Fashion Envie 2017: METAMORPHOSIS

By :- R. Anthony Morrison

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The sustainable fashion movement has evolved into a vital concern throughout the fashion design industry. Designers such as, Mara Hoffman and many others have added their voices to the cause.  The desire to safeguard the environment has been the motivating force behind the fashion showcase known as Fashion Envie. Beau Monde Society, and Fashion Envie presented their fifth annual Fashion Envie showcase . The event took place on on April 22 at the Foley Gallery in Manhattan, and featured an art exhibit as well. The theme of this years showcase was METAMORPHOSIS. METAMORPHOSIS in this case refers to  climate change and the current political climate.  Fashion Envie's METAMORPHOSIS art installation & fashion presentation examined the abrupt reversal of human ethics and the beauty that resistance brings forth.

Beau Monde Society was founded in 2012 by Nigerian born Jennier Nnamani. BMS is described by Ms. Nnamani as a "fashion-driven agency specializing in services tailored to fit our clients." The mission of BMS is to create a more fashionable, and ethically minded society. In 2013 Fashion Envie started as an annual eco collective presentation that would feature ethical designers and artists. Since that time it has continued to provide a platform for a sustainable future for fashion Events like Fashion Envie continue to serve as important platforms for designers who often don't have access to the more costly opportunities for promoting, and selling their brands. The three designers featured at Fashion Envie 2017 are extremely committed to sustainable fashion and social consciousness. The featured brands were: EAUSEENON, THUNDRESS, and KAHKTI.

EAUSEENON

Eauseenon’s Autumn Winter 2017 collection, "The Innocents," follows the storyline of a female lead in a vintage horror film through her journey of self-discovery and perseverance. The collection consists of sweet girlish designs with a few bold pieces that possess the essence of a woman. 

THUNDRESS

Thundress makes coochie-friendly underwear from soft organic cotton and low-impact dyes. The company was born in 2015 when founder, TyleaRichard, became fed up with the way that underwear was made and marketed to women. From the beginning, our products have always been designed to be gentle on sensitive places and bold to the eye. A portion of proceeds from every sale are donated to testing backlogged rape kits. 

KAHKTI

The new collection from Kahkti is IFUNANYA. Meaning Love in the native language of the Igbo people, an ethnic group of South-eastern Nigeria. The literal meaning of the word is I SEE YOU. "The KAHKTI II is a bit more personal in that it’s an interpretation of my alter-ego and indeed a homage to the alter egos of my fellow immigrants that embracing the shift in their awareness." The collection explores the layers of consciousness in first and second generation African immigrants in juxtaposition to the brand’s central elements which are layering. Loose fits and lines between femininity and masculinity. Kahkti, (pronounced KAHK-T-EYE) launched early 2016 by Andrea Nnamani is a lifestyle brand which derives its name from the plant cactus (plural Cacti). Andrea, aims to represent strength and hidden treasures by drawing inspiration from her background in anthropology, focusing on African and Asian Aesthetics.

The event concluded with a sip and shop segment. Fashion Envie continues to innovate and provide a fresh vision of the future of fashion. The main stream fashion industry is finally beginning to pay more attention to the ethical fashion movement. The political, and economic realities of the global market place has played a role in this awakening. We look forward to the next Fashion Envie, and we will continue to present features on the sustainable fashion movement.

For more info on the Baue Monde Society, and Fashion Envie please visit:www.lebeaumondesociety.com





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