GONE WITH THE WIND
Fiddle-dee-dee! The London fashion crowd received a quick American history lesson last week with the Vauxhall Fashion Scout debut of Prophetik, a Tennessee-based men’s and womenswear label that steeped its Fall/Winter 2010 collection in a palette of Unionist blues, Confederate grays, and bloody crimsons.
Channeling the Civil War, poet/designer Jeff Garner tempered the strife of the battlefield with romantic flourishes and sweeping silhouettes, producing flowing capes, homespun gowns, natty frock jackets, and roguish Rhett Butlerian waistcoats.
Each piece was stitched in Garner’s home turf of Franklin, an old Civil War town, from herringbone hemp, cruelty-free peace silk, and recycled PET fleece, as well as hemp jersey that two Thai elephants “painted” as part of the Asia Elephant Art Conservancy Project. For color, Garner went no further than his own garden, plying his fabrics with homegrown plant dyes like indigo, marigold, and bark.
How’s that for fashion that gives a damn?