Eliza Starbuck, the designer behind Bright Young Things, is taking her eco-fashion line global. First stop on her world-domination tour: Holland, where Starbuck stared down 180 contestants to emerge one of eight finalists in Amsterdam International Fashion Week’s inaugural Green Fashion Competition. Making it to the final round as the only non-Dutch designer was no mean feat. The contest required participants to submit not only two looks, but also a business plan that outlined their contributions to sustaining biodiversity.

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Constructed according to zero-waste principles, Starbucks’ ensembles comprise three key pieces, styled to create two distinctive looks. This capsule collection is her ode to historic evening-wear, drawing inspiration from the Victorians and flappers to concoct a vision of a “lady of the 21st century.”

Drawing inspiration from the Victorians and flappers, Starbucks’ capsule collection is her ode to historic evening-wear.

“I feel incredibly honored to be the only non-Dutch finalist in this enormously important International contest,” Starbuck says. “[It] promises to produce the next generation of fashion businesses leading the future of environmental sustainability.”

Up for grabs is a €25,000 grand prize and a €15,000 second prize, which Starbuck would use to set up her own in-house production-and-sample room in New York City, while asserting even tighter control over her local production standards.

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