Flora & Fauna

Flora & Fauna is a ready to wear line by designer Pauline Siu based in Vancouver. Taking inspiration from the lush nature world around her, Siu designs clothing that is captures the beauty, charm and delicacy of plants and animals.  The line features clean lines, rich colors and a pan-seasonal style that makes them both conscious and easy to integrate into your existing wardrobe. In addition to using eco-friendly materials and business practices, Flora & Fauna also supports animal welfare and nature conservation organizations.  For the FW09 season, they are giving $2 from…

Fall/Winter 2009 – Eco Fashion Review

As NYFW draws to a close, I’ve been reflecting on just how huge the fashion industry is.  There are literally hundreds of designers creating thousands of new pieces each year.  A small percentage of those are ‘green’ designers, but they are absolutely making a dent in the industry by demanding the highest standards of fabrics, construction and manufacturing–growing their lines with grassroots marketing. I’d like to show off the Fall/Winter 2009 lines of some of my favorite green designers.  These collections may seem to have very little in common when…

M641: Fall 2009 Preview and Interview

Last year I introduced you to a brand new label called M641. Woman-owned, ethical and conscious, M641 has garnered a loyal following among women who demand more from their wardrobe than just a stylish outfit or two. The co-owners and designers Ina and Subu have graciously given me a preview of their Fall/Winter 2009 line and spent some time answering a few questions about their budding young company: 1.  Describe your style aesthetic using three words. City. Polished.  Free. 2.  Where do you draw your inspiration for your designs? Love, motherhood, friendship, commitment,…

Leanne Marshall

If you have been paying attention to Project Runway this season, you already know Leanne Marshall as the silent but deadly contestant who is very calmly, very politely kicking everyone’s ass.  Her quiet demeanor and un-realty-tv-like lack of drama made her a dark horse, particularly with her slow start in the first couple challenges.  But after week three, she has managed to hit her stride. I had a chance to talk to Leanne last month as she was preparing for the excitement of New York Fashion Week.  She was as unassuming in real life…