As a long-time champion of environmental causes and sustainable clothing brands, Tonne Goodman—legendary stylist, former Vogue fashion director, current Vogue sustainability editor—has always been my north star on what to buy, where to buy it, when to buy it, and how to wear it. It doesn’t hurt that she is one of the chicest women I’ve ever met and I idolize her personal style as much as I do her work for both Vogue and our planet. With Tonne’s book Point of View coming out last year, we thought a joyful way to talk about the future of fashion would be to look back to some of Tonne’s greatest shoots for Vogue and breathe new life into the looks by shopping them out from sustainable brands. This is a celebration of timelessness—good style is forever as are great wardrobe basics—and we already know Tonne’s edit will stand the test of time.
“This story is called ‘Quick-change Artist’ as Daria [Werbowy] is one of the greatest versatile models ever, and a lovely person,” Tonne states as we look through Vogue’s May 2009 fashion story that we’ve settled on for this week. “She wore a wide variety of looks—we had her portrayed as herself one minute and then as an extravagant debutant in a strapless tulle dress that went on for miles the next. She wore the most beautifully simple Calvin Klein white dress, that’s an incredible photograph.” Always quick to point out the kind personalities of her collaborators, Tonne continues, “This was shot by David Sims, who is one of my favorite photographers to work with. He is so charming, funny—a delight.” There’s no doubt that this story is close to Tonne’s heart. When choosing a cover for her book, Point of View, Tonne landed on the image of Daria wearing that Calvin Klein dress, shot by Sims. But today, we’re focusing on another indelible image. “This picture [of Werbowy wearing Michael Kors] is about the chicest suit in the sun,” Tonne says, flipping through her issue. “A black swimsuit and a white swimsuit are timeless—and a black and white suit, even more so,” Tonne states emphatically and I couldn’t agree more. Somehow this story sells both the timeless and the fanciful, and I’m here for it all. With a heatwave in New York, though, I must admit that I’m leaning towards the classic bathing suit most.
“This suit is for the sun but it’s a suit with plenty of sports appeal,” Tonne says. There’s nothing we love more than pieces that pull double duty, and this is no exception. Though it’s something that would be great to travel with, we will settle on speaking about how versatile this choice is as we stay safely put. Versatility is one of the great pillars of sustainable clothing brands as it makes an even more worthwhile investment out of any garment, and so we are determined to find a sustainably-made suit that remains just as multi-purpose. And, of course, one that is black and white. This suit, from Tabacaru Swim, is made locally in Los Angeles from upcycled materials. “The top can be worn a million ways,” Tonne notes. We’ve paired it with some standout accessories, like this Gucci belt bag from the brand’s new environmentally-friendly “Off the Grid” capsule. This perfectly sized satchel, which can be worn as a belt for a sportier look or as a crossbody, is made from a nylon sourced from regenerated materials that can be both recycled and recreated, called Econyl.
Keeping in the theme of what’s more classic than black or white, we turn to these black and white accessories starting with sandals from another L.A.-based brand, Amanu. These custom, made-to-order shoes are a favorite among Vogue editors, and made to last from vegetable-dyed, chrome-free leather. This pair we’ve designed through their site, but we can safely say the possibilities are endless and deeply enticing. While this Prana “Brighter Days” topper might not be custom, it can sure create a perfectly tailored look. A little more fun than a traditional sun hat, it’s made from responsibly sourced paper with hemp binding.
There is nothing more fitting when discussing a look centered around a swimsuit than a quick touch on how sustainability efforts greatly impact the world’s oceans. In that vein, this sunscreen from Raw Elements, created in collaboration with marine biologist, environmentalist, and conservationist Ocean Ramsey, is both reef safe and zero waste. When it comes to waste, watch brand Triwa made a watch completely from recycled ocean plastics as a part of a collection called Time for Oceans. Shown here in their Sea color there are two versions and four colors available in these watches which are both sport-ready and classic enough to wear every day. Now, that’s what we call making lemonade out of lemons.