Eco Alter Nappa Beckett bag in pink, Stella McCartney ($835)
Cast in vivid pink and decorated with a glossy gold closure, spring’s must-have shoulder bag is feminine, luxe, and (gasp) eco-friendly. The Beckett bag, the newest style from celebrated designer Stella McCartney, features “eco faux” leather (treated with sustainably sourced vegetable oil) and a collapsible frame (to minimize packaging). In the past, the term “sustainable clothing” referred to oatmeal-tinged garments made of hemp, but McCartney put green fashion on the map when she debuted her all-organic, animal-free namesake collection in 2001. “It’s really the job of fashion designers now to turn things on their head in a different way, and not just try to turn a dress on its head every season,” says McCartney. “Try to ask questions about how you make that dress and what materials you’re using. I think that’s far more interesting.” The designer works organic cotton, biodegradable rubber, and sustainably sourced wood into her sleek separates, denim, belts, bags, and footwear.
Green fashion is becoming a major theme on the runways, with top brands unveiling covetable styles this season. Michael Kors offers a line of knitwear—including oversize sweaters and hot pants—in recycled yarn. Maiyet sourced handcrafted materials from artisans in India, Kenya, and Peru for its print-heavy, silk-filled spring collection. And Edun’s striking basket-weave crop tops and woven pencil skirts were created by artists in Africa. Indeed, for Spring 2014, style needn’t be compromised for conscience. The Shops at Crystals, 702-798-5102