If you weren’t able to attend this year’s Global Green USA fundraiser and celebration in San Francisco, don’t fret because we’ve got you covered. This year’s green-spectacular undoubtedly eclipsed the last, including the additions of an incredible eco-fashion show, a showcase of Sage Vaughn’s artwork, and a living wall exhibit by Design Ecology featuring a native California butterfly habitat. With all of this on top of the charitable green initiatives by Global Green, we couldn’t think of a more fabulous and fitting way to push fashion-forward and socially responsible design.
Global Green co-chairs Zem Joaquin and Nadine Weil, along with President Matt Petersen, spoke on behalf of Global Green’s many green initiatives, as well as actor Peter Mensah and model-entrepreneur Josie Maran, who introduced the show and graced us with their celebrity style.
The fashion show began with Yves Behar’s fabulous eco PACT organic cotton underwear and accessory pieces, like hats by Livity Outernational made out of raffia straw. A sustainably harvested wool sweater by Nina Skarra accented a fine pair of organic cotton undies, along with an organic cotton jacket by Mr. Larkin. Other favorites by Mr. Larkin include the organic knit lace dress (worn by Maran) herself and a beautiful crème milk fiber gown with gold accents.
Local Berkeley designer Carla Borja presented plaid overcoats and skirts and Magdalena Schaffrin had some great men’s streetwear pieces. Probably the most glamorous pieces were those of Robin Brouillette and Leila Hafzi, whose long flowing silk gowns, accented by Amber Marie Bently jewelry, piqued the show’s abundance of rich colors and textures.
With so many creative and talented designers in the mix, it was near impossible to choose an absolute fashion-show favorite. But a few designers certainly grabbed our attention, perhaps even making us blush a little with their sometimes barely there apparel.
Global Green 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 “create 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.”