The vibrant patterns and colors in Carrie Parry's fall 2012 collection might be an homage to the designer's circus costume designing past but what Parry really nails this season is a modern trend rooted in fashion's present: color blocking. Coupled with the designer's signature suiting--and a splash of vibrant patterns and haute citrus hues--this collection shows that Parry is coming into her own. Until now, the full "Leharia" Fall 2012 collection look book has been kept under wraps but TreeHugger has the exclusive first look:
Just as vibrant colors are at the center of Carrie Parry's collection this season so, too, is sustainability. The designer produces garments locally in New York City's garment district while all printing--both digital printing and using water-based inks--is done in Los Angeles.
Sustainable materials run the gamut from organic cotton, lyocell, and organic wool to recycled polyester, cupro, and silk. Parry also works with artisan communities in the Indian Himalayas through the Panchachuli Women Weavers. The cooperative processes high grade raw materials, which are processed, dyed, spun, woven, and finished entirely by hand.
"We're dedicated to marrying fashion with social cause, and our artisans are at the heart of the brand," Parry told TreeHugger.
"Leharia is inspired by India from both a cultural and craftsman perspective, honing in on clean Bauhaus lines and silhouettes and letting the artisanal textiles and prints play the key role."
My excitement for the collection's look book--captured by The Self Portrait Project--comes in part due to host of characters it features, many of whom are familiar faces in the sustainable fashion scene like Susan Domelsmith, Ariel Clay, Amanda Coen, Yuka Yuneda, and Maya Albanese, plus, all looks were expertly styled by Kestrel Jenkins.
The idea was to capture "real women" and to show how wearable the clothing can be by women who wear different hats. "I love to think about dressing the real woman when I design - what she does, how she''ll wear things, what she'll feel confident in," Carrie Parry told TreeHugger in an email interview.
"I wanted to bring that full circle with the look book and partnered with the Self-Portrait Project as an homage to street style and dressing for real life."
The other part of my excites comes, of course, from the clothes. The collection boasts a number of office appropriate numbers, classic suits, and separates that can add a pop of color to any wardrobe and will be available come fall 2012 online and at select boutiques across the country.