The Green Dream with Dana Thomas

Dana Thomas

The Green Dream with Dana Thomas is a weekly magazine about how to "green-up" your life. A New York Times bestselling author, British Vogue's European Sustainability Editor, and leading voice in the climate movement, Thomas welcomes experts, creators, and changemakers from politics to fashion for dynamic conversations on all things sustainable. Episodes will close with reviews by respected critics of the latest books, films, music, and more that in some way explore humanity and the planet. The Green Dream is the Podcast of Hope. Learn more at https://www.thegreendream.studio read less
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Episodes

Gossiping with Sutton Stracke
Jun 9 2023
Gossiping with Sutton Stracke
Neither of today’s guests is a stranger to Hollywood. On this special episode, we first talk sustainable fashion, dance and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills with one of the Housewives, Sutton Stracke. Then, we travel to another movie Mecca, Cannes, to check in with Time magazine film critic Stephanie Zacharek on this year’s film festival. Sutton Stracke is more than just a regular housewife. Sutton is the founder of The Sutton Concept, a boutique in West Hollywood, where she sells her own lines of eco-responsible fashion and homewares, as well as the products of local designers; she is also one of 200 women in the world who is a regular couture client. Before becoming a star on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Sutton was a studio manager for Merce Cunningham – one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century – in his studio in West Village, New York, and before that, she was a debutante in Augusta, Georgia, with dreams of becoming a modern dance choreographer. Next for Sutton is a new season of Real Housewives – and maybe a RomCom?After Sutton Stracke, we hear which movies and performances Stephanie Zacharek loved at the Cannes Film Festival which just wrapped up. Stay tuned for tales of flirting Chinese garment workers, French haute cuisine, and a public toilet cleaner in Tokyo. Read the transcript of this episodeGet to know Dana Thomas and her book FashionopolisVisit The Sutton Concept onlineRead Stephanie Zacharek’s latest articles for Time magazineDiscover the fashion brand Another TomorrowExplore the new Green Dream website, thegreendream.studio
Sparkling with Carol Woolton
May 23 2023
Sparkling with Carol Woolton
This month has been one of the most sparkly in ages. First, we had the Met Gala in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute's annual black-tie fundraiser, to kick off its latest blockbuster exhibition, Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty, on show until July 16. Invitees were asked to dress in homage to Karl Lagerfeld, the longtime designer of Chanel, Fendi, and Chloé, as well as his own namesake brand. Karl died in 2019, at the age of 85. That dictate meant high glamor on the red carpet, with lots of important jewelry. A few days later, there was the coronation of King Charles III at Westminster Abbey, and while, in these difficult economic times, guests were asked not to wear coronets and tiaras, there was still a lot of remarkable jewelry on display, most notably the King and Queen's crowns. And now we have the Cannes Film Festival, a two-week-long glittering Red Carpet parade on the Riviera, and, by far, the glamest cinema event of the year. Anything and everything goes at Cannes.To talk about all this shimmer and shine, and how it's sustainable–because, yes, it is–we have leading jewelry expert Carol Woolton. When Carol joined Tatler magazine in London in 2001, she created the role of jewelry editor, one she later carried on to British Vogue, and one that is now an important post at all major glossy magazines. She has written several books on the subject, including The New Stone Age, and coming this fall, Dolce & Gabbana High Jewelry, published by Rizzoli. And Carol has her delightful podcast, called If Jewels Could Talk. On it, she speaks with owners of important jewelry collections, and about the history of famous jewelry. This fall, a book inspired by the podcast, also called If Jewels Could Talk, will be published by Simon & Schuster.Read the transcript of this episodeGet to know Dana Thomas and her book FashionopolisLearn more about Carol Woolton and If Jewels Could TalkDiscover the fashion brand Another TomorrowExplore the new Green Dream website, thegreendream.studio
Designing with Bas Smets
Apr 25 2023
Designing with Bas Smets
Four years ago this month, Notre-Dame de Paris, the 12th-century cathedral in the heart of Paris, caught on fire. The city was smothered in smoke for days, and hearts around the world were broken. Notre-Dame is a gem of gothic architecture, an incomparable beauty in the center of the city, and a site for pilgrimage and tourism. As the cathedral smoldered, the city of Paris pledged to rebuild it as it was. But the mayor had also set forth a plan to make Paris the greenest city in Europe by 2030, and realized that redoing the landscape around Notre-Dame in a more ecological manner could help Paris reach that goal. In September 2021, the city launched a pro-environment design competition for the site, and last summer, the jury selected a team led by our guest today, the award-winning Belgian landscape architect Bas Smets, who has specialized in taking hyper-urban, often desolate sites and turning them into eco-friendly oases. For Notre-Dame, he and his colleagues will use the same approach for the surrounding landscape–the parvis, as the West side plaza is known, and the gardens to the east. Their proposal will turn the Île de la Cité, the island in the Seine where Notre-Dame sits, into a sustainable microclimate. Bas is here on The Green Dream today to explain to us how they will do it.Read the transcript of this episodeGet to know Dana Thomas and her book FashionopolisLearn more about Bas Smets Discover the fashion brand Another TomorrowExplore the new Green Dream website, thegreendream.studio
Gabbing with Amber Valletta
Feb 28 2023
Gabbing with Amber Valletta
My guest today is Amber Valletta, supermodel, actress, and climate activist. Amber works with several NGOs, serves as British Vogue’s Contributing Sustainability Editor, and does eco-consulting for brands such as Karl Lagerfeld. This spring, the third Karl Lagerfeld Amber Valletta collection will drop in stores around the world, and includes stylish, environmentally conscious ready-to-wear, such as biker jackets, little black dresses, and suits, as well as accessories. And she takes her activism seriously, participating in Jane Fonda’s Fire Drill Friday protests in Washington and Los Angeles, and even getting arrested for the cause. This activism is deeply embedded in Amber—her mother successfully protested against the construction of a nuclear power plant near their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when Amber was a child. Amber watched and learned.I like how Amber is trying to push fashion towards more sustainable practices from the inside—as her friend Stella McCartney says, “Infiltrating from within.” As the Fall/Winter 23-24 fashion shows unfurl in Paris this week—with Amber walking in several of them, including such eco-conscious brands as Stella McCartney and Chloé—I thought it seemed like the perfect time to have her on the podcast. Read the transcript of this episodeGet to know Dana Thomas and her book FashionopolisDiscover the fashion brands Another Tomorrow and ChloeExplore the new Green Dream website, thegreendream.studio