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New York Fashion Week 2013 Round Up!

Last week proved to be one of the most exciting New York Fashion Week to date. Countless fashion shows, openings, parties, and creative events happened all over Manhattan, celebrating new and exciting SS14 collections. The ethical and sustainable fashion space was no exception.

So, here's a quick round up of our favourite sustainable fashion news from NYFW!

Modavanti's 'Flash Mob' Fashion Shows

Modavanti teamed up with Aushim Raswant, producer and creative director of 3vNYC, to throw New York’s first ever flash fashion show. The fashion mob began at Madison Square Park, before moving on to Union Square then Washington Square Park. Photo via Modavanti.com. Modavanti teamed up with Aushim Raswant, producer and creative director of 3vNYC, to throw New York’s first ever flash fashion show. The fashion mob began at Madison Square Park, before moving on to Union Square then Washington Square Park. Photo via Modavanti.com.

The sustainable online platform Modavanti.com kicked off the week's proceedings by staging 3 flashmob fashion shows around the city. Organisers and models rolled out the green carpet to unsuspecting audience members before showcasing twelve sustainable looks on the fly. By bring eco-friendly fashion to the streets of Manhattan, Modavanti's impromtu shows highlighted some of the biggest named designers in the sustainable fashion industry, as well as proving that sustainability can be sexy.

Modavanti.com had teamed up with over 60 leading sustainable designers, bringing eco-friendly and ethically sourced apparel and accessories to one curated website. Photo via Modavanti.com. Modavanti.com had teamed up with over 60 leading sustainable designers, bringing eco-friendly and ethically sourced apparel and accessories to one curated website. Photo via Modavanti.com.

Costello Tagliapietra's SS14 Collection

Costello Tagliapietra's SS 14 collection. Photo via Milk Made. Costello Tagliapietra's SS 14 collection. Photo via Milk Made.

Costello Tagliapietra's SS14 fashion show at Milk Studios was a colourful, upbeat affair, with colour-block dresses, wrap skirts and blazers with tuxedo pants. Tagliapietra's label is well-known for using Air Dye technology, which uses no water to get colours into the fabric, drastically minimising the fabric production's impact.

Costello Tagliapietra's SS 14 collection. Photo via Milk Made. Costello Tagliapietra's SS 14 collection. Photo via Milk Made.

Edun's SS14 Show

Edun SS14 show at New York Fashion Week. Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images. Edun SS14 show at New York Fashion Week. Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images.

After Sharon Wauchob’s shock departure from Edun in April, fashionistas were curious to see how the ethical fashion label would fare without her. Since taking taking charge at the label, founded by Ali Hewson and Bono, Wauchob had gone a long way to prove that being ethical and creating stylish, desirable clothes are not mutually exclusive. Her successor was Danielle Sherman, a young designer who had previously worked for the likes of Alexander Wang and The Row. Edun's SS14 collection was, overall, quite promising. Sherman’s opening look – a high thigh-slit hand woven checkerboard-effect wrap dress and clashing printed coat – made a powerful impact.

Titania Inglis' SS14 Collection

Titania Inglis SS14 Collection - “Tessellation". Photo by Colby Blount. Titania Inglis SS14 Collection - “Tessellation". Photo by Colby Blount.

For her Spring/Summer 2014 collection “Tessellation,” Inglis was inspired by both the Danish-Icelandic installation artist Olafur Eliasson and renowned American architect and futurist Bucky Fuller. Geometric forms, prisms, and monochrome light were taken from each influencial figure’s work and reinvented in a cutting-edge fashion collection. In 2012, Inglis was awarded by the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation for her sustainable designs, and since then she has continued her work with sustainable materials. Organic cotton, voile, and leather were all treated with natural dyes from iron and weld flowers, lending the collection's subtle colour palette a meaningful edge.

Titania Inglis SS14 Collection - “Tessellation". Photo by Justin LeBlanc. Titania Inglis SS14 Collection - “Tessellation". Photo by Justin LeBlanc.
Organic by John Patrick SS14 Collection
John Patrick debuted a collection that achieves understated glamour through the use of natural, organic and recycled textiles. Photo by Ecouterre. John Patrick debuted a collection that achieves understated glamour through the use of natural, organic and recycled textiles. Photo by Ecouterre.

Inspired by the film L’Avventura, a 1960?s Italian drama set in the Mediterranean, John Patrick debuted a collection that achieved understated glamour through the use of natural, organic and recycled textiles. The Organic designer’s collection of slouchy but sensual dresses, high-waisted circle skirts in wool, and ultrafine recycled cotton-and-nylon knits proved to be a huge hit with the NYFW audience.

John Patrick debuted a collection that achieves understated glamour through the use of natural, organic and recycled textiles. Photo by Ecouterre. John Patrick debuted a collection that achieves understated glamour through the use of natural, organic and recycled textiles. Photo by Ecouterre.

If you liked this, keep a look out for our review of London Fashion Week & Estethica which will be out later this week!

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