ARTISTS AND REVOLUTIONARIES
Brooklyn-based Artists and Revolutionaries sent out a series of loose-fitting, neutral-toned garments. Distinguished by the use of repurposed leather, cashmere, and organic cotton, the pieces skirted the line between artwork and wearable fashion. If John-Michael Schlotter’s designs look familiar, it’s because you’ve seen them before: The emerging designer also took part in The Fall/Winter 2012 GreenShows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
For Heart, earth-friendly textiles such as hemp, linen, and Tencel serve merely as canvases for its colorful digital prints. Based on original photography, the vibrant designs feature everything from lilypads on water to tree-lined landscapes. The label is a collaboration among friends: designer Jenny Greco, photographer Christina Noël, and painter Lisa Selby, who came together in 2008 to create “movable art.” The trio produces everything itself, ensuring sweatshop-free production that feeds back into the local economy.
Vaute Couture needs little introduction. The cruelty-free apparel label boasts some of Tinseltown’s finest as its fans, including Alicia Silverstone and Emily Deschanel, thanks to its chic and sexy sweatshirts, dresses, shorts, and coats. If you’re in New York City, be sure to stop by Vaute Couture’s first flagship store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which it constructed almost entirely from salvaged materials.
From Jersey City, A.D.O. Clothing combines 5,000-year-old Ayurvedic dyeing techniques with modern, fluid designs that leave no chemical residue behind. Anjelika Krishna, who founded the company in 2008, is committed to using Global Organic Textile (GOTS)-certified fabric. Her Spring/Summer 2012 collection includes business-appropriate and casual attire in sumptuous colors and prints.
Allison Parris wrapped up the show with her collection of sophisticated yet kicky evening wear. Manufactured in New York City’s Garment District, her thigh-grazing party dresses blend luxury fabrics with playful details like beadwork, peplums, and plunging backs. Plus, Parris regularly donates her frocks to raise money for causes such as cancer research.
CRI DE COEUR
For shoes, the show organizers turned to Cri-de-Coeur, which is best known for its stylish, contemporary, and most important, animal-free footwear, bags, and accessories. Founded by Parsons The New School of Design graduates Gina Ferraraccio and Julie Dicterow, the company uses vegan materials such as low-VOC polyurethane, 100 percent recycled Ultrasuede, and reclaimed wooden soles.