Last week fashion trade show Designers & Agents returned to New York City . An international marketplace featuring clothing and accessories from more than 1,000 independent designers, this event was on every buyer's and fashionistas' e-calendar. But it was the D&A Green Room (curated by our eco fashion website Ecouterre!) that really got us up in green -- in green clothes that is! Never one to miss a chance to promote eco-friendly fashion, our Inhabitorial team was on-site bringing live coverage from the event. This year's Designers & Agents Green Room was chockfull of serious design talent, and was -- we venture to say -- our favorite D&A yet. Check out our highlights from the event: our favorite drool-worthy garments for Fall 2010, pics of the designers showing off their work, and even our very own editors modeling their favorite garments from the show!
Samantha Pleet, designer of her eponymous line of sustainably produced clothing, which is made locally in New York City.
Here, editor-in-chief Jill dons Samantha Pleet’s Plaid Kilt Romper – “I love how fun and cute this romper is – it’s half punk rock and half girly-girly. I’ve never been a huge fan of plaid but this jumper makes me see plaid in a whole new light.
Caitlin Murphy, who handles sales and marketing at NAU, with some of the greenest performance apparel we’ve seen to date.
“It can be hard finding a female ski jacket that isn’t a) super baggy and made for snow boarders or b) a super-cropped feminine puffy jacket with fur accents,” she says. “This jacket is great because it still complements a womanly figure but the design also reflects genuine performance wear. I am a big fan of the detailing in the sealed zippers, the hood that fits to go over a helmet, and that extra fabric at the tail-end in case of bad tumbles in the snow.”
Shannon South, designer and owner of the reMade USA line of recycled leather bags, is moving her operations back to New York City after a brief foray in San Francisco.
Tara St James from Study shows off her fall collection.
You can’t help but be swept up in designer Kizzy Jai Knight’s ebullience and zest. She handed out handmade heart-shape felt buttons to remind us that everything we needed is “right here.”
Yuka Yoneda, our senior editor, strikes a pose in the Lady Ascot Dress by Jai. Made from organic wool from Vermont, the frock was inspired by designer Kizzy Jai Knight’s hometown in England. Yuka: “Even though this dress looks fancy with its elegant drapes, it’s incredibly comfy and perfect for a night out dancing, which totally makes sense since Kizzy comes from a dance background and Jai’s underlying philosophy is to be ‘playfully regal.’
Our attention was repeatedly drawn to H Fredriksson’s V-neck caftan (middle), which features a spectacular, abstract print that is nothing short of hypnotic.
Also one of Jill’s picks: “I’m not much of a print person, but H Fredriksson’s makes amazing prints,” she says. “As soon as I saw this flowy silk top I had to try it on. I can’t get over how cool this geometric, mirrored black and white print is—I love it!”
Polly Bäumler started Des Artistes just last year, but she’s set her sights on adorning her organic cotton tees with the work of both emerging and established artists.
Barbara Brignone’s self-titled collection exudes Old World charm, with lacy, slinky separates that are as at home inside the boudoir as out.
D&A Founder Barbara With the “Art” Sculpture.
From left, Jill Fehrenbacher, our editor-in-chief; Yuka Yoneda, our senior editor; and Rebecca Paul, contributing writer, signing off from the D&A Green Room 2010!