Monday, September 18, 2017

What to Wear Where: Celebrating The Great Outdoors

Paul Tudor Jones presenting last year's National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's "Celebrating The Great Outdoors" award to Lauren and Justin Tuck.
by Karen Klopp & Hilary Dick

Fall is such a spectacular time of year to connect with and celebrate The Great Outdoors.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 19th the call of the wild will sound on Tudor Investment Campus in Greenwich, Connecticut to support the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Intrepid nature lovers will assemble to try their skills at Zip Lining, Trout Pond Fishing, Skeet Shooting and many more activities for the brave of heart.
Former First Lady Laura Bush will be honored for her dedication to the environment. She and President Bush were avid supporters of nature and wildlife, and in her native Texas, Mrs. Bush partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Wildlife Federation, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center among others to protect and spread the word about the endangered Monarch Butterfly, earning her the reputation as “monarch warrior.”  
President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush have a close look at a screech owl. White House photo by Eric Draper
Female and male monarch butterflies.
This celebration is not your average fund raising event as the adventurous attendees ready themselves to be challenged to the extreme.  It is a family affair — "fun"raising at its best!
Up you go!
Team work.
Right on target.
Oh, go climb a tree or a wall.
Look mom!
Catch and release.
Log spinning.
On the zip-line.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service traces its roots back to 1871 to the U.S. Commission on Fish and Fisheries.  It became part of the Department of Interior in 1939,  and in 1984, Congress created National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to support the Service.  It has grown to be the largest maker of conservation grants, working with both the public and private sectors to protect and restore our nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats.

Hilary and I had a ball with the “Blue Jean Preferred” attire.  She is my jeans muse, always showing up in the latest style and looking chic.
KK, Nicole Hanley, Kick Kennedy, and Hilary in Quest magazine, 2011.
Jeans are part of my daily uniform so I am always on the lookout for new and interesting styles. They certainly have come a long way from their creation in 1873 by Levi Strauss, when they were designed for cowboys and miners. In the '50s the greaser subculture made them popular with teenagers and they have become a fashion item ever since.

Did you know that every American owns, on average, seven pairs of blue jeans? My go-to style is the boot cut, which is flattering and lengthens the leg. But right now I am loving high-rise cropped jeans with a little unexpected detail, like these shown here with the red grosgrain tuxedo stripes. And as fashion always evolves, it looks like the original Levi’s (pre stretch) are making a comeback. Not sure I am going to jump on that fashion trend but may be an excuse to add to my jean collection.
Tops: Adeam Puffed Sleeved Sweater,  $925  /  L'Agence Cromwell Military Camo Jacket,  $395 / Maggie Marilyn Don't Forget To Dream Reversible Bomber Jacket, $975

Pants: Veronca Beard Carolyn Tuxedo Stripe Baby Boot,  $298  /  L'Agence Solana Diamond Flare Jeans, $245

Sunglasses: Gucci Green Gradient Aviator,  $400

Shoes: Golden Goose Superstar Dark Yellow Velvet Sneakers, $515  / See By Chloé Claudia Lace-Up Hiker Booties, $395
When dressing for the great outdoors, I like to keep the palette in the shades found in nature, soft neutrals, khaki green and brown. I am looking forward to trying out a pair of boot-cut jeans but not giving up my versatile slim-cut which can be worn with boots, booties, flats or pumps. Since I am not actually going to be shimmying up a pole or falling off a log, I took a little style licence and dressed up for the occasion.  The Veronica Beard jacket is a great investment for fall and can take you from city dressing to weekends in nature. To accessorize, a pair of booties, a Chloe bag or backpack and a soft blouse to add the feminine touch. Ray Ban Aviators are de rigueur for any serious sportswoman.
Tops: Michael Michael Kors Cold-Shoulder Fil Coupė Top, $155  /  Veronica Beard Camp Twill Jacket, $595  / Ganni Dufort Leopard Print Shirt  $280

Jeans: Mother Hustler Cropped Frayed High-Rise Flared Jeans, $215  /  Madewell High-Rise Skinny Jeans,  $125

Accessories: Dinosaur Designs Earrings, $190  /  Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses, $170  /  See By Chloé Tasseled Suede Shoulder Bag, $295  /  Chloe Small Suede Backpack, $1850

Rag&Bone Harrow Bootie, $550   /   Isabele Marant Suede Bootie, $560
Eaddo Kiernan, NFWF Board Member and avid outdoors woman.
Paul Tudor Jones with his father, John Paul Jones.
It is interesting to note that it is the individuals that vigorously pursue hunting and fishing who are nature’s greatest champions. They are not merely interested in their prey, they are dedicated to preserving the land and its natural resources for the good of us all.

According to author and environmental historian John Rieger, “Beginning in the late 1870’s sportsmen across America formed hundreds of organizations that not only fostered responsibility for game habitats but also spearheaded the creation of national parks, forests and wildlife refuges."  
Roosevelt in 1885 in hunting costume on his ranch in Dakota. Image Source: Imgur
My personal rough riding hero, Teddy Roosevelt, was known as our “conservation president.” He led the charge on​  preservation of lands and species, sparked by his love of nature and time spent out west in the Badlands where he was awed by the majestic splendor.  
President Roosevelt arriving at Yellowstone National Park in 1903. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.
“It is also vandalism wantonly to destroy or to permit the destruction of what is beautiful in nature, whether it be a cliff, a forest, or a species of mammal or bird. Here in the United States we turn our rivers and streams into sewers and dumping-grounds, we pollute the air, we destroy forests, and exterminate fishes, birds and mammals.”  
President Roosevelt and John Muir at Yosemite National Park in 1903. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Paul Tudor Jones is one of our modern day versions of the sportsman as conservationist. Board Member of NFWF and Co Founder of The Everglades Foundation, he dedicates a substantial amount of his personal time to philanthropic and natural resource conservation efforts.  
Paul Tudor Jones, Justin Tuck, and John Sykes.
As in the past, the environmental movement in this country continues to claim and proclaim a visionary mission — to save a species, to protect a forest, to preserve a wetland. Not just for ourselves — but for our children,​ their children and future generations to come.  They will have the opportunities that we have experienced, to know the joyful wonder and rejuvenative power of nature and the natural world.​ Tread lightly, leave no trace. 
Justin Tuck making friends at last year's celebration.
"We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune." — Theodore Roosevelt
Photographs by Ann Billingsley (NFWF 2016)

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