The Spring/Summer 2017 Women’s trade shows see designers connecting with the global community in exciting new ways. From South America to Africa a wave of innovative ideas are introducing the traditional crafts and artisanal techniques to the contemporary fashion audience. This engagement combined with ethical production, materials repurposing and garment recycling illustrates the growing influence of the slow fashion movement and fashion’s focus on a more sustainable future.
At Premiere Classe’s August edition, traditional African wax prints created a vibrant display at footwear brand Panafrica. Originally funded through crowdsourcing, the brand’s growing success has seen profits reinvested in the communities to help send local children to school.
At Tranoi, Armando Takeda incorporated traditional Mexican handcrafting techniques into his contemporary womenswear pieces with part of the proceeds helping to support the artisan communities. Sustainable production is key at Raquel Hladky where vibrant prints and colourful knits are produced using cruelty fabrications.
At WOMAN, collaborative design concept Akaso showcased the abstract body art of Ethiopia’s Kara people. Co-creation workshops between body artists and Belgian designers has yielded a collection of boldly printed sweats and knits that celebrates an ancient art form in a contemporary urban way.