Photo: Nicole Bridger
Before we set our sights on spring -- New York Fashion Week is just around the bend -- here's an eco-fashion collection by Nicole Bridger, winner of Fashion Takes Action's 2010 Design Forward Award, that you can wear this season.
Inspired by raw emotion, Bridger's fall 2011 collection is comprised of rich reds, purples, dark greens, and neutral colors, and clothes you'll want to bundle up in -- like the hooded capelet, above -- come cooler temps.
Nicole Bridger's fall 2011 collection is personal. Called "Safe to Love," the designer's inspiration comes from a hope to start anew. In her own words:
After being hurt, it can be scary to open yourself up again. There is a fine balance between learning from the past and letting the past hold you back. The fear of the pain can be suffocating. But the desire to find love is stronger. This is about making myself vulnerable again, in the hopes of finding true love.
Bridger works with sustainable fabrics such as organic wool, hemp jersey and modal jersey, and silk woven by fair-trade artisans in India and dyed with azo-free dyes.
She produces the collection locally in Vancouver, BC, where she is based, at a factory that provides good working conditions and fair wages.
Learned from her time working with Vivienne Westwood, Bridger's signature draping is mastered in some looks for fall, while it fails in others. With a cinched waist, draping adds personality and form to the purple dress, above, while the pockets provide added functionality. The mustard dress below, however, which is bunched at the knees hangs more like a sack and does nothing for the feminine silhouette.
Bridger also shows sheers, not as wearable once fall turns to winter but great as transitional, layering pieces before Old Man Winter comes around.
All photos: Nicole Bridger
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