London Fashion Week may have been aflutter with Ada Zanditon’s bat-inspired eco fashion, but it was Paris that laid claim to Rianne de Witte’s “sophisticated moths.” Both mystical and minimalist in nature, the Dutch eco-fashion legend’s Autumn/Winter 2010 collection is a perfect example of how contemporary fashion might transcend the material realm, with classic elements that have timeless appeal.
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From her inaugural 1996 collection, de Witte’s career has been an impressive one to follow, as is her unwavering commitment to sustainable practices. Her latest offerings are classic in shape and modern in cut, making them versatile and covetable as sophisticated wardrobe options. Visual influences include elements from the Art Deco movement and traditional Eastern folklore, while print motifs pay homage to the silhouette and delicacy of the moth.
Print motifs pay homage to the silhouette and delicacy of the moth.
Insects of the night might be short-lived, but these fabrics will prevail as long lasting eco-textile fibers. “Sophisticated Moths” features Tencel/wool jersey, madder-dyed organic wool, silk, and organic cotton, as well as fair-trade fabrics from Bangladesh.
De Witte recently joined C.L.A.S.S., an international sustainable-textile showroom, as an eco-fashion partner. Since 2005, de Witte has also worked with Made-By, the umbrella label for sustainably produced fashion.
The designer recently set up shop in Breda in the Netherlands, an off-the-beaten fashion locale.
Even more “sophisticated,” is the designer’s decision to set up shop in Breda in the Netherlands, her home base and a more off-the-beaten locale for fashion inspiration. It should come as no surprise then that her logo depicts a turtle with a garment on its shield—a symbol that the best of sustainable fashion should commit not only to protecting the environment, but also one’s local community and its livelihood.