Eco Fashion Flipside: Lower East Side Gets Green

The Fashion Flipside show on Sunday on the Lower East Side of Manhattan was a blast- hundreds turned out to check out a fashion show that featured LES stores, many of which are eco-friendly.

Hairy Mary’s
showed a bouquet of reconstructed dresses, and Kaight brought out the pretty, grown-up girl frocks. Lael, a new boutique that carries some ecofashions, showed us a string of reminders of why we love summer clothes (even when we don’t love summer). Daha Vintage, The Dressing Room and David Owens Vintage convinced me to renew my love for the hunt for preloved clothes – every one that survives is an original.

Photo by James Nova
Proving that this isn’t the first summer we’ve seen maxi dresses; this gorgeously patterned find is from the 70’s. (Daha Vintage) And yes, that’s me in the sunglasses seated at the left.

Photo by James Nova
Owner/designer Sharon (Hairy Mary’s) does a full-length and shorter version of this strapless lovely called in a variety of reused polyester fabrics.

Photo by Remy C.
Watercolor on a half a tab of LSD = the perfect summer dress print. (Lael)

Photo by James Nova
Porcelain-grey, pintucked bodice, full sleeves, short skirt? Victorian verisimilitude! (Kaight)

Photo by Remy C.
Striking architectural shoulders and sleeves prove organic cotton is supermod. (Kaight)

Photo by Remy C.
Dancing seems is an imperative while wearing this diaphanous dress. (Daha Vintage)

Photo by Remy C.
Fabulous sportswear-inspired bodysuit from The Dressing Room, a bar/shop where you can trade your old clothes for drinks– genius idea! (And note the homeless guy in the camo shirt on the left; he danced throughout the show and I give props to event organizers for letting him stay, proving that it still is NYC and it’s def. the LES!)

Photo by James Nova
Another pretty-pretty vintage lady reconstructed dress. (Hairy Mary’s).

Photo by James Nova
Neo-Grecian organic cotton dress that will show off your legs. (Kaight)

Photo by Remy C.
Sexy LBD (Kaight).

For more photos of the event (including the non-eco fashions AND fetishwear that walked the runway), check out RemyC’s page and James Nova’s Flickr stream.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.