Olympic volleyball gold medalist and “haute” mamma-to-be (for the second time) Kerri Walsh, actress and holistic lifestyle expert Anna Getty, and Tastybaby founders Shannan Swanson and Liane Weintraub gathered at the W Los Angeles in Westwood last night to host the launch of celebrated author Amy Tara Kochs new book, Bump It Up: Transform Your Pregnancy into the Ultimate Style Statement.
Koch, who is a renowned style expert and journalist, showed off her new book at the swanky hotel as guests received exclusive styling tips on how to be a fashion forward, conscious “pregnantista” without breaking the bank. With silhouette-based line drawings by several of todays top fashion designers such as Nicole Miller, Isaac Mizrahi, Diane Von Furstenberg and Milly, along with advice culled from editors at Vogue, Lucky, and W; Bump It Up is being touted as the modern pregnancy style bible. We headed poolside to chat to Amy (above) about her new book.
Anna Getty (above) also shared tips on how to be green and glam as well as the lowdown on Pregnancy Awareness Month, an empowerment campaign to help women feel comfortable as they move into motherhood.
When Jessica Rodriguez stepped up to address the audience in Washington, D.C. along side of Hillary Clinton at the first Pathways to Prosperity Women Entrepreneurs Conference in October, it was a step that few would have imagined her taking just one decade ago–least of all, perhaps Jessica herself.
It’s time to start wading through that wardrobe, gathering up your once-loved fashion items, donating them to an organization who gives to those who need it. 2010 is the year of compassionate fashion.
The offical poster from last week’s Paris Ethical Fashion Show. Designers such as Lanvin, Givenchy and Chanel contributed to the eco fashion fiesta, which was a resounding success.
T-shirts made from soda bottles? Hoodies woven using leftover cotton scraps? New sustainable fashion brand Playback is leading the fashion pack with innovative ideas that are great for their customers and the planet.
Eco-fashion finds need not be hard to, well, find. We love ecofashionworld.com, a website dedicated to the hottest and latest must-have environmentally-friendly fashions.
Posh-swaps.com is a new site for swapping, buying and selling second hand clothes. It’s also completely free to register, buy or sell.
Clothes swapping has become hugely popular since swishing parties caught on in the United States. Clothes swapping offers a sustainable and eco friendly way for people to refresh their wardrobes and update their style, without stepping foot in a department store.
It helps to combat the growing problem of textile waste in landfill which has heightened thanks to the latest trend for fast fashions. Second hand clothes also help to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacture and distribution of new clothing.
Eco fashion is a growing trend amongst consumers who are becoming more aware of the impact consumer choices have on the environment. Pesticides in cultivation of cotton has been particularly well publicized, with initiatives such as Estethica at London Fashion Week has further increased the public interest in sustainable style.
“We want Posh Swaps to be a free resource where anyone can buy, sell or swap second hand vintage and restyled clothes,” says Ceri Heathcote Director of Heathcote Communication.
“We hope to help create an environmentally and economically sustainable way for people to refresh and update their wardrobes. Swishing parties have become huge and this is just the next step in making the swapping a simple process, with plenty of choice that individuals have complete control over.”
The Posh Swaps blog will help people develop their own individual style instead of following trends as well as fashion on a budget and eco fashion, she added.
Gorgeous eco-friendly fashion is easy to find thanks to website ecoworldfashion.com-a family business set up by two eco-aware professional designers, with a commitment to support fair-trade and ethical choices in fashion and homewares.
Babette Kono studied design in London, Perth and finally in Japan where she met Mitch Kono, an Interior Design student at Osaka University of Art. She started her professional life as a designer for boutique agencies and became Art Director for an upmarket chain of Australian Department stores.
During this time, the designer says she became aware of the cyclic nature and trends intrinsic to fashion. The process also made her “deeply aware of a need to change from harmful conventional textiles to safe organic and ethical fashion choices”.
Babette and her designer partner Mitchs goal was to offer an online boutique which has integrity on every level-from the professional position of the design/buying team, to the transparency and ethical position of the companies they choose to do business with.
Thorough research and understanding of all aspects of textile clothing production process is an important part of their ethos.
“We do not take things on face value,” they told The Green Dove. “We hope to benefit our customers by our insight and ability to bring the very best certified organic, fair-trade and ethical choices from around the world.”
Ecoworldfashion.com was born with the desire to bring professional design and fashion retail experience, to the savvy and eco-aware customer looking for a company who they can trust.
To find out more, visit www.ecoworldfashion.com
Photo: Woven Henley Top by Stewart&Brown
Wearing earth-friendly fashion doesn’t mean you have to wear hemp sacks on your feet. Thanks to two passionate fashionistas, doing good for animals and the planet can be done in style (without forsaking comfort, either).
Vintage has never looked so cute thanks to BenAndOliver, an online Etsy shop (a site dedicated to buying and selling all things handmade). Call us biased, but the vintage pale green dove silver plated hairpin set (below) is super sweet.