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On the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, it’s only appropriate that the Council of Fashion Designers of America should turn its attention to the environment. At a New York luncheon yesterday, the CFDA and Lexus announced the winners of the Eco-Fashion Challenge—an annual event that rewards designers for their environmentally responsible fashion. “It’s only the tip of the iceberg,” said Amber Valletta, who, wearing a Daniel Silverstein dress cut from zero waste, predicted that there will be a major shift in eco-friendly design in another five years. “It’s necessary, responsible, and economical. Luxury is about being thoughtful and sustainable from the beginning.”
Guests including Coco Rocha, Steven Sebring, Maria Cornejo, and Steven Kolb filed into ABC Kitchen for the affair. Over shared plates of locally sourced crab toast and braised mushroom, they applauded top winner Natalie “Alabama” Chanin for her organic, handcrafted wares. “Hand embroidery is very engrained in rural communities in America,” Chanin said. She pointed to the hand-sewn skirt from her namesake label that she was wearing, explaining how she sources the organic cotton from Texas, then has it processed and dyed in North Carolina before it’s sewn by Alabama artisans.
The selection committee, which included Valletta, fashion consultant Julie Gilhart, and CFDA’s Lisa Smilor, among others, also gave awards to Mark Davis for his jewelry, and SVILU’s Britt Cosgrove and Marina Polo for their environmentally sound, understated womenswear.
About those real, cherry-pit buttons that Behnaz Sarafpour has been using in her collection: “It’s not from me baking cherry pies in the summer,” the designer said with a laugh at last night’s CFDA & Lexus Hybrid Living Eco Fashion Challenge. “We found someone professional who gets the pits, cleans them, and turns them into buttons.”
It may not be the work of her own hands, but it is environmentally friendly, one reason among many that Sarafpour found herself up for a $25,000 award from the CFDA and Lexus last night, alongside Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra of Costello Tagliapietra, Marcia Patmos of M. Patmos, Maria Cornejo, Monique Péan, John Patrick of Organic, Mary Ping of Slow and Steady Wins the Race, and Justin Giunta of Subversive. The criteria: Collections had to be at least 25 percent organic and, of course, 100 percent stylish. Péan, for example, uses recycled gold and sustainable buffalo horn; Costello Tagliapietra create the dyes that color their collection in an ecologically friendly way; and Cornejo emphasizes sustainable manufacturing practices and the use of fabrics like cupro, which are typically discarded during the production of cotton.
Péan, Costello Tagliapietra, and Zero + Maria Cornejo won the day, but Cornejo was quick to note eco-friendliness is a work in progress. “We are trying, and it’s an ongoing process. Every season we try to bring more and more of that into the collection,” she said. “We have gotten creative within those parameters of 25 percent organic. 100 percent is hard, but this we can do.” Robert Tagliapietra (pictured, with Jeffrey Costello) agreed with the Chilean-born designer’s do-what-you-can ethic. “For us, it’s always been about introducing things that felt organic to the brand,” he said. “We are not using organic as a branding tool—just as something you should be doing.”
To celebrate the brand’s fifth series of luxury hybrid vehicles, the suits at Lexus had a fabulous idea: host a party in New York City for eco-conscious celebrities (including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kyra Sedgwick, and Kevin Bacon) and conduct a little debate on whether or not this whole global warming thing is as big of a deal as some people make it out to be. Eco advocate Amanda Little took the pro side, while filmmaker Phelim McAleer argued con, but the most sparks came courtesy of the evening’s moderator, Sarah Silverman, who, admittedly, occasionally strayed off topic in the service of a joke. Little cited the job creation associated with climate change, and McAleer said something about the pope and corporate lies—it was hard to hear over the talking, cell phone conversations, and general party atmosphere. Well, Silverman wasn’t having that: “Shut the F up” and “I hate you guys right now” were battle cries from the night’s MC, though she did also have some good points, like that her father could assist with natural gas (har har har), and my favorite line, “The finger-pointers of global warming are often standing on a pile of shit.” Gretchen Mol, Emmy Rossum, and Matthew Settle tried to get close enough to participate, but by the time they worked their way beyond the bar they gave up; Zach Braff gave up, too, and started heckling a few of Jon Stewart’s correspondents from The Daily Show. All’s fair in love and the environment, I guess. And then, at the end of the night, Paul Sevigny and the MisShapes took the decks, the hipsters hit the dance floor, and it was back to parties as usual.
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