Angelina Jolie’s new jewelry line to fund girls’ school in Afghanistan
Jolie partnered up with Procop after meeting him when he designed the engagement ring given to her by Brad Pitt last April. Together, the two have designed a line of jewelry partially inspired by jewels that the actress has worn herself, including a black and gold necklace she donned at the premier of “Salt.” Style of Jolie will also include other fine jewelry such as a cushion cut black necklace, an oversized pear shaped citrine necklace and other rings, earrings and bracelets and will kick off sales on April 4th.
Profits from the collaboration will benefit Education Partnership for Children in Conflict, a charity founded by Jolie in 2010. Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, has already opened two schools for girls in Afghanistan, in areas with high refugee populations.
Jolie and Procop’s altruistic and elegant line will be available first at Kansas City retailer, Tivol, starting this Thursday.
Uber-activist Angelina Jolie plans to open another girls school in Afghanistan, funded by a new jewelry line that will be available this week. Called “Style of Jolie,” Angelina herself had a hand in designing the wares, along with jewelry designer Robert Procop. Sales from the anticipated line will help educate the 200-300 Afghani girls that are enrolled in the school that opened last November, with plans to open more schools in the near future.
6 Celebrities Who Wore Eco-Fashion to the 2013 Oscars
Who says that glamour and sustainability are mutually exclusive? As Tinseltown’s biggest night unfurled on Sunday, any doubt that the two could coexist was put to bed faster than one of Seth McFarlane’s razor-barbed quips. From a doe-eyed triple threat who “dreamed a dream” to a Bond Girl who shook and stirred, here are the marquee names who turned the red carpet green at the 2013 Oscars.
Reigning Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway paired her inordinately…um…“perky” Prada dress with custom cruelty-free pumps from Giuseppe Zanotti. Requesting faux-leather kicks from leading footwear designers is becoming an M.O. for the newly vegan actress. Hathaway made her rounds at earlier awards in “veganized” Tom Ford gladiator boots and Jimmy Choo peep-toe heels.
Helen Hunt hit the red carpet not in an overblown confection by Georgio Armani or Dior, but rather an unfussy midnight-blue silk-satin gown from H&M. The Best Supporting Actress nominee didn’t make that decision on a lark. H&M recently named Global Green U.S.A., the American affiliate of Green Cross International and a cause Hunt supports, as the U.S. beneficiary of the retailer’s newly launchedclothing-recycling program. Another connection? Hunt was on the host committee of the nonprofit’s annual pre-Oscar bash, which doubled on Wednesday as a celebration of the partnership.
Skyfall actress Naomie Harris opted for a daringly slit gown by Ghanian designer Michael Badger, winner of this year’s “Red Carpet Green Dress” challenge. Brought to life by Vivienne Westwood’s atelier and the Royal School of Needlework (the same folks who created the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown, by the by), the Cradle-to-Cradle-certified number featured Global Organic Textile Standard-certified silk crepe de chine, recycled zippers, vintage glass beads, hand-embroidered chocolate-candy-wrapper embellishments, and a pale mustard hue derived from a natural—and supposedly therapeutic—dye bath of goldenrod and chamomile seeds.
Writer-actress Lianne Spiderbaby,, who saw her date, director Quentin Tarantino, go on to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Django Unchained, wore a hand-beaded, American-madeMara Hoffman gown.
First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise cameo at theOscars when she appeared via satellite on to announce the nominees for Best Picture. (Argo won, for those keeping score at home.) FLOTUS wore a custom, Art Deco-inspired silver sheath by Indian-born American designer Naeem Khan, whose designs are chiefly manufactured in the United States. If the dress looks familiar, your eyes don’t deceive you. Obama wore the same outfit to the governors’ dinner at the White House earlier that evening—all the better to multitask, of course.
Livia Firth had a relatively mellow Oscars night. The Eco Age creative director, who co-founded the“Green Carpet Challenge” in 2010 to raise sustainable fashion’s profile on the Hollywood red carpet, skipped the bright lights of The Dolby Theatre for the 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party in West Hollywood Park. Mrs. Colin Firth, whose husband was away shooting a movie, appeared in a Grace Kelly-inspired dress by New Zealand-born designer Emilia Wickstead, who used fully traceable GOTS-certified silk organza.
H&M still worlds no.1 buyer of organic cotton
As the biggest global user of certified-organic cotton for the second year running, H&M has plenty to crow about. The revelation comes courtesy of Textile Exchange, a nonprofit organization whose Organic Cotton Market Report looks back on 2011 as a “year of contradictions” filled with peaks and valleys. Among the high points? H&M, which not only maintained its position as the No. 1 buyer of certified-organic cotton but also increased its use of the white stuff by nearly 100 percent in 2011.
The Swedish fast-fashion retailer began using organic cotton in earnest in 2004. Three years later, it offered its first 100 percent organic-cotton garments, followed by the semi-regular Conscious Collection in 2011. Organic cotton, according to Textile Exchange, now represents 7.6 percent of H&M’s total cotton use. Combined with expected future growth in the use of “Better Cotton”, the company says it’s on track to sourcing 100 percent of its cotton from “more sustainable” sources by 2020.
“We congratulate H&M for again leading the list of the biggest users of certified organic cotton in the world,” says LaRhea Pepper, managing director of Textile Exchange. “H&M’s ambitious program continues to drive demand for organic cotton and other more sustainable fibres. This supports farmers, encourages innovation and with its fashion-forward Conscious Collections, H&M lifts more sustainable fashion to scale. This strategic work serves as a model for adopting and expanding the use of greener materials in the fashion industry.”
As a member of the Better Cotton Initiative, an initiative whose partners include the World Wildlife Fund and Solidaridad, H&M has invested more than €2 million in helping hundreds of thousands of cotton farmers grow their crops with less water, fewer chemicals, and greater dignity.
The road to healthier cotton hasn’t hasn’t always been easy, but H&M says it wants to make the environmentally friendly option an accessible alternative. “We plan to further increase our use of organic cotton in the future, beside making strong investments in Better Cotton and gradually increasing our use of recycled cotton,” says Henrik Lampa, sustainability manager product at H&M. “Cotton is the raw material we use the most and our good progress against our goal means major improvements for people and the environment in cotton-producing communities.”
Healthy Food in Fashion: Gala Raises Funds to Feed NYC Schoolchildren
The New York Coalition for Healthy School Food held a fundraiser on Wednesday at the New York Academy of Medicine, a magnificent old medical library with engraved wood details, shelves of handsome book spines up to the ceiling, warm wood furniture, and moody lighting. Situated throughout the space, models glowed under spotlights, styled by designers in cutting-edgesustainable fashion. The crowd mingled, enjoying the fashion presentation, a silent auction, as well as delectable plant-based food and cocktails crafted by sponsoring restaurants and student chefs from Food and Finance High School. “Healthy Food in Fashion” was hosted by the infamous radio personality Robin Quivers, and by the end of the event, crucial funds were raised for their groundbreaking work on behalf of New York schoolchildren.
Besides feting vegan treats from 24 vendors, the evening also showcased designers such as Tommy Hilfiger, Heather Mills, VPL by Victoria Bartlett, John Bartlett, Novacas for Brave GentleMan, Thieves by Sonja den Elzen, Olsenhaus, Angelrox, Cri de Coeur,DLC Brooklyn, Vaute Couture, GUNAS, and Study NY by Tara St. James. The models were all gracious volunteers, cast by model agent and activist Valerie Oula, with hair and makeup by a team of Aveda students under the direction of Eden Di Bianco, a cruelty-free hair and makeup artist and stylist.
Healthy food for school kids in New York (and everywhere) is as much a no-brainer as an ethical and sustainable fashion industry. Both of these things seem like common sense, and even from the most selfish and purely economic perspective, these goals are about maximizing longevity, minimizing enormous expenses, and preventing major problems down the road.
From a compassionate and revolutionary perspective, these ideals represent a cultural shift from one that prioritizes the cheapest and easiest profits at any cost to one of intelligent, careful, thorough, and compassionate planning that maximizes long-term well-being without compromising taste or pleasure.
The NYCHSF is revolutionizing the way schools feed children. Traditionally, children are fed a highly processed, meat- and cheese-based diet that strongly resembles fast food. The NYCHSF is changing that by not only developing and introducing healthy homemade vegetarian entrees, but also by training cafeteria staff and management, school officials, parents, teachers, and children to focus on healthier, delicious plant-based food. Healthy food truly was in fashion at this amazing event!
Stewart Brown: Does “Made in China” Clothing Get an Unfairly Bad Rap?
To answer bluntly, yes, China does get an unfair rap due to various health, human-rights, and environmental issues that have surfaced over the years, along with recent anti-fast-fashionsentiment. This is also a question we asked ourselves before Stewart + Brown, which is produced mostly in the United States, embarked on working with Chinese production facilities for some of our knits. Through our research, as well as personal experience, we discovered that with the bad also comes the good.
The best advice we can give regarding the ethics of buying clothing manufactured in China is for customers to do some due diligence on what goes on behind the “Made in China” label on their would-be purchase. Every company operates differently.
At Stewart + Brown, we value our Chinese vendors for their centuries-old wisdom, expertise, andpride in craftsmanship. We’ve visited and continue to check in with the factories we work with in China on a regular basis. Our partners are family-run businesses that follow very stringent regulations and labor practices, while maintaining the cleanest working conditions.
Minimizing our impact on the environment and treating people with dignity are two of our brand’s precepts. Our factories in China operate according to fair-trade guidelines, just like the ones we work with in the United States and Mongolia. This means that all factories are required to:
1. Create a safe, non-hazardous, and productive environment for all workers, including access to first aid and the eschewal of toxic carcinogens.
2. Treat labor in a fair way, which includes providing clean working environments, restrooms, regular breaks, fair and regulated wages, and overtime pay. And absolutely no underage labor.
3. Adhere to environmental regulations including treating and purifying all waste water, recycling raw materials when possible, and no illegal waste dumping.
One of our factories in China is the very same one that Patagonia uses for its production. Patagonia probably has one of the most stringent environmental and fair-labor rules in the entire apparel industry.
Another interesting piece of info is that this facility is actually one of China’s first-ever “green” factories. The owner, who is also a personal friend, worked with the Chinese government to establish a new protocol for eco-friendly apparel-factory conditions. This particular factory, not only adheres toCSCC standards, but it also uses solar power, as well.
In short, for good or for ill, there is no one-size-fits-all box for made-in-China manufacturing. It’s up to us to be educated consumers, to make mindful purchases, and to support companies that are operating in an ethical and conscious manner, no matter where that may be.