Haters that said eco-fashion would never make it in the ranks with the top dogs really ate their words this past New York Fashion Week, as more sustainable lines than ever showed right alongside fashion's biggest names. Whether it be inside the Box at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center, at Pier 59 Studios in Chelsea or in a random Lower East Side basement, eco fashion's rising stars didn't disappoint, showcasing a parade of imaginative, inventive and ethically made garments for Fall Winter 2012. Step into our photo gallery for a summary of the designs that captivated us the most.
Suzanne Rae was “faux real” about calling attention to cruelty-free alternatives in her introspective Fall Winter 2012 collection. We were enamored by her use of natural fabrics draped and styled to mimic real fur, and her use of mustard, burgundy and forest green velvets added an air of luxury to the looks.
Lauren Moffatt decided to take New York Fashion Week to school this season, showing her FW 2012 line at classrooms in St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral School. Moffat produces her line entirely in New York’s Garment District told Ecouterre that she wanted the collection, which is filled with playful Peter Pan collars and coy, color-blocked coats to have the “undone feel of the schoolgirl with just a touch of mischievousness.”
Ecouterre went behind the scenes with The GreenShows’ stylist Julie Ragolia as her team prepared for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center. Check out the whole frenzied setup in our video (as well as the cute pup who was helping)!
Remember that show “My So-Called Life” starring Claire Danes? We couldn’t help but notice the reference in Titania Inglis’s FW 2012 line decked out in plaid flannel. The designer took the 90s grunge look to new heights by mingling it with sharp tailoring and sheer fabrics but kept the Doc Martens.
Season 8 Project Runway winner Gretchen Jones’ FW 2012 show reflected a period of mourning she is going through right now following the recent loss of her father, Robert. The collection was awash in Jones’s Southwestern roots, with details like basket-weave textures and digital ikat prints.
John Patrick of Organic channeled the work of 19th century British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron for his lineup of wool-herringbone watchcoats, digitally printed silk dresses, biodegradable cupro quilted vests and hand-loomed cashmere jumpers.
A stark contrast to some of the craziness on the runways, Assembly New York‘s minimalist Fall/Winter 2012 collection was inspired by menswear. All of the design and production of the timeless separates and organic hand-dyed denim is done right there in their Lower East Side basement – it doesn’t get much more local than that!
Newlyweds Robert Costello and Jeffery Tagliapietra had another occasion to celebrate with the debut of their Fall/Winter 2012 collection at New York Fashion Week. Hopelessly romantic but balanced with artful chrysanthemum prints and an infusion of amethyst, cobalt, and coral hues, the pieces were all printed with AirDye’s water-saving digital printing technology.
We have to hand it to Season 5 Project Runway winner Leanne Marshall for not outsourcing her fabric dying. The designer, who debuted her Fall/Winter 2012 collection at New York Fashion Week on Sunday, was up all night dyeing her silk frocks herself and we have to say that the resulting deep shade of cobalt was well worth it.
Inspired by the dance choreography of Michael Clark, Victoria Bartlett’s FW 2012 collection for VPL offered a symphony of neutral tones that nonetheless captured our visual interest with its dynamic, twisting textures. Highlights consisted of body-con knit leotards and voluminous faux fur accouterments that speak to Bartlett’s commitment to cruelty-free fashion.
EDUN, rockstar Bono and wife Ali Hewson’s line, took their Fall/Winter 2012 women’s collection in the direction of “Safari Punk.” Since the brand produces much of its wares in Africa and its founder is one of music’s most celebrated rockers, the mashup madesense both conceptually and through the clothes themselves.
Talk about youth in revolt! Libertine‘s glitzy FW 2012 collection found inspiration in the growing trend of global activism seen in the Occupy movement, the Arab Spring uprisings, and the Tottenham riots and translated it as a whirlwind of rhinestones and glam rock energy.
Marcia Patmos ditched the grays and navys from her last collection and opted instead to infuse her Fall/Winter 2012 show at New York Fashion Week with blasts of fuschias and scarlets. The designer centered the collection around an early 20th century series of Native American portraits that layered plaid trading blankets over traditionally beaded textiles.