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Prêt-À-Poundo: DC's Eco-Friendly Fashion Week

This is about the collaboration between DC Fashion Week and Inova Health System's Office of Sustainability featuring the work of eco-friendly fashion designers.


*A model wears a dress designed with miniature Vogue Magazine covers at DC Fashion Week's kickoff event, which showcased eco-friendly designs by Isagus Extroversions, Joanna Carrie, and Myra Sync in 2012.

DC Fashion Week is considered one of the fastest growing international fashion week exhibits in the world. It's held twice a year in February and September, and typically reaches an audience of more than 10 million people. Today, DC Fashion Week will collaborate with Inova Health System's Office of Sustainability to showcase the work of eco-friendly fashion designers and help support environmental sustainability in the fashion industry. It's a great initiative that highlights the fashion world's impact on the environment & public health and encourages people to see, learn and take action.

An example of the eco-friendly designs is blue wrap (pictured above), a recyclable material  woven from the plastic polypropylene and used in hospitals to cover sterilized surgical instruments — head here to learn more about it. The whole week will showcase fashion designers using organic cottons & dyes, as well asrecycled and reused materials. The featured designers will be Das Man, Nigeria's Estella Couture and the Kourtney Jaeson Collection.

WHEN: 6pm-8.30pm Monday, February 18, 2013

WHERE: Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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