By Arwa Lodhi
This year, the Green Showroom in conjunction with exhibition partners the Ethical Fashion Show hosted their green catwalk in Berlin’s vast postal station, which became Europe’s largest platform for green fashion during Berlin Fashion Week.
The Green Showroom offers discussions, presentations and press conferences on sustainability, but the feature that most attendees looked most forward to was the catwalk show. Forty designers that sustainably produce ecological high fashion with matching accessories showed their wares on top international models to an audience of high-ranking guests from the worlds of fashion, business, politics, film and television.
Just some of the labels present included Alma & Lovis, Cocoon, Deep Mello, Farrah Floyd, Inti Ferreira, Lillika Eden, Perfect Lullaby, Pira, Sey Organic Jeans and Skrabak, all of whom surprised the crowd with creative, modern and unusual looks. All the pieces in the collections are made from eco-friendly materials including hemp, organic cotton, and silk, and each look was produced under fair working conditions.
In line with German style, these were mostly easy, casual outfits in muted colors such as a cream, black and earth tones. Light wool sweaters and simple black trousers featured heavily, suggesting classic trans-seasonal pieces that would remain stylish for years. Trendier garments included oversized jackets, hats, and voluminous trousers tapering off at the ankle.
In addition to the Green Showroom, other ecologically minded designers were showing this season, with Isabell de Hillerin being a constant favourite. Her mannishly tailored suits and flat black Oxfords were softened by draped and tucked tops and dresses in lilac.
The Green element of Berlin Fashion Week used to be somewhat frumpy, and the event was far from glamorous–I recall a time when clothing was shown in a hotel suite, some of it on a bed! But this season it was evident that the Green Showroom was quickly evolving, just like green fashion itself.