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Review: The GreenShows Rock New York City Fashion Week

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Although fashion isn’t really my forte, each season I look forward to attending the GreenShows — a New York City fashion event exclusively committed to eco-friendly, ethically sound and fair-trade designers.

With the motto that fashion can be considerate of the earth, animals and mankind, the GreenShows provide designers an opportunity to show their collections to an audience of like-minded editors, buyers, and big time fashionistas.

This past week, I had the honor of attending the GreenShows at Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea and was blown away by the creativity and ingenuity of today’s top eco designers.

The event launched on Sunday with collections by Susan Cianciolo and Luis Valenzuela. Valenzuela is not only a designer, but the founder of the first green art community in Florida. Moreover, his collection EcoArtFashion is made almost entirely of found and recycled materials.

“I try to push the boundaries to forge new ideas with my fashionable and provoking works,” says the designer. “I pave the (run)way for a more promising and sustainable future with recycled and upcycled materials.”

Although not particularly wearable, the collection was certainly innovative and showed the true creative potential of green fashion.

On Monday, eager attendees previewed the latest collections by Auralis, Joann Berman and Ashton Michael.

Inspired by hot & steamy 70’s Puerto Rico, Herrero’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection is nothing if not bright, energetic and super fun. Starre Vartan, one of our favorite fellow green bloggers, met up with the designer after the show to find out more.

“I’m starting to get into it [men’s wear],” revealed Herrero. “There’s definitely a need for cool and sustainable men’s wear.”

On the final day of the show, The Milliners Guild, Lavuk, Dress Reform, Bright Young Things and Samantha Pleet showcased their upcoming lines.

The Bright Young Things collection was perhaps one of my favorite shows of the season with an entirely versatile line. Designer Eliza Starbuck created the collection to be multifunctional, so the piece can be worn inside out, backwards, or adjusted to give each a unique look. What’s better than buying tons of new clothes? Buying a few outfits that can be worn in a variety of different ways. Good work, Eliza!

The 3-day event closed on Tuesday and no doubt inspired dozens to rethink the way they view sustainable fashion.

As always, a big congratulations to all the talented and hardworking designers, and a special thank you  to the folks at the GreenShows and StatePR for producing a smooth, uber enjoyable event. To find out more, visit TheGreenShows.com.

Photos provide by Starre Vartan from Eco-Chick.com. Visit Eco-Chick to view more pictures from each show.

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