We love when fashion makes a social statement, and there are few issues that deserve more attention right now than the environment. That’s exactly why we’re enthralled with the new eco-friendly looks that have been popping up on runways around the world. Thanks to these four designers, the green movement and eco sustainability now have a permanent place in our wardrobes.
Indian designer Samant Chauhan has been embracing eco-friendly fabrics and shunning silk ever since his gorgeous, earthy-chic Spring 2008 collection hit runways. We loved how that collection used cotton-linen blends, linen and fibers made from silk waste to create an effect just as gorgeous as pure silk. And since ditching “violent” silk (a process that involves killing silkworms to produce silk), the environmentally-minded designer hasn’t looked back. He says his lines will continue to use non-violent silk so that silkworms don’t die for the sake of our clothing. Our favorites from his Spring 2012 collection are this casual chic button-down white dress with mesh detailing and a gorgeous beaded border, and this stunning beige floor-length dress with a high-cut neckline and delicate, airy fabric that’s the epitome of earthy beauty.
It’s refreshing to see a fashion industry darling as well-known as Lecoanet Hemant take a turn into eco-friendly design. The new collection, Green, uses the same clean Lecoanet Hemant design aesthetic we love and applies it to earth-friendly fabrics such as cotton, poplin, khaki and handloom silk. One of our favorites from the Green line is this khaki mini-dress with wrap detailing and an oversized collar that blurs the line between masculine and feminine and work and play.
Anita Dongre’s Grassroots collection is the epitome of effortless, daytime chic. Using sustainable fabrics like organic cotton, the famed Indian designer has reinvented the classic spring dress for an eco-minded generation, complete with feminine detailing and pretty patterns. On her website, Anita says it’s time to put design and eco-consciousness back in synch; we think her Grassroots collection is a fun, flirty start to that journey.
And we couldn’t end this post without mentioning Stella McCartney, who has long been synonymous with earth-conscious and animal-friendly clothing. Her Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear collection puts a feminine, vintage twist on men’s wardrobe staples like the trouser and blazer. And just when you think the collection has hit a plateau, Stella works in a vibrant flowered or striped print to keep you guessing. Our picks? These black and white hounds tooth trousers that hit at the ankles, paired with a classic, bulky sweater with three-quarter-length sleeves and gorgeous color blocking. And for a walk on the wild side, we love this funky pairing of a bold striped poncho with floral shorts that make Hawaiian print cool again. Stella’s fabrics are so lush that you almost forget they’re eco-friendly.
Luxemi loves hearing stories about fashion’s socially-conscious side. Have a favorite eco-chic designer we’ve missed? Let us know! And in the meantime, let these four designers empower you to find your inner sustainable style.