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Then and Now with Tonne Goodman–Celebrating Earth Day With Sustainable Spring Florals

As a long-time champion of environmental causes and sustainable products, 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.


Today is Earth Day and what better way to celebrate than with one of nature’s greatest gifts—flowers. “This is one of my favorite shoots, because it referenced my days at art school, not that I was this fancifully dressed at the time,” Tonne says looking through Vogue’s 2006 issue, which ran a story she did with photographer Steven Klein entitled “Strokes of Genius.” “The expression of color was a source of joy,” Tonne reflects, “being able to work magic with color is not an easy task and requires a very specific talent hence drawing inspiration from the great painters as well as nature itself. A floral print is always a good way to draw things together.”


Nature is certainly the origin of all things colorful and so the floral pattern lives on forever in it’s many diverse and enchanting varieties. Starting with the floral dresses that are truly spring incarnated, this painterly pink floral frock from Ganni is made from 100% certified recycled polyester. For a darker, romantic floral, Altuzarra’s simple slip is meant to be worn inside or out and is of the designer’s re-crafted collection, which upcycled materials from his past collections to create new wonders that are just as covetable as ever.

Ganni floral dress



Altuzarra Tully dress



Whether you are leaning into a full bloom outfit or a more singular-floral-sensation to jazz up a look, these two hot pink patterned accessories are sure to delight. Collina Strada’s embellished floral jacquard purse utilizes deadstock materials and Gucci’s scarf, in collaboration with artist Ken Scott, is made from organic silk. There is nothing more transformational than a silk scarf in the spring—tie it around the handle of a more muted bag, try it as a belt, or use it as a headband when your ’do needs a little pick-me-up.

Collina Strada bag



Gucci Ken Scott floral-print organic silk-twill scarf



Spring is all about new beginnings and self-care is at the top of any list when shrugging off the dullness of winter in favor of warmer days and, dare we say, sunnier dispositions. 

Tata Harper floral hydrating mask



Malone Souliers Vida 70mm



Clean beauty favorite Tata Harper’s hydrating floral mask is sure to help us all face brighter days ahead. And, last but not least, a pastel mid-heel mule is the perfect all-occasion shoe for the season ahead. Malone Souliers, similar to Altuzarra, has launched a conscious line that recycles past collection materials to make brand new shoes, and this lilac Vida mule is an instant classic from this new offering.