Eco Style West Vol. 27

Sustainable style news from EcoSalon’s West Coast Fashion Editor.

Trunk Love – When South African born jeweler Jeffrey Levin looks for inspiration for his rough-hewn, smoothly soulful jewelry line no surface is left unturned. His latest collection of reclaimed wood jewelry is made from furniture remnants from the sustainable L.A based Cisco Home furniture collection. The results are a revelation – take a look for yourself at his trunk show this Saturday, September 24 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cisco Brothers Showroom in San Francisco. Sometimes it takes an artist’s eye to remind us not to take the familiar for granted.

Dude Fest – Who’s to say what’s stylish? In my house, the “dude,” aka Jeff Bridges as “The Big Lebowski,” evidently had as much of a style impact as Faye Dunaway did in Sidney Lumet’s “Network.” This weekend’s Lebowski fest in Los Angeles celebrates all things related to the 1998 Coen brothers’ cult comedy. Whether you’re a Dude, a Walter or a Maude, it’s a two-day party that features special guests including Itty Bitty Bang Bang who will perform Burlesque done Lebowski-style  costumes, trivia, and a raucous bowling party on the last night. White Russian, anyone?

Haute Horror – Los Angeles based photographer Melanie Pullen has used clothing from prominent fashion houses and has been featured in the industry’s top magazines, including Vogue and Flaunt. In her latest exhibit “Haunted”  at Ace Gallery in Los Angeles, September 20 to December 20, she trains her high-fashion eye to the moment just before the impending disaster of a car crash or a gun shot, stylizing the scene and distracting the viewer from oncoming darkness and despair. In her choice to recreate real life subjects and stories, the body of work is unsettling and thought provoking and not to be missed by those who like their fashion served straight up with a side of melancholy.

Rowena Ritchie

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