For the eco fashion show at our 7th Annual Gorgeous & Green event at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco, we featured the work of four California lines: Minolya, Sara Shepherd, Karen Caldwell, and Oliver Tolentino. "I love working on this event and finding these amazing -- and really gorgeous -- eco fashions," said Lily Achatz, a stylist who produced the show.
Models wore a variety of dresses made from 100% organic silk, hemp, and other alternative and eco-friendly fabrics and dyes.
It was the runway debut for the Minolya line from the San Francisco duo of Mina Yazdi and Olga Dzilikhova. The SF-based designer whose line launched at last year's Gorgeous & Green event, Karen Caldwell, returned this year to show her organic knit and sustainable silk gowns.
Sara Shepherd, another SF-based fashion designer, offered a sneak peak during the show of her new collection, which includes textured sustainable silks. Shepherd provided the dress for event co-chair (and Global Green USA board member) Zem Joaquin.
The final designer shown was Oliver Tolentino of Los Angeles, whose couture gowns are made from silk, hemp, and fabrics made with fibers from pineapple and water lily plants of his native Philippines. His finale gown won him the 2011 Sustainable Eco Fashion Award in the Bahamas, and he dressed event co-chair Nadine Weil in a green gown.