Eco Love in the September Issues

-Leaf through the pages of this year’s September issues – traditionally the biggest of the year for fashion magazines – and you might think,  “What double-dip recession?” or even, “What global environmental crisis?” The 2010 editions of Vogue, Elle and Harpers Bazaar are ad-solutely thicker than last year’s and, naturally, conspire to create a cacophony of acquisitive desire within females everywhere. You might decide you and the planet are better off focusing on your booklist.

And you might be right, but”¦

All style-loving gals love fashion magazines. Love them. We love the latest collections, the immaculate vision of Grace Coddington and the beauty tips. We just do! We even love the spoilt socialites, the devil dressed in Prada and the genetically freakish models. We can’t help it.

Rather than simply glossing over one of life’s harmless guilty pleasures and, with the extra day-off over the Labor Day long weekend providing the perfect opportunity to sit down and indulge, we set about finding a redeeming amount of eco love in each. Enjoy.


P. 352. Engulfed. Julia Reed reports from the Gulf on a sense of devastation as far-reaching as the oil spill itself.

P.508. Try It! Hessnatur’s slouchy hat, designed by guest green designer, Eviana Hartman.

P.528. Style Ethics – a regular section – features Lily Cole’s eco-ethical knitwear collective the North Circular.

P.666. Royal Green. A longtime environmentalist, HRH the Prince of Wales asks fashion lovers to look to their wardrobes to save the planet.

P.668. Riding High. Monaco blue blood Charlotte Casiraghi is a rising star of show jumping and a champion of sustainable fashion.


P.94. Elle Extra. Watch Vintage a web series that explores how vintage influences today’s hottest trends.

P.240. Easy Risers. Self-proclaimed tomboy, model, and eco-activist Angela Lindvall gives us a few pointers on fall’s biggest trend: pants.

Harpers Bazaar

P.390. Hits Of The Season. Lisa Armstrong’s article explores fall’s move back to “real clothes you’ve been waiting for,” highlighting the current focus on timeless and functional clothing. Yes, I agree, its scraping the bottom of the barrel somewhat”¦ So come on, HB, if you’re going to announce that “Shopping is officially back” and that you have, “something for every taste, price and age, ” next time please include some eco-love.

Rowena Ritchie

Rowena is EcoSalon’s West Coast Fashion Editor and currently resides in San Francisco, CA.