6 posts tagged "Ecco Domani"
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.
Winemaker Ecco Domani’s Fashion Foundation Awards—an initiative that aims to support New York’s up-and-coming talents—has helped jump-start the careers of Prabal Gurung, Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Alexander Wang, and Derek Lam, just to name a few. Today, the foundation’s 2013 winners, each of whom will be given a $25,000 grant to help them present their collections at New York Fashion Week, were announced. A panel that includes Vogue‘s Sally Singer, consultant Julie Gilhart, Neiman Marcus’ Ken Downing, and Paper magazine editor in chief Kim Hastreiter (among others), selected honorees in four categories: Tome, a New York-based label launched in 2011 by Australian designers Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin, won the womenswear category (left: a look from their Spring ’13 collection). Ian Velardi won for menswear, Susan Woo was honored for sustainable design, and Deborah Pagani won for her line of accessories inspired by Art Deco and rock ’n’ roll. The awardees will be toasted during a luncheon on January 30.
“It’s not easy being green,” quipped Bodkin designer Eviana Hartman at her presentation Monday afternoon. “People seem to forget that that’s how the song goes: It’s ‘not.’” Maybe so, but Hartman is making the creation of green fashion look like a breeze. The ex-TeenVogue and Nylon staffer has earned beaucoup press and plaudits for her less-than-a-year-old label. And this season, Bodkin became the first sustainably produced brand to land one of the coveted Ecco Domani awards. But as Hartman took pains to point out, Kermit had the green thing right all along. “Working sustainably imposes constraints,” Hartman acknowledged. “You can’t just think, ‘What do I want to make right now?’ You start there, but the next question is, ‘What’s possible? Can I dye that color organically? Is there a recycled fabric that exists that gets me to the right look?’” But the constraints also open up redemptive possibilities: For instance, Hartman’s Fall ’09 collection includes a berry-dyed patchwork dress made from silk blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. “I needed to find a silk that hadn’t been treated synthetically,” she recalled, “and that led me to a factory that produces silk without killing the silkworms. So the factory was blessed by the Dalai Lama, and I guess that means all the silk it makes is blessed, too.” And she who wears the silk dress will be blessed, as well? “Hmm,” replied Hartman, looking skeptical. “I’d rather people just wear the dress because it looks cool.”