Elizabeth Cline was present to sign her latest book, “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion.” The New York-based journalist explores how cheap fashion has impacted our society, our environment, and our economic well-being and causes us to re-evaluate our consumption patterns and how we approach fashion.
Carrie Parry was on hand offering up her line of designs from various seasons. Her timeless, sophisticated designs make even past seasons still attractive and hard to pass up, especially with the huge mark-downs she was offering specially for the event. Parry collaborates with artisans in India and is known for her meticulous selection of handwoven, fine fabrics. All production is done in New York City.
Voz is a fair-trade label that works with Mapuche artisans in Chile. Founded by Jasmine Aarons, a graduate of Stanford’s Institute of Design, the company is based on a collaborative philosophy whereby local artisans work with international designers to realize their visions. The company is committed to sustainable materials, using local, renewable materials with minimal impact on the environment that are dyed naturally and woven on traditional hand looms.
Meghan Sebold started Afia after falling in love with Ghana while studying abroad. The designer sources traditional wax-cloth from the markets of Accra and then works with local seamstresses to produce her collection. The colorful prints on her poplum skirts, shorts, pants and dresses are sure to draw attention!
Mixing art and fashion, Eko-Lab presented pieces from various collections. Designer Xing-Zhen, left, sported a hand-printed scarf with paintings by Jennifer Wen Ma who recently had a solo exhibition at the Ullens Center For Contemporary Art in Beijing. Melissa Kirgan, middle, shows off one of their latest, versatile designs that can be worn either around the neck or hung on the wall for decoration.
State was launched in Seattle in 2010 by Adrienne Antonson. The artist and designer takes a thoughtful, handcrafted approach to fashion using organic cotton, reclaimed materials and local fibers. All items are made by hand in the USA. For Fashion Night Out, the designer showed off an over-sized men shirt that she converted in to a dress. Notice, she even used the old shirt sleeves to create pockets!