WWD reports on Barneys continued eco-obsession, and their new exclusive collection by Stella McCartney. But maybe more interesting than the story's newsy bits - Phillip Lim will also make organic dresses, Barneys will soon stock bamboo skateboards - is the assessment about Stella's line, from fashion director Julie Gilhart: "It does not read organic in any way, shape or form." We love that Julie said that, because it brings up an issue we've had for some time: That most eco-friendly clothes look like costumes from Jurassic Park. There's lots of khaki. There's rumpled texture. And there's a color palette that screams Laura-Dern-Playing-a-Plant-Doctor. If Stella's new line looks like her normal clothing, that's good news for shoppers, but some new issues do arise: Are organic garments as durable as synthetically made ones, or will they self destruct - much like some of Stella's very expensive handbags? And is eco-fashion really going to fix anything? Or is it too late (and too naive) to think that saving the world can happen with some earnestly sewn jeans?
WWD reports on Barneys continued eco-obsession, and their new exclusive collection by Stella McCartney. But maybe more interesting than the story's n