Maison-De-Mode.Com & Perrier-Jouët Celebrate Sustainable Style By Honoring Suzy Amis Cameron

Suzy Amis Cameron, the founder of the ethical fashion initiative Red Carpet Green Dress (RCGD), was honored last night by MAISON-DE-MODE.COM at the first annual gala at the “Celebrate Sustainable Style” event held at The Sunset Tower. Many celebrities and industry executives came out to support Amis Cameron including her husband director James Cameron, Amanda Hearst, Hassan Pierre, Elon Musk, Maye Musk, Paris Hilton & Chris Zylka, Angela Bassett, Nadja Swarovski, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Zac Posen, Lydia Hearst & Chris Hardwick, Madelaine Petsch, Nathan Jendens, Ginta Lapina, Kathy Hilton, Rick Hilton, Anne Hearst McInerney, Priyanka Bose, and many more.

During the two hour event, one-of-a-kind sustainable gowns were created by top designers Vivienne Westwood, Mary Katrantzou & Diane von Furstenberg, and were worn by critically acclaimed actresses Rosario Dawson, Angela Bassett and Madelaine Petsch. The ethical dresses are now available for purchase on MAISON-DE-MODE.COM, where a percentage of profits will be donated to the beneficiary of RCGD, MUSE School CA. MUSE School CA is an environmental non-profit educational organization Amis Cameron founded in Calabasas, Calif. with her sister Rebecca Amis.

Descriptions of each gown worn are found below:

  • Madelaine Petsch is wearing a custom Mary Katrantzou dress made with sustainable silk satin and embroidered with Swarovski upcycled crystals
  • Angela Bassett is wearing a custom Diane von Furstenberg iconic wrap dress made of upcycled fabric
  • Rosario Dawson is wearing a Vivienne Westwood Couture draped corset gown, in a deep emerald-green silk crepe marocain, layered with smoky black tulle petticoat. This special silk was carefully selected from Westwood’s fabric archives, in the name of reducing waste and reviving unused fabrics in stunning couture style.
  • Amanda Hearst wearing a Gabriela Hearst gown made with upcycled Swarovski crystals
  • Maye Musk is wearing an EDUN look, which exemplifies their Made in Africa message and ethical production standards.

Red Carpet Green Dress is an internationally recognized organization that combines the worlds of fashion and sustainability. Currently, in its ninth year, the campaign was conceived by Suzy Amis Cameron during the press tour for her husband, James Cameron’s film “Avatar”. Her hope is to draw attention to the importance of more sustainable practices in fashion by challenging designers from around the world to think about fashion in an eco-friendly context. The campaign also raises funds for MUSE School CA, a non-profit educational organization that Amis Cameron co-founded in Calabasas, California.


Piece & Co. is excited to debut its first collection exclusively for Shopbop. The Piece & Co. x Shopbop collection, which spotlights responsibly produced fabrics within the fashion industry, features pieces created by Diane Von Furstenberg, Mara Hoffman, alice + olivia, and Veronica Beard. The Piece & Co. x Shopbop collection, comprised of seven styles ranging from dresses, blouses, and a short-suit ensemble, incorporates fabrics created responsibly by skilled artisans in the Tamil Nadu region of India, masters of the traditional dobby weaving technique.

“The mission of Piece & Co. is to create a more responsible fashion industry,” says Piece & Co. founder Kathleen Wright, “and it has been an honor to work with such talented designers, sourcing fabrics that make the most impact socially, and the least impact on our environment.”

Each garment in this seven-piece capsule is made from artisanal fabrics and showcases the unique characteristics of the brand that designed it. The fabrics in the Piece & Co. x Shopbop collection are made by primarily female artisans at weaving co-operatives located in India’s Tamil Nadu region. The fabric used by each designer is handcrafted and dyed in India and showcases the traditional methods of textile design and weaving, while remaining particular to each respective brand.

The founder of the weaving co-op that made the fabric used by Veronica Beard is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Handloom Technology who started her business with the mission of creating more opportunity in her community. The founder trains and supports her workers to keep traditional weaving alive in the Tamil Nadu region. The work of women trained by the founder can be seen in the Veronica Beard dress, where the vibrant blue pattern is created using the traditional dobby technique. “It’s incredibly inspiring to work with Piece & Co. because of their work in helping artisans!” say designers Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard, ”I love that our dress uses a traditional weaving technique and captures the style of the region.”

The alice + olivia dress and short is a display of the colorful workmanship and handwoven technique that was inspired by embroidery work. In the female-led weaving community that created this special textile, weaving is a way of life, providing sustainable work for women to support their families.

While the same dobby technique is used to create all the fabrics, the raised yarn process makes many different designs and patterns possible. The geometric design and floating threads created for the Diane Von Furstenberg top, for example, are inspired by what would usually be the reverse side of the material and exemplify the versatility and skill of dobby weaving.

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Piece & Co. is a different kind of textile company, aiming to create environmentally and socially sustainable fabrics with more than 5,000 artisans in 16 countries

Since it’s founding in 2011 by Kathleen Wright, Piece & Co. has focused on creating beautiful, high-quality fabrics that are responsibly made by artisans around the world. While working passionately for the nonprofit sector bringing microfinance to artisan cooperatives, Kathleen realized that the problems artisans face go beyond simple access to capital. Without strong connections to a sustainable market, and access to vital business training, skilled artisans would have difficulties staying in business. As the second largest employer in the developing world, Kathleen saw the artisan sector as one that had potential to make positive change if those products could more easily and effectively reach designers and consumers.

From Bolivia to Zambia, Piece & Co. sources primarily female-led groups of artisans whose traditional textiles are of exceptional quality and who have the drive and capacity to expand. By connecting these artisan groups with major companies, Piece & Co. creates consistent employment for thousands of women, positively impacting their communities and their more than 16,000 children and dependents worldwide. Piece & Co. also provides its artisan groups with training to grow their businesses, allowing both the artisans and their production to flourish. By promoting integrity and responsible manufacturing in the textile industry, and business growth for women artisans in developing nations, Piece & Co. is redefining the way the fashion industry looks at fabric.

Piece & Co. is an industry leader, striving for increased sustainability in labor practices and environmental standards, supporting consistent employment for artisans who manufacture lower-carbon, less-water-intensive, heritage textiles. The company is also a proud member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, and works with certified GOTS, OEKOTEX, Good World Solutions Fair Wage Guides, and Elevate to ensure the highest quality process for creating textiles. Piece & Co.’s designer partners include Nike, Diane von Furstenburg, Supreme, and Opening Ceremony, and key retail collaborators include Shopbop. 

The go-to online retail destination for modern style, Shopbop offers a comprehensive, hand-picked collection of apparel and accessories from the industry’s foremost contemporary and designer labels. Since its launch in 2000 as a denim-focused e-commerce platform, Shopbop has grown into one of the world’s leading fashion authorities. Along with renowned customer service, Shopbop delivers unparalleled wardrobe advice, cutting-edge editorial lookbooks, innovative features, and exclusive collaborations with forward-minded brands. The result is a highly personalized, satisfying, and—above all—fun shopping experience that caters to style-minded women around the globe.

In 2006, BOP LLC was acquired by, Inc., the world’s largest internet retailer, enabling Shopbop to expand its services to enhance the customer experience. A trusted, globally recognized fashion merchant, Shopbop sells only quality, authentic designer merchandise. Shopbop is part of the Inc. group of companies.

The Diane von Furstenberg brand is a woman’s best friend. It is the brand she turns to for glamour and confidence, to be the woman she wants to be. Founded in 1972 by the designer, DVF is now a global luxury lifestyle brand and one of the premier names in American fashion. Renowned for its iconic wrap dress and signature prints, DVF has expanded to a full collection of ready-to-wear and accessories including shoes, handbags, small leather goods, scarves, and jewelry. Founder and Chairman Diane von Furstenberg is also Chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and serves on the boards of Vital Voices, the Statue of Liberty–Ellis Island Foundation and The Shed, the new center for artistic and cultural innovation in New York City. In 2014, Diane published a memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be, which has been translated into five languages and in 2015 she was named one of the TIME 100 Most Influential People. Headquartered in New York City, DVF has a global distribution network in over 55 countries and 1500 points of sale including 148 DVF owned and partnered stores throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Veronica Beard is an elevated American sportswear brand that strikes the balance between classic and cool. Veronica Miele Beard & Veronica Swanson Beard are sisters-in-law who launched their eponymous brand in the Fall of 2010 with their signature Dickey Jacket. Today Veronica Beard offers a modern perspective on iconic staples and results in a ready to wear collection that is hard wired for real life. These perfectly designed essentials are both effortless and chic, each piece mixing superior tailoring with the highest level of quality and fit.

Mara Hoffman, born in Buffalo, NY, is a fashion designer and graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York City, having also studied at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London. Hoffman established a recognizable aesthetic heavily focused on colorful, original prints early in her career. Recurrently drawing from nature and mythology, Hoffman ultimately draws inspiration from her own travels around the world and is a true, living embodiment of her designs. In 2008, Mara Hoffman first appeared at Bryant Park for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. This year also marked the launch of the brand’s swim collection, consisting of playful bikinis, cutout one pieces and dashiki cover-ups. In 2009, Hoffman showed her swim collection at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami. In 2011, Mara was honored to be inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Hoffman and her close-knit team continue to evolve creatively out of their headquarters in New York City, growing the label to now encompass Women’s Ready-to-Wear, Swimwear, Childrenswear, Bridal, and recently welcomed its newest category, Activewear.

Launched in 2002, alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is a brand that allows customers to express their personal style. With clothing that juxtaposes the whimsical and flirty with the sexy and sophisticated, a+o epitomizes the personality and perspective of its founder, Stacey Bendet. The brand was born from Stacey’s personal quest to create the perfect pair of pants, and has since grown into a full lifestyle collection including ready-to-wear, gowns, shoes, tech accessories and a newly launched collection of handbags. The brand is a Hollywood favorite with celebrity fans including Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry, Drew Barrymore and Solange Knowles. alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is available at the brand’s free-standing boutiques located in New York, California, Chicago, Connecticut, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Kuwait, Dubai, Singapore and at, and at over 800 select department and specialty stores worldwide, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Lane Crawford, Isetan, Hankyu, Harvey Nichols, Harrods and Galeries Lafayette, as well as prominent web retailers including Net-a-Porter and Shopbop.

Fall 2013 Fashion Designer Trends and Collections Part II

Below are photos that provide inspiration for Fall 2013, when we consider building our wardrobe.  Based upon my previous post, “Fall 2013 Beauty Trends and Accessories” I like to stay abreast of what’s current and new as it relates to fashion, beauty, and style.

My motivation behind this post series (or more so incorporating a trends element to this blog) steams from my family and friends asking what’s popular for the upcoming season.  The people in my life acknowledge that this is my passion and therefore come to me for wardrobe advice.

Therefore, this particular write – up centers around designer trends (for the fall) that have graced the runway last Spring.   I decided to compile a few looks and hopefully they will  help “spruce” up a few items you already own.  And don’t forget, it’s always great to find inspiration but learn to make every look your own!


Marc Jacobs




Diane von Furstenberg


Rebecca Minkoff


Giueseppe Zanotti


Alexander McQueen

Weddings: What Should I Wear?

With so many weddings approaching, women everywhere are asking themselves, “what should I wear to this wedding?”  And this is a common question because you want to look elegant without appearing as if you’re apart of the bridal party.  Clearly, there is a fine line between wearing a cocktail dress and a sequin gown.

But most importantly, you also want to follow those “timeless” guidelines such as not wearing white (obviously the conservative bride will wear white) and don’t wear black (if it’s not a request from the bride and groom.)

Lastly, one must also take into consideration the time of the day when searching for attire.  Short dresses can be worn for informal/semi formal daytime weddings.  But if the wedding is in the evening, generally it’s considered formal, as well as black tie or even white tie, long dress can be worn with extra glamorous accessories.

Either way, finding something to wear to a wedding can be lots of fun and a great excuse to dress up!




Wedding Bliss Part 1

Warehouse summer mini dress
$81 –

Lipsy metallic sandals
$51 –


Wedding Bliss Part 2


Wedding Bliss Part 3

AX Paris party dress
$47 –

Yves saint laurent lipstick


Happily Ever After Shoes

Platform shoes

Wide shoes
$34 –

L.K.Bennett strappy sandals
$195 –