The second annual Eco Fashion Challenge award ceremony was held yesterday, November 9, 2010 by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Lexus automobiles.
Presented by Events Manager for Lexus, Andrea Lim and CFDA Executive Director Steven Kolb, the event was about improving Quality of Life, without sacrificing aesthetic and great design. Standing proud in her vintage dress, Lim also added a “shameless plug” about how Lexus single-handedly coined the term “Luxury Hybrid.”
According to the Press Release “To qualify as a finalist, each designer had to demonstrate a commitment to ecologically responsible design and production practices, with a minimum of 25% of their collection being produced in an environmentally friendly manner.”
The CFDA board chose 3 designers out of the following contestants: Behnaz Sarafpour, Maria Cornejo, Monique Péan, Marcia Patmos, Organic by John Patrick, Costello Tagliapietra, Alabama Chanin, Libertine by Johnson Hartig, Subversive Jewelry by Justin Giunta, and Slow and Steady Wins the Race by Mary Ping.
Three finalists were awarded $25,000.00 each: Monique Phan (middle), Costello Tagliapietra (the pair in plaid who were previously spotted at Bazaar’s Book Launch last week), and Maria Conejo.
Finalist Marcia Patmos of M. Patmos also spoke about her years of experience producing eco-friendly fashion pieces with Lutz & Patmos before branching off to her own line of identical ethics, M. Patmos, for Pre-spring 2011. Patmos commented, “It’s something I feel strongly about and it includes a lot of things from how a product it’s produced to responsibility, and even the packaging and marketing materials.”
Also spotted: Neil Rose, Movie Critic for NY1
Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes was the DJ.