Plus, tell me what you think by writing in the comment section, below.
Photo credit: Karen E. Evans for Market Publique
Copyright © 2011 Past Fashion Future. All rights reserved.

"If I could have a New Year’s wish for 2012 it would be to see an industry-wide shift away from fast fashion and careless consumption and, in its place, a trend toward investing in quality pieces—including items already in your closet—that can last a lifetime.” - An excerpt from my interview with Ecouterre.

Read the rest of my eco-fashion prediction for 2012, here, and also hear from Safia Minney of People Tree, John Patrick of Organic, Gretchen Jones, Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin, and more. Plus, tell me what you think by writing in the comment section, below.

Photo credit: Karen E. Evans for Market Publique

Copyright © 2011 Past Fashion Future. All rights reserved.

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