Fashion designers support International Women’s Day
For American fashion designers, the past year has been difficult. Completing a collection under these uncertain circumstances is a laudable achievement, especially at a time when we are all redefining what it means to dress every day. More than ever, women place increased value on portability, practicality, comfort, creativity and ethics in their fashion. And who is better placed to respond to changing tides than women themselves?
During our last virtual Fashion Week, I felt a particular pride for the American designers and the beautiful new collections they presented for fall 2021. Although we have many more parades in front of us, on this international day woman, I want to shine a light on some of my favorite American designers – Studio 189, Collina Strada, Marina Moscone, Gabriela Hearst and Dur Doux. Celebrate (and Buy!) These five female-led labels, below.
I had the great pleasure of getting to know Abrima Erwiah and Rosario Dawson from Studio 189 this year. Their beautifully crafted ready-to-wear and lifestyle products are handcrafted by Ghanaian artisans. This season, they put on a lively and joyful fashion show for their employees in their studio in Ghana. What I liked about the collection was not only the sustainably dyed pieces, the locally sourced materials and the commitment to ethical production, but also the consideration Erwiah and Dawson give to their presentation. . Studio 189’s fall 2021 line celebrates the team that creates their collections and the pride, dedication and personal stories that inspire them.
I am always delighted to see what Hillary Taymour does for her collections and presentations. She has built her brand on climate awareness and provides creative and poignant commentary on sustainability throughout her work. This season, Collina Strada offered her iconic floral prints in patchwork dresses, wearable pants and stretchy knits. The best part were the images in her lookbook, inspired by the Animorphs books by David Burroughs Mattingly – which really struck a chord in this millennium. Looking at the world through the Collina Strada lens is incredibly refreshing; it’s a world committed to helping our planet in the most exuberant and creative way possible.
Marina Moscone exemplifies modern sobriety. With each of its pieces, it is demanding in its cuts, its quality and its precision. I can imagine the chicest girl of the 90s with her long, bodycon dresses and fitted coats. This season, Moscone offered his version of the uniform. (A uniform seems to be the best-kept secret among the chicest women I know; they find what suits them best and wear it repeatedly in different colors and patterns.) My favorite Marina Moscone piece before fall 2021 is a kilt tartan that has been cut and redesigned in the most elegant way possible. I love how the designer knows what works for women, but remixes it in her own chic aesthetic.
Gabriela Hearst designs for the woman I inspire to be every day – a woman engaged in an ongoing environmental awareness, a well-fitting and purposefully dressed woman, a woman who has as much imagination on her clothes as she does. practicality. For me, Hearst’s fall 2021 collection seems to have hit all the notes. Inspired by Saint Hildegard of Bingen, a polymath visionary of the Middle Ages, the collection offered a multitude of sophisticated silhouettes in the most luxurious materials. Crochet knitwear has an amazing hand feel, and the leathers have a soft, supple quality. Hearst seems to really consider how these pieces will feel when worn – an important touch that a woman who designs for women can truly understand.
Cynthia and Najla Burt make up this exciting mother-daughter label from Washington, DC Their avant-garde couture has attracted a considerable number of fans. This season, Dur Doux staged his look book in an iconic DC hotel, an elegant backdrop for the collection titled Lighting- Lighting. The designers came up with the bright palette and grandiose silhouettes as they did for previous seasons, but added softer, more wearable pieces to align with the changing times and their customers’ desire to entertain. at home. Hard Soft technically translates to “hard / soft”. I love Cynthia and Najla’s perspectives and how each brings something different to their brand.
See the complete collection on durdoux.com.
There are so many other collections that I can’t wait to see – Fe Noel, Alejandra Alonso Rojas, Tory Burch, Bode, and more. I applaud all American designers for putting one foot in front of the other in a trying year, but I hope (as Collina Strada has shown us) that morphing and pivoting can lead to great things. .