Monday, October 01, 2007

DC's International Ethical Fashion Show

DC Fashion Week was a great time, a lot more fun than I had originally expected! On Thurs there was the International Ethical Fashion Show, which featured a fair trade and eco-friendly trunk show. Some of the designers that stuck out in my mind was The Friendship & Peace Society, which had embroidery and jewelry by women in the Middle East, and Blumpari, a purse line based in Baltimore, MD. I also discovered a new eco-friendly boutique in the DC area, Setchi, located at 1614 Wisconsin Ave NW.
As for the amazing designers who showed:

L~Shandi mixes Western designs and African fabrics for a beautifully unique collection. I especially loved the use of gloves in the show.

Suutra is produced by women artisans in India. The embroidery details are hard to see in the photos but were truly stunning.

NAWA is the Nilgiris Adivasi Welfare Association promoting the works of the tribal people of Nilgiris and nearby areas. Aztec like prints are big for Spring 08 and this collection has no shortage. Even better was that the pieces are genuine as opposed to designer copies.

Samira Atash is inspired by the Silk Road and the tribal embroideries of Afghanistan. The designer has received two nominations from Fashion Group International's RISING STAR AWARD and has had clothing featured in Hollywood movies. I loved all the berets she had in her collection and I'm desperate to own one now!