Spring all through Summer is an exciting time especially in fashion. It is a season that ushers in a more jovial and celebratory mood. Bright color ways are revived, bringing to life playful patterns. Silhouettes are also more fluid, frisky and indicative of a spontaneous headspace. Every year, as soon as the first collections for Spring/Summer hit the shelves, a renewed and reinvigorated temperament.
A new season no longer means discarding pieces from past months to make room for new ones. Gone are the days when wearing the same outfit twice was considered faux pas. That was a cyclic concept build on dictates of consumption. That was fast-fashion. Smart style choices are now informed by a new set of values: craft, heritage, community, sustainability. The new mindset encourages one to reuse, rework, reimagine and revive.
Here, a rundown of innovative labels, collections and fashion movements to embrace this summer. Now you can update your wardrobe—the sustainable way.
- Return to the 90s with indestructible eyewear
These lightweight and “nearly indestructible” pairs from ic! berlin are distinguished by unique screw-less mechanism. “No screws also mean frames can be broken down and rebuilt by hand.” This season, the German label that strongly identifies with craftsmanship presents eyewear inspired by Berlin’s club culture. Ic! Berlin Head Designer Henry Skinner explains, “The market trend for color in the upcoming seasons is very interesting for us. We see our collections adopting to a more vibrant and richer color palette. We will play with bold color accents in combination with metallic surfaces and design themes will focus on providing the perfect comfort for our wearers through innovating the fit and materials we use and how we use them.”
To find out more about ic! berlin’s 90s inspired eyewear, click here.
- Pretty frocks for the Beach And The City
Creators at loungewear label Sleeper place a high premium on conveying positive messages to its clients. The brand is focused on making clothes that simplify life, crafting clothes for home that are stylish enough to be worn outside. Sleeper Co-Founder Kate Zubarieva explains, “We wanted women to enjoy not just the dresses, but most importantly themselves and their beauty.” For Spring/Summer ’19, a collection from “the first walking sleeper” label highlights easy, effortless frocks that can be worn while in the city or to the beach. Asya Varestsa, who is one of the company’s visionaries, shares, “We wanted to create something suitable and multifunctional, comfortable and appropriate to wear on the beach and to a party with friends, on a picnic and even during an escapade to the market.” She adds, “ The task also entailed creating dresses that will look cool in photos after 20 years and do not require special care; in a nutshell that makes like easier without sacrificing their appeal.”
To find out more about Sleeper’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection, click here.
- Best of the Tropics In Your Hand
During the recently concluded Manila Fame Trade Show in Manila, Lara’s hand-woven banig pieces from the Province of Basey, Samar were a crowd favorite especially among the fashion-forward. Banig, hand woven grass leaves usually used to create mats for sitting or sleeping, were reworked into totes and bucket bags. Festive color ways and patterns were meticulously woven to capture the stunning tropical landscapes endemic to Basey. The collection, dubbed Amon (which means “Ours”), featured vibrant and indigenous avian patterns as distinctive design elements. “The pieces were created to remind us about loving our own. It also promotes a sense of identity –whether through the design, heritage or messaging of the product,” explains the creative team behind Lara. Philippine weaves, sourced from Great Women, were also utilized for texture and depth. Other flora and fauna also added to the tropical fantasy lovingly created by weavers at Lara. The collection bagged two awards during the show: Best Product Design for Fashion Category and People’s Choice Award.
To find our more about the Amon collection by Lara, click here.
- Accessories By Artisans
Pieces from Artisans of IQ are visions realized by extraordinary women artisans in Southeast Asia. Designs are imagined by the brand’s founder, Ileana Quinones, in her atelier in New York. Inspired by travel, culture, exploration and discovery, Artisans of IQ items are thoughtfully crafted with a consciousness for “preserving ancient artisanal traditions and craftsmanship.” The team works in close collaboration with underserved women in Southeast Asia to come up with pieces that are global, relevant and most importantly, ethical. Ileana explains, “We partner with the best silversmiths in Thailand to craft one of a kind vintage inspired layered looks of global design. Each piece of jewelry tells a story of mixed cultures, travel, ancient symbols and far away places soldered in 18K gold vermeil & Karen tribe silver with precious gemstones.”
To find out more about the accessories made by Artisans of IQ, click here.
Power Dressing With Soul
One can never go wrong with the great white shirt. A wardrobe is likewise never truly complete without this timeless classic. When it comes to dressing the part of a girl boss, a crisp white shirt is almost always the go-to fashion essential. Kyiv-based mono brand, (shirt stories), is dedicated to crafting classic investment shirts that are customizable, conceptual in design and impeccably handmade. The label constructs, deconstructs and reworks the timeless classic to come up with fresh fashion propositions that are relevant, versatile and functional. The team behind (shirt stories) is keen on addressing overproduction in the fashion trade, encouraging clients to return to Made-To-Order garments . Materials and dyes used for production are naturally derived and source. “Every piece has it special one-of-a-kind soul—just like every one of its clients,” says the people behind (shirt stories).
To find out more about the pieces made by (shirt stories), click here.
- Fit Into A Pair Of Responsible Denims
Sustainable denim brand, Ksenia Schnaider has just recently partnered with fabric innovators Isko to create a capsule collection that explores new ways of wearing earth-friendly, style forward denims. Staying true to its commitment for up-cycling textile and minimizing carbon footprint of denim production, Ksenia Schnaider utilizes new materials like Isko’s Earth Fit fabric to reimagine signature designs such as the demi-denims, flared trousers, shorts and jackets. The team at Ksenia Schnaider shares, “We work with organic cotton, pre- and post-consumer recycled polyester from plastic bottles in order to contribute to making the denim work a bit better and a more responsible place.”
To find out more about the Ksenia Schnaider X ISKO capsule collection, click here.
Haute From Harajuku
Adeam Creative Director and Founder Hanako Maeda brings parts of her life in Japan to the runways and streets of New York each season. The label, which launched in 2012, recently presented its 10th collection on the runways of NYFW. The show also coincided with the US launch of Adeam’s bag line, inspired by the fun and youthful street style of Harajuku. Unconventional shapes utilized in the collection are attributed to the strong sense of individuality distinct to the Harajuku district. The choice of bright colors is referenced from disco and neon lights. Each piece merges Adeam’s Japanese street culture style and New York’s urban functionality. Hanako emphasizes that materials and production methods involved in the production of Adeam products are decidedly ethical, boasting the Made in Japan label.