NEW YORK — Held in ABC Carpet & Home, the eco-friendly "FutureFashion" show Wednesday included looks from 12 designer lines such as Halston, Peter Som, Daryl K, and Oscar de la Renta.
Collaborating with hundreds of designers and labels in an ongoing project to promote sustainable fashion, the nonprofit organization Earth Pledge provided them with over 600 different types of renewable, reusable, nonpolluting materials including bamboo, organic denim, organic cotton and wool, and hemp silks. A portion of the proceeds from the event, co-hosted by House & Garden, will establish a green roof on a housing project in the Bronx.
Some 400 guests socialized to a mix of world music, while models standing on white blocks towered above the crowd. The short presentation featured looks such as a Lela Rose black sasawashi dress with a scalloped hem and a recycled metal-embellished décolleté, and a de la Renta cream hemp silk tiered gown with an iridescent cream corn fiber overlay, coupled with Te Casan shoes made of recycled scarves. The looks presented were not for sale, but were part of the nonprofit's initiative to encourage designers to use green fashion.
Skeptics label the green movement as a trend, but ABC chief executive officer and creative director Paulette Cole sees it differently. "It's a critical tipping point and a new way of being an entrance into a new age without using the trendiness of those words. People taking responsibility, nurturing and taking care of our planet and each other is well beyond a trend. We're growing up and our awareness is maturing."
Designer Bahar Shahpar cited a consumer demand and accessibility on both ends of the market as valid reasons to pursue green fashion. "Ten years from now the idea of being sustainable is not going to be something uncommon," added designer Lara Miller.
Others pinpoint a need to diversify the use of materials in fashion.
"We need a revolution. I hope that is what we're in the middle of. The industry is a dozen or more years behind, but the materials we have today are light years ahead of materials we had three years ago," said Leslie Hoffman, executive director of Earth Pledge.She said the fashion industry is so behind the rest of the green movement because the industry is predicated on the need to always be new and throw away the old; what the green fashion movement focuses on is quality and durability. "This is an invitation to designers coming out of school because things can no longer be beautiful but toxic," she said.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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