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Deborah Lindquist Eco Fashion Brand is the premiere brand of unique environmentally conscious couture and ready-to-wear apparel.
Lindquist’s long lasting commitment and devotion to eco-sexy fashion has earned her the the moniker of “Green Queen" in the fashion world.
Lindquist's unique trend-setting designs are synonymous with style, fashion, and sex appeal. Her iconic vintage cashmere apparel has created a cult following among Lindquist’s fans all over the US, Europe and Asia. Recognized as one of the finest fashion designers in the world, she has dressed such mega stars as Sharon Stone, Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera, Rhianna and many more.
Lindquist currently is busy at work, passionately creating her all-American eco-sexy collection in her charming studio in the heart of downtown Los Angeles
•Born: Majorca, Spain, December 1965.
•Education: Left school at the age of 12 to work on the family farm.
•Career: Teamed with American tailor Douglas Hobbs to launch clothing line Dugg, 1995; opened boutique, Horn, in New York's East Village, 1995-99; launched first collection Manaus-Chiapas-NYC, 1999; launched second collection, Midtown, 2000; received financial backing from the Pegasus Apparel Group to produce Miguel Adrover line, 2000.
•Awards: Council of Fashion Designers, Best New Designer of the Year, 2000.
Miguel Adrover is a self-trained fashion designer who quit school at the age of 12 to work on the family farm located on the island of Majorca, Spain, in a small village called Calonge. His first inspiration into the fashion world came when he visited London as a teenager, where he was exposed to punk rock and the New Romantics. In his village, he became the one who was always into the latest music and punky clothes. He served in the army in his late teens and upon discharge ran a bar in Spain.
On his first visit to New York in 1991, Adrover decided to stay. He worked as a janitor and lived in a tiny basement apartment. Four years later, in 1995, he befriended a Native American tailor, Douglas Hobbs, and together they made and sold t-shirts. The same year, they opened the Horn boutique in New York's East Village. Horn soon became the playing ground for young designers from New York and London who didn't have any other place to show their clothes. These designers included Alexander McQueen, Bernadette Corporation, and Bless. Horn also carried labels such as Dugg, Bruce, and As Four. Adrover and Hobbs closed the boutique in March 1999 to concentrate on designing women's clothing.
With many friends but little money, Adrover turned out his first collection, Manaus-Chiapas NYC, at a Latin theater in New York's Lower East Side in the summer of 1999. The collection was about the journey of a woman, kicked out of her surroundings, who is struggling yet nonetheless very strong. Adrover received some favorable press, but could not afford and did not attempt to market the clothes since he had only $5 in his pocket. Although he was a newcomer to the world of fashion, he was seen as a rising star after his showing.
His second show, for fall 2000, took place in a rundown theater in the Lower East Side in February and was titled "Midtown." Adrover wanted to show the paradox of different classes of people mixing on the sidewalks of New York City, where one finds middle-class, homeless, and upper-class people. The show's theme was his interpretation of pedestrians on the streets, and drew many of the fashion world's most important people, including Anna Wintour, chief editor of American Vogue, and Cathy Horyn, fashion journalist for the New York Times. The Midtown showing had been financed by Vogue, who paid Adrover a settlement of $12,000 after his samples were stolen from the magazine's offices.
The collection was made up of borrowed classics from past designers which Adrover turned into works of art, using deconstruction and reconstruction. He flipped Burberry macs inside out, took aLouis Vuitton bag and made it into a miniskirt, and transformed writer and neighbor Quentin Crisp's mattress into an overcoat. The coat has become somewhat of a legend in itself—since everyone who worked on it developed a terrible rash.
After the Midtown show, Adrover was suddenly the next superstar fashion designer. He was soon signed by the Pegasus Group, and Judith Thurman of the New Yorker called him "a phenom." The eponymous Miguel Adrover collection debuted in May 2000 to high praise and was sold to stores worldwide. Adrover went to Italy to buy his fabrics, from old bolts of cloth, for the 36-piece collection. Adrover's designs can now be found in stores in the U.S., Europe, and the Far East.
In February 2001, Adrover showed his fourth collection, "Meeteast," an Egyptian-inspired presentation for which he spend six weeks in Egypt in order to develop ideas. The showing was a trip around the Arab world, filled with exotic designs, and like his previous collections, received much media hype—though not all positive. Meeteast was somewhat of an oddity in the fashion world, featuring military looks with traditional Arab, colonial, and missionary garments. Models wore harem pants, tunics, and supple knits; some fabrics had been soaked in the Nile River to alter their color while also allowing Adrover to make a political statement about the Third World.
Adrover is a rising star in the fashion industry, another retelling in the classic story of the American dream. "I would love to be considered a classic," the designer told W magazine, yet his version of "classic" would surely have a twist, as he aspires to be "a modern classic, an abstract classic."
Recycling Urban Eco Fashion
An eco epicurean fashion boutique based on the joys of clothing recycling, Junky Styling has gained an international mystic with its creative one-off styles.
Recycled sustainable eco fashionSaunders and Seager are not designers by training but rather stumbled into designing their own clothes to save money for traveling. The originality and freshness of their designs plus the environmental friendliness of recycling clothing quickly popped them into eco fashion awareness. Saunders and Seager have developed a design style based upon their destroy, repair, enhance, and reform approach which they call “Wardrobe Surgery”. They take old, recycled, donated clothing and deconstruct it removing parts of it such as sleeves, lapels or panels and then reconstruct the remaining bits by moving seams, reassembling sleeves as leggings, or perhaps a sleeve turns into a torso when opened out. And then they might add bits of details such as ruffles on shirts and cuffs on trousers from other recycled clothes. Saunders and Seager might become the Picassos of eco fashion.
recycle eco fashion at Junky StylesClients and customers of Junky Styling range from young eco warriors to matronly art society ladies searching for the new “look.” While Junky Styling closely embraces recycling, one of the touchstones of the environmental movement, Seager has stated “we are obviously eco friendly but our main drive was to create and produce beautiful clothing.” We are beginning to find more and more environmental principles being incorporated into fashions and other industries.
Saunders and Seager are not the only designers incorporating environmental and recycling principals into their fashions. New York’s Miguel Adrover has added ammunition belts to ladies fashions to emphasize the plight of indigenous tribes fighting for their lands in the Amazon rainforests and being forced out by American oil companies. Miguel Adrover has also used recycled fabrics such as a mini skirt made from an old Louis Vuitton handbag and plaids found at flea markets in some of his big New York shows.
Deborah Lindquist recycled eco fashionDeborah Lindquist, Los Angeles designer for the celebrities, “reincarnates” old and vintage clothing and accessories by recycling them into reconstructed one-of-a-kind eco haute couture. Lindquist transforms her love of the environment by recycling old cashmere, saris, kimonos, scarves and other old bits and pieces into her environmentally-sensitive wearable eco art. Corsets and bustiers are a trademark of Lindquist.
Lindquist makes a fashion and environmental statement by using recycling to reincarnate, renew, and transform the old into new beauty. According to Lindquist, "I want to do my best to take care of the planet by designing with recycled and eco-friendly materials. I think we all have to start with what we know because it can seem like a daunting task since I feel the world is in crisis. I design clothing, so I figured I'd start there." Lindquist says she loves the strange and beautiful details that each recycled piece brings to her creations. "Instead of getting a bolt of fabric that anyone down the block could buy, using recycled materials creates a more individual look."
So, what does this have to do with organic clothing? Directly, not much; but indirectly, quite a bit. Recycling is important for reusing and conserving natural resources. Organic clothing is important in reducing chemical toxins found in conventional fertilizers and pesticides and from garment manufacturing processes.
If you think of the environmental movement as being a large tree dedicated to improving the health of our planet and all life, then eco-friendly fashion and organic clothing are like two large branches of the Tree that each have smaller branches that intermingle and come together sometimes. For example, both recycling fashion and organic clothing could be called eco sustainable fashions. Organic purists decry that not all eco fashion is healthy. And fashion mavens sniff that not all organic clothing is fashionable. But both contribute to improving the health of the planet, sometimes in different ways and sometimes in the same ways. This is one of the features of the environmental movement that give it vibrancy and relevancy.
Trash To Fashion becomes an international event
Appropriately located in the heart of New Zealand's Eco-City, this event focuses on sustainability and environmental issues through fashion design competition. This year it reached new heights of recognition and artistic quality.
Trash To Fashion delivered its promise of showcasing glamour and creativity from recycled materials to nearly 4000 attendees at this year's event held at the Trusts Stadium in Henderson, Waitakere.
Over the past 11 years this event has grown to the point where it attracts international entries which this year included several from the US and one from Australia. National entries range the whole of the North Island as well as the South Island.
Eight categories were presented throughout the show, interspersed with artistically performed interludes which followed a continuous narrative.
Supreme and multi-award winner Amethyst Parker enthuses "I love this event, I've entered three times previously because it really pushes my thinking on what materials can be used in new and exciting ways so it makes me be resourceful. I think that's important for stimulating design and creativity .I also love the fact that these awards introduce new people to sustainable living and design."
In addition to her other wins Amethyst received a special prize at the awards which recognised her exceptional abilities in creative design and will aid her quest for design excellence - $2000 worth of study grant donated by UNITEC.
Some of the more unusual materials utilised by finalists this year included 1960s doll faces, a bird cage, garden hoses, bicycle parts, Xrays and also American yoghurt tops.
Eco-fashion finds a home in Brazil
Collecting plastic bottles that can be recycled in to fibres generates income for thousands of poor families
Carolina Schwartz & Fernanda Ezabella - February 1st 2007.
SAO PAULO–For young Brazilians worrying about the latest fashions, the dangers of polluting rivers and oceans with billions of plastic bottles and tonnes of pesticides may seem a distant concern.
But new technology that makes clothing from the polyester fibres of recycled bottles, and organic cotton grown without pesticides may prove that being environmentally conscious and staying hip can walk hand-in-hand.
During last month's Sao Paulo Fashion Week, the biggest fashion event in Latin America, a group of local designers displayed several glamorous gowns made from recycled materials, known as e-fabrics.
"It's a great idea. It's a way of educating people and making them think more about these issues," said Ruth Marshall-Johnson, an associate editor with the Worth Global Style Network research and fashion news service.
The recycled bottles also are used to produce materials that serve as filling for matelasse fabric, ties and lapels. Collecting the bottles also generates income for thousands of poor Brazilian families.
Technological fabrics will be responsible for great changes in the business, said Gloria Kalil, one of Brazil's top fashion consultants.
"From now on, the industry will have to consider the environment. Otherwise, who's going to buy things that are damaging for the planet?" she said.
Marshall-Johnson agrees. She pointed out that the Internet has become a powerful tool for consumers to investigate whether what they wear utilizes slave labour or involves fabrics produced in a manner that is not ecologically friendly.
Commercially, producing certain e-fabrics such as organic cotton could cost consumers up to 20 per cent more.
"Organic cotton costs more to grow, but people don't realize that regular cotton is the worst crop for the environment because of the amount of pesticides it requires," said researcher Selma Fernandes, from the Institute E, a non-governmental organization sponsoring the fabrics project.
"These pesticides end up killing butterflies and birds and pollute rivers."
This year, designer Raquel Davidowicz, of the fashion house UMA, created her first collection of clothing for the catwalk made from organic cotton and bamboo fibres.
"We were looking for new fabrics and chose these exactly because they are not harmful for the environment," Davidowicz said.
"We are aware that they are trickier to sell."
Specialists say it might take five years for the trend to catch up and for more people to start to pay the premium price for clothes made from e-fabrics.
"The designers were interested in taking part in this project. Now we hope to create the desire among consumers to purchase this type of clothing," Fernandes said.
A showcase for eco-fashion
Sometimes fashion hurts, but helping the planet doesn't have to be painful. A new group is raising money and awareness with an eco-friendly fashion show
Trish Crawford - January 25th 2007.
It's the season for fashion to go green.
With concern for the environment at a fever pitch, Canadian fashion designers are raising money for the conservation organization WWF-Canada with an eco-friendly fashion show.
Helping the planet doesn't have to be painful, says Leslie Domenico, executive director of the Green Carpet Series which has organized An Evening of Sustainable Style at the Berkeley Church this Tuesday, which wants to attract local THUGS – Thoughtful Hip Urban Green-minded professionals.
Green Carpet, a newly formed environment group, stages events to raise money and awareness. Its first event featuring organic food raised $10,000 in May. We "want to raise awareness and showcase alternatives in a fun way," says Domenico.
They do this by promoting easy things people can do, such as buying clothing made of hemp or bamboo.
"We are not preaching and not purists. Any shift in lifestyle helps," says Domenico.
The clothes will be as good to look at as they are for the environment, says Domenico.
Celebrity models, including television reporter Wendy Mesley and singer Melanie Doane, will model eco-friendly clothing by Canadian designers including Preloved, Yogagirl and Oqoqo as well as vintage items (remember, recycle and reuse.)
TV personalities Gill Deacon and George Stroumboulopoulos are hosts.
Linda Lundström, who is honourary chair of the event, has been designing environmentally friendly clothing for almost 20 years.
After having her first child she grew concerned about dyes and chemicals used in the finishing of textiles, and how they affected the planet.
Now Lundström works with eco-friendly materials such as bamboo as well as a material made out of recycled plastic bottles.
Her two daughters, ages 20 and 16, will model her designs in the show.
Money raised by Green Carpet will finance the WWF climate change education programs and conservation work. Recently WWF-Canada has focused on replenishing Canada's cod stock and other species affected by over-fishing says Tara Wood, public relations manager for WWF-Canada.
Buying products made locally, including clothing, is one of the easiest ways people can help on the global warming file, says Wood.
The fuel used to ship items from China or elsewhere uses up a lot of fossil fuels. Shopping locally not only produces less pollution, it helps local retailers and the Canadian economy, says Wood.
Tickets for An Evening of Sustainable Style are $40 and available at greencarpetseries.com.