One cannot let NY Fashion Week get fully underway without digging deep to reveal the best sources for sustainable style in NYC’s fashion enclaves. Sure eco-chic dressing is now as hip as Battery Park’s Solaire residential complex or the next episode of Alter Eco, but Inhabitat really has lasting admiration for those talented designers who have been working to promote eco fashion for more than a passing season. If classic, smart green fashion is truly your thing, then Bahar Shahpar is a designer you need to know about and wear. We reported on her Fall 2008 Collection during the House of Organic runway show last spring, but we could not help but to take another look at why Bahar is the total IT girl these days with her eco-savvy take on bold sustainable style and cool chic solutions.

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Bahar Shahpar’s gorgeous, eco-friendly signature pieces are urban, playful, and impeccably tailored. She is a total craftsperson when it comes to incorporating sustainable fabrics into versatile, wearable separates and covetable dresses and frocks. (You might recall that adorable, iconic flower babydoll dress of 2007 that every green (activist) girl simply had to have!)

Bahar’s Fall 2008 Collection features prepster plaid rompers, super-sexy organic cotton twill ‘seamed’ pants, cuffed shorts (totally trans-seasonal), schoolgirl dresses and tunics, silk crepe dinner dresses, and a fabulously chic, belted ‘Woodsman’ coat. Bahar does not shy away from Ahimsa silks and tweeds, organic cotton blends, organic merino wool – or a combination of the above in a variety of artful constructions. One really gets the sense that this designer knows the rules of what constitutes sustainable production and therefore can take risks with how to design creatively and daringly. This is the best of green fashion at a moment when the mainstream is no longer shying away from eco-friendly materials coupled with luxe, inventive design.

NY Fashion Week will come and go, but designers and stylists like Bahar Shahpar are committed to making a difference, both on the runway and off. Her designs give the impression that sustainable style is totally attainable and real. She is the ‘BFF’ that you can really trust in today’s eco fashion world.

Contact ‘The Four Hundred’ showroom for details on where to purchase Bahar Shahpar’s designs

All featured fashion photography by Raquel Lauren

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