The very lovely and glowing Kee and Heather at TRUNKSHOW are putting together another eco bash this Sunday, March 1. We will be celebrating the anticipation of Spring with martenitsas here in Sofia, but I so wish that I could soak up the organic goodness of this wonderfully curated showcase. If you are in LA this weekend, do not miss the love and the genuine sunshine.
It's the final day of London Fashion Week and the Brits have been exceptional hosts and show(wo)men. Impressive inroads have been made in ethical fashion in such a concentrated span of time. It would be false to say that this movement started somewhat recently, as designers like From Somewhere have been recycling and upcycling fabrics since 1997. That said, the eco fashion set just keeps getting greener and plus chic. It's on to Paris now to usher in spring in sustainable style.
From Somewhere's softly-draped, recycled fabric eco fashions
Congratulations, Ada, for putting on such a rockin' show at London Fashion Week. The word is out, and you are indeed the one to watch as we roll into the fresh green meadows of eco fashion for 2009 - 2010. Check out my featured interview with Ada Zanditon in Eco Fashion World 's Celebration issue, December 2008.
The 'kids' at Central Saint Martins consistently demonstrate that they are ahead of the pack when it comes to state-of-the-art innovation in their RTW collections. Their recent London Fashion Week A/W 09 presentation was teeming with cool, chic fashion forward pieces, though not eco focused in most cases. These are some of my current favorites - the most clever in my opinion, when it comes to textiles and fiber as alluring sculptural form.
With London Fashion Week now in full swing, it is brilliant to see the momentum that Esthetica and ethical fashion designers everywhere have created at all fashion week events. Friday evening's Noir runway show was consistently state-of-the art and a frontrunner in the crusade to eliminate any remaining dowdiness from eco fashion labels.
Stoyan Radichev's gold ruffled, luxe mini-dress at Sofia Fashion Week; photo by Abigail Doan
This past week's Sofia Fashion Week also featured some of the country's most-noted fashion designers in showroom exhibitions and a runway show today.
Evgeni Petkov's embellished 'peacock' gown at Sofia Fashion Week; photo by Abigail Doan
Bulgaria has an amazing tradition of embroidered costumes and textile handicraft, so it was interesting to view contemporary interpretations of haute couture with rich adornment details. Although support for eco fashion is still gaining ground here, Sofia Fashion Week organizers are optimistic about steps already being taken on Bulgaria's eco fashion and fair trade frontier. Stay tuned for more coverage of select designers from the week as well as follow up on future sustainability initiatives.
The Noir show at Estethica; photo by Sarah Lee/The Guardian
* Top Photo (left) of Noir at LFW from The Guardian; (right) Stoyan Radichev's wedding gown design at Sofia Fashion Week; photo by Abigail Doan
Agatha Ruiz de la Prada is not an eco fashion designer by any stretch of the imagination (though she has been known to use some recyclables), but her extreme theatricality suggests that mainstream fashion still has a long way to go when it comes to integrating colorful play with signature dressing.
Ruiz de la Prada's Spring/Summer 2009 Collection was a bit too outlandish for some, but her showing at this week's Madrid venue will probably up the ante even more. Now, if only her designs incorporated sustainable textiles and upcycling - this would be avant-garde in the best sense of the word.
Sure it's New York Fashion Week, but frankly there are really only a few reliable sources when it comes to following the latest meaningful trends and innovations in eco fashion. Kate at Kaight NYC has just started a new blog that covers really useful leads on stellar eco fashion designers, green style tips, retail announcements, cool chic events ~ essentially an experienced gal's filter on the greenwashing garble.
Kaight's new blog will offer a featured daily "lust" item, which will be 15% off that day, and can be purchased directly from Kaight's online store with the coupon code "lust". Kaight is also developing "Project Greenway" where they "green" one of their favorite runway looks. Sounds totally fun!
Check out www.kaightnyc.blogspot.com, particularly if fashion week has you wondering what the landscape of change really looks like.
John Patrick ORGANIC showed his Fall 2009 Collection yesterday as part of New York Fashion Week's eco fashion offerings. Coyly positioned as a community 'bake sale' for the green market shopper, this latest collection is adorably geeky and suggests cool chic combos for devoted archivists and librarians of sustainable style. Even more suggestive and sly are those dark-frame glasses with their eco-dork quotient - totally completes the look.
I *heart* Diane von Furstenberg for giving a girl hope during challenging times. Her Fall 2009 r-t-w collection features upbeat nomadism and resourceful spins on global style. Not eco per se, but we will let this one slip given DVF's commitment to vintage chic dressing. Pompom pizzazz will do it every time!
Sofia Fashion Week begins this Tuesday, February 17, and continues through Sunday. I cannot wait to see what Balkan fashion innovation is all about. I love these images that I discovered in Bulgarian Elle recently. Madonna, Heidi Klum, and Liv Tyler have already graced their cover. In true Sofia style, I came upon this horse drawn wagon while leaving the health club yesterday. Old and new fit seamlessly here.
Istanbul-based Boa Studio is yet again creating the most original and graphically-rad separates out of 'organik pamuk' (100% organic cotton). Boa's designers, Sena Çevik and Seray Cengiz, are keeping the eco design vibe alive in their native city with their Winter 2009 collection. There is no doubt that the shores of the Bosphorus are brimming over with cool, fresh talent like theirs - a refreshing breeze during all of the fashion week hoopla.
We are supposed to get a bit of *snow* here in Sofia this week, but the real flurry of late winter activity will be at the start of Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week on Friday. Summer Rayne Oakes is also officially launching her new book, style, naturally in NYC tonight. It looks beautifully considered and edited. I am even more enamored with the photos and her account of recent travels to Mozambique. Stay tuned for my coverage of the upcoming fashion shows in Europe during the remainder of February.
I am currently wrapping up recycled fiber pieces for Textil 2009 in Fiskars, Finland this May as well as a fiber trail*enviro-book project for The Land/an art site in New Mexico. Upon my return to NYC in March, I will make a pilgrimage to the Cooper Hewitt for the opening of Fashioning Felt. A fabulous felt installation by Dutch designer, Claudy Jongstra, is scheduled at the Cooper Hewitt as well. I cannot wait for the eco felting fever that will follow.
The uber-talented hair and make-up stylist Katsuyo Kamo really got pretty wild during the Chanel show recently, and everyone's tail feathers seemed ruffled by the artist's extreme talent and vision. The paper flower tendrils crafted for the Chanel show were absolutely exquisite and suggested new possibilities for the recycling of all that tissue and stuffing in ladies' hatboxes.