Note* This post was written weeks ago but I totally forgot to schedule it. Sorry it’s a bit late! 

We can’t always visit New York Fashion Week in person but living the experience vicariously through the internet is a great past time. For many of us, the experience of fashion week is a bit of a fantasy. Most of us don’t need the items we see, could never afford to purchase them, or even if we could- would we really even find a use for them in our daily lives. The great thing about this week of frivolity and glamour is that it can provide priceless inspiration for our own closets. Revamping what we have, thrifting what we would like, or shopping in ethical and sustainable ways to fit our fashion vision. Let’s look at some of Sustainability in Style’s fave inspo from 2017 NYFW.


Accessories to consider.

We all love a good accessory because they are functional (mostly) easy to incorporate into our lives, and aren’t bound by confronting sizing requirements. Unlike fashion apparel accessories are accessible from the skinniest of the lot of us to the most BBW around. Which is why they are so universally appealing.

This season we saw a resurgence of the scrunchie (yup, even Vogue noticed). Disturbing for some but others may rejoice. This trend is an easy one to thrift for with 90’s scrunchies hidden in corners of thrift stores around the globe. The alternative is to make your own scrunchie following this super easy tutorial using left over fabric scraps (so eco-chic).

Belts and corset style belt creations are still having a moment (belt images from Elle), but they seem to be getting a bit more ‘futuristic’ in their fabrics with a few transparent plastic versions coming into the mix. It’s not all-that-eco-chic to be out there investing in new plastic products but you can find 60’s and 70’s plastic belts in good thrift stores, vintage shops and Etsy accounts online. You could also create your own thrifted/upycled plastic belt (an idea here) as a nod to the belted trend. It would also be easy to replicate some of the ideas above with a scarf around your waist or to clip brooches onto an existing belt.

Sporty inspired 90’s style accessories gave a bit of a nod to the Gorpcore trend with all sorts of wrap around sunglasses, parachute silk, and other puffy and shiny types of sporty stuff. This is a great trend to embrace if you are a busy and active person and thrift stores are full of active-wear and sporty goodies that can worn Puma and Public School style. If you wanted to, it would be easy to find some old gym bag or camping accessory straps to DIY your own sporty-luxe belt as per the images in the gallery above.

One of the standout collections for bags was Kate Spades array of very feminine purses, that you will find replicas of in thrift stores across the globe. This boxy shape is very common and if you find one that’s not quite the colour you are after think about doing a custom paint job.



Looks to love.

When we look at outfit on the catwalk it can be easy to fall in love with the ‘newness’ of the season and look past the fact that we might already own something that could be worked in a different way. The slideshow above shows some of my fave pics from the runway, and a look inspired by a runway outfit from my closet. If you don’t have an overflowing closet full of thrifted finds like I do, then you can always head out with an idea in mind and find yourself something secondhand to replicate the look. Images from Vogue. 

Sustainable fashion represented at NYFW

On day one of New York Fashion Week, Sechs Element showcased seven sustainable fashion collections by emerging fashion designers from around the world.  The Chinese firm based in New York City and Beijing, provides support to emerging designers who are passionate about instilling change and new ideas into the fashion industry. The fashion show was their first in the United States and took place at IMG New York Fashion Week: First Stage.  Featured talent selected by Sechs Element from applicants from around the world included:

  • Alice Potts (England),
  • Apoorva Gupta (India),
  • Cen Si (Finland),
  • Peiyang Zou (China),
  • Chenhui Zhang (China),
  • Jiaren Du  (China)
  • and Daria Lutskevich (Belarus).


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