ecoStyle Malaysia

It is fascinating to follow the growth in green designers around the world, as more and more creative people start getting involved in environmental initiatives. Earlier this month in Kuala Lumpur ecoStyle, Asia’s first dedicated event to focus on the "importance of ecological sustainability and environmental consciousness through style and design", was held. It was created to bring attention to international green designers in the fields of fashion, architecture, and product design. The winner of the ecoStyle award was the Malaysian architect Dr. Ken Yeang, a Malaysian architect, for his invention of a bioclimactic skyscraper (pictured). While this might not be the ecological building of our dreams, the firm does seem to have a reputation in the field--he was on the list of Guardian eco-hopes for the future.

Also nominated for awards were Stella McCartney, Jurlique, an Australian skin care product, Anna Cohen, sustainable clothes with an Italian flair, Terra Plana, Knoll, not clear why, and Q Collection, American furniture designers. On the catwalk, Proenza Schouler, Derek Lam, Karen Walker, Heatherette, and Diane von Furstenberg each showed a single outfit made from environmentally sustainable fabrics and textiles. This would have been interesting to see since none of these designers has been known for their interest in green clothing as of yet. :: JC Report

by Bonnie Alter, London on 01.14.08

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