Eco-Chic Fashion at the Corcoran

Who says fashion can’t be earth friendly? On Wednesday April 21 (the day before Earth Day, in case you forgot!), The Fashion Group International and the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Corcoran College of Art + Design will host “Eco Chic: Night of Stars and Rising Stars.”

The evening will recognize pioneers of the Eco Chic movement for their ecological and ethical design in fashion, art, beauty, architecture, and interior design.

Local rising star nominees include Nusta Spa, TranquiliT, Perfect Organics, and Skincando.

The cocktail reception will feature a fashion presentation that includes London Fashion Week “Eco Designer of the Year” winner, Jeff Garner of Prophetik , acclaimed designer Monique Péan, as well as rising star nominees Calamarie, Alberto Parada, and TranquiliT.

After the reception, guests will enjoy the Eco Chic awards ceremony emceed by NBC4 news anchor Wendy Rieger.

And what’s a swanky event without an equally swanky goody bag? The one at this event will be filled with eco-themed products supplied by the sponsors and members of The Fashion Group

Tickets: FGI and Corcoran Members $120. Non-members $150.

8 Homegrown Beauties

Grapefruit, Lavander, and Coconut Salt Scrub, Perfect Organics
Grapefruit, Lavander, and Coconut Salt Scrub, Perfect Organics

Locavores try not to eat anything that’s produced more than 100 miles away. Can beauty junkies make the same commitment?

We’ve found eight local natural beauty lines so you can get gorgeous and support homegrown companies at the same time. Many of the companies listed here also donate a portion of sales to charity.

8thstreetsoap. With almost-good-enough-to-eat scents like almond joy and sweet tangerine, these soaps are made from scratch with natural ingredients such as coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and fruit peel.

Biggs & Featherbelle. From Charm City, B&F make soaps, lip balms, body butter bars, scrubs, and more–all without synthetic dyes, fragrances, and additives.

For the Love of. Organic and locally sourced ingredients are used to make milk baths, body scrub, and our personal favorite, a 24k gold gilded bath bomb with a blueberry and orange scent. All products are packaged in recyclable, reusable containers.

Herban Lifestyle. The mint chocolate chip lip balm in a recyclable tin reminded us of our tweens, but this one is handcrafted without chemicals, preservatives, synthetics, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, or GMOs. Other goodies from the line include salves, bath oil, bath salts, scrubs, facial masks, soap, and tea.

holeco life. A new line of natural and organic skincare products and cosmetics including organic loose mineral powder inside a retractable dispensing brush made of cruelty free goat hair. Available in six glow-enhancing shades.

Perfect Organics. We love the simple, streamlined approach of these organic, vegan, and multi-use products. Indulge in shea butter lip balm, body glow (for face, body and, hair), scrubs, and more.

Sevi Cosmetics. Based in Baltimore, Sevi features vegan skincare, sulfite-free haircare products, and artisan botanical perfumes made with precious raw materials such as Boronia flowers, Orris, Champaca, and Rose Otto.

Skincando. Known for donating Combat-Ready Balm to our troops, Skincando now also offers a Combat-Ready lip balm and organic rosemary and black tea Combat-Ready soap. All products are made by hand in small batches in Silver Spring.