While the tents at Lincoln Center ruleNew York Fashion Weekact as the forum for big-name fashion houses, this year the High Line Room in the Standard Hotel set the stage foreco-fashionpresentations.BothStudy NYandBodkin, two New York-based designers, showed their fall 2011 collections and (IMHO) helped raise the bar for eco-fashion.
The presentation was set up as a classroom and as the models came out, they each carried an apple that they placed on the teacher's desk, one by one.
Study NY certainly provided an education in style and sustainability.The designer, Tara St James is the recent recipient of the2011 Ecco Domani Award, and is known for showcasing sustainability in her work.
Using reclaimed polyester, organic, hemp and tencel fabrics, St James produces pieces that are equally sustainable and stylish.
One great part about designers putting on a presentation is that you can chat with fellow attendees and take your time digesting the collection.I ran into one of my favorite eco-fashion darlings,Gretchen Jones(Project Runwaywinner).
The next day, Bodkin took center stage and displayed a collection that made me think of one word: *WANT.*
Chic layers in soft winter hues captured my heart.
Bodkin designer Eviana Hartman runs the gamut on sustainable sourcing for her collection.From organic cotton to tencel, post-consumer fabrics, less water intensive finishing processes, the materials she uses help create her stunning, sustainable collections.
It was so wonderful to see eco-fashion designers gaining recognition.Their collections are so wearable and have that 'je ne sais quoi' design element that sets them apart.I'm looking forward to the seasons ahead and the growth in this area!