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
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.
Costello Tagliapietra's SS14 Collection
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.
Edun's SS14 Show
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
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.
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.
If you liked this, keep a look out for our review of London Fashion Week & Estethica which will be out later this week!