Green might be one of Australia's national colors (the other is gold) but, to date, eco-awareness hasn't been a national fashion priority.
Melbourne-based Lisa Gorman hopes to change that. In June, Gorman became the first mainstream Australian fashion designer to launch an organic range. A subbrand to her eight-year-old Gorman line, which boasts a $4.5 million retail sales volume, Gorman Organic is a line of basics made from fibers and yarns that are either organically produced or grown wild and harvested using environmentally sensitive methods.
The 15-piece collection uses 100 percent certified organic Indian or Turkish cotton and Thai bamboo. Comprised of tanks, Ts, pajamas, hoodies and underwear in unbleached white, gray mélange, black, yellow and blue, prices start at $16 for underwear and run up to $115 for a hoodie. Pieces are manufactured in Vietnam, while printing is done in Australia using environmentally sustainable ink.
The line is sold in Gorman's five Australian boutiques and wholesaled to 15 stores nationally, as well as in Japan.
Organics are crossing over into Gorman's main business as well. The designer has used organic denim for her main line's current denim capsule collection, and in January will launch an organic jeans line, Jean Green, which uses 100 percent organic cotton, dye and materials. Priced from $151 to $222, styles include a zip pocket jean with slim legs; wide-leg, high-waist flares, and skirts.
"Often, organic products are a bit 'hippie,'" said Gorman, who is also working to make her business carbon neutral by 2008. "If you can make something that looks as good as it was ever going to look, organic or otherwise, and you offer it in sustainable fabrics and dyes, the choice is simple, [customers] feel like they're doing something good. We've got people coming in now because they know we do organic."
“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