By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
We don’t really ‘do’ seasonal trends here at Eluxe, because that just encourages, you know – needless overconsumption. But there can be no denying that as the weather gets chillier, it’s time to add heavier clothing to your closet.
What we did notice from keeping our eye on the so-called trends from the fashion runways this season, though, is that it seems fashion is finally, slowly changing. For example? Menswear and womenswear are being presented together on the runways, brands are questioning the very notion of seasons (finally!!), and of course, more ethical fall fashion collections are on the rise.
Just take a look at these brands that are rocking the ethical fall fashion collections to see what we mean!
1. Judy WU
This international luxury designer, originally from Shanghai and currently based in London, has already been acclaimed by the most prestigious voices in fashion for her bold, sustainable looks. For example, her most recent work tributes “Feminine Strength” through highly wearable garments that playfully reinvent geometric shapes. A potpourri of lovely fabrics come together, under the influence of modernist art that Judy loves, to enhance women’s silhouettes and glorify their stamina.
What we love most: the use of deadstock and off cuts to create stuff you’d be counting down the days of the week to wear at weekend get togethers.
2. Julia Daviy
Zero-waste designer Julia Daviy is the co-founder of the Green Economy Institute in Eastern Europe, and a board member for some other organisations in the field of clean technology. But perhaps most importantly, she is a pioneer in 3D printed fashion collections and is the first ever to have released one within the U.S.A. This technique permits to achieve almost zero waste in the clothing production, and her ‘made to order’ clothes have the potential to replace those made with animal leather completely, ending the suffering of billions of living beings.
What we love most: How high tech meets fashion – these are seriously delicate, feminine 3D designs that create no waste in the process of making them.
3. E.L.V. Denim
Who doesn’t need a great pair of jeans in the fall? Each item from E.L.V.’s Dirty Denim capsule collection is made to order just for you and your unique size by the designer herself. No two pairs are exactly the same, since they are sourced from vintage pieces of denim that would have otherwise been discarded. This collection is meant to prove that waste can be beautiful!
What we love most: Tailor made, sustainable jeans? It seems to be pretty much every woman’s wardrobe dream come true.
This British brand launched just one year ago, thanks to the vision of its founder and creative director, Christina Castle. The name encloses the hopeful spirit of the label, since Dagny means “new day” in old Norse. Available at online shop, their pretty, feminine collections truly mark a new approach to sustainable womanhood, combining timeless elegance with consciously sorted materials.
What we love most: Is it just us, or is there something totally empowering about wearing a gorgeous dress?
The Anglo-American-globetrotting Marina Ignarski, founded her eponymous label with the intent of bringing light to sustainability and opportunities to Fair Trade employees. The eclectic artist enhances her eco-message through an interdisciplinary approach, inserting in her catwalk shows live music, dance and fashion film for a fully immersive experience. Her creations reflect Marina’s versatility and joie de vivre.
What we love most: Who doesn’t love a bit of flowing, wearable, handmade art?
“Behno” means “sisters” in Hindi, and the label truly applies the philosophy of sisterhood in the way it brings its garments to life. The brand tries to inspire change globally, by setting a good example in the way employees should be treated when it comes to health, family planning, women’s rights, and social mobility. Recently, the label has partnered with matchesfashion.com for an artisan-made capsule collection, which is comprised of an upcycled wool coat and evening gown fashioned from silk organza and embellished with upcycled Swarovski crystals. The coat is made with hand appliquéd mirror and beadwork by artisans in India.
What we love most: High fashion goes eco-friendly!
7. Tucker NYC
Tucker NYC focuses on key silhouettes, paving the way for the fashion industry through exceptional sustainable processes. The brand offers loose, flowing cuts decorated with delicately designed prints. Tucker is designed in the Big Apple, but all pieces are ethically made in factories of the Dominican Republic, empowering local communities. Since each piece is only made to order and uses digital printing to save on toxic dyes, this is a chic, sustainable brand, as well.
What we love most: The loose ‘n’ easy flow of the garments sells us just as much as the rich prints!
8. Study 34
If you are looking for luxury knitwear that is good for the planet – you can stop your search right now. Study 34 is based in Newcastle, where the founder Eleanor works only with natural yarns like alpaca wool. In fact, she collaborates with Teresa, the production manager at Incalpaca in Peru, where all the clothes are made using 100% alpaca or Pima cotton. This brand focuses on comfort and classic style in hues that match everything else in your wardrobe.
What we love most: Given their eternal allure, these are investment wardrobe staples you’ll cherish for years to come!
9. J. Jackman
Designer Jovan Vialva, who is originally from Brooklyn, moved to Berlin where she founded J.Jackman. Inspired by the impeccable style of the Manhattanites, Vialva was triggered to bring this elegance to European fashion. The materials are produced in the Old Continent and they are shaped by a high quality German craftsmanship, which provides a supreme fit to each item. Check out the new collection themed “Dress Like the Boss” that installs an ethical vibe to office power dressing.
What we love most: If this is our office wardrobe, well – we can’t wait for Monday!
This British label is all about female empowerment, working closely with women’s groups and charities in order to provide them with a sustainable source of income. For example, Birdsong’s knitwear is made at the Bradbury Centre in Kingston, and the Knit & Natter group in Enfield, where the elderly women choose a charity of their choice each month and donate their revenue back to their day centre. Birdsong’s organic sweatshirts and tees are made by women at Mohila Creations, which is a group of low income migrant mothers based in Tower Hamlets, London. Last but not least the label uses the expert craft of skilled seamstresses to hand cut, sew and finish the brand’s garments, at Heba. This is group of migrant and refugee women, based in Brick Lane. With this noble mission of empowering employees, the enterprising young founders of Birdsong — Sophie and Sarah — bring to life a suave and joyful collection that looks good as much as it does good.
What we love most: Simple, loosely structured pieces like the jumpsuit, below, can be dressed up with heels and accessories, or dressed down with sandals and a sweatshirt, making them versatile AF.
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