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Edun's rocker chic tweeds & tartans

A model at the show for Edun, the

A model at the show for Edun, the line created by Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson, features slash-necked dresses that hang off the shoulder, in plaids. (Feb. 7, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

Edun, created by Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson, is a labor of love, an attempt to fuel economies in impoverished communities by creating a clothing line using pieces made in Africa or fabrics sourced from there. For fall, the collection revamps classics like tweed and tartans and turns them rock star chic.

Eye-catchers include cute tweed blazers and miniskirts juiced up in shades of electric yellow and worn over black, waxed-cotton skinny jeans.  (The program notes that the jeans are one of various pieces in the collection that come from Africa.)  Other wool jackets and skirts come adorned with delicate chains, which feels like a fun riff on those preppy, safety-pinned kilts of old.

The sexiest looks come in — of all things — tartan prints.  Like the silk, slash-necked dresses that hang off the shoulder in hot fuchsia plaids. Or a shimmery silver jumpsuit that, at certain angles, reveals just a hint of the plaid. Or a strapless “origami dress” in a forest green plaid dripping with rivulets of those delicate chains.

How refreshing — do-good clothes have the added benefit of looking good, too.