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Livia Firth to Unveil First Biodegradable Mannequins During LFW – WWD. On Sunday night, at an event titled “A Night To Remember,” Livia Firth and the Green Carpet Challenge will join forces with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the British Fashion Council to unveil an exhibition of vintage couture gowns unearthed by William Vintage founder William Banks-Blaney, including work by designers from Hubert de Givenchy to John Galliano and Alexander McQueen.

Livia Firth to Unveil First Biodegradable Mannequins During LFW – WWD

Steven Meisel used Vogue Italia to portray the effects the BP oil spill would have on fashions finest - Kristen McMenamy as his metaphorical mermaid. Diller Scofidio + Renfro Set to Design Eco-Friendly Island in the South China Sea. It was announced yesterday that Diller Scofidio + Renfro has narrowly beaten Foster + Partners in a competition to design an eco-friendly island in the South China Sea.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro Set to Design Eco-Friendly Island in the South China Sea

Ten practices from around the world participated in the competition, which was financed by the island’s owner, HNA Group. The goal is to create a holiday destination for travelers, one that features luxurious hotels, apartments, theme parks, and docks that can support two cruise ships at the same time. The Chinese-based group (which is involved in aviation, real estate, financial services, tourism, and logistics, among other services) asked the architecture firms to develop a distinct vision for the artificial island, to be located a mile off the coast of Haikou in southern China.

Before DS+R was awarded the bid, a planned investment of $1.26 billion had already been allocated to build a cruise port and yacht harbor, among a wide range of other amenities.

Prada's use of Faux Fur

For Fall 2010, Chanel used their show to highlight Global Warming and used Faux-Fur to signify the move to 'Fun Fur' STELLA MCCARTNEY’S ECO-CONSCIOUS SOLUTION TO CASHMERE. Philadelphia 3.0 University Place May Show the Future of Eco-Friendly Construction. The relationship between design and climate is dynamic: Every day, it seems, new architectural technologies emerge that allow us to better react to, and in some cases harness, the world around us.

Philadelphia 3.0 University Place May Show the Future of Eco-Friendly Construction

Chief among those innovating in this space is the Sheward Partnership, a Philadelphia-based firm that recently introduced plans for a self-tinting glass office building in the City of Brotherly Love: 3.0 University Place. Slated for completion in 2018, 3.0 University Place is expected to be the first building of its kind to achieve LEED Platinum certification, with its self-tinting windows specifically designed to combat the problem of excess cooling costs produced by direct sunlight and ensuing glares. Kirsten Dunst in Dior Haute Couture made from 100m of Aluminium Foil, covered in Organza - for Vogue by Annie Leibovitz. Plastic bag 5p charge cuts usage by almost 80 per cent, Tesco says. The reduction is even greater than the supermarket itself had expected and in line with the top-end of the Government’s estimates of the impact of the levy, the proceeds of which – less VAT - are to be given to good causes.

Plastic bag 5p charge cuts usage by almost 80 per cent, Tesco says

Rory Stewart, the environment minister, said he was “delighted” by the figures which showed “the 5p plastic bag charge is starting to have a real impact and is raising thousands for good causes”. “Cutting the number of plastic bags we use is a small but vital step in reducing plastic waste. Antonio Berardi Does Dress in Recycled Plastic – WWD. GREEN ON RED: When Livia Firth hits the Met Gala’s red carpet with husband Colin Firth on Monday night, she’ll be flying the flag for eco fashion.

Antonio Berardi Does Dress in Recycled Plastic – WWD

Sustainability. We focus on our partners because we know that by working as one we can co-create a step change in ethical trade across fashion, food and beauty.


Over the past year our Buying team has been focused on what we call Buying Better. This journey started with a training programme for our buying and merchandising functions, led by the Centre for Sustainable Fashion to understand the issues and impacts of the fashion industry. We began to shape our response to these challenges by focusing on making sustainability part of the buying conversation, ensuring our brands meet our standards on ethical trade, promoting best practice and championing new brands with a sustainable focus. Our Ethical Trade Requirements underpin our approach to source with quality and deliver with care. Russian mink farms where thousands are slaughtered and left to rot to make $1m coats. These disturbing pictures expose the macabre truth about the fur farms in Russia and China which supply the fashion market in the world's leading cities, including London, Paris and New York.

Russian mink farms where thousands are slaughtered and left to rot to make $1m coats

Stella McCartney's Sustainable Stores. Fondation Louis Vuitton / Gehry Partners. Fondation Louis Vuitton / Gehry Partners Architects Location Bois de Boulogne, 75016 Paris, France Design Partner Frank Gehry Area 11700.0 sqm Project Year 2014 Photographs Iwan Baan, Todd Eberle, Courtesy of L'Observatoire International Consultants Gehry Technologies Executive Architect Studios Architecture MEP Engineer Setec Batiment Lighting L’Observatoire International / Ingelux Civil Engineer Setec Bâtiment Building Façade Consultant RFR/TESS Acoustical Engineer (Base Building) LAMOUREUX Sound designer (Auditorium) Nagata Acoustics Landscape Atelier Lieux Et Paysages Theatre/AV DUCKS SCENO Sustainable Building Consultants S’PACE / TERAO Building Maintenance TAW General Contractor VINCI Construction Client Fondation Louis Vuitton - Bernard Arnault, President Site Area 1ha.

Fondation Louis Vuitton / Gehry Partners

How a Canada Goose Parka is made - BrandmadeTV. Prada's new country of origin labels. 29 September 2010 Jessica Bumpus.

Prada's new country of origin labels

Are vintage clothes more ethical? Nowadays it's not uncommon to find clothing under five years old labelled as "vintage".

Are vintage clothes more ethical?

Unfortunately it's become a catchall term for pre-worn threads. Who Makes Our Clothing? THE GREEN CARPET CHALLENGE. The fall and rise of magazines from print to digital. Challenging times lie ahead for magazines. The Audit Bureau of Circulations figures published last month made grim reading. Sales of celebrity titles, such as Heat, Hello! Project Ocean. Selfridges Project Ocean is retail activism in action – a long-term partnership between Selfridges and The Zoological Society of London to protect our oceans.

Now in its fifth year running, we share the story of how together we have triggered a sea change in the way we care for our oceans. For 2016, we are continuing to inspire other businesses and our customers to ditch single-use plastic water bottles by supporting the #OneLess campaign to make our cities and communities plastic water bottle free. Stella McCartney - Not so sustainable... In late April, the Financial Times’s (and soon to be New York Times's) Vanessa Friedman gave a speech at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit on the paradox of sustainability in the fashion industry. With designers piling on season after sub-season, the imperative to push new styles stands in opposition to any notion of permanence, Friedman argued.

There are a few sides to sustainability in fashion.