Last month the 9th Annual Gorgeous & Green Eco-Fashion Show and Fundraiser Gala kicked off in San Francisco to benefit the ongoing efforts of Global Green USA and their mission to help places, people, and the planet in need. The annual gala has a tradition of over-the-top glamour, and this year (while exceptional) was no exception in the uber glamorous category. Themed ‘Green Gatsby’, the star-studded event was graced with celebrity hosts / actresses Rosario Dawson and Maggie Grace, and co-founders Zem Joaquin and Nadine Weil, who co-chaired the production with Christopher Bently, among many other honorary attendees. Inhabitat editor Mike Chino and writer Piper Kujac were on the scene to check out this year's event - read on for some of our highlights!
The LEED–certified Bently Reserve in San Francisco was the perfect setting for a ‘Green Gatsby’ theme with its 1920s Beaux Arts detailing, opulent marble floors, and grand staircases flanking each end. A lively dance performance of the Charleston by The Decobelles helped set the mood, along with Ken Jordan of The Crystal Method and Eoin Harrington of RH Music.
More than $350,000 was raised from the exclusive dinner party prepared by Michelin-starred chef Ken Frank of La Toque in Napa, CA. All this benefits Global Green USA’s signature programs aimed at building affordable housing, schools, neighborhood developments, and rebuilding efforts in New Orleans, New York, and New Jersey. Global Green also advocates for funding streams to green schools through such initiatives as California’s landmark Proposition 39 supporting clean energy and jobs.
Eco accolades were awarded to Intel, for its industry–leading green power purchases that offset 100% of its U.S. electricity use; Adobe, for their exemplary green building and energy efficiency projects; and Plumpjack Group for their LEED Gold-certified CADE Estate Winery and forthcoming Odette Estate. Of the honorable mentions, HuffPost Home and Lifestyle editor-at-large Zem Joaquin said, “We were honored to recognize Adobe, Intel, and Plumpjack Group for their exceptional focus on sustainability, while celebrating the life-affirming work that we are doing at Global Green every day.” On par with the honorable mentions, the entire glamorous affair was 100% zero waste.
And now for the fashion. It was difficult to choose favorites among the decadent flapper-style theme of ornate beaded gowns, each one seeming more luxuriant than the last. Stylist Lily Achatz chose actual 1920s vintage couture pieces from Decades of Fashion in San Francisco, eBAY Green, Torso Vintages, and Rose La Mer for the headpieces. Bespoke suits were plucked from The Artful Gentleman and America’s oldest clothier, Brooks Brothers (who outfitted F. Scott Fitzgerald back in the day and Leonardo DiCaprio in the film Gatsby). Fortunately not all the gowns were one-of-a-kind vintage, so we can fall back on our love of eco-conscious designer Cari Borja, whose gowns, while every bit unique, are a little easier to track down.
Photos by Mike Chino for Inhabitat
ABOUT GLOBAL GREEN USA:
Global Green USA is the American affiliate of Green Cross International, founded by President Gorbachev, to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. For nearly 20 years, Global Green USA has been a national leader in advocating for smart solutions to global warming including green buildings for affordable housing, schools, cities and communities that save money, improve health and create green jobs.
Global Green USA has influenced more than $20 billion dollars for green building projects and educates millions of people about climate friendly solutions through its annual Red Carpet/Green Cars Oscars campaign. Global Green is also leading efforts to help rebuild a green New Orleans through its sustainable green village and green schools initiatives. For more information, visit and follow @globalgreen.