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.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)