It’s the first time I’m writing about Hillary Taymour’s brand, Collina Strada. And I guess it’s not the last time you will hear about this New York-based brand here. I was tempted to browse through her show, when I saw one of her models carry a baby on shoulders in a very bold, yellow floral turtleneck styled with watercolour pants on Man Repeller’s Instagram stories. But that’s just a glimpse of Taymour’s joyous, tie-dyed, reality-imitating theme for autumn-winter 2019. The show started off with a “mini TED Talk,” as Hillary referred to it, given by environmental activist and hip-hop artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. He spoke at length about protecting life and Mother Earth while models (and the baby!) came down the runway. Collina Strada’s designer used 75 percent deadstock fabric made into trousers and tops in psychedelic hand-painted prints and a daisy motif. In addition to those reused materials, Taymour also partnered with 4ocean to utilize beads the organization makes with recycled waste. These were used in straps of the dresses. What else suggested Collina Strada’s pursuit for sustainability? Making eco-ware cool. Refillable cups, lunch boxes and thermoses replaced totes and clutches. Yes!
Collage by Edward Kanarecki.
The European Parliament voted for a complete ban on a range of single-use plastics (straws, drink-stirrers, cotton buds, balloon sticks, plastic cutlery and plates) across the union in a bid to stop pollution of the oceans. Extremely good news from time to time! Vivienne Westwood autumn-winter 2018
Collage by Edward Kanarecki.
“NO FISH, NO NOTHING!” was written on one of the t-shirts at Kenzo SS14 in Paris today. The collection was simply all about water and it’s main citizens- fish, that are always full of colour and energy. And it’s just like the Summer 2014 from. Kenzo by talented Humberto Leon and Carol Lim! The collection was fantastic- colourful prints, jumpsuits, funny t-shirts and strong meaning- ecology for water. The runway was all decorated with H2O Basses, that were in reality fountains pouring water into the rhymes of music… Not only the clothes were creative and interesting, but they were smart and practical. Ecology is again in Parisian fashion!
The 2013/14 season is really full of fur! After Altuzarra and Alexander Wang who showed their fur gloves (these are gonna be a real must have!) and coats, Donna Karan and Jason Wu had their beautiful fur scarves, and the best of all who really challanged the fur trend was Marc Jacobs! In his romantic collection he shown amazing furry scarves but with real foxy faces and tails! But then, few days later, Buro 24/7, a really good fashion site by Miraslava Duma, took us behind the scenes of Vika Gazinskaya show that will soon come in Paris. Vika Gazinskaya really messed up this year, she is available on colette and soon on net-a-porter.com. So coming back to the topic, Vika showed her collection and it was full of… scarves with foxy faces, but in a eco way! She says that it’s idea of respect for the animal but in a fashionable way! “I believe that fashion can make not only the skins of dead animals, but their clever imitation” and this is what she said in her interview. And I can’t say it’s copying Marc Jacobs or something- both ideas looking the same but still, have different message.