Gallery: 36 Eco-Fashion Predictions for 2016

FRANCISCA PINEDA (CREATIVE DIRECTOR, BHAVA; FOUNDER, ETHICAL FASHION ACADEMY)

Thanks to 2015, the world has a slightly better understanding of the issues surrounding ethics and sustainability in the fashion industry. This has inspired many new projects and collaborations in all areas.

Innovation and inspiration is everywhere, and there is an air that anything is possible.

Creativity and determination abound but we must never forget that long-term value and endurance is key.

In 2016, sustainability must equate to long-term thinking in every way.

Tedious branding and storytelling will evolve towards a more subtle and intuitive approach that will shift perceptions of luxury.

True luxury is the reassurance that all desires, concerns, and requirements have been addressed, even before having to think of them for oneself.

Tireless attention to detail and preservation must be considered in a way that is relevant and accessible to the consumer.

In 2016, in order for sustainable fashion to move forward and maintain the momentum we all hope to see, customers need to feel and experience the value.

How brands choose to tackle quality and experience will be the differentiating factor in an increasingly fragile ecosystem where long-term thinking will prevail and short-cuts continue to prove volatile.

ECO-FASHION ORACLES

1. Marie-Claire Daveu (Kering)

2. Simone Cipriani (Ethical Fashion Initiative)

3. Livia Firth (Eco-Age, Green Carpet Challenge)

4. Lewis Perkins (Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute)

5. Amy Hall (Eileen Fisher)

6. Kathleen Talbot (Reformation)

7. Christina Sewell (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

8. Kirsten Brodde (Greenpeace)

9. Jason Kibbey (Sustainable Apparel Coalition)

10. Judy Gearhart (International Labor Rights Forum)

11. Orsola de Castro (Fashion Revolution, Estethica, From Somewhere, Reclaim to Wear)

12. Christina Dean (Redress)

13. Nicole Rycroft (Canopy)

14. Andrew Morgan (The True Cost)

15. Leah Borromeo (Dirty White Gold)

16. Sass Brown (Eco-Fashion Talk)

17. Anthony Lilore (Restore Clothing, Save the Garment Center)

18. Carmen Artigas

19. Shannon Whitehead (Factory45)

20. Deanna Clark (Fashion Institute of Technology)

21. Marci Zaroff (MetaWear, Portico Brands, Thread: Driving Fashion Forward)

22. Giusy Bettoni (C.L.A.S.S.)

23. John Patrick (Organic)

24. Safia Minney (People Tree)

25. Javier Goyeneche (Ecoalf)

26. Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart (Vaute)

27. Francisca Pineda (Bhava, Ethical Fashion Academy)

28. Karen Stewart and Howard Brown (Stewart + Brown)

29. Rebecca Burgess (Fibershed)

30. Maxine Bédat (Zady)

31. Rachel Kibbe (Helpsy)

32. David Dietz (Modavanti)

33. Jill Heller (The Pure Thread)

34. Suzanne McKenzie (Able Made)

35. Bianca Alexander (Conscious Living TV)

36. Amy DuFault (Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator)

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