One of the first shows during New York Fashion Week was Sechs Element a group showing of emerging designers from across the globe. There were 3 designers from China and one each from England, India, Finland, and Belarus. The unique feature about this talented group is that they all produce sustainable clothing, all eco-friendly fashion. They came together under the umbrella of Chinese company; Sechs Element, whose taken the leadership role in spreading the message of eco-consciousness. This was the firm’s New York fashion show debut, a role which they will repeat in China following New York, educating students and fashion industry professionals on sustainability resources and practices. Sechs Element is based in New York and Beijing provides support to emerging designers who are passionate about insisting change and new ideas into the fashion industry. They are truly taking a leadership role in spreading the message of eco-consciousness.
SO about the show which was held in a plain ground floor room of the chic Dream Hotel, downtown NYC, each designer showed a capsule collection of their work. In all natural fabrics and unique combinations of natural elements and materials, it was a celebration of fashion creations that are not usually displayed as wearable clothing. JIAREN DU’S (China) collection was called `The Working Art’ which featured printed paper and solid texture between 2 layers of clear plastic, giving an effect which looks like using the garment to exhibit art. “Sustainability is not just about a choice of materials. I use staples instead of the sewing machine to put all the layers together.”
ALICE POTTS (England) used geometric shapes in natural tones. She said: “Geometry is the blueprint of creation and the genesis of life.” PEIYANG ZOU (China) told a story of reconstruction in his garments. Zou said he gathered and recycled horsehair and cotton gauze. He said his goal was to bring attention to over-consumption and give these materials new meaning. “I want audiences to rethink the meaning of materials by juxtaposing fabrics with ethically sourced, handmade artifacts.” LABEL D by DARIA LUTSKEVICH (Belarus) flooded the catwalk with a new twist on fashion by way of handicraft. “Ethically made, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted, limited edition jewelry made of certificated 2290-5000-year-old bog oak.” noted the designer.
APOORVA GUPTA (India) injected a natural flow of wrapped and tied waist ensembles in earth tones, some flecked with hand-painted elements of red and gold depicting the feeling of sunshine and light. She noted that her inspiration came from a quote by Alain de Botton – `Most of our childhood is starred not in photos, but in certain lights of day, smells and textures’. CHENHUI ZHANG (China) said of his collection; “It’s a study of modernized workwear with reference to 1990s sportswear.” CEN SI (Finland) catwalk garments showed that eco-friendly designs are just as much “fashion” as they are a new vision for the industry, market, and planet. She noted; “I’m a composer – I hear melodies in my head and I write them down.”

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