Pia Please?

Pia Please?

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So going along the lines of retailers teaming up with fashion students and coming up with something wonderful, I have a suggestion for any retailer out there (well, Topshop would be the natural bet…) to rope in Pia Stanchina, a student at Central Saint. Martins and get her to do an overly fashion forward line using sustainable materials.  This collection you see here is made entirely out of sustainable materials and quite frankly I haven’t seen eco fashion at this sort of conceptual level.  My beef with eco/sustainable/organic fashion has previously been that nothing in the existing collections of that ilk excites me enough.  Harsh words but now that it has been established that sustainable or organic materials exist in the world, it’s time to start using the stuff in an innovative way.  Line after line of t-shirts and canvas totes isn’t going to take things up a notch.  So whilst Stanchina’s designs are an extreme, for me they demonstrate that a gear is being stepped up in her chosen field of eco luxury fashion.  Note the addition of ‘luxury’, denoting that something wondrous or magical can come out of the original guilt-free and environmentally sound ideas.  Eco warrior saints can be extravagantly dressed too…   

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  1. WendyB

    2008-06-18 at 6:26 PM

    What’s an “overly fashion forward line”? 🙂

  2. susie_bubble

    2008-06-18 at 6:35 PM

    WendyB: Something ker-ker-ker-ker-razy…;)

  3. Claire

    2008-06-18 at 6:42 PM

    Oh wow…

  4. ivoreece

    2008-06-18 at 6:49 PM

    She looks like a fairytale character! 🙂

  5. floraposte

    2008-06-18 at 7:54 PM

    God, I love that dreamy, smoky blue!
    On a completely different note I went to the Dublin Helmut Newton for Topshop and channelled my inner model at lunchtime today!!

  6. Shen-Shen

    2008-06-18 at 8:10 PM

    These colors are AMAZING.

  7. ely

    2008-06-18 at 10:07 PM

    I LOVE THIS!!!! it’s so ethereal and inspiring. i love how soft the fabric looks. and colors are just jaw-droppingly beautiful

  8. Emily

    2008-06-18 at 11:00 PM

    Her pieces are absolutely beautiful. Might be the colours, but it reminds me a little bit of Rodarte.
    x

  9. Amber CFS

    2008-06-18 at 11:10 PM

    Oh, those petal shapes are amazing!

  10. sopchan

    2008-06-18 at 11:28 PM

    Lovely giant petals – a 21st century flower faerie. I love that, were you to have a number of those petals, myriad garments are possible…

  11. coco

    2008-06-18 at 11:55 PM

    wow really nice work!!!
    btw if you are interested to see what happend at the fashion show in antwerp check my blog!
    http://chocolatelondon.blogspot.com
    I’m not a really good writer and so on, but yeaaa… ^^

  12. Thom Wong

    2008-06-18 at 11:58 PM

    You can find a lot of eco clothing here:
    http://www.clothes-pin.blogspot.com/

  13. enc

    2008-06-19 at 3:58 AM

    Let’s hope someone notices her work.

  14. a dreamer

    2008-06-19 at 7:03 AM

    i’m bored with the usual eco grey tees, sweat pants.. this is amazing.

  15. sophie maddocks

    2008-06-19 at 9:21 AM

    I think there beautiful i really love the smokey blue dip dye top tres intense, and the headpieces are lovely too, shes done well!

  16. clover

    2008-06-19 at 9:37 AM

    the way it’s dyed and the color and the layering are lovely.

  17. Hannah

    2008-06-19 at 10:40 AM

    I love the colour combination of the dusky peach and the smoky blue, very ethereal.

  18. The Clothes Horse

    2008-06-19 at 2:50 PM

    I like the scalloped shape and layering they are doing, reminds me of things you seen in nature…maybe fungus growing on trees? But pretty fungi…

  19. NIcefrock4eyes

    2008-06-19 at 4:56 PM

    Noted! 🙂

  20. Anonymous

    2008-06-19 at 5:20 PM

    well done, pia!!! i love it! ur younger Bro Ranjit

  21. la femme

    2008-06-19 at 7:16 PM

    wonderful… thanks for sharing.

  22. anna

    2008-06-20 at 12:27 AM

    ah those flower petals are amazing.

  23. Meeshy

    2008-06-20 at 11:23 AM

    Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. YES!!!! I feel so strongly about this topic…. why does ‘ethical’ fashion have to be so sparse, basic, non-committal in terms of aesthetics??? If fashion was international politics, eco-friendly fashion would be switzerland 😉
    Anyway, I am loving Pia. I have a weakness for flowers but am frequently frustrated by florals. Pia’s touch of dreaminess, make-belief and use of dusty shades also gets my enthusiastic thumbs up! Please take note topshop!!

  24. Jael

    2008-06-22 at 8:05 PM

    I agree completely. I did find this lovely designer a few months ago: http://fashionmefabulous.blogspot.com/2008/04/chic-organic-clothing-by-elroy-apparel.html
    Those clothes make me think of dragon fly wings.

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