New York Fashion Week is in full swing and we’re definitely finding it tough to not get swept up in all of the excitement! Just a few days in, this year’s Green Shows have debuted some seriously stunning designs, proving that eco-fashion has moved from colorless casual wear to full-on haute couture. We were impressed by John Patrick for Organic’s aqua-inspired line, Luis Valenzuela’s brilliant pieces made from reclaimed trash, and we’ve even got some exclusive coverage from Edun, the ethical fashion label formed by U2′s Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson. But don’t think it’s been all work and no play — we’ve also been hosting a fun and fabulous media lounge at the Metropolitan Suite, an elegant 8,500 square feet loft-like space that has been retrofitted with eco-friendly flooring, LED lighting, and employs a stringent waste and recycling program! Click ahead for all of our exclusive coverage of this year’s Green Shows!
For his Spring/Summer 2011 collection, John Patrick of Organic drew inspiration from water. Far from a simple take on the life staple in a static state, Organic’s new line embodies the spirit of water, as Patrick states, “from floods to falls to lack thereof.” Organic’s eco-conscious SS 2011 is an expression of soft and subdued colors, functionality and modern silhouettes.
Luis Valenzuela’s Spring/Summer 2011 lineup was a parade of living, moving art. The artist and designer focused his collection on repurposing existing materials into brand-new masterpieces, transforming everyday items like lampshades, chandeliers, and birch bark into breathtaking, gasp-inducing gowns.
The latest collection from Edun is the embodiment of a fresh, youthful, and renewed being. The ethical label, founded by U2′s Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson, embraces the spring metaphor in more ways that one. With a new influx of cash from majority partner Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, a new creative director and chief executive hired in the past year, and a move to New York City, this season marks the label’s first full collection under the new leadership.
Drawing upon tropical influences, Auralis‘ Spring 2011 collection gave a nod to1970′s Puerto Rico style with a contemporary twist. One of the more wearable collections making its debut at the Green Shows, the collection was a collage of contemporary, urban silhouettes with an easy, breezy flair suitable for any sun-filled day.
Even those who live and breathe fashion need a little break from their sky-high stilettos. This year we’re hosting a sweet media lounge at the Metropolitan Suite in Manhattan. The space is filled with green furnishings from Q Collection, Uhuru, 5FlightsUp, and ABC Carpet and Home. We’ve also got a splendid organic bar for media guests to grab a drink or two, and cupcakes for that extra sugar rush (thanks to Little Cupcake Bakeshop)!