MBFW NY14: Who to Watch

It’s that time of year again, where the streets of New York City are flooded with models, designers, celebrities, and average Joe’s suddenly dressed to the nines. Your hole-in-the-wall dinner spot will be booked until October, Uber will likely overload and shut down, and you’ll be late for work because there will be a party every night. But it’s all worth the hustle to get a glimpse of the coming year’s trends stitched by the world’s most sought after designers.

Whether you’re VIP or sneaking into tents, you should be on the lookout not only for style that is fashion forward in appearance, but in design as well. Meaning: who’s taken initiative since last Fashion Week to step up their game and incorporate sustainable materials and practices into their lines? As slow fashion and conscious designing become more mainstream, these lines may be harder to spot – and that’s a good thing. It wasn’t too long ago that eco-fashion was associated with burlap sacks and neutral tones, either too stiff or too bohemian. But now, designers are combining high end trends with responsible, high quality manufacturing.

Who should you keep an eye out for this year? My vote goes to Libertine. Founder Johnson Hartig has been recycling graphics and clothing from his travels around the world and incorporating them into his revolutionary, out-of-bounds collections for men and women since 2000. It’s fair to say that Hartig was a pioneer in the “ecologically friendly fashion” movement and naturally adopted practices that fall under this kind of design over a decade before it became a buzz word. The result is high energy, rebelious, but inviting patterns and textures that you can relax in while you own the room.

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Who did you see at Fashion Week that’s worth sharing? Best trends? Worst? Share here!

Allison Beauregard

Allison is a New York City based writer with a focus on sustainability. Her work demonstrates how it is possible to have the “things” that make us happy without compromising the resources that provide these goods. With this vision, Allison sees a future where environmental degradation is reversed and the quality of human life is equally distributed. She is the Category Editor of The Franklin Report and was among the top 5 contributors for Elephant Journal in October 2014.

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