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The New Fiber of Fashion Week

Posted on: Friday, February 01, 2008

I attended Earth Pledge's FutureFashion show at Gotham Hall last night, and it was a brilliant introduction to what fashion week could be or perhaps will be in the days and seasons to come. The show's tagline, 'It's not about this season - It's about every season', is an indication of where we might be headed in terms of our outlook on style, attitudes towards dressing, and our intimate relationship with the planet that we harvest our clothing's fibers from.

Executive Director of FutureFashion, Leslie Hoffman, has done a remarkable job of bringing the fashion industries' attention to a plethora of organic, bio-plastic, and man-made cellulosic fibers that are available for sustainable consumption. The event's line up was a Babette's Feast of an eco-tasty palette: Thakoon creating a soy and bamboo silk parachute dress; Doo Ri concocting a abaca, cotton, and silk cocktail dress with a hemp and silk underlayer; Rodarte also mixing up a cocktail dress of abaca, cotton, silk with pina cobweb; Donna Karan artfully crafting a tea stained evening gown of sasawashi and peace silk, and so on.

The show was a sumptuous demonstration of what could be in the realm of an increasingly biodiverse runway. I left the whole event totally inspired but feeling as if our fashion palettes have been extremely limited or homogenized before now. It seems as if future style should ideally be about the fiber of what both distinguishes and unites us.

I will do a more detailed write-up on FutureFashion for Inhabitat this upcoming weekend.


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