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Sustainable styling, super voting, and greenish Grammys …


During this eventful week of Mardi Gras parties to Chinese New Year (of the Rat) feasts, there’s greenery among the goings-on:

At NYC’s Fashion Week, ethical label Alabama Chanin connected the Fall ’08 line to Black History Month with its “Revolution” show. Highlighting iconic civil rights photos by Charles Moore, “a constant source of inspiration” for designer Natalie Chanin, her collection features sustainable textiles, traditional craft techniques, and hand-sewn work by artisans from Southern States. The catalog’s presentation, an homage to the past, present, and hopes for the future, as well as those who stood for change is nicely timed with Super Tuesday’s mandate.

Another fashionable pairing is the Humane Society with Charlotte Ronson, designer for Lindsay Lohan, Kate Moss, and Gwen Stefani. Besides giving out “No Fur” buttons at her NYC boutique, she attached them to her faux fur jacket show on Monday. This month, Barney’s Madison Avenue windows display Calvin Klein’s hemp pantsuit, Michael Kors' rugby-striped recycled cashmere dress, and Martin Margiela ballgown made of vintage wedding dresses.

Since last week’s Dem debate in Hollywood, the stars aligned for Tuesday’s primaries. While the NRDC’s RFK, Jr. endorses Hillary, Uncle Ted and cousin Caroline back Barack. Though showbiz got behind Bill, many have bailed on Hill, except for Barbara Streisand, Martha Stewart…and 50 cent (?!). Among Obama’s supporters Damon, Speilberg, and Clooney, and Scarlett Johansson just added her voiceover to his newest spot. Green Gov. Schwarzennegger gave McCain the thumbs up, the Osmonds high-fived Mitt (no surprise), and “light-green” John Mayer goes for Ron Paul (whatever happened to the rocker’s line of eco-products)?

A greenview of next Sunday’s 50th Grammy Award Show includes the all-star line-up pulling up to the red carpet in hybrids and flex-fuel vehicles provided by GM. Nominees, performers and presenters of the musical extravaganza at LA’s Staples Center are invited to The South Collection, the chic green complex to calm VIPs exhausted from rehearsals or jittery over winning. The effort, called Green with Music, provides a Green Gifting Retreat (located a block away, curiously between Hope and Grant streets), featuring a meditation room, organic goodies, spa treatments, and eco-friendly luxe goods with proceeds benefiting Brad Pitt’s Make It Right 9 green housing project in New Orleans.