Photos by Amanda Coen for The GreenShows
Despite mystery and rumors surrounding the state of The Green Shows, all doubts came to a halt last Friday after the grand unveiling of a group show highlighting eight sustainable designers at The Box at Lincoln Center. The line-up included United Bamboo, Bamboo by United Bamboo, Study NY by Tara St. James, H. Fredriksson, Luis Valenzuela, The Battalion, Ajna, and Artists and Revolutionaries. The space was filled with eco-fashion followers and celebs alike who were on hand to admire the upcoming Fall 2012 collection previews.
One of The Green Shows’ top priorities was to pull off a high-quality fashion event aimed at bringing attention to sustainable designers while creating new market opportunities. Julie Ragolia, Fashion Editor at 7th Man Magazine, served as the stylist making sure to pull in top models and create combinations that emphasized each designer’s strengths. Additional accessories were made from sustainable materials, such as Cri de Coeur’s ethical, vegan heels and reMade USA’s recycled leather handbags.
An Ecouterre favorite, Tara St. James’ Study NY label displayed a variety of neutral toned handknits and handwoven khadi. Saltalamacchia Jewelry by Victoria Simes provided an additional natural flair to the line. Made from horsetail, wood, feathers, leather, silver rods, raw stones and yarn, the jewelry accentuated Tara St. James’ carefully sourced fibers.
Building on woolen knits, Anja by Beryl Man’s certified organic long-sleeved, brown toned sweaters were reminiscent of English riding attire. Rather than wool or fur, The Battalion’s faux fur top and black bamboo leggings provided a vegan alternative to other eco friendly fibers.
Working collaboratively to obtain the most environmentally-friendly fibers, Luis Valenzuela partnered with Eve Blossom, founder of Lulan Artisans, to create a collection of beautifully sculpted hand-woven, hand-dyed, organic silk evening wear. A long, creme-colored strapless dress was paired with a weathered copper cuff, providing textural intricacies that drew attention.
United Bamboo offered two collections. United Bamboo featured a series of plaid garments accompanied by the label’s own shoes while United By featured designs made from certified organic cottons, linens, and hemp.
Artists and Revolutionaries by John Michael added some spunk to the room. Using upcycled materials or deadstock fabrics, Michael was greatly inspired by his high school painting teacher. Organic brush strokes graced the surface of several garments and the composition of the designs themselves were reminiscent of abstract paintings.
Inspired by contemporary European art, H. Fredriksson returned with her trademark balance of tailored and loosely fit garments produced in New York City. A deep olive green batwing cape made from 100-percent reclaimed wool was one of the first looks inviting visitors into the space. The designer’s artistic background showed through in the nature inspired prints found on several of the silk crepe dresses and tops, echoing back to her Nordic heritage.
While The Green Shows had previously produced their own runway shows alongside New York Fashion Week, this show marked a big step in having sustainable fashion officially recognized as part of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. We can only hope that the trend will sustain itself and that next season The Green Shows can add even more of our favorite designers to the roster!