Photos by Mike ChinoIt's been nearly a week, but we're still spinning from the haute Mad Men-themed eco-fashion show and fundraiser that Global Green U.S.A. threw at the LEED-certified W Hotel in San Francisco. After six years of similar fetes, you might wonder whatâ€™s different this year. For starters, Global Green co-chairs Zem Joaquin and Nadine Weil lit up the stage with a surprise vintage-couture fashion show!
Matt Peterson, president of Global Green, kicked off the evening by highlighting some of the past year’s initiatives, including Habitat for Humanityâ€™s LEED for Neighborhood Development Edes Avenue Project in Oakland, CA; Global Green’s post-Katrina rebuilding efforts in New Orleans; and its work along the Gulf Coast.
The excitement on the floor was palpable as Global Green presented cutting-edge community enterprises, such as the 77,173-square-foot, LEED-certified educational campus of the Animo Ralph Bunche & Jefferson Charter Schools, which are supported by fundraisers such as Gorgeous & Green.
Matt Peterson touted One Tree Hill co-stars Austin Nicols and Sophia Bushâ€™s compilation album, Gasoline Rainbows, initiated by music artist Amy Kuney in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the Gulf Coast oil spill and cleanup. We also raised glasses of organic Korbel California champagne to toast celebrity guestâ€”and self-proclaimed Global Green “fluffer”â€”Rhona Mitra, who has helped spur awareness about the state of affairs in the Gulf Coast.
The fashion show kicked off with a Mad Men-themed array of royal blues, golds, and ambers in fine silk and wool cutsâ€”reminiscent of the past but bright enough to lift spirits during the holiday season. Vintage a la Mode and Ricky Serbin Haute, along with Torso Vintage in San Francisco, plied us with original ’50s and ’60s pieces. We wish we could tell you who the designers were, but since many of the pieces are one-of-a-kind vintage, all we can really say is “wow!”
Fortunately, we can look to the present, as well. Several of the looks were made by au courant designers with an eye for mid-century mod couture. We loved Karen Caldwell’s citrus-hued wool-crepe top and skirt, both of which offered a fresh twist on the fitted suits of yore.
Amber Marie Bently and Vintage a la Mode accessorized each getup, and we’re told that a portion of runway sales benefits Global Green. If you see something you like from our favs captured here, you can contact Lily Achatz at [email protected] for purchasing details.
ABOUT GLOBAL GREEN U.S.A.
Global Green U.S.A. is the American outreach arm of the environmental organization Green Cross International, a program initiated by President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993. The Global Green mission is to â€ścreate a global value shift toward a more secure and sustainable future by working to mitigate global warming, expand green building and green schools, eliminate weapons of mass destruction, and ensure access to clean water.â€ť