Queens is green ... and stylin'
It was nearly impossible to get a seat this past weekend at the Queens is Green Fashion Show in Long Island City, where several local designers showed off their eco-friendly lines.
I had half-expected the show the first of its kind in the area to be a display of newsprint dresses and jeans crafted from tree bark, but was happily disappointed. Most of the clothes shown were absolutely street-ready. Great looking enough for a normal person to wear but made with a conservation mindset. One collection was made of 100 percent organic cotton (Dani Starre); another was de- and reconstructed T-shirts (JUNKSTAR). My favorite? Astridland by Astrid Brucker, which are the perfect spring dresses in extremely original cuts.
Ill pass on the cardboard flip-flops and innertube miniskirts, but Queens is Green taught me helping out the environment through fashion can be done every day. Shop at thrift stores. Swap clothes with friends. Buy organic. The show, put on by Politirazzi blogger Lynne Serpe and Robyn Sklar, was an extreme success.
More green events to come through Lynnes group Triple R events, including a garden and grub potluck. Be sure to check it out.