Ecouterre has braved blistered feet, sleepless nights, and bags under our eyes the size of miniature dachshunds—all to bring you breaking reports from the frontlines of New York Fashion Week. From hundreds of shows, we've whittled the list down to a select cadre of designers who have committed to a greener, more ethical fashion industry. Click through our slideshow for the latest intelligence from the tents at Lincoln Center and beyond!
Called “Mexican Mamas,” boho style queen Mara Hoffman‘s spring presentation at Lincoln Center was a tribute to the women of Mexico. Inspired by Frida Kahlo, the colorful collection of fluid skirts, dresses and jumpsuits was crafted from custom-designed silk prints manufactured north of the border right here in the U.S.
Unapologetically girly, Leanne Marshall‘s Spring Summer 2012 collection was a vision in canary yellows and baby blues. Though feminine and flirty, the poofy frocks and floor length gowns demonstrated serious skill in their layered construction.
While Bono and wife Ali Hewson’s ethical brand EDUN shied away from being overtly ethnic in the past, the collection took a bold turn this season with African-inspired prints and handiwork. One of our favorite pieces was a simple black frock made by a group of Kenyan artisan nuns known as the “crochet sisters.”
Decked out in a kaleidoscopic array of reclaimed silk prints and vintage trims, Duro Olowu‘s models were high-spirited and camera ready at his SS 2012 presentation. The British designer cited the West Indian immigrants who arrived in the UK in the ’50s (one of whom was his mom) as his inspiration.
Newcomer Gretchen Jones pled guilty to being a rising fashion star at her Spring 2012 presentation, which showcased her looks lineup-style. We can’t quite picture the flowy skirts, printed shorts, and unique jewelry on real inmates – although the pop of jumpsuit orange might have been a reference to the slammer.
In true John Patrick Organic style, the master of simplicity showcased a SS collection that was chic, classic and unadorned. Ignoring all trends, the designer unveiled flowy tunics, easy trousers and structured dresses that will look just as good in future seasons as they will next spring.
Marcia Patmos‘ SS collection took us into the future in more ways than one. In addition to the silvery tones of her polished separates and dresses, the whole line was centered around domestic production, local yarns, and zero-waste techniques.
For anyone who says that sustainable dyes aren’t as saturated or vivid as traditional ones, Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra‘s spring collection was a bold rebuttal. Their romantic dresses, colored using air-dye technology, were as vibrant, if not more so, that fabrics dyed the old-fashioned way.