NY Fashion Week: Unique Designs Make a Splash at Eko-Laborative

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Image Credit: Jordan Benaderet

Mass-produced, chemically dyed clothes do plenty of environmental damage, both here and abroad, but they also don’t do much for your personal style—there’s a good chance you’ll end up looking just like everyone else. But the handcrafted, sustainable pieces at this week’s Eko-Laborative exhibition, presented by Eko-Lab and Ekovaruhuset were anything but cookie cutter. Each was made of organic fibers—cotton, linen, hemp, wool—and colored with Earthues natural dyes. Crocheted jewelry, hand-mined gems, vintage charms, and striking headpieces finished the looks; read on for some of our favorites.

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Image Credit: Alice Ng
Melissa Kirgan: Deep Waters
This organic hemp halter gown is detailed with crochet and vintage buttons, while the necklace is made from a sliced glass bottle. And yes, that is a live fish in that bowl.

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Image Credit: Jordan Benaderet
Johanna Hofring: African Seed Pearl Magic
Logwood Grey dye gives this organic linen dress its classic coloring, while seeds from Kenya decorate the intricate neckline.

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Image Credit: Duncan Brown
Meiling Chen: Homage to Rapunzel
Here’s tower living at its most glam: a ruffled skirt, gorgeous color, and one-of-a-kind hemp accessories.

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Image Credit: Jordan Benaderet
Righteous: Stella Dress
This graffiti skirt and petticoat—intern Emma’s favorite—is structured, sculptural, and still eco-friendly: it’s made of organic cotton handpicked in Turkey, and the airbrushed dye is all-natural.

More Eco-Friendly Fashion from New York Fashion Week
Fashion Brand Preen Goes Green Backstage and Beyond
Doucette Duvall's Spring Line Goes Eco Chic
Bjork Would Love Hessnatur by Miguel Andover
Aveda Kicks the Cap Out of the Oceans
Be Eco Chic Campaign Goes Glam for New York Fashion Week

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