At 29, Angela Lindvall has already had more of a green education than most of her contemporaries. When the Midwest City, Okla., native arrived in New York at age 17 to model, “I [began] looking into what was in our food, water and the air, and started getting environmental disaster anxiety,” she said. “I felt like, ‘Why isn’t this on the front page of the newspaper?’”
As her career took off — she has been the face of Valentino, Dior, Cavalli, Chloé, DKNY and Jimmy Choo, among others — Lindvall created a mock-up for a green magazine with some friends. At 23 she became pregnant with her first son, William Dakota, who is now six (she also has a three-year-old son, Sebastian) just before the 9/11 attacks in 2001. “Back then no one knew what sustainability meant,” Lindvall said. “I went around New York City with my mock magazine and my big belly and people were not interested at all in the subject matter. They just wanted to know how it made money.” Hachette Filipacchi didn’t buy it, but they did connect her with a media company that enabled her to form the Web site Collage, a nonprofit hub for green minds in creative fields.
Lindvall has since become the style expert on “Alter Eco,” a new makeover show on the Planet Green network. She also works with organizations like the Natural Resources Defense Council and Global Green, which bills itself as the only national nonprofit environmental organization. Another pet project is Camp Hill Farms, an organic farm in upstate New York that has developed a model for local food production in cooperation with local government (with hopes that it can be implemented nationally).
In her Los Angeles neighborhood of Topanga Canyon, an area known for its rustic-hippie community, Lindvall tries to practice her own green lifestyle by buying locally grown food and organic products whenever possible, using a water filtration system instead of bottled water, composting, recycling, having candlelit dinner parties and “lights out” time, and driving a hybrid car. She also hopes to get her own chickens and install solar panels in her home next year. “The key is to start with our own households, then our communities, then our towns and then our cities and so forth,” she said. “The smallest thing everyone could do is just to consume less, to take into consideration what we need in our lives. When you do buy something, buy something that’s going to last a lifetime as opposed to something you’re going to have to replace five times.”
Even a model and clotheshorse can find balance, Lindvall emphasizes. “I’ve been in fashion for a long time, and there are a lot of things I love,” she said. “You can still make conscious choices and get designer things. You can buy things from Chanel and from Dior that are going to last a long time because they’re using high-quality fibers, and mix that in with vintage and eco stuff.” Among her favorite eco fashion labels are Velvet Leaf, Elena Garcia, the Battallion and Brown Label jeans. For beauty, she favors the store Vert, based in Venice, Calif., as well as the brands Lluvia, Weleda and Dr. Hauschka. At home she opts for furniture by companies such as Tom Brady, which uses repurposed materials like wood chips and milk jugs.
Lindvall stresses that every little bit counts — and it can start in fashion. “It’s a great platform for this movement because you can show that you don’t have to jeopardize your style or your lifestyle,” she said. “We can start integrating sustainable ways of doing things in the fashion industry. These young designers show that there are solutions out there.”
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast