Green fashion shows and anti-fur campaigns


Last week, Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight) kicked off LA Fashion Week’s Spring 2009 collections with a “Fashionably Natural” event featuring eco-designers promoted by Gen Art, a nonprofit that promotes emerging visual artists. Wearing a black dress made from organic cotton and bamboo, the host extolled the benefits of pesticide-free sustainable fabrics, adding that her fiance Peter Sarsgaard plans to live off the grid.

Eco-Ganik took the stage Wednesday to show its organic clothing line, and the fashion fest closed with the Green Initiative Humanitarian gala with collections from Marymee, Smart Glass, and others. Eco-Skin had its models prance down the runway with a frightened wolf on a leash, a python around a neck, and a panicky monkey on a back. Despite the beauty company’s self-professed commitment to the environment, they should keep live animals off the catwalk. Good to see green strides being made, but the garment biz has a ways to go.

Last week, Project Runway announced this season’s winner -- Leanne Marshall of Portland, Oregon, who used some sustainable fabrics. So perhaps there’s hope tomorrow’s designers see green as more than just a color.

Summer Rayne Oakes, Planet Green correspondent, former model, trained entomologist, and author of the upcoming book Style, Naturally, has paired up with Payless Shoes to design a line of sustainable shoes crafted from hemp and organic and recycled materials.

Martha Stewart just says “No to Fur”, along with PETA’s Anti-Armani/Fur-Free campaign. While the org’s “Worst Dressed Celebrities” list includes Lindsay Lohan and Kate Moss, singer Leona Lewis (crowned PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian) apparently turned down a $1.7 million contract from Harrods because the store sells furs. And Dancing With the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba joins PETA’s spokesfolks’ ads to spay/neuter pets.

SNL’s Amy Poehler performed the “Sarah Palin Rap” last weekend, shooting a mock moose, as the Governor grooved and smiled. Meanwhile PSAs starring actress Sharon Lawrence are airing for the World Wildlife Fund’s campaign to protect polar bears, which Palin attempted to remove from threatened status on the Endangered Species List.  

The ever-fashionable Brangelina were in New Orleans recently to open the first six houses of Pitt’s Make It Right project in the Lower 9th Ward. Three years after Hurricane Katrina, the first residents moved into these new green homes, which boast solar power and rainwater reuse systems. Said one homeowner, 68-year-old grandmother Gloria Guy, “I thank God for Brad Pitt.”

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