Falling for organic fashions

Photo: www.oxygenrequired.com

This season turn over a new leaf and embrace eco-friendly clothing. From delicate dresses that skim the body to key pieces that complete any wardrobe, we're going green for fall.

Glance at any fashion magazine and you'll see that everyone is going green. Eco-friendly clothing designers now cater to taste and fashion, not to mention a social-conscious. The growing trend of environmental responsibility and social etiquette extends to the fashion world and the result is an ongoing accessibility to clothes that are made with our environment's well-being in mind. Going eco-friendly or green doesn't have to mean sacrificing your sense of style.

Here are a few designers that are promoting a healthier line of clothing that work for both you and the environment.

Linda Loudermilk's Fall collection is all about refinement - polished and put-together looks made from sustainable fabrics bamboo and soy which can be recycled back into the earth.With her luxury-eco brand, acclaimed clothing designer Linda Loudermilk is a pioneer in creating refined, polished, put together looks using only sustainable fabrics from such exotic, self-sustaining plants as sasawashi, bamboo, sea cell and soya. Loudermilk's clothes pack an elegant punch, from decidedly-noir (think old-Hollywood glamour) suits to statuesque sexy shift dresses to jeans that are cut on the hip.

The Fall collection, Starry Daze from Stewart and Brown is romantic and whimsical. Full of incredibly soft and warm chunky knit cashmere, pointelle sweaters with soft ruffles, caplets, shawls and heirloom-like details add a touch of charm to any wardrobe. Organic cotton, mongolian cashmere, merino wool, and surplus fabrics are cut into loose, flowing dresses and soft, feminine sweaters. Always concerned with the environment, Stewart and Brown use only premium merino wool, which utilizes free range sheep from the Southern Alps of New Zealand. The environmental standards for their stock of wool are stringent; the ratio of sheep to grass is kept low, they graze only on natural grasses and drink spring water, and are not subject to painful muesling.

Loyale Clothing designer Jenny Hwa started out designing a line of luxe and green yoga gear but has branched out to a ready-to-wear collection. Hwa looked to California, the classic vacation destination and today's eco-conscious place du-jour and uses only bamboo jersey, organic cotton. surplus fabrics and tree-free paper products to create clothing with delicate silhouettes and charming details for sophisticated fashion-forward women, all while taking an ecological stance. Loyale also contributes three per cent of annual profits to green corps, a non-profit that trains the next generation of environmental leaders.

Contemporary and modern, the collection from Oxygen Required is comprised of eco-friendly fabrics--organic cotton reduces the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers; bamboo offers a renewable, biodegradable and sustainable source for fabric; and surplus fabrics reduce waste. Designed with the fashionably active consumer in mind, this ultra-comfy fitness pieces include detailed texture, stitching and coconut buttons. The full collection is created with edgy silhouettes, dresses, and styles that will take you from lounge wear to lunch wear.

Jennifer Sgro is a Toronto based fashion writer.