New York Fashion Week eco trends
September besides autumn brings great fashion events, like Fashion nights out and of course the New York Fashion Week! Green designers were there with their recycled silk shorts, hand-crocheted jackets, zero-waste -classic little black dresses. Let’s find out which are the eco-trends for spring-summer 2012.
Full of colors
Bright bursts of neon lit up the runway this season, from bright yellow to fluorescent green. Mara Hoffman lined up her “Mexican Mamas” collection inspired by the women of Mexico, particularly the legendary painter Frida Kahlo. Using custom designed silk prints, created a tropical collection combining woodcut, tribal and geometric designs with neon embroidery. Leanne Marshall’s bright yellow dress with the architectural design gets us a little closer to the next summer. “I was inspired by the feeling of going to the beach or vacationing in the South of France”, she said. Duro Olowu‘s Spring/Summer 2012 show was inspired by the work of photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue and the West Indian immigrants who arrived in England in the ’50s. The collection is a visual feast of reclaimed silks and vintage fabric trims in eclectic, contrasting patterns.
Back in time
Ethnic style will never be out of fashion! Suzanne Rae, drew from 19th century Japanese motifs and used them to create nostalgic bikinis, playsuits, and fluttery gowns—constructed from organic cotton, recycled hemp, raw silk, and even raffia. Her nostalgia for the past revealed also the Tumbleweeds sunglasses made in San Diego from remnant woods. In her first solo presentation Gretchen Jones presented a layered array of designs, ankle skirts in hallucinogenic prints, pinstripe-denim shorts in colors of black and desert. At EDUN, designer Sharon Wauchob paid homage to the label’s African provenance by prreesenting one of EDUN’s most “ethnic” collections to date.
Ladylike silhouettes, and romantic style will keep us dreaming for the next season. Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra lined up dresses of every description, clad in heady florals or lustrous solids, slinked across the runway. The soft yellow wrap dress with Eastern influences inspired by Suno feels imperial! Along Suzanne Rae‘s artfully draped dress brings sexy and innocence together.
Glam and glorious
Marcia Patmos lined up a sleek collection with shiny, metallic fabrics in shades of gold, silver, and copper. Likewise Duro Olowu’s with his gold-and-ruby gown glints created the perfect ladylike and sexy outfit. Stepping away from his signature neutral palette, Patrick‘s featherweight tie silk shorts were a stand out with their colorful patterns. The best part is that they’re made with recycled men’s ties.
«Welcome to the Jungle» is one of the most famous Guns N’ Roses songs, and designers dress us with safari-inspired cuts and faux animal accents. John Patrick presented his most streamlined collections: classic, timeless, and chic, yet devoid of excessive trendiness. If you like it “wild” take a walk on the wild side with Duro Olowu‘s leopard-print pant. Chris Benz in his debute with his 60s collection suggests a military blazer to go incognito in the jungle…
Clad in exuberant prints, this season’s dresses are worth framing. Costello Tagliapietra delivered florals inspired by American painter Georgia O ‘Keefe creating a feminine and ethnic outfit. Mara Hoffman‘s arresting column dress takes its cues from the women of Mexico, particularly legendary painter Frida Kahlo. Last but not least Duro Olowu‘s paneled work of art takes us back in time to the 60s and 70s.