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.
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Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews