Chloé creates “innately low-impact” pieces, Steve Jobs’ daughter makes her runway debut and Rick Owens is “still a vengeful Scorpio”.
Designing sustainably is the way of the future and artistic director, Gabriela Hearst, seems to know it too.
The climate crisis is as apparent as ever with extreme weather plaguing the globe. The fashion industry is a major contributor to global warming repealing eco-conscious consumers.
Chloé’s dedication to sustainability is a step in the right direction for fashion culture and should serve as inspiration for other luxury designers.
So what is Chloé doing?
Necklaces were made using leftover fabric. Handbags were made using deadstock fabric. The colourful vests, as well as dresses, were crocheted and knit by hand. The lining used for clothing and bags were switched from cotton to linen.
Chloé also created bags using straws and recycled wool as well as upcycled flip-flops to create sandals. The sandals were created in collaboration with Ocean Sole, a Kenyan social enterprise that upcycles flip-flops found along the beaches and waterways in Kenya.
These may seem like minor changes but, they help to reduce waste as well as greenhouse gas emissions generated during production which in turn lowers the fashion industry’s impact on the environment.
This attention to sustainability on the main stage of Paris Fashion Week is sure to have an effect on the way fashion brands approach the intersection of fashion and sustainability.
Steve Jobs’ Daughter
The late Apple co-founder’s 23-year-old daughter, Eve, made her runway debut at Paris Fashion Week.
On Thursday, Eve walked for Coperni in a tight neon green mock neck top, crystal-embellished mini skirt, platform flip-flops, oversized tinted sunglasses and a white structured handbag.
But, strutting the runway like a natural-born pro isn’t the only thing Eve’s got in her bag of tricks. According to Horse Sport, in 2019 Eve ranked fifth out of 1,000 riders on a list of top global riders.
We can’t wait to see what Eve does next!
The Rick Owens show was a true diversion from traditional luxury fashion that felt liberating. This was intentional in Owens design and is rooted in his divergence from his conservative upbringing.
“I grew up in such a conservative, judgy town, and it filled me with so much rage,” says Owens during an interview two days before the show. “I’m still operating on that rage. This is my revenge. I’m still vengeful. I’m still a vengeful Scorpio.”
Owens is American and Mexican, born and raised in Porterville, California. Although he launched Rick Owens in LA he relocated to Paris in 2003. The acclaimed designer now lives between Paris and Venice, Italy with his partner, Michèle Lamy, who opened the show in a striking black ensemble.
“The fact is, all of my life, I’ve tried to present something that is an alternative to a very strict aesthetic that we see in this world. We are expected to adhere to it, but I try to blur the lines. And not in a militant way, but in a way that’s saying, ‘I propose this as an alternative to the standards you are used to.’ I think with confidence and a certain amount of flair and boldness, we have established our own kind of beauty. A smarter beauty.”