After Suno's amazing success with their first sneaker launch in 2011, the brand has now decided to keep the momentum going by selling another collection of brightly patterned kicks.
Wish you could sneak a peek inside the fab world of fashion? Amanda Hearst has her eye on all things style, just for you. From her favorite eco-friendly finds and front-row photos of the hottest trends to her favorite things from the fashion closet, you'll see it all through her eyes.
Designer and fine artist Monisha Raja has seemed to do the impossible - design a line of footwear that is equally as fashion-forward as it is ecologically friendly.
Starting this month, designer and good friend Kimberly Ovitzs eco capsule collection O by Kimberly Ovitz will be available for purchase.
For my August "Feel Good Fashion" page, I wrote about my favorite eco beauty items. I had a blast scouring the beauty market and found some amazing products! In fact, I found so much great stuff that I had trouble editing it down (Dr. Hauschka, Josie Maran, Tata Harper I love you!!). In any case, as usual there's a snap of me on the page in eco clothing and (for the first time!) eco makeup as well!
Carry Change. Thats the slogan of this amazing partnership between ethical accessories brand Della and Apple. Its the perfect catch phrase, considering that these one-of-a-kind MacBook cases are all handmade by women in Ghana with 100% Ghanaian soured materials.
What's not to love about San Francisco based, California-made Westward Leaning sunglasses? First, there's the one-size-flatters-all Wayfarer shape and the cool-star crowd (Kate Bosworth, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) who wear them. But what really makes the eyewear brand an it-label is its charitable spirit! Each style pays homage to an important social movement in history and donates proceeds to an affiliated charity.
This past weekend, one of my favorite designers, Liya Kebede, previewed lemlem's pre-fall collection at the super-chic Surf Lodge in Montauk. Liya's line, which is handmade by artisans in her native Ethiopia, is known for its colorful kaftans and scarves, but is now expanding to accessories and home goods as well! As a longtime fan of the collection (I wore a lemlem scarf in the April issue of Marie Claire and a kaftan on my New Year's trip to Tulum), I'm so excited to watch the brand grow. Expect to see everyone you know rocking lemlem's cute separates this summer :)
Celebs are loving Forevermark Diamonds, and are wearing them proudly at red carpet events. From Michelle Williams (check out that choker) to Zoe Saldana (sporting a breathtaking Forevermark by Simon G ring), the most famous fashionistas have been rocking the diamond brand's baubles. The jewels are beautiful, and they're made much cooler by the fact that Forevermark is a highly-ethical company.
There's no denying that Christy Turlington looks good in everything, but it's especially great when she uses her supermodel looks and charitable spirit to support the organization she founded, Every Mother Counts. Christy created the maternal advocacy group in 2003 after she suffered a highly treatable birth-related complication, a postpartum hemorrhage. While Christy was fine, she learned that PPH is the leading cause of pregnancy-related death around the world, and with education and access to proper postnatal care, countless mothers could be saved. She's been campaigning ever since and now, beachy accessories brand Theodora and Callum have designed a summery scarf to help Christy in her crusade!
A typical native New Yorker, I'm prone to wearing the city's unofficial sartorial color: black. My closet is a sea of black pants, skirts, tops, and bags, so it's great to come across a brand that makes me want to break out of my fashion rut! The Sequence Collection is an accessories line that is all about color, from funky woven bracelets to brightly-patterned bags. And it just so happens that this eye-catching collection is made by El Salvadorian artisans, thus helping local communities through its production.
If you're looking for punchy brights and playful patterns for your Spring/Summer wardrobe, then check out the ASOS Africa collection online! The range is filled with fun pieces that are perfect for a beach BBQ in the Hamptons or a fun-in-the-sun vacation. Not only are the pieces affordable they retail for between $45 and $136 but they are all made in Kenya. A portion of each purchase supports local communities in East Africa, so head over to asos.com for a guilt-free shopping spree. Below are more of my favorite pieces!
One of my favorite luxuries in life is travel. Jet lag and lost baggage aside, it's an incredible way to learn about other cultures, meet new people, broaden your horizons....and do some amazing shopping! For those who aren't able to pop over to Cambodia, Colombia, Argentina, or India anytime soon, head to the Indagare Souk event, where one-of-a-kind items from these countries and many others will be available for purchase.
It always puts a smile on my face when designers collaborate with charities, so you can imagine the size of my grin when I heard that Fiona Kotur had designed a bag to benefit Operation Smile...and that she did so with my cousins Gillian and Lydia! The philanthropic trio are all huge supporters of Operation Smile: Fiona consistently donates proceeds from her eponymous KOTUR bag line to Op Smile while Gillian and Lydia are Smile Ambassadors; both have gone on missions with the charity since 2005. And now, they've all come together to create a chic clutch that is making me as well as countless children around the world smile!
It's official: Celebs have fully embraced ethical fashion, and I couldn't be happier! From London to LA, actors such as Amanda Seyfried and Michelle Williams have been spotted wearing looks from H&M's Exclusive Glamour Collection, an extension of the brand's Conscious Collection.
It's not every day that someone names a bag after you, so you can imagine my shock (and excitement!) at finding out that designer Rafé Totengco designed the "Amanda" tote from his Spring/Summer collection with me in mind!
Roger Vivier is known for its signature, oversize buckles. But for Spring 2012, the brand is launching its debut Prismick Collection, thus forgoing that iconic motif. This set of futuristic shoes and handbags features colorful brights cut and pasted together, recalling Vivier's own collages of the '80s and '90s. Tuesday, Fernanda Niven, Bettina Prentice, and I hosted the Prismick Collection's stateside debut, an event that also showcased some fun portraits of "Vivier's ladies," including myself!
April 10th was a big day for TOMS as people around the world participated in the brand's "One Day Without Shoes" campaign. Amsterdam, London, and Seoul were just a few of the cities that showed their support, and of course, New York came out in full force! We all woke up bright and early to take part in a march around Tompkins Square Park in order to help spread the word about how a single pair of shoes can change a child's life.
Ever since Meryl Streep rocked that killer Lanvin gown made of eco-certified textiles at this year's Oscars, tons of celebs have begun donning ethical fashion on the red carpet! Case in point: model-actress Brooklyn Decker recently wore an eco-number to the South Koren premiere of her new film, Battleship, flaunting her curves in a black lace gown by Femme d'Armes.
TOMS: We all know the story, and it's a good one! For every pair of TOMS purchased, a pair of new shoes is given to a child in need. This is a great initiative considering that in developing countries, soil-transmitted diseases are a leading cause of illness, not to mention that many children can't attend school without footwear; shoes are a required part of most uniforms. So, on April 10th the TOMS family is hosting its annual "One Day Without Shoes" walk, and I will definitely be there to show my support!