We saw Mr. Larkin’s amazing Spring/Summer 2010 collection on the runway this past week at the GreenShows and fell madly in love with the innovative yet totally wearable, beautifully crafted looks. We swooned over the fabulous looks on the runway, but quick research into Mr. Larkin’s production process left us even more impressed because every garment is meticulously hand dyed with natural materials, such as berries, acorns, maple leaves, mint, and iron!
“Olivia Dress”, made from hemp and peace silk, naturally dyed with maple leaves and iron, then embellished with rhinestones from the 1940s.
When Mr. Larkin’s first look appeared on the runway (the Olivia dress above), I heard a collective gasp from the audience at the runway show. I think people were blown away by how beautiful and elegant a simple silk dress can be when comprising a unique cut and innovative dye job.
All of Mr. Larkin’s pieces manage to be elegant and totally classy while simultaneously interesting and innovative, like this ribbon-sleeved “Camilla” top made from peace silk and milk fiber, then paired with shorts.
Mr. Larkin is a relatively new eco-fashion label started by San Francisco designer Ms. Casey Larkin (we’re not sure where the “Mr.” comes from!) Larkin works hard to make sure all her designs are eco-friendly because, as a designer, she regards it “her personal responsibility” to make clothes that are sensitive to the environment. Her Spring/Summer 2010 collection uses a variety of organic and natural fabrics such as hemp, bamboo, peace silk, milk fiber, and organic cotton, which she dyes with natural materials (such as cabbage, mint, iron, berries, and maple leaves) and then adorns with vintage buttons, ribbons, and rhinestones,
Larkin has a fondness for vintage clothing and the aesthetics of bygone eras, and it shows in her designs, many of which details from vintage found objects. Although Larkin often utilizes vintage details and inspiration in her designs, her pieces transcend nostalgia and are completely unique, futuristic, and fashion-forward. Additionally, they are also cute, flattering and wearable—a combination which is rare in couture, rarer still in eco-couture. Larkin is a talent to watch and a rising star in the fashion world. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next fall!