[verde lifestyles] in anticipation of this summer

Since we’re all trying to better the world by “going green,” why not do it in every possible aspect of daily living? Environmentally friendly home decor, fashion, and travel have taken the world by storm, so why not apply earth friendly behaviors to nightlife?  One of the most fun, beautiful, and responsible nightclubs in the world is Greenhouse, located in New York City’s legendary Soho district. Besides having unbelievable decorations [including bamboo/grass walls and a crystal rain effect], this club aims to fulfill its environmental responsibility. Below are some of Greenhouse’s unique qualities that keep it #1 in eco-friendly nightlife.  Now you can go green when you go out!

Greenhouse is L.E.E.D. certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. It strictly uses LED lightbulbs, which use 1/30th of the energy of regular club lights. There is even wind-generated energy to cover its electricity usage. Greenhouse’s 6,000-square-foot space includes waterless urinals and low-flow toilets to reduce water usage, in addition to bamboo walls and floors. Even high-rolling club goers goers make a green contribution by signing up for a table with bottle service and purchasing eco-friendly Vodka 360. Var staff wear uniforms made of organic materials designed by Edun. Next time you’re in New York City, make sure to support the green efforts because helping the Earth has never been so glamorous!

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[lauren myers] 2010 apparel and textile design exhibition

Lauren Myers brought a little piece of Spain to Kresge Art Center on Wednesday, meshing her taste and artistic technique with that of renowned surrealism artist Salvador Dali.

Myers, an apparel and textile design senior, exhibited a Dali-inspired gown and two other artistic design pieces in the 2010 Apparel and Textile Design Exhibition, along with 16 other undergraduate students, said Theresa Winge, assistant professor in the Department of Art and Art History.

The champagne and crimson-hued dress, which includes a ruffled front and a long train mimicking the elongated melting clocks featured in Dali’s “Persistence of Memory,” is part of an ongoing collection Myers is designing.

Myers said the reception and exhibition are a chance for people to experience the variety of the program’s work, noting that some designs are wearable and others more conceptual. For her, the challenge was making Dali’s techniques her own.

“I really researched my inspiration, and a lot of time went into the project,” Myers said. “Trying to incorporate (Dali’s) wacky aesthetic with my more subdued aesthetic was a challenge.”

Myers’ dress and 22 other student designs were on public display Wednesday at an open reception, in which the attendees and artists were able to interact. The exhibition, which opened Monday, will run through March 12.

Winge said the exhibition is the first for apparel and textile design students, a new addition to the Department of Art and Art History. Students exhibiting work in the galleries are high skill level students close to graduation. They are chosen to exhibit one, two or even three original pieces of work from the semester, Winge said.

“(The exhibition) is commemorating our adoption into the art and art history department,” she said. “What makes this interesting is that usually we see fashion walking very quickly down the runway or hanging in a store. This is a change for people to get up close and see the fashion, to get a sense of the time that goes into creating it.”

Sally Helvenston Gray, associate professor in apparel and textile design, was part of the faculty group that evaluated 57 student submissions for the exhibition.

[read more at The State News]