Susan Woo Fall 2013-------
Label: Susan Woo
Need to Know: Now in her fourth season, Susan Woo (who won the 2013 Ecco Domani award for sustainable design) was inspired by feminine strength. Her Fall woman, she says, is a romantic damsel in distress who becomes her own heroine. Focusing on black and white with pops of violet and wine, Woo merged tough independence with ladylike charm in a gray wool wrap coat; shirts and dresses with sheer mesh panels; and a cream wool georgette tulip skirt, which, paired with a sweetheart black bustier and black leather belt, had a rockabilly feel. Particularly cool was her use of perforated leather—it appeared as a pair of shorts (topped with a cotton poplin button-down and cropped wool turtleneck) and the arms and pockets of a short-sleeved wool coat.
She Says: “I think the key to sustainability is creating a product that uses organic materials without sacrificing the integrity of the aesthetic. It’s about making the two exist beautifully and making sustainability palatable for people. I sometimes compare it to how parents sneak vegetables into their kids’ food.”
Where to Find It: Bhoomki in Brooklyn, NY; Atelier 360 in Greenwich, CT; and shop-e-mode.com.