Student-run, student-founded non-profit, the Green Youth Movement (GYM), got in on the LA Fashion Week action by hosting their first fashion show — “The Green Initiative Humanitarian Fashion Show” — at Sunset Gower Studios. The show featured the tantalizing Fall/Winter ’10 collections of three eco-designers; Emily Factor, Lizzie Parker and Puridee. Right before curtain, guest of honor Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa strolled in just in time to make an appearance on stage with GYM founder Ally Maize. Inhabitat was there, along with the Mayor, to admire the new eco-collections that fall has in store for us.
Los Angeles-based Emily Factor kicked off the show, featuring a new collection that could be called urban bohemian. With her trademark style, a subtle blend of Coastal California-meets-Santa Fe, she mixed different textures and brightly colored prints to create a line that is at once playfully casual and elegantly refined. We liked the way she juxtaposed see-through lace with other eye-popping textiles.
Next up was Lizzie Parker whose smart and sustainable jersey constructions belie the fact that she’s based in Issaquah, Washington and not in California-casual-crazed Los Angeles. Lizzie takes a seemingly simple canvas — organic bamboo jersey — and creates elegant works of art that are European in style, but still look supremely wearable and comfortable. We loved her flouncy skirts and off-the-shoulder tops.
Closing the show was LA-based Puridee. We’ve mentioned them before, and their new Fall collection definitely did not disappoint. One of the undisputed ateliers of gorgeous green gowns, the new collection is magical. Mostly comprised of long, flowing gowns that almost float down the runway by themselves, our favorite piece was short and playful with a long translucent train; perfect for the sassy boot-wearin’ eco bride.
Funds from ticket sales for the Green Initiative Humanitarian Fashion Show go towards supporting GYM in all of its many green endeavors which are meant to encourage students to lead the change to a more eco-conscious future.