Thanks to Project Blue, recycling has never looked so chic! You have the chance to bid on one-of-a-kind designer pieces for a wonderful cause. Barney's New York asked eight designers including Rodarte, Alexander Wang, Versace, Rogan Gregory, Derek Lam, Stella McCartney, Ann Demeulemeester and Bottega Veneta, to create unique pieces from donated denim for a 10-day eBay auction that started April 30th at 10pm EST. Proceeds benefit Oceana, which is a team of marine scientists, lawyers, and advocates dedicated to protecting and restoring the world's oceans. Don't miss out on the one-of-a-kind pieces from Derek Lam's denim strapless top and skirt to Stella McCartney's denim coat and jumper or the selection of denim dresses from Versace, Bottega Veneta, or Rodarte. Alexander Wang and Ann Demeulemeester designed unique jackets and bottoms for the charity auction.
Make sure to check out the May "Blue" issue of Elle for photos of the outfits and eBay for previews and more details. Check our gallery below for better view of each garment up for auction.
Designer Alexander Wang was inspired by the shapes presented in his Fall/Winter 2009 collection. He created a structured jacket embellished with cubed metal studs that outline the jacket's silhouette. He designed form-fitting denim "bicycle shorts" that hit above the knee. The recycled outfit size runs approximately 2-4.
Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte are known for their delicate feminine designs. They created a one-of-a-kind recycled denim ballerina-style dress made from mixed panels of various washes of blue and grey denim.
When you think Versace, you don't think "classic" by any means. Versace is known for its over-the-top glamour, true to form, designer Donatella Versace created a strapless patchwork corset mini dress in various shades of denim, exposed seams and inlays of metal mesh. And get this, Donatella insisted on dyeing parts of the dress so it needed to be hand-carried on a flight to Milan.
A longtime champion of sustainable clothing, designer Rogan Gregory, traveled to the Barneys New York offices where he hand picked every piece of denim he used. The dress is suggestive of Rogan's trademark "44" pattern in honor of President Barack Obama, whom Gregory hopes will champion environmental policy change.
For his unique denim design, Derek Lam dismantled seven pairs of jeans in a variety of washes to construct his one-of-a-kind, two-piece design: a bustier and flared skirt. The contrast in shades of denim and the special attention paid to the original seams result in conserved perfection.
By using a variety of shades and washes of denim to create two contrasting pieces--a structured sexy strapless zipper jumpsuit and a sporty "bomber jacket" reflect designer Stella McCartney's signature style.
With a natural black dye and hand painted trim, Designer Ann Demeulemeester, transformed the original denim hue. She decided on a classic jean trouser and jacket suit for her one-of-a-kind look.
For Project Blue, Bottega Veneta designer Tomas Maier's design was inspired by the textural evolution of denim. Maier wanted "to make a dress for the future with a beautiful history." Maier created a form fitting, knee-length dress with a deep-V neckline made from used denim of similar washes.