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All dressed up with no where to go. 
Photograph by Steven Klein; styled by Edward Enninful; W magazine March 2014. 


All dressed up with no where to go

Photograph by Steven Klein; styled by Edward Enninful; W magazine March 2014. 


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Gummo (1997) - 

"Life is beautiful, really, it is. Full of beauty and illusions. Life is great. Without it you’d be dead."

One of the best films ever. That’s Mark Gonzales wrestling with the chair FYI. 


What Isabel Gonzalez-Whitaker is Wearing: 8 Days of Conscious Consumerism

As a fashion editor, I love fashion. But as a human being, I love things that give back, do good, are good. Fortunately with the current movement of “Conscious Consumerism” gaining traction,  I can do both: wear fab things and feel great about those choices. For eight days I decided to wear at least one, sometimes more, item of clothing or accessory (and makeup!) that checked at least one of these boxes: eco or sustainably sourced, supports fair trade, gives back to a community, is locally produced, has an embedded generosity (charity) component.

Here’s how it unfolded:


Neary T-Shirt with gold brushstroke from Raven+Lily ($42): This site ravenandlily.com sells chic, globally sourced items and supports sustainable economic opportunities for women around the world. This hand-printed tee is from Cambodia, and the super-soft jersey cotton is remnant fabric that has been naturally dyed. They are made by women with HIV and/or formerly trafficked. Proceeds also fund health and education programs for women and children in the community. 

Lip Sheer in Twig by Beauty Counter ($28): This new boutique beauty brand focuses on safe, healthy products and was co-created by natural beauty expert and makeup artist Christy Coleman (see Miranda Kerr's face for her brilliance in action). The offerings are paraben-free (along with 1500 other contested chemicals and toxins) and they won't include anything that hasn't been tested. I love all this, but I'm also in love with their luxurious packaging and competitive prices. For my lips, Twig's my neutral go-to day hue (and so hydrating) and Currant is what I swipe on at night.


Isidro San Lorenzo T-shirt by Á-la-Mexique ($50): This is a limited edition shirt that’s part of a 4-shirt collection of Spanish-ized designer names and logos (Isidro San Lorenzo is the Spanish nod to Yves Saint Laurent; they also have Coco Canales and others). It’s designed by friend and PR powerhouse Gabriel Rivera-Barraza and T-shirt designer Simon Guindi Cohen. Proceeds benefit Project Paz, a non-profit dedicated to promoting peace in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Slim Skinny High Rise jeans in Soul Mate Medium rinse by Bluer Denim ($128): Luxury jeans at non-luxury prices with all components—the zippers to the fabric, plus the design and manufacturing—USA born from this Portland-based label. And get this: You can send them your old jeans and they’ll repair, clean and donate to someone in need, and you’ll receive credit for future purchases.


Beaded choker by Anna Trzebinski: The Kenyan-based fashion designer and her team of local artisans use local materials and employ traditional techniques to create out-of-this-world jewelry, jackets, sandals and bags. I love that this is truly a one-of-a-kind piece, and it works effortlessly with a LBD or a T-shirt and jeans.

Noir Juliette Bra by Naja ($55): You can’t see the adorable lined bra I’m wearing, but you can see the line’s designer and philanthropic founder Catalina Girald (pictured, seated with me). Catalina is a proven tech entity, having started and sold tech businesses. Recently, she turned her focus to her passion: designing lingerie. The line is sold exclusively on the Naja site and does a few things: 1) It brings high-end, beautiful and impeccably produced lingerie directly to consumers, thus saving costs; 2) Catalina sources materials from South America; and 3) She employs single mothers there. Plus, profits go toward their entrepreneurial sewing program, which provides single moms with marketable skills. 


Alpaca Infinity Scarf in camel ($65) and Oversized Sweater in Gray ($150) by Cuyana: Warmer than wool and lighter than cashmere, these alpaca pieces are my staples for a frigid NYC winter. The sweater is actually made with baby alpaca, which is not in fact a baby. It’s merely the softest hair from the alpaca, located on its neck. I love that it’s roomy and a little longer in the back than the front. Cuyana, which means “to love” in Quechua (a native language of the Andes in South America), was founded on the principle of intentional shopping: Buying fewer, but higher quality (classic and highly crafted) items. Cuyana’s co-founder Karla Gallardo sources sustainable materials and only works with small-run factories from Scotland to Ecuador.


Silk Chiffon Monk Dress by StyleSaint ($178): New fashion-forward looks, under the eye and care of StyleSaint co-founder and designer Allison Beal, are created every six weeks in limited runs. There’s a strong emphasis on “Made in the USA,” with fabrics sourced locally and fabricated in and around Los Angeles—where the company is based.


Love Knot bracelet by Sequence from ShopLatitude ($60): Alisa Ng and her team at the highly addictive global bonanza that is ShopLatitude.com locate makers from around the world that create chic offerings and support local communities. Case in point: Sequence by Ariela Suster (who was a former InStyle editor—woot woot!). Her line of jewelry is made in El Salvador (where she’s from) by local artisans, and it also benefits her “Spread Light & Love” project to help young people who live in at-risk communities.


Yucca Screen Printed Handwoven Scarf by A Peace Treaty ($310) and Nesika Dress by Pendleton The Portland Collection ($328) from ZadyZady.com is a new e-comm that seeks out clothing, accessories and home décor that must hit at least a few “buy good” notes: locally sourced, made in the USA, made by hand, sustainable. A Peace Treaty's designs are made in a co-op in Nepal using traditional techniques, and heritage brand Pendleton has recently expanded its offerings by partnering with local Portland designers—in this case: Rachel Turk and Nathaniel Crissman of indie line Church and State.


Phi silk coat from Shop-Hers, Blumarine silk chiffon dress from Circles Unlimited, vintage Chanel pin from Lxr&Co: Everything here is from a consignment shop, because consignment = recycle = awesome. Shop-Hers is a site based in LA that sells coveted brands from highly covetable closets. I scored this NWT (New With Tags) Phi coat for about $100, no joke. The Blumarine silk cocktail dress (worn under my grandfather’s cashmere cardigan that I belted) is from my favorite brick-and-mortar consignment boutique Circles Unlimited in my hometown Atlanta, GA. Owner Faye Rittlemeyer, who is always dressed to perfection, fills her jewelry box of a shop with divine vintage, current pieces and lots of NWT items. So, if you are ever in Atlanta, you should go. The Chanel pin is from Lxr&Co, perhaps the best resource—with the best prices—on the web for authenticated consignment designer handbags and jewelry.

—Isabel González Whitaker, Fashion Features Editor, InStyle

Photo credits: Alex Reside and Sarah Balch for InStyle.com