Eileen Fisher, a pioneer in sustainable clothing, helps us celebrate Earth Day with a look at her most eco-conscious collection to date. For spring 2014, 52% of the line is designed as part of The Eco Collection and 70% of the cotton manufactured for the entire offering is organic.
“Becoming more mindful about clothing means looking at every fiber and every seed and every dye and seeing how to make it better. We don’t want sustainability to be our edge—we want it to be universal,” says Fisher.
SmartStyle: There are so many eco-chic options—from organic linens to hemp to biodegradable Tencel® to bluesign®-certified silks (Chinese silks that are dyed and finished using fewer chemicals, less water and less energy).
Craving more Moss? The supermodel gives us a sneak peek at her highly anticipated collaboration with Topshop, available starting April 30 in over 60 Nordstrom stores and online. “The pieces are all inspired by my own wardrobe, items that I can wear in different situations and in different ways,” says the fashion muse.
Trend: Balearic Dressing. The new boho look is inspired by one of Kate’s favorite destinations, the Balearic Islands.
Self-proclaimed Nordstrom fan and plus-size model Candice Huffine has cultivated a unique sense of fashion that comes with working 15 years in the business. The New York model’s recent work includes the ‘Flowers for Ferdinando’ editorial for CR Fashion book, photographed by Tom Ford and styled by Carine Roitfeld, along with a portrait and interview in the April 2014 issue of Vogue magazine. She’s also graced the pages of W and Vogue Italia, and she’s shot campaigns for Marina Rinaldi, Lane Bryant, Maidenform, Marks & Spencer and Addition Elle, just to name a few. We got the chance to pick her brain about her favorite trends, celebrity wardrobe envy and taking the size out of style.
On her wardrobe strategy: “It’s all about having fun. I love breaking the rules, being loud and playing with different trends—anything from grunge to preppy. My fashion mantra: just commit.”
On the blessing and curse of the color black: “I don’t like to cover myself in a sea of black because it seems like such a 1999 mentality for curvy women. But I’d be lying if I said the color didn’t show up in some of my key pieces… it’s a chic color… and I live in NYC. ‘Nuff said.”
This spring, edit your wardrobe by adding a few city-sleek styles from via C. “For spring we wanted to let our customers know it’s okay to be playful. You can be sporty with Alexander Wang basketball shorts, mix bright florals with camo from Carven, show off your abs in an A.L.C. crop top or mix textiles with crystals, like on the 3.1 Phillip Lim blouse,” says Kimberly Harris, our online via C buyer.
With his signature wit and flair for the dramatic, Brad created seven unforgettable looks for spring occasions, from casual brunches to marriage proposals (!) and everything in between. While he worked, he gave us pitch-perfect styling tips to help you create your own sexy, playful looks guaranteed to turn heads and make you feel like a million bucks.
Although he was crazy busy on the set, we managed to catch a few candid moments with the maestro, including a quick conversation between Brad and one of his closest companions:
Whether it’s dressed up or worn casually, denim’s effortless appeal can’t be denied. AG design director and surf enthusiast Mark Wiesmayr walks us through the brand’s spring 2014 collection and, in the process, bares the infinite possibilities of this durable and ever-evolving fabric.
On why denim has a universal cool factor: “It’s a ubiquitous fabric. It was made as workwear originally, so it never pretends to be too formal, and after wearing it throughout the last 160 years, we accept indigo as being a part of the monochrome family. It’s wearable with anything. Effortless is how so many of us want to appear, and that is part of denim’s cool factor. The way denim can be treated and given so many different finishes is also a part of being able to express our own individuality, without being too far out from the crowd.”
Got game? Wear it loud and proud with a statement-making Alexander Wang beanie that upholds the spirit of Principle 6 in a wordless show of solidarity. A portion of the proceeds from sales of this ‘P6′ Limited Edition Beanie support LGBT advocacy groups and the P6 Campaign, which takes its name and message from the entry of the Olympic Charter that declares, “The practice of sport is a human right.”
More than Just a Fashion Statement: Makeup guru Bobbi Brown, model Cara Delevingne, CFDA’s Steven Kolb and Man Repeller blogger Leandra Medine are just a few of the noteworthy names championing the cause.
Inspired by Hudson Taylor, Athlete Ally is a nonprofit dedicated to challenging homophobia and transphobia in sports. For more information on this empowering organization, visit Athleteally.org.
Lily Aldridge, 28, is the can-do super girl of fashion: She juggles motherhood, modeling and co-designing for Velvet by Graham & Spencer. Now on her second collaboration with the California brand, Lily creates the quintessential off-duty-model wardrobe that fuses rock-show looks with easy chic. Read on as Lily chats with The Thread about her excitement for Velvet, her design process and her adopted hometown.
When she’s not prepping for a Sports Illustrated cover shoot or strutting her wings as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, Lily’s cultivating her aesthetic as a designer.
On her design process: “I was inspired by people I know and by the style of people on the streets…I just naturally envisioned what I wanted to wear [for spring] and the pieces came together. Jenny [Graham] and Toni [Spencer] have been wonderful about letting me have creative control and listening to my ideas on movement of the garments and choosing the colors for the collection.”