Fashion Week is back in the Big Apple with nearly six days of in-person runway shows, including Gabriela Hearst, Prabal Gurung, LaQuan Smith, Collina Strada and Batsheva, hosted at various locations around the city. So what sustainability did we see during New York Fashion Week?
New York designer Gabriela Hearst came to New York Fashion Week with a plan, featuring female activists and heroes while keeping sustainability in mind. Hearst, which is known for its sustainable manufacturing practices, made a third of its spring collection from raw materials and all shoe soles were mostly biodegradable, and it didn’t stop there. The glue that held the gold leaf knit dresses together was also eco-certified. In addition, British designer Stuart Vevers used old leather jackets to rework into suits, coats and bags.
The Collina Strada Spring/Summer 2023 show at Fashion Week featured collaborations, including two shoe capsules from sustainability-minded brands Virón and Melissa.
The collaboration with Virón includes five styles that are all made of velvet. Also featured on the runway was a footwear collaboration with Brazilian brand Melissa, which included cruelty-free and vegan sandals. Each pair is 100 percent recyclable and has bio-based EVA insoles derived from sugar cane.
Punk Majesty, an eco-friendly fashion brand known for recycling, showcased its jackets and biker jackets for its new collection during fashion week. The brand is strongly anti-fashion and female-owned.
While fashion week is improving and we’re seeing more eco-friendly practices, more brands than not are still not doing their part. It’s hard to love clothes and watch fashion week knowing that fashion is one of the most polluting industries on Earth. Of course, there’s a way to continue celebrating clothing without killing the world in the process.
The fashion industry has a large carbon footprint and accounts for 10 percent of global human emissions greenhouse gases. of environmental impacts of the fashion industry are in addition to the many human rights concerns regarding the treatment of textile workers in factories around the globe.
By buying or renting a gently used item, you are helping to keep things in circulation that would otherwise have gone to a landfill. Saving is the best way to realize the slogan, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!” Whether you’re picking up a gently used dress for that party this weekend or some glass vases to make magic with, your local thrift store and thrift stores have you covered.
Straight moves biodegradable fashion is pushing for eco-friendly colors and alternative fabrics that don’t take hundreds of years to decompose. Sweeping changes in the fast fashion industry can help end sweatshops and exploitative labor practices, heal the health and environments of the communities where the clothing is made, and also help the global fight to mitigate climate change.
We have to save our planet! 13 million tons of clothes end up in our landfills AND Fast fashion has changed the way we think about clothing. It’s always best to recycle clothes and go to thrift or thrift stores when looking for new clothes. The last the used clothing boom is reducing fashion’s impact on the planet and showing that second-hand buyers are environmentally conscious and mindful, not just “hipsters”!
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