Green fashion debuts Alison Steele’s latest eco-friendly offerings

Two green words with a nod to mother earth; eco fashion Photo: Jaron Schneider

DALLAS—November 1, 2011 – A new collection from Viola Hawks debuted recently at FashionART Santa Cruz and it’s all about eco-friendly living.

Black Rose Tapestry Dress $ 225 with Crinoline Braided Recycled Leather and Burlap Belt  $85

Black Rose Tapestry Dress $ 225 with Crinoline Braided Recycled Leather and Burlap Belt $85

The eco-conscious line offers a variety of fashion pieces from burlap dresses to raw silk dresses and upcycled cashmere. 

Word is that Hawks is sustainable fashion at its best and I must say I agree on this one. 

The latest collection by Alison Steele focuses on all things recycled and biodegradable. Burlap coffee bags and second-life leather are transformed into bustiers and circle skirts. The 1950s silhouettes are paired with floppy burlap hats, clutches, and cowgirl boots bringing her southern style to West Coast fashion. 

“One of Viola Hawks’ main focuses is footprint and how things return to the earth,” says Steele.  “I mainly work with natural fibers that are biodegradable.  I do use synthetic material occasionally.  If I can save something that can’t be recycled from going into the landfill, I’ll use it, but only if I get it secondhand.”

What that means for the consumer, fashion forward and earth friendly at its best.

For more information on green fashion and FashionART Santa Cruz visit http://fashionartsantacruz.com/.

Rita Cook is a writer/editor with has over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 13-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a radio show in Los Angeles called Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  She also contributes travel and auto to the Anthony Duva show, which can be heard live from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST every Sunday at www.unregularradio.com.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association, writes for the Dallas Morning News Green Living Section as well as artist profiles and www.greensourceDFW and spends much of her time on the road traveling or working on books. Her latest book releases are both “Haunted Dallas” and “Haunted Fort Worth” from www.historypress.net.  You can also follow Cook at Twitter at @ritacook13.


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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.

 

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