What does progressive fashion look like? The Now Showcase answered that question with a resounding “Fabulous!” at the Rare Art Gallery last week featuring an array of exciting designers including Ryann, , naturevsfutureSDN, Restore Clothing, Alchem1st, , g=9.8, Kate, Turk + Taylor, AngelRox, , Natural High Lifestyle, Enamore, 2fer, and Chulette. The mood was laid-back, with each booth offering the chance to touch, learn about and rub your face on (they really didn’t mind!) beautifully tailored, bleeding edge garments that also happen to be conscious-minded, sustainable, locally produced, or all of the above. Read on for the sustainable styles that made us look twice.
2fer caught our eye with their whimsical Alice in Wonderland-inspired spring collection. Jinruei Fan, one half of the 2fer design duo, explained that although the collection is not made of eco-materials per se, but it’s produced locally and utilizes a stocked fabrics program, which allows designers to purchase textiles that will otherwise be discarded either because they are from the previous season and are in low demand or because they have been damaged. Buying these materials saves them from the dump and avoids having to use brand new fabrics, which take time, money and energy to produce. Our favorite 2fer looks for spring were airy with crepe-like panels of fabric layered on top of structured, one-piece dresses and blouses, and tailored, menswear-inspired collared tops that you would never be able to tell came from second-hand materials!
Naturevsfuture was on point as usual showcasing sculptural pieces with techy details like asymmetrical collars and oval peepholes in unexpected locations. Designer Nina Valenti, who was sporting a structured denim dress of her own design over a contrastingly feminine lacy slip expressed her desire to make pieces that were classic, unique, and inherently sustainable because they are so charming that you couldn’t bear to ever throw them away. But, if for some reason, one of your naturevsfuture pieces ever accidentally fell into a trash can, Nina has you covered. Many of her garments are cut from organic, sustainable and biodegradable fabrics like organic cotton, organic wool, hemp, soy, bamboo, SeaCell (seaweed), Lyocell (wood pulp), and Ingeo (corn).
Speaking of bleeding-edge, this one of a kind blouse by Susi Quillinan is made out of 100 percent Peruvian pima cotton and dyed with cochineal, a deep crimson pigment extracted from female cochineal insects.
There were some really gorgeous accessories like this fairly traded red Joy belt and matching Jollie bag by Alchem1st made by local Indonesian artisans in open-air factories that overlook the lush tropical gardens and rice-fields of Bali.