Having established a reputation as ‘green’ fashion week, the Copenhagen showcase stayed true to its ethical and sustainable roots with an SS23 outing focused on remake, reuse and recycle. Recycled materials, sourced from existing products or waste by-products, were reimagined as contemporary garments with business models focused on extended product life and small-scale production.
As one of three finalists for the Zalando Sustainability Awards, Christopher Raeburn landed his collection in the Danish capital. Recycled parachutes provided much of the fabric for the series of urban sports staples, backed by organic cotton and wood-based materials. Hoodies, jackets, shorts and vests in a palette of black, white and grey, or aircraft-inspired prints focused on remaking rather than making new and designed with optimized product longevity in mind.
Upcycled parachutes also appeared at Holzweiler, as hot air balloons suspended above the runway and as inspiration for the crocheted harnesses and laces that adorn clothing. Introducing more one-of-a-kind pieces in the collection, designer Maria Skappel Holzweiler focused on small-scale production, recycling, and craftsmanship. Dresses made from flowing parachute silk tablecloths and pants were joined by hand weaving, fringing techniques and intricate cuts.
Continuing with its mission to tread lightly on the earth, Skall Studio fused craftsmanship with organic production. Fabrics hand-woven in India and dyed with local plant-based dyes were embellished with intricate fretwork techniques, fringe embellishments, and paired with natural woven straw accessories. Vintage linen and lingerie inspirations alluded to the era of slow fashion as responsible design returns to the runways once again.
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