by Valery Joseph
That Portland, Oregon, is a poster-child of green values and sustainable living is hardly news. Consistently name-checked in the media and the recipient of countless awards—most recently, the honor of "Greenest U.S. City"—the Pacific Northwest town has become the urban darling of the eco-set. So, who better to celebrate the ever-increasing union between fashion and the environment?
With its 4th annual Portland Fashion Week—the world's first sustainable fashion week taking place through today— the city is throwing its hat in the style ring, proving that eco-conscious fashion is not merely a fleeting fad. Here are some runway highlights from the week in Green:
Chicago native Lara Miller's architecturally inspired pieces are studies in contrast: with the flip of a garment, each can be re-created to suit the style of the individual wearer.
Husband-and-wife duo Karen Stewart and Howard Brown fashions easygoing knitwear and accessories from luxe yet sustainable fabrics such as super-soft Mongolian cashmere.
A vintage sensibility informs this designer, whose work combines organic cotton, hemp, soy, and wool to tasteful effect.