Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Vert Couture show as part of Fashion Focus Chicago. It was an eye opening experience. Although it felt a little voyeuristic at times (see images below), I learned about an aspect of fashion I had little knowledge. I saw beautiful, eclectic collections made by local designers. These designers took second hand clothing, natural fibers, old sweaters, recycled silk, and bamboo and transformed them into one-of-a kind pieces. As Event Producer, Bianca Alexander, so eloquently said “[these designers] took vintage clothing to make new fashion that will one day be vintage.”
Check out our favorites below. Beware, you may need to resist the impulse to blush at times.
Dollparts felt natural and adorable. Perfect for everyday, casual wear.
Look at the gorgeous patchwork effect of Brenda Abdullah Designs. This designer showcased eclectic, one of a kind pieces.
Quite sure I don’t have the bod to pull these off. Look at Rosina Mae’s unique and gorgeous swimwear made from recycled fabrics.
Okay ladies, time to start blushing! Richard Dayhoff offers eco-friendly underwear at retailers including Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue.
SilkUtopia wowed the audience once again with her gorgeous hand painted silk collection.
Finally, last but not least, we could not resist Lauren Lein’s designs which ranged from totally funky to Madmenesque.
What’s your favorite? Join the conversation and let us know!