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paris fashion week: the tracksuit as imagined by carla sozzani


Raising eco-consciousness through fashion can be hard work. But former stylist Mariel Gamboa seems to be accomplishing the mission—along with a little help from her friends, whom she recruits as co-designers. Her LENY project (motto: “Design for a cause and save the planet”) has steadfastly been making an impact in Europe over the past couple of seasons. Her first effort was a collection of customized T-shirts. Then came the tote bags that were spotted everywhere from Capri to L.A. (we love Vogue Homme International‘s Olivier Lalanne’s “Happiness is not a destination it’s a voyage” version, pictured). This season the collaboration continues with a lineup of contributors including Carla Sozzani, Anastasia Barbieri, and Angela Lindvall, who’ve created tracksuits that will be produced by Buddhist Punk. Proceeds from the sales of the suits will be donated to Al Gore’s Climate Project. As we near the end of a marathon month of fashion shows, we have to say that something as comfortable as a tracksuit sounds like a pretty good idea.

Photo: Linlee Allen

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