Fashion Week in New York City is "kind of a big deal." So when I got the invite for The GreenShows last September, I was excited to see that sustainable designers had a big presence on the scene. The GreenShows Eco-Fashion Week event is a collaboration between fashion houses Bodkin, Izzy Lane, Bahar Shahpar, House of Oganic, Lara Miller, Mr. Larkin and STUDY by Tara St. James. The Spring/Summer 2010 fashions on display at King of Greene Street in Manhattan featured neutral colors, cutout designs and unique textures. Here are some highlights from The GreenShows event.
Lara Miller's collection included draped pieces with pops of muted coral, purple and blue. Miller uses organic cotton (new and recycled), hemp, vegan silk, soy fibers and other natural materials in her pieces.
House of Organic
House of Organic represents a group of designers with the understanding that "fashion cannot be luxurious, stylish, or sexy if it is not sustainable, environmentally sensitive and socially responsible." This season their runway show's vibe was hippy chic with a splash of Pocahontas: free-flowing pieces paired with lace-up moccasins and feathers.
STUDY by Tara St. James
Tara St. James, formerly of Covet, debuted her first collection this season. The sustainable line is a study of squares. Each piece is "transformable; [an] aspect of sustainability that hasn't been touched on as much," said St. James. She noted that the look shown here was actually being worn upside down.
Izzy Lane by Isobel Davies is a leader in ethical luxury brands and animal welfare. The wool and knitwear in this collection is made with wool from 600 rare-breed sheep that have been rescued from slaughter.
Bodkin's Spring/Summer collection was full of neutral separates with draped and ruffled details. All of Bodkin's pieces are manufactured in the U.S. using materials such as recycled polyester and organic wool and cotton.
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The Future of Green Fashion
As eco-fashion becomes mainstream we're sure to see more designers and customers demanding sustainable designs.
(Here's House of Organics' Johanna Hofring -- the founder and a designer -- with her daughter Vida at The GreenShows.)