Red Carpet Fashion
Big design houses dominate the headlines at high profile red carpet events like the Met Gala and Cannes. In honor of all the red carpet dressing, I wanted to mix it up and highlight some smaller sustainable luxury brands are just as glamorous and memorable as the ones you are used to seeing at the Oscars.
Galvan London is an ethical brand that uses small and slow batch production. Also, they are all about to fair wages and fair treatment. Plus, frequently checking in on their manufacturers to ensure a safe and fair work environment, alongside the fair work treatment of the brand’s manufacturers.
AMUR believes great style should not have to come at the expense of our environment. Their dresses are a testament to that philosophy. For instance, you can see it written out in their name. AMUR stands for- A Mindful Use of Resources (AMUR). Therefore, they use sustainably sourced materials and produce everything in New York City.
Founded by Sachin & Babi Ahluwalia in 2009. Their commitment to the quality of their clothes, their clients, and the people who craft their stunning eveningwear comes first. Plus, each garment is made ethically in their family-owned factory in Mumbai. This ensures that their clothes are steeped in the rich artistry, and culture of the region.
After the Rana Plaza, Zandra Rhodes teamed up with Safia Minney, the founder of People Tree to provide ethical futures for skilled female weavers. After that, she started using that collective more frequently. Now, parts of her collections are fairly produced in collaboration with the same artisans that People Tree uses. Her latest collection is a look at her archive and it brings together a capsule of her most famous dresses.
This Czech based fashion designer used to be a model and a dancer. Therefore, he has a unique understanding of the human body. His signature look combines clean lines and an over-sized style. Also, he uses gorgeous intricate beading that makes the body come to life. All of his collections use recycled fabrics and local manufacturing in that keeps his sustainable ethos and the zero waste policy in mind.
Originally from Brazil, and now based in London, Mariana’s clothing is global, sexy, and feminine. She founded her label in 2013 and continues to use her signature renaissance lace throughout her collections. Also she incorporates lots of sustainable fabrics and production techniques. For example, she uses laser cutting for fabrics.
Leanne Marshall got her start on Project Runway and is now a bridal designer based in NYC. She started making gowns out of the scraps from her bridal gowns. Also, Leanne works with natural fabrics and eliminates waste from the process of making the gowns. For instance, she is focusing on cutting, and repurposing scrap material.
Zalinah White creates timeless, sophisticated, and functional clothing. The gowns are crafted from the highest quality sustainable materials like organic cotton and silk. Above all, the Zalinah White philosophy is fair and honest. For example, their manufacturers are chosen for their ethical practices.
Sustainability is now, Africa is now, and Edun is right on top of both. The goal of the brand is to help promote and develop sustainable infrastructure and community in Africa. They produce most of their collections within Africa. Also, they use natural materials like cotton and silk and try to incorporate deadstock materials to reduce their waste.
Female-oriented, sustainable fabrics, and a minimalist style make up the fundamentals of the Laura Strambi brand. Therefore, every step of production strives to be as eco-friendly as possible. Plus, the fabrics she uses have certifications, are free of heavy metals and have traceable supply chains.