Unlike any other fashion show I’ve attended, stepping into a cavernous industrial space one block from the Brooklyn waterfront, you’ll find yourself plaited with bread, fresh veggies, empanadas, and sweet cookies. We were greeted at a table with a basket on it. There are earthenware pots filled with lavender, rosemary, and other herbs, and free-form wooden bowls filled with artichokes and figs. Scheduled for lunchtime, the show meant rumbling tummies, and the designers took this into consideration carefully. Spaces with remain dark. Across the table are his two rows of long chairs. They are old, dark brown wooden folding chairs. Recycled paper is placed on the seat and handwritten seat numbers are displayed. Nothing feels artificial. There is a calmness here. There is no usual loud buzz that precedes the show. A woman speaks softly in her trio. Some sit alone in quiet contemplation. I would like to take a picture that captures this scene. A sweet moment of humble anticipation. Federal Reserve, we are open, relaxed, and receptive. You are more likely to receive your clothes in a way that allows you to appreciate the details of the clothes more fully. I feel cared for. By Gabriella Hurst.
Gabriella Hearst is a long time fan. Our dictionary definition of old. People or things that live long. She makes things that get old in due time. In fact, she designs them to age. I like her for this She has invited me to many fashion shows since launching the brand in 2015. For her guests, for those who make her clothes and nature. She doesn’t deny what’s happening to the planet, what’s happening in the world around her, and what’s happening to women, so she creates clothing with impact in mind and helps generations. In this show she collaborated with women-owned rural businesses of the Navajo Nation, the Bolivian collective Madres & Artesanas Tx. She is a frequent collaborator of non-profit organization Manos del Uruguay.For knitters out there, you can find hand-dyed wools and patterns in this collection here. Her designs also include art by close friends created during a mental health crisis.
The fashion show context in which she shows off her clothes is carbon neutral. Every aspect of its production, design and installation process is considered to minimize the resulting carbon footprint. Electricity usage, transportation, catering, and waste are measured to determine the amount of offset. Offsets are priced and donated to charities such as Our Children’s Trust that work to secure the constitutional right to a safe climate.
Perhaps this sensibility comes from her experience growing up on a ranch in Uruguay. She deeply understands and respects her natural forces. She said, “We belong to nature, but nature is not ours.” There she learned the value of quality as a practical gesture. Things had to be well made to last over time and survive the elements. There, she learned how to design for longevity. Her design is less, but better. For transparency, that means her clothes are very expensive.
An ethic of care means that when we act, we act with consideration for the position of others and pay attention to the context in which our actions are taking place. trained (if you go to a school of social work that doesn’t medicalize everything) and gives you a nuanced view of how other people’s thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and context change. will give you We live, work, love, shape and build us. A true sustainable fashion designer pays attention to all of the above and manifests this through action.
Other than Corina Strada, it was the only show during NYFW that I could and wanted to attend. I will accompany my mother. I’ve become more careful about the brands I support. I have tried to have a thoughtful and slow fashion week. One with minimal footprint. A good guideline for choosing a show is to ask the question, “Is this designer making clothes that live in my great-granddaughter’s closet and does she want to pass it on to her granddaughter?” “Are the people (usually women) making the clothes happy, safe and paying a living wage?”, “What materials are used, how are they obtained, and are they Is the process transparent?” Finally, “What impact does the fashion show itself have on the environment?” It also includes questions that I should consider. What events bring true value and inspiration as an experience, and what events are wasted opportunities for postures and poses?
It’s a giant leap from intention to action. In an age when Instagram posts are considered activism, I’m still a fan of actions speaking louder than words. That’s why I look up to people like Gabriella Hearst. Her actions have measurable consequences. I’m wondering how to measure mine. I have turned down many gift offers I have received as an “influencer”. Because not only do you never have to add another one to your closet, but many items aren’t always sustainable or well-made. It involves packaging, shipping, and a lot of waste and carbon footprint, both financially and for the planet. Thank you for thinking of me, but I decline based on environmental reasons. I will continue to support budding designers if I agree with some of the heritage brands being considered. New except for the Birkenstocks which exist in perfect harmony with my bunions. Especially during Fashion Week, we find ourselves revisiting the issues we’ve raised here since the pandemic. How can we indulge our love of fashion while staying true to our ethics of care? Revisit our blog posts and comments for a reminder of our conversation. Ambivalence Relationships: Clothing in the Age of Coronavirus. I want to remind myself and us of the commitments we made when it was raw and fresh and scary at first. I see people around me going back to work as usual. I boarded jets that flew from New York to London to Milan to Paris, propelling the system and driving big black cars from one show or event to the next. It would be disingenuous to say that I would never consider inviting you to Paris again, but consideration is a valid word. There are metrics to apply. Please don’t go back to normal business. I want you to remember what you said back then. We believe we can find a balance between our collective love for clothes and our ethic of care.
How do you manage an ethic of love and care for fashion?