Gucci Goes Green with Glasses

May 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Launching in August, Gucci will be releasing their new line of glasses made mostly from castor oil seeds and special acetate. These two ingredients will be taking the place of earth-polluting traditional plastic. This will decrease CO2 emissions by a TON.

The designers at Gucci are collaborating with “eyewear giant” Safilo (yeah, the guys who hold the rights to the Marc Jacobs, YSL, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen frames). There will be different male and a female selections, as well as different colors and shades. It gets better; the packaging? Also eco-friendly!

Can’t wait. What do you think?

With Grace & Gratitude,

Ariel Johnson-Carroll


Canada College Fashion Show 2011: Some Like It Haute

May 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

A small collection of my personal favorite styles from the show.

Both of these garments were inspired by the current exhibit at the Legion of Honor; Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave. Both of these garments are created using paper or recycled paper products.

These were some of my favorite looks from the “Some Like It Haute” Canada Fashion Show 2011. It was the third annual show featuring beginning designers from all over the Bay Area.

SFSU Spring 2011 Fashion Show: Enchantment

April 22, 2011 § 1 Comment

My favorite photos/designs of the show.

Pretty Pretty Popomomo

April 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Some inspiring designs from Popomomo’s Fall 2011 line. All clothing is made in LA and mostly made from hemp, Lyocell, old fabrics, and organic cotton. Way to go, Popomomo. I love it.

Recycling Sneakers: Civic Duty

February 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

San Francisco is full of hills to climb, roads to bike, and Muni buses to run after. Thus, vintage clothing shops and little hole-in-the-wall places have taken advantage of overpricing sneakers and shoes. TOMS has created quite an amazing system of shoe design; once a pair of shoes is purchased for $40-$60, a second is donated to a child in need in Argentina and other various countries. But TOMS is not the only company that has such an innovative design…

Civic Duty is a brand new company, developed in 2009, that uses recycled Tyvek®, since the material is waterproof, lightweight,  and nearly indestructable. (Yeah, it is that stuff people mail valuable documents in.) Usually people would be wary to try eco-friendly brands since the thought is that they will not work out as well, but these sneakers are incredibly better than anything you can find in SF for the same amount.

Civic Duty Shoes, designed in 2010 benefitting Common Ground Relief

The shoes can be recycled over and over and still come out looking cool with natural dyes and glues. Since the dyes are natural and environmentally friendly, they will fade and get that perfect “vintage” look.

You can buy them online.

Civic Duty Shoes, 2010

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