TAG: Fashion

You won’t believe what these T’s are made of

T-shirts made from bottles

Earthspun Apparel are turning trash into modern stylish T-shirts in a solar powered factory in Charlotte, North Carolina

Upscale Refashions From 2 Designers Who Deliver

Upscale Refashions From 2 Designers Who Deliver

Mixing the art of upcycling with the world of fashion allows a never ending supply of inspiration. The following 2 designers are instances of where a heightened talent for spinning fresh life into the old makes their sustainable fashions stand out. In the hands of crafty designer Tawny Holt from Amour Sans Anguish, recycled clothing has been given a style upgrade. Reusing fabrics and materials, she cuts, sews, dyes and recreates them. Giving refashioned clothing a kick, these exclusive wears beg to be slipped on. Her upcycled fashions have a vintage feel, are certainly unique and are dripping with a… read more

Far Out Fashions Offer Environmental Statements

Far Out Fashions Offer Environmental Statements

  Eco focused Elena Gregusova has mixed fashion design with textile art, and the outcome has produced some interesting, and somewhat unusual, pieces. Her artwork signifies environmental issues and has a multicultural facet. Using recycled content she creatively forms clothing sculptures that are presented as statement pieces. Using mediums like newspapers, tossed out textiles and other discarded materials she turns them into one of a kind wearable displays. One take on an organically produced fabric structure is her Global Wearing gown. Made from 100% recycled products like old clothing and umbrellas it shows a glacial, imaginative design. Her Wear The… read more

Would You Wear Your Charger?

Would You Wear Your Charger?

Will solar fashions ever become mainstream? That is the question many designers are playing with. Though there are becoming many available options for solar gear, clothing  that incorporates portable, wearable charging by way of the sun hasn’t taken off as readily as real world equipment pieces. Many style inclined are trying to find the balance between function and fashion, but are they succeeding? One example of a presumably practical concept is the solar necktie and jacket. A concept model for the tie was developed by researchers at Iowa State University. The necktie design was made by adhering small solar panels with special… read more

Painting With Dirt and Berries

Painting With Dirt and Berries

Paint doesn’t always have to be store bought. Natural pigments can be made from many items for their desired hues, and is perfect for crafting or smaller painting tasks. Unexpected things, like soil and berries, can be used to for painting and dying fabrics due to their naturally rich colorants. Rhonda R. Janke provides a handout on creating paint from local materials, like soils. Interested in making her own paints, she developed a skill for formulating colors from natural substances like soil. In addition to other resources, she provides tips for making your own organic egg-tempera, gouache and oil paints…. read more

Button Up

Button Up

Buttons could be the most forgotten about accessory. Typically used for function and no so much for fashion, there is a new focus on these small fixtures. The fashion savvy know that even the smallest details matter. This sense for style, combined with a new way of attaining materials, imparts a truly interesting way to fasten that won’t permit buttons to go unnoticed. High end fashions incorporating dramatic buttons are prevailing ways to wear them as accessory pieces. The following photograph from Studio Swine showcases them as eye catching additions. Their Button series was inspired by architectural elements. However, bringing… read more

Interesting Eco Art Fashion

Interesting Eco Art Fashion

Katell Gélébart is an eco designer who creates eye-catching fashions from cast off materials and garbage. An award winning artist and environmentalist, she uses recycling as a medium for her designs, making a mark in the fashion world without creating excess waste or using industrialized processes. Noting the sheer carelessness of things that are made only to be discarded, like food packaging, she has formed and sewed them into wearable art like trenchcoats, jackets, dresses and sturdy, neat looking carry-alls. Along with thrown out packaging, she repurposes items like rags, old clothing, towels, and even items like parachutes and inner… read more

Eco Friendly Jewelry Designs

Eco Friendly Jewelry Designs

Jewelry is a complementary accessory, but buying new items can be expensive. Plus, some pieces can have a dark past. Making recycled jewelry can be an economical alternative and allows you to have control over the design. Taking old pieces that are never worn and recycling by having them melted down into new ones is a good option. Silver, gold and other pure metals that you already have may be preferable to buying since it is cost effective and doesn’t require manufacturing new ones. Gold jewelry, for one example, takes up as much as 80% of gold that has to… read more

Recycling Skateboards

Skateboarding Accessories

For Arizona based artists Devin and Lisa Kelley, skateboarding has been a life-long passion. They share that passion with the world through wearable artwork, one where every unique piece has stories to tell. The couple founded Recycled Skateboards International (RSI), a company dedicated to recycling some of the close to two million skateboards that are discarded each year by creating stunning necklaces, bracelets, and rings, to key chains, belt buckles and more. Skateboarders take pride in riding their boards especially when making every nick and notch. When skateboarders select a board in the store, they take notice of every nick and notch,… read more

Instagram Fashion

Instagram Fashion

I have noticed a few of my friends are using Instagram to sell their old clothes. Just how prevalent is this buying and selling of second-hand clothes using this popular cell phone app? Instagram might lead us to more responsible consumerism as second-hand shops are using the popular photography app. There is a fairly large group of parents that use Instagram as a way to buy and sell their kids’ clothes. These accounts are called “closet shops”. The accounts provide images of clothes up for sale in their up to the minute feed. Those parents who are clothes shopping can… read more