Live from Fashion Week

New York's Fashion Week kicked off with an environmental bang last night at the Be EcoChic show at the Museum of Natural History, where in the Hall Of Ocean (under a giant Dolphin) esteemed models and celebs like Lauren Hutton, Alek Wek, Patti Hansen, Kelly Bensiom, and Ugly Betty's Mark Indelicato sashayed down the catwalk in sustainable designs by Loomstate, Carmen Marc Valvo, Sean John, Project Runway's Laura Bennett, DKNY, and Edun, among others.

The real fun was at the Aveeno-sponsored Project Greenhouse VIP-area, where Chevy Chase nibbled on organic crudités set on a dark wood table recycled from Indonesian railroad tracks, created by the Brooklyn-based green-furniture designers, From The Source. My big score, though, was when Entourage's environmentally conscious hunk, Adrian Grenier, explained to me how he was eco way before it was chic:

"My mom always taught me to clean my room, and I use that same responsibility toward the earth. We all have to do our part to clean our living space."

When asked if it was easier being green in LA, where it seems like the latest celebrity trend, Grenier admitted it was challenging practicing green living everyday, period.

"But it's a welcome challenge. It's really about LITTLE changes, waking up and asking yourself: 'What can I do today? Walking over driving, taking a train versus a cab.' But as an artist I love challenges anyway, being innovative, finding new way to do old things."

Grenier also talked about his excitement about his makeover show for the Planet Green channel: Alter Eco. "We're on episode seven and it's more fun than ever, creative and hopefully inspiring."

His co-host, Angela Lindvall, also co-hosted the fashion show, and proudly claims she "wears stilettos AND hugs trees!"

"She know what she's talking about when it comes to the environment," said my seatmate, Sierra Club Press Secretary, Josh Dorner. "Today at rehearsal, she was reading Johnson & Johnson's sustainability report."

The gorgeous and green Lindvall sported a seasons-ago Dolce Gabbana dress which she "Upcycled" by turning the former floor-length frock into a rocking mini.

Resourceful, too, now that's just not fair!

—Robyn Moreno, New York, NY



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