As sales are phasing off, leaving more and more space to the new collections, I am finding myself weirdly attracted to coats and boots -well, weather in London has not helped. Following up on my last minimalist wardrobe post (here), I wanted to go through Fall Winter trends and how to make the most of the new season in a sustainable way.
FW19 does not disappoint in terms of minimalism and sustainability, lots of this season’s essentials are actual essentials: sophisticated tailoring is starring upfront followed by utility trousers -preferably in leather. Runways were awash with tweedy checks, meaning you’ll want to invest on capes, sturdy wool suits. Keep it simple and layer a checked blazer over a T-shirt and jeans.
In terms of colours, beige continues to rule and its influence is going to stretch into the next season. The new way to wear it, though, is to mix it up with multiple shades of brown and throw in some black for good measure: beige, brown, black: what’s more minimal than that?
The sustainability issue and awareness has reached a tipping point and a quick pass through this year’s LVMH Prize showcase is proof of that: Most of the 20 young semifinalists are generally thinking along more earth-friendly lines.
Overall, we’ve also seen lots of brands initiative such as:
- Queen Stella
Stella McCartney is an industry leader on this subject—has been for years. But she’s never foregrounded her initiatives on the runway quite like she did for FW19, using fabric from previous collections to create new sublime pieces.
- Net Sustain
Luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter has launched a one-stop shop for customers who want to buy sustainable and ethical products. The new platform highlights and celebrates brands which meet at least one of the business’ criteria for sustainability.
- Prada Re-Nylon
Prada’s Re-Nylon sustainability initiative proposes a new generation of luxury goods made of ECONYL® which is a Regenerated Nylon made of waste materials.
But also emerging sustainable designers, in which my favourites are:
- Ninety Percent‘s essentials
This relatively new label is dedicated to using materials like 100% organic cotton, tencel and hemp with 90% of its profits are given to charities around the globe.
- Party chic with Amur
This glamorous label offers stunning garments crafted from natural silk, hemp, linen and organic cotton.
- The sophisticated Gabriela Hearst
Made of only natural fibres, bioplastic packaging, the stunning garnement are also hand-made. The brand also ensures its wearers are protected from mobile phone and mast radiation using an anti-radiation fabric.
- Cinta The Label‘ summer dresses
Launching only last year, Cinta The Label has already broke the gram stealing all influencer’s heart. The label uses surplus materials to dye and print the fabric, and always tries to be as eco-friendly as possible through all processes.
- The BITE STUDIO refinement
BITE (an acronym for By Independent Thinkers for Environmental Progress) is a minimalist label, made using certified organic fabrics, comprises 20 fixed styles which are updated seasonally, promoting the idea of timeless clothes that are made to last.
- So curated Reformation
Quite established in the industry now, Reformation creates effortless feminine silhouettes from sustainable fabrics, such as rescued old stock materials and repurposed vintage clothing.