I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not really a “fashion guy.” Basically, if jeans and a t-shirt had a best friend…it would be me. However, after spending the last few days at The Green Shows Eco Fashion Week, I couldn’t help but find myself cooing and cawing over the inspired collections presented by some of the world’s most celebrated sustainable designers.
The Green Shows were held at Village Green — the first LEED-Gold certified building in the East Village — and featured the collections of: Gary Harvey, Vaute Couture, Thieves by Sonja den Elzen, Joann Berman, Willian, Popomomo ,Samantha Pleet, deux fm, House of Organics/Ekovaruhuset and C. Marchuska.
The Ecorazzi gang didn’t have time to see every collection (we’re busy kids!), but we did have the chance to check out a few of our favorite designers.
The week started with an impressive collection from Gary Harvey, featuring creative gowns made entirely of reused materials. These brilliant dresses, crafted from items like recycled army jackets, wedding dresses, and laundry bags, proved that sustainable design truly can be high fashion.
The next day we stopped by the Vaute Couture show with our awesome contest winners and saw the ingenious work of vegan designer Leanne Hilgart Meyer. Vaute Couture uses soy bean farming waste, alternative fiber Primaloft ECO, and other green material to make cruelty-free clothes that are also good for Mother Earth. Besides the beautiful winter coats and stylish shirts Vaute Couture is so well-known for, Leanne also showcased her brand new men’s line. Long story short: we want!
Later in the week, we headed to the House of Organics show to see the creations of EKO-LAB, Johanna Hofring, Kaori Yamazaki, Meiling Chen, Mika Organic, Renata Mann and Tor Soderin. This bevy of green designers put forth an elegant collection of thoughtful creations, featuring almost 100 percent organic materials.
As The Green Shows came to an end, we couldn’t help but feel super proud of all the designers out there who take environmentalism seriously and practice what they preach! If this week-long event proved anything, it’s that sustainability truly is the future of fashion.
A big thank you to DEX New York and John Masters Organics for providing eco hair and make-up products, Cold River Vodka and Sambazon for their tasty beverages, and Weleda for their organic and Biodynamic parting gifts. We also must give a shout out to State Public Relations for making everything run so smoothly! You guys rock!
To learn more about The Green Shows and to find out why sustainable fashion is kickass central, visit TheGreenShows.com! Don’t forget to check out the pictures below!