Check out this fascinating article on The Cut featuring a whole new trend most fashionistas never want to hear about…or do they.
Writer Fiona Duncan writes: “not to describe a particular look but a general attitude: embracing sameness deliberately as a new way of being cool, rather than striving for “difference” or “authenticity.” In fashion, though, this manifests itself in ardently ordinary clothes. Mall clothes. Blank clothes. The kind of dad-brand non-style you might have once associated with Jerry Seinfeld, but transposed on a Cooper Union student with William Gibson glasses.”
Let’s hope these looks of nothingness aren’t a permanent trend or that Sci-Fi vision of whole societies of people in metallic spandex unitards just not be too far off.
Read the full article here on The Cut.
To mark the conclusion of Milan Fashion Week, the New York Times cataloged the bows of 14 fashion visionaries.
To watch the video, go here.
We can hardly mask our appreciation for Titania Inglis and her ability to fuse sculpture with wearable clothing. Environmental textile artist and author Abigail Doan writes of Inglis in The Wild: “Tapping into geological phenomena to inspire and forge a ready-to-wear collection might not be the standard M.O. in the fashion realm, but designer Titania Inglis has once again demonstrated that her core vision of minimalistic silhouettes and earth-centric processes can indeed create ‘tectonic’ style cohesion.”
We feel the plates shifting for sure.
Read the full article here on The Wild.
Leena Oijala of EcoSalon writes: “When you think of eco fashion, China isn’t necessarily the first country that pops into your mind. But despite the nation’s large part in the conventional textile and apparel industries, several young and extremely talented designers in the country are delving into the realm of sustainable fashion. Upcycling is an especially popular trend among the eco-conscious designers, who no doubt have a surplus of waste material from the country’s numerous factories to work with.”
Check out who EcoSalon picked as their top 5 favorite Chinese eco fashion brands here.
MacPhee is no stranger to celebrity or vegans donning her red carpet looks but this might be the first time they’ve gone underwater.
See all the beautiful images of her dresses in the Winter 2014 issue of Coco Eco.
Vinylize glasses are handmade in Hungary by Tipton Eyeworks. After searching for a new material to make frames, Zachary Tipton discovered his father’s old record collection, and had the idea to recycle the abundant material to serve a new purpose.
The first series was developed from communist vinyl, salvaged from the budapest flea markets. the durable pressings could still be played, even after half a century, but to insulate them from the effects of heat, they were fused with biodegradable cellulose-acetate using proprietary technology. following years of testing, the team developed methods to transform one of the longest lasting plastics into eyewear…
Read the entire article on DesignBoom.
As global fast fashion giants arrive in Brazil, the market heats up with Topshop, Gap and Forever 21 chains eyeballing an open market.
Is this another frontier for fast fashion to spread and environmentally, is this a hiccup that the planet can continue to withstand?
Business of Fashion writes that Paulo Correa, vice president of sales at international apparel chain C&A Brazil knows one thing for sure: “Our project Poderosas do Brasil (Powerful Women of Brazil) has the goal to identify different aspirations from women in different regions of Brazil and create pieces with the unique regionalism that is characteristic [of] different Brazilian states.”
With China re-evaluating it’s fashion influence as well as other countries disregarding quality over faster amounts of quantity, one might ask who is in charge of dictating, on an international level, what fashion defines.
Certainly not high fashion.
Read the full article on Business of Fashion here.
While online boutiques like Beklina, A Boy Named Sue and Kaight have been around for a while, new eco boutiques are popping up with an even greater selection of sharply curated ethical products from names we don’t always hear about.
Check out EcoSalon’s top 5 online eco-boutiques to see if you’ve missed some new shopping openings and who is hot on the scene.
Read the full article here on EcoSalon.
Fashion Revolution Day is a movement to increase awareness of the true cost of fashion held each year on April 24th, the anniversary of Rana Plaza.
FRD hopes that through events like these, a new atmosphere can be created in the fashion industry that values people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure.
Get your camera out, snap a picture and go here to post a picture of yourself wearing your clothes inside out and be entered into the contest, (which ends February 23rd so hurry!)
T Magazine’s spring 2014 women’s fashion issue looks at the way women really want to dress with cult fashion-designer Phoebe Philo as cover girl and ring leader.
Philo, “whose quiet, understated designs for Céline give new meaning to the term ‘power dressing,’” says T, are coveted by some of the smartest, savviest women out there.
In addition to a feature on Philo, Cathy Horyn examines the divide between what women actually want to wear and “the tricked-out, challenging get-ups that come down the runway,” as well as a host of other fashion notables celebrating powerful women and the clothes they wear.
Check out the online version of T magazine here.
As one of Manhattan’s last hat factories, Satya Twena has been an integral part of NYC’s rich fashion history.
Worn by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Brad Pitt, Spike Lee, Kim Kardashian,
Jessica Biel and Madonna, each hat is made in New York by hand utilizing vintage blocks and free-hand forming techniques to create wearable art.
Just a few years ago, the factory that made Satya’s hats went out of business and in pure entrepreneurial form, the designer and her cousin bought the factory and kept business, history and jobs alive.
Check out the video on Satya Twena’s millinery studio here on Maker’s Row.
Photo courtesy of EcoCult
Team GreenShows was kept busy this past New York Fashion Week sponsoring sustainable fashion parties, runway shows and shopping at a pop-up shop that made us swoon.
Daniel Silverstein and models, photo courtesy of EcoCult
Silverstein tells The GreenShows that Federico Fellini’s surreal film “81/2” provided him with inspiration for the F/W 14 collection.
“In the film, the main character Guido seeks counsel from a cardinal who tells him that ‘that which is outside the city of God is in the city of the devil.’ The cardinal suggests life can be categorized into right or wrong.
Daniel Silverstein F/W 14 collection “Mezzo”
The surreal film, however, shows that this perspective was flawed. This resonated with my thoughts about art. For me, art isn’t about interpreting right or wrong. It’s about experiencing the moment and seeing what happens. It’s about fully appreciating a life lived between these two extremes, a life in middle. ‘Mezzo’,” says Silverstein.
Daniel Silverstein F/W 14 collection “Mezzo”
TGS also did double time by being the sponsor of Fashion Revolution Day’s #INSIDEOUT party, a growing worldwide movement inspired by the tragedies in Bangladesh at Rana Plaza where 1,134 garment workers were crushed inside their place of employment.
Sculpture memorial by Conscious Living TV's Bianca Alexander
The Fashion Revolution Day movement was created to bring awareness to transparency and fairness in the fashion supply chain which, in addition to speeches from GreenShows CEO Harvey Russack and Conscious Living TV’s Bianca Alexander, a sculpture created in memory of the fallen garment workers served as a somber reminder for the party.
Sculpture memorial by Conscious Living TV's Bianca Alexander
Harvey sums up the rising ethical fashion ethos. “You can count on The GreenShows to stand united on Fashion Revolution Day, wearing our clothes inside out and our hearts on our sleeves.”
According to Fashion Revolution Day USA’s Executive Director Oceana Lott, Launch NYC was a perfect location for Fashion Revolution Day USA to host its first event.
Conscious Living TV's Bianca Alexander, The GreenShows Development Consultant, Tim Woodcock, Fashion Revolution Day’s U.S. Director, Oceana Lott, Thread documentary Producer Marci Zaroff, The GreenShows’ Harvey Russack
“Manufacture NY’s commitment to supporting local, ethically made fashion and designers in New York aligns with Fashion Revolution’s mission of bringing transparency and fairness to the supply chain around the world. Transparency anywhere supports transparency everywhere,” says Lott.
Holly Henderson Nimet Degirmencioglu, and The GreenShows CEO Harvey Russack wearing their hearts on their sleeves and their clothes inside out
The #INSIDEOUT/NYFW event also launched the #INSIDEOUT photo contest, where consumers are encouraged to find out “Who made your clothes?” and take photos of themselves wearing outfits #INSIDEOUT to win designer clothing from ethical brands like Indigenous.
Market 605 designers Mandy Kordal, Lily Piyathaiserre, Tara St James, Helpsy’s Rachel Kibbe, Harvey Russack, Yegang Yoo, Susan Domelsmith and Nettie Kent
We also had the pleasure of attending Market 605, a West Village-based, month long celebration of ethical fashion. The collaborative pop-up shop is still on until the 18th of February and is organized and run by nine of New York’s best local designers and independent label creators and offers a finely curated array of womenswear, accessories, jewelry, home goods and gifts.
This past Saturday night, a private party at Market 605 and hosted by sustainable e-commerce site Helpsy offered attendees a chance to meet the shop’s designers while shopping a handpicked selection of exclusive items.
Shoppers, friends and colleagues gathered to drink, laugh and purchase special pieces of clothing, accessories, beauty and home goods.
If you didn’t make it to the pop-up, here’s a detailed list of the Market 605 designers provided by Helpsy:
Dirty Librarian Chains
For nearly a decade, Dirty Librarian Chains designer, Susan Domelsmith, has been working at the forefront of the sustainable fashion movement. Her collection of bold retro-futuristic jewelry is based on a zero waste design model and ensures the production of every piece utilizes USA made materials dating from the 1960’s to the 1980’s.
The bicoastal design duo of Moriah Carlson (Brooklyn, NY) and Alice Wu (Oakland, CA), who both come from a fine arts background. The two collaborate on the drawings and collages that form each collection’s signature textile designs. Feral Childe combines thoughtful choice of sustainable materials and attention to quality construction to make smart, wearable silhouettes for forward-thinking women, and is proudly manufactured in New York City.
Gamma Folk is the jewelry of designer and maker Lily Piyathaisere. Created out of the spirit of past and present, Gamma Folk is a celebration of aesthetics, experiments in materials and the preservation of craft.
IMAGO-A (pronounced ee-mah-go ah)
A NYC-based leather handbag and accessories line. The IMAGO-A collection is built upon geometric and sculptural shapes that are both innovative and functional. All IMAGO-A pieces are produced locally by luxury-leather craftsmen in NYC.
Born from a desire to create beautiful pieces made with integrity and respect to the environment. Sustainably designed and produced domestically in Los Angeles using natural fibers, ethically sourced materials, natural plant and low impact dyes and local, artisanal resources. The line works to optimize beautiful, handcrafted design with an attitude of relaxed glamour, while promoting a harmonious and responsible relationship between business, community, and nature.
A women’s knitwear collection that fuses innovative forms and textures with functionality. We believe in creating garments that will inspire creativity and wearability. All of our knits are designed and and produced in NYC in an effort to support American manufacturing.
by natalie frigo
Natalie Frigo’s passion is creating unique, heirloom jewelry. Natalie’s inspiration ranges from early metallurgy and textile design to recent architectural developments, culminating in a collection that is contemporary, but by referencing venerable artifacts, also feels timeless.
Nettie creates handcrafted jewelry from recycled metals in Brooklyn, New York. Nettie Kent has earned a cult following and loyal clientele that appreciates her sculptural forms, unique designs and her ethical approach to jewelry making that emphasizes sustainable design and sourcing recycled materials. Summers on the beach and winters in Brooklyn influence all of Nettie’s designs, a mix of organic shapes cast in rough golden metals juxtaposed with soft leathers.
A sustainable womenswear label based in Brooklyn, NY. We make season-less clothing locally and ethically without subscribing to the traditional fashion calendar. Our goal is to create the ideal wardrobe for our customers. We believe the clothes we wear should be well-made using quality materials, and the hands that manipulate those materials should be respected and cared for. We tell the story of how our clothing is made, one step at a time.
AND many more from Bhava, Freedom of Animals, State, Kallio, The Greater Goods, Shino Ceramics, Titania Inglis, Pima Doll, Mullein & Sparrow, Susan Alexandra, Bing Bang NYC, Andrea Diodati, Marble&Milkweed, Job&Boss and Good Candle.
Degen’s A/W 2014-2015 “M.A.G.I.K” collection (Majestic Astral Glowing Irredescent Knitting) was certainly a highlight show this New York Fashion Week.
Designer Lindsay Degen showcased her looks at Industria, a space nestled between Manhattan’s Meatpacking District and West Village, to a packed house filled with knitwear afficionados.
Changing lights that went from blues to saturated reds were a major feature, illuminating the designer’s glowing reflective knit threads that spelled out words like “Magic” and featured interesting textures, patterns and even oversized eyeballs.
Designer Lindsay Degen’s passion for knitting began at the age of three when her grandmother gave her a set of knitting needles and taught her how to stitch.
Her site reads: “Over the years Degen honed her skills and made a name for herself in her hometown of Mariemont, Ohio, weaving basic thread into unique pieces, each telling a story about her life and experiences.
In pursuit of mastering her skill set, Lindsay attended Central Saint Martins and the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied under knit master Liz Collins. After graduating from RISD, Degen moved to New York City and continued her concept-based binge knitting.
Which of course, the NYC based textile community, couldn’t be any happier about.
We’re sponsoring a very important party at New York Fashion Week and you should come to it!
Fashionistas will kick off New York Fashion Week in sustainable style at Fashion Revolution’s #INSIDEOUT party on February 7th, 2014 celebrating Fashion Revolution Day, a worldwide movement being celebrated on April 24th, 2014 demanding fair treatment for all garment workers.
Sponsored by The GreenShows, the #INSIDEOUT party will bring awareness to transparency and fairness in the fashion supply chain and culminate a day of ethical design shows during Launch NYC, one of the most buzzed-about events gracing the runways of Fashion Week from February 5th-February 11th.
To learn more about the event, go to Conscious Living TV.
Daniel Silverstein’s F/W 14 collection “Mezzo” will be presented at an invitation-only event sponsored by Launch NYC, a Manufacture NY initiative. The GreenShows is so honored to be Daniel’s official sponsor for the Launch NYC show.
We caught up with Daniel recently to ask him more about the story behind his F/W 14 collection and what the future is looking like for him.
Can you tell me more about the inspiration behind Mezzo?
Italian film director Federico Fellini’s surreal film “8 1/2” provided me with inspiration for the F/W 14 collection. In the film, the main character Guido seeks counsel from a cardinal who tells him that “that which is outside the city of God is in the city of the devil”. The cardinal suggests life can be categorized into right or wrong. The surreal film, however, shows that this perspective was flawed. This resonated with my thoughts about art. For me, art isn’t about interpreting right or wrong. It’s about experiencing the moment and seeing what happens. It’s about fully appreciating a life lived between these two extremes, a life in middle. Mezzo.
Did you have one piece that you feel leads the way for the entire collection?
Rather than one piece leading the collection, my original print is the centerpiece around which the designs are inspired. Imagery of Fellini’s “city of God” and “city of the devil” is brought to life with the hand-illustrated print. I created the print first by sketching angels and demons; with artist Kaleigh Martin, I eventually built a world where these creatures exist together. Twisting braids, silky flowing fringe and detailed appliques interact dramatically with the expressive print in the collection’s dresses, skirts, pants, shorts and tops. The color palette brings deep black, fiery red, and vibrant orange together with soft grey, creamy beige and brilliant white.
How do you feel about having a space like MNY to show?
I am so grateful to Bob Bland, MNY and the Green Shows’ Harvey Russack for believing in me and giving me the chance to show the new collection in such a beautiful space. The support from the team has been incredible. It’s also been great to connect with other designers and celebrate the amazing work they are doing to make the fashion industry a better place. It’s truly been inspiring.
Do you like the idea of bringing NYFW to the masses?
Yes! The time has definitely come to shake the foundation of well worn, practices in the fashion industry. This includes upending the sense of exclusivity that dominates the traditional NYFW paradigm. By giving emerging designers the chance to show and sell their collections, Launch NYC is giving voice to creativity that might not be heard otherwise. I look forward to seeing what Launch NYC has up its sleeve for next season!
What are some cool new projects your working on???
Illustrating the print this season was such a great experience, I plan to keep doing this going forward, ideally collaborating with other artists. Of course, I also plan to keep perfecting our zero fabric waste technique. Every season feels like a “cool new project” as I’m given the chance to experiment with new silhouettes and draping techniques that minimize waste.