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Tuesday, November 24, 2009, by Lisa Boosin from RackedLA.com


You know the saying that one’s man trash is another man’s treasure? Well, if you substitute “opportunity” for “treasure”, but keep the trash, that’s the idea behind the Sustainable Sirens, a public service initiative to encourage the folks in the entertainment industry to recycle and be more critical about consumption and wast. But it’s a timely message for the rest of us, too, considering we’re in the season of shopping, spending, casting off, trashing and starting all over again.

This Marie Antoinette finery is the first costume in a campaign of six; it’s currently on display at Code C on Sunset. You’ve really got to see it to believe it. Yes, it’s life-sized and the details are amazing, including ruffles, gathers, jewelry, even a wig

The Sustainable Sirens is backed by environment consulting company Reel Green Media. They’re not suggesting you stop buying clothing and dress yourself in rags (or even garbage bags and vacuum cleaner bags, a la last week’s Style Wars), but it is a cheeky way to say, “Whoa, slow down, tiger! This planet has to last us another few million years!”
· Code C [Official Site]
· Reel Green Media [Official Site]

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009, by Lisa Boosin


As single girls, we’ve always been told that we’d find love as soon as we stopped looking for it. And that advice turns out to be true—at least when it comes to handbags.

When we were visiting the Sustainable Sirens installation at Code C, we fell hard for this collection of purses from David Galan. They have all of the bells and whistles we like: touchable textures (pony hair or supple, buttery leather), unique shapes, architectural details, and shiny, bold hardware. They’re sized just right, too. (Big enough to spaciously accommodate the essentials, but you can’t fit a small human into one of these). David Galan’s creations provide the same glamorous finish as a piece of jewelry; and they offer a just-so combination of girly and tough.

The bags range in price from low $200s for the smaller bags and wallets, to the high $700s for the bigger pieces. A real bargain for bags of this quality (especially since it’s like getting a purse and jewelry, too).

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Code C: Italians Boost California Couture – Fashion Retailing News | California Apparel News | LA Fashion.

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If you feel the need to spend some dough after work today, check out

Re Collection dress

Re Collection trunk show: Code C boutique on Sunset Plaza is hosting a trunk show with Re Collection, a clothing line that repurposes vintage garments into new pieces. There will also be an art installation from The Sustainable Sirens, a public service campaign committed to educating the entertainment industry through the design of unique costumes from recyclable items from film shoots. From 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m, shop for sustainable clothing while sipping on champagne. It’s so L.A.

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Hollywood gets greening tips via six upcycled costumes — made with discarded materials from the entertainment industry.
Wed, Nov 18 2009 at 3:43 PM EST
Read more: GREEN FASHION
Making movies can be dirty business, as headlines like “Hollywood’s Monster-Sized Carbon Footprint” have pointed out. Now, a new campaign called The Sustainable Sirens is using the detritus of the entertainment industry as the raw materials for an eco-fashionable call to green up film, television, and theater.
 

 
Put together by Reel Green Media, an environmental consulting company for the entertainment industry, The Sustainable Sirens campaign’s designed around six costumes — each made by costume designer Kresta Lins with items normally discarded after production, and each with its own eco-theme like energy efficiency or e-waste.
 
So far, just one pilot dress has been made (illustrated photo above). Dubbed “Let Them Recycle!”, the costume features typical waste in the costume department — and has already been on display at Paramount Pictures!
 
According to Lauren Selman, founder of Reel Green Media, the remaining five dresses will be created by Earth Day 2010.The upcycled costumes will then serve as the centerpieces for a larger public service campaign, which will include informational posters featuring the costumes that crew members and others working in the industry can refer to, a traveling eco-educational exhibit of the costumes, and an online campaign with practical greening tips for those in the entertainment industry.
 
Angelenos can see the pilot dress in person at a sustainable fashion event tomorrow, Nov. 19 from 5 pm – 8 pm at fashion boutique Code C, 8641 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. Everyone’s invited to enjoy a free glass of champagne while toasting The Sustainable Sirens campaign — and a trunk show for eco-fashion line Re-Collection, made entirely out of upcycled materials by designer PJ Faulstick.

Image courtesy of Reen Green Media

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LA Sales: Heist, Ports 1961, Ooga Booga, Keep Company, Generic Surplus, and More…

By Lisa Dionisio

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Los Angeles Heist Ports 1961 Trunk Show
What: Pick up the perfect party dress at Heist’s Ports 1961 holiday trunk show. They’ll be displaying the current fall collection as well as new items from Ports 1961 resort line. Sip champagne, nibble sweets, shop, and more.
When: Saturday, November 21, noon to 6 p.m.
Where: Heist, 1104 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, (near Westminster Avenue); 310-450-6531.

Ooga Booga and Keep Company Mini Shop Launch Party
What: Ooga Booga is teaming up with Keep Company for a special holiday pop-up shop. Head to Keep Company’s Fairfax store and shop their Ooga Booga Mini Shop featuring great gift items under $100. Find items hand-picked by artists/designers: Alexandra Cassaniti, Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim of Opening Ceremony, and more.
When: Launch party, Friday, November 20, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Keep + Ooga Booga Mini Shop, 523 North Fairfax Avenue, (between Rosewood and Clinton streets); 323-655-1010.

Click through for more LA and online sales after the jump…

WeSC and Generic Surplus Warehouse Sale
What: WeSC (We Are the Superlative Company) and Generic Surplus by Generic Man are hosting a joint warehouse sale. Find a great selection of sneakers, shoes, men’s and women’s clothing, and more.
When: Thursday, November 19, and Friday, November 20, from 10 to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, November 21, from 9 to 3 p.m.
Where: WeSC and Generic Surplus Warehouse Sale, 11099 South La Cienega Boulevard, Suite 170, (near W. 111th Street and the LAX); 310-670-5190.

EM & Co Krys N Jack Event
What: The EM & Co boutique is teaming up with Flaunt magazine for a special Krys N Jack jewelry and art installation. Stop by their opening party for a first look, enjoy drinks, music, and more.
When: Thursday, November 19, from 7 to 10 p.m.
Where: EM & Co, 7940 West 3rd Street, (between S. Hayworth and S. Edinburgh avenues); 323-782-8155; to attend, please RSVP

Code C Event
What: The Code C boutique is highlighting a special Sustainable Sirens campaign with a Re Collection holiday trunk show. Shop Re Collection’s eco-friendly re-worked vintage pieces, get a first look at their new spring/summer ’10 line, sip cocktails, and more.
When: Thursday, November 19, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Code C, 8641 Sunset Boulevard, (between N. Sherbourne and Sunset Plaza drives); West Hollywood; 310-652-0200.

Revolve Wolverine 1000 Mile Collection Event
What: Check out Wolverine boots new 1000 Mile Collection at Revolve boutique’s in-store launch party. Enjoy cocktails, nibbles, music, and a free gift with purchase of their classic leather men’s work boots.
When: Thursday, November 19, from 7 to 10 p.m.
Where: Revolve, 8452 Melrose Avenue, (between N. Croft Avenue and N. La Cienega Boulevard); West Hollywood; 323-944-0311.

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