Live Earth: Al Gore's 24 hour party to fight global warming

285diazgorepharrell0215 Al Gore has announced plans for a 24-hour pop concert held across seven continents, proming it will be 'bigger than Live Aid'. His mission: to draw the world's attention to the threat of climate change, and prompt a global change of attitude.

Live Earth  (due to take place on 07/07/07) looks set to follow in the successes of former 'awareness' gigs including Live 8, whose executive producer Kevin Wall is also on board. It's the main publicity-spinner for a larger project called SOS: The Campaign for a Climate in Crisis, which will use TV, film, radio and the internet to ensure the message gets through to billions worldwide. Gore made the announcement yesterday, along with Cameron Diaz and rap producer Pharrell Williams.

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A list of A-List performers has already been announced, with definite appearences by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Snoop Dogg, Bloc Party, Duran Duran and Bon Jovi. London has already been confirmed as one of the locations, along with Shanghai, Sydney, Johannesburg and cities to be announced Brazil, Japan, the USA and, appropriately enough, Antarctica. We'll keep you posted on developments here!

February 20, 2007 in Events and happenings | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Recycled fashion event: From Waste to Wear

Fromsomewhere We've just had a week of fashion mania at Shiny Towers, so the Hippyshopper team have been hard at work looking through the haze of frocks, canapes and champagne, and keeping tabs on designers' ethical credentials.

On Thursday, I decided to see what the current crop of eco fashionistas had been up to, and dropped in on Refashioned: From Waste to Wear; the only event dedicated entirely to ethical fashion to spin off from London Fashion Week.

From_somewhereMany of the top names were in attendance, with catwalk shows from: Rebecca Earley, designer, researcher and curator of last year's Well Fashioned: eco style in the UK exhibition; TRAID Remade, the fashion label from the people behind the textile recycling charity; stylish vintage customisers From Somewhere, and aGaiN NYC, the hip US label that specialises in turning 'junk into funk'.

Having covered a fair few catwalk shows for our sister sites, I can honestly say that the 'greener' end of fashion is well and truly holding its own if these collections are anything to go by...

In fact, I was surprised there weren't more of them. Where were our old favourites Junky, Patagonia and Enamore?

The labels exhibited here were switched on, stylish, and above all, current. Not a rainbow beanie or dodgy hemp number in sight... From somewhere (left) had picked up on the trend for high-waisted dresses and oversized tops, choosing soft, neutral colours contrasted with polka-dots and stripes. B.Earley's shirts and printed leggings, meanwhile, referenced natural forms like bamboo and wild flowers. aGaiN NYC excelled in quirkily customised vintage bags and accessories.

Representing the shoe side of things were Worn Again, whose recycled trainers looked even better close up than they do on the site: the choice of materials they've used is fab - checks, bright colours and suit material - and the melted plastic soles create a unique camouflage effect.

The evening rounded off with a series of workshops and activities, including a drop-off point for old clothes, organised by TRAID.

February 19, 2007 in Events and happenings, Fashion & accessories | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Observer Ethical Awards: Voting now underway

Ethical_awards_1 Plans for the 2007 Observer Ethical Awards were unveiled this week, with readers being invited to nominate deserving candidates here.

It's the second year of the awards, and four new categories have been added to reflect the growing interest in all all-things ethical; they include the supermarket that has introduced the best ethical initiative, which politician has earned his or her ethical stripes, and 'most ethical fashion item'. Why not browse our ethical fashion section if you're stuck for ideas?

February 12, 2007 in Events and happenings | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack