Members of the fashion industry have rallied behind a new book, "FutureFashion White Papers," that champions sustainability.
Diane von Furstenberg, Barneys New York's Julie Gilhart, Steven Kolb of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Liz Claiborne Inc.'s Tim Gunn and models Shalom Harlow and Elettra Wiedemann are among those who have made contributions to the book. The 287-page tome is part of a series addressing sustainability that has been published by Earth Pledge, an environmentally minded agency that works with government, industry and community groups. The aim is to promote renewable, reusable and nonpolluting ways to design.
In an interview Tuesday, Earth Pledge's executive director Leslie Hoffman said she is encouraged by von Furstenberg's and the CFDA's commitment to the project and to working with Earth Pledge down the road. "I think it's a real harbinger of good things to come," Hoffman said. "The fashion industry is showing the world, 'We are up for this.' The industry is up for the challenge and is excited about this."
More than anything, Hoffman hopes readers of the book (Chelsea Green, $23), will be motivated to take action. More specifically, "Retailers should see the opportunity of making environmentally friendly products available to consumers because a lot of consumers are crying out, 'Where do you get green products?'" she said.
In addition, Hoffman hopes textile companies will start to produce more environmentally friendly fabrics, materials and concepts for designers to use.
Just back from staging an eco-friendly fashion show in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, she noted how piña — fiber made from the leaves of a pineapple and dyed with jackfruit — is an environmentally friendly option for manufacturers there and one that will be added to Earth Pledge's sustainable materials library. Another option many are not familiar with is color-grown cotton, which has seeds with naturally inherent hues. When Earth Pledge started its fashion initiative three years ago, there were only 50 or 60 green fabrics and now that figure is 600 and increasing every day.
Gilhart won Hoffman's praise for helping to make sustainability a priority at Barneys. This year, the Madison Avenue flagship has devoted its holiday store windows to a green theme. Earth Pledge's leader noted she hopes others will catch on to the trend. "I hope people in the industry are inspired to take action and will see how sustainability affects their roles in the fashion industry. And they will take a glimpse up and down the supply chain — dyers and weavers will consider what retailers need, and designers will think about what farmers grow," she said.
A recent study in the U.K. determined the care of a garment requires twice as much energy consumption compared with its production, Hoffman said.
As von Furstenberg noted in the preface to "FutureFashion White Papers," "We cannot only learn about these developments abstractly, but should implement them as well."
“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
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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