New York Fashion Week is when all the fun happens. And by all, I mean way too much. There are the fashion shows, sure, but there are also countless openings, parties, and creative events happening all over Manhattan — and Brooklyn too. The ethical space is no exception. Below is a taste of the first couple of days of New York Fashion Week this September. 

Starre Vartan and Kate Black at Fashion Week

Starre Vartan of Mother Nature Network and Kate Black of Magnifeco at the Night for Green Beauty party. (Photo: Amy DuFault)

A Night for Green Beauty, held at the James Corbett Studio, included so many great brands from the Green Beauty space, including La Bella Figura, Kahina, May Lindstrom Skin, Revolution Organics, Hope Gillerman, Joanna Vargas Skincare, Ilia Beauty, Tela Organics, Lurkmade Perfumes, Kjaer Weis, CV Skinlabs, SW Basics, One Love Organics, Dr. Alkaitis, Lina Hanson, Annee DeMamiel, Vered Organic Botanicals, and Olie Biologique. Plus hair re-dos, facials and cocktails; a perfect kickoff to fashion week. 

Costello Tagliapietra's S/S 14 collection. (Photo: Made)

Costello Tagliapietra's fashion show at Milk Studios was, as usual, a colorful, upbeat, and what I like to call 'livable-futuristic,' which means the clothes remind me of what we thought the future was going to be like in years past — but are a lot more comfortable, wearable and interesting. The label is well-known for using Air Dye technology, which uses no water to get all those colors into the fabric, drastically minmizing the fabric production's impact. 

Backstage at Fashion Week

What goes on backstage. (Photo:Titania Inglis)

Titania Inglis' S/S 14 show was called Tesselation, and influences for the collection include Buckminster Fuller. A collaboration with jewelers WXYZ (some integrated into the clothing, as seen here) blurred the lines between what's an accessory and what's not.  

Tara St. James' window installation

Tara St. James' window installation at the Textile Arts Center. (Photo: Starre Vartan)

The Textile Arts Center's Party for their shop's opening featured an knit installation piece by fashion designer Tara St. James (of label Study NY) as well as bracelets and necklaces made from the same materials. 

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Starre Vartan ( @ecochickie ) covers conscious consumption, health and science as she travels the world exploring new cultures and ideas.

The best of New York Fashion Week—so far
From natural beauty to parties, openings and shows, the start of fashion week brings plenty of green goodness!