GQ partnered with Fashion Group International Wednesday night to host a panel event, “The Fashion Footprint,” aimed at fostering an environment conducive to the discussion of fashion’s relationship to the green movement.
Julie Gilhart, senior vice president and fashion director of Barneys New York, moderated the four-member panel, which consisted of Scott Mackinlay Hahn, partner in Loomstate/Rogan; Michael Flynn, vice president of design for Timberland Apparel at Phillips-Van Heusen Corp.; Leslie Hoffman, executive director of Earth Pledge, and Elizabeth Rogers, author of “The Green Book” and global branding consult for the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Hahn spoke about the importance of sustainability in eco-friendly fashion. “We strive to be a success in our environment. Fashion is our medium,” he said. In fall 2004, Hahn launched Loomstate’s 100 percent organic cotton collection, emphasizing the social responsibility people have to the environment but too often ignore. Unlike designers who claim to be green, Loomstate is fully committed to sustainability at every stage of the production process. Loomstate ensures that all partners, from farmers to fabric mills, are participating in responsible manufacturing processes.
Likewise, Timberland’s Flynn has introduced new production methods that ultimately reduce the impact on the planet. “Timberland has created a DNA that supports a social responsibility, consciousness and awareness. The more I scratch the surface, the more there is to learn. Every piece we make is going to be touched by green.”
As part of its eco-friendly efforts, Timberland began producing nutrition labels for its clothing, listing the percentages of organic materials in each. According to Flynn, “This is the beginning of a global effort. Because we’re asking and raising questions, people are changing.”
Earth Pledge’s Hoffman said she “sees agriculture at the center of sustainability.” Earth Pledge is a nonprofit organization that attempts to align eco-friendly technological developments with the world of design. Hoffman laughed, “I never thought I would be in fashion, but I have a passion to help individuals, find opportunity, measure, assess, make improvements, and maybe, if we all work together, we will get there.”
NRDC’s Rogers left her 10-year post as senior vice president of global communications at Calvin Klein to explore a career outside of fashion. Rogers expounded on her distaste for the term “green” and anticipates the time when being eco-friendly is the norm and a fully evolved lifestyle, not just a fad.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast