“I love fashion. I’ve never said it was the end of fashion. I said that it is the end of the fashion system as we know it today and an opening towards all possible areas of reinvention.”
— Lidewij Edelkoort.
As pretty much everyone acknowledges, France is the world's leader in what's cutting-edge in fashion. Whatever Parisian girls are wearing today, in five years the rest of the world will be wearing, too. That's common knowledge. What was more surprising for me to discover is that France is also the leader in anti-fashion.
Antifashion is a new movement in the fashion world, because the old system is no longer working. Antifashion, or slow fashion, doesn't mean people against fashion. Not at all! The opposite is true! You can be involved in antifashion and still love fashion. Rather, it's a movement reimagining concepts and practices surrounding fashion. Instead of a mindless pursuit of labels and status and consumerism, antifashion is about loving fashion to bits but with a more life-enhancing and sustaining approach to fashion--not only for the sake of the planet, animals, and the workers in the textile and manufacturing side of it, but also for the sake of the consumer, who might have lost a sense of wonder, having replaced "marveling at the world" in Stéphanie Calvino's words on Chiffon, a fashion podcast, "with television" and with endless shopping.
In a more concrete sense, instead of ten, cheap shirts, antifashion asks us to consider buying three well-made ones. And by well-made, antifashion asks us to consider how the shirts were produced and made.
More information about antifashion can be found at www.anti-fashion-project.com
If you're exceptionally busy like me, a mother of two toddlers and three rescue animals, then consider shopping secondhand. You can still purchase higher quality items with zero impact on the planet, and, just as life-enhancing as anything else, you'll easily save a lot of money as well.
My neverfull Louis Vuitton tote is secondhand from Tradesy. Because it was monogrammed "GXY" it was even cheaper! I call it my "GalaXY" bag, because it's as big as one. My jacket is Vince, size 2, and will be up for sale in my new shop as I can't close it over my new mom boobs and probably won't ever wear it again for that reason. Follow my ongoing minimalism & upcycling project @IsabellaDavidVintage on Instagram. My faux-leather jeans are Current-Elliot from Housing Works in NYC. My boots are made by Swedish Hasbeens, a sustainable fashion company that uses vegetable dyes to process its leather and pays its workers a living wage.
We just have to accept that winter is the time for frizzy, flat hair and dry, itchy, scaly skin, right? Wrong! I have found, through using a variety of fair-trade oils and organic creams, that winter doesn't have to mean giving in to drier temperatures and becoming bone-dry ourselves. Here are a few of my favorite, green discoveries at a variety of price points.
1. Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil
At $68 for 1 oz bottle, this is by far the priciest item on my list, but don't be scared off! A few drops goes a long, long, long way, and I have to say it's the most life-changing of the green products I've encountered over the past year since I made my lifestyle switch. Your makeup goes on like buttah, and it can even replace primer, rendering it an even more economical choice. I also have to admit I first encountered this face oil in a not very green way. I love Jasmine Tookes' makeup tutorials. I have never seen a human being enjoy anything as much as that Victoria's Secret Angel enjoys applying makeup. I was even happier to hear J. Tookes mention an organic brand. Kora Organics are certified organic, but I still did some checking. They have a B rating from Shop Ethical! And are praised for being vegan and cruelty-free as...why wouldn't you be if you're making oil*!
(*I'll tell you why. Companies that want to take advantage of the huge, growing market in China will test on animals despite anything. Despite naming their companies "Fresh" or "Makeup Against Cruelty". To be fair, Chinese law requires foreign companies to test on animals. To be unfair: so what?? If that goes against your ethos-- calling yourself organic or cruelty-free as MAC does-- then I think you stick to your guns or we take our dollars elsewhere!)
2. Shea Moisture Coconut Oil
This company goes out of its way to market itself as fair trade. Unlike Kora, which was developed by another Victoria's Secret Angel and so not really for sale at mortal prices, Shea products are very affordable and available at almost every Target and CVS store that I've visited.
You can also use the coconut oil on sale at your local grocery store. It works the same either way! I love Shea Moisture's version because it comes in a plastic tub. I don't know how many times a glass jar of cooking coconut oil has slipped out of my freshly lotioned-hands to shatter all over my bathroom floor. (Or, possibly it's not the lotion's fault: I'm really clumsy.) Either way, I love the shatter-proof container and best of all a tub of coconut oil can last me for months and months. I use it for everything from face cream-- although I prefer to the above for layering under makeup-- to body lotion to deep conditioner or even a light patdown before I leave the house to fight winter frizz.
3. The Honest Company's Deep Hydration Cream and Magic Balm
The Honest Company offers another variety of great, affordably eco-friendly products readily available at stores like Target. (I checked online, and they seem to be living up to their claims, or at least attempting to do so!) I love their liquid blush. If you're interested in their makeup, please feel free to DM with questions, but as far as winter products go: the deep hydration cream works well and smells great. My only quibble is that there isn't much of it for the price point, about $34. There's even less of the magic balm, but a tiny, tiny bit goes a very, very long way, and it retails at only $18.
4. K. Bunni Co
A recent, serendipitous experience was the owner of K. Bunni Co finding me on Instagram and asking me to try out her organic beauty products... as if that was any hardship to me at all! I looooove trying out products, and now that I've gone green and am changing up my regular routine, it's been a great excuse to try some more new brands. I couldn't have been happier to find out how easily I could replace my heavy cream with K. Bunni's Luxurious Body Butter. It goes on heavy and the smell is a little strong, but it soaks in very quickly without leaving any residual feeling behind and works wonders on dry elbows and callused, winter feet. I am also in love with K. Bunni's French green clay and aloe mask, which retails for only $10 but works as well, if not better, than my former go-to: Lancôme's White Clay Mask, which retails at a steeper $36.
I've been using a humidifier as many nights as I can remember to do so for the past few winters, and it does make a difference. Sky Organics makes a really pretty one that you won't mind storing out in the open year-round, available here for $39.99.
One of my favorite recent trends is the revival of the maxi dress from the 70s, which was in itself a throwback to the 30s when hemlines dipped low again after briefly hitting their first high EVER in the 20s.... Really what is more vintage than a maxi dress? It's the feminine silhouette from time immemorial. And modesty aside, I see why: it's comfortable and pretty and so easy to throw on. This one pictured above is a second Self-Portrait dress from Tradesy paired with sustainably made Swedish Hasbeens boots and a vintage cashmere shawl from Millay Vintage, named Best in Philadelphia! It works well for any season, and that's another reason I love it. I bought it this spring but wore it again through the fall and now into the winter.
What's your favorite maxi dress style? I definitely need a little extra confidence on the days when I wear this more fitted, textured version.
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