Our previous blog peeked at the finalists in CNMI’s Green Carpet Talent Competition – a contest requiring emerging designers to create a sustainable red carpet look using a transparent Italian supply chain. Below we’re covering the (also brilliant) semi-finalists who promote sustainable ideals, effortlessly pairing planet-friendly production techniques with bold, confident designs.
For Marco Rambaldi, the fashion industry’s relentless production of new fabrics is a problem – the process churns out toxic chemicals and pesticides into the environment. His response? To create a dress using no new fabric at all. Instead he puts leftover textiles from his brand’s past collections to good use, cutting that surplus into strips and moulding them into one new fabric using a ‘warp and weft’ technique. This look is glue-and-chemical-free, using only old sewing threads (destined otherwise for the bin). This medley-technique results in a tasseled-effect maxi dress. Together we think the strips from those different fabrics create a raucous, off-the-wall pattern that is rather unique.
Azar Rajabi’s eco-leather jacket takes a refined blazer shape, adding thoughtful embellishments to the double-breasted look. Studded with damaged, gold plated buttons that were ear-marked for landfill, the Canadian designer also jazzes up the jacket’s bell sleeves with a lace effect, laser-cut using an energy efficient CO2 machine. Her Green Carpet look paired the statement jacket with a metallic silk dress, lined with organic Italian silk, also featuring re-purposed gold buttons.
The recycled linen used in Bav Tailor’s reversible topper coat is made in collaboration with Sukkha Citta, a social enterprise that supports Indonesian artisans, paying them a living wage for their textiles. Embellished with recycled cotton fibre buttons, the coat creates an elegant, almost-regal silhouette, draping down to the floor. Its collar and belt tip are finished using recycled fish skin, collected from fishery waste.
The green ‘Shakti Samhita’ maxi-gown layers upcycled Italian organza silk over bio silk from the country’s Como region. London-born Tailor then uses sustainably sourced crystals to create the dress’ shimmering tree branch motif.
Alumni of Roberto Cavalli and Versace, 16R’s Romina Caponi created an eco-knitwear capsule for this year’s competition. Collaborating with local producers in Tuscany meant keeping her production to “zero km” – emphasizing the value of local manufacturing. The capsule is an eccentric take on knitwear; packed with bold, unconventional designs such as high-waist knitted pants, tiered maxi dresses and tie waist asymmetric skirts. These handmade pieces include sequins and flowers made from plastic bottles found on Italian beaches. We like this maverick knitwear, designed for those who to stand out (sustainably).
Still in his 20s, Nicola Brognano has been tipped as an up and coming Italian designer by Vogue Italia and W Magazine. The three years he spent working for Giambattista Valli in Paris translates into his Green Carpet entry – Valli’s bold romantic designs take new life in Brognano’s blue floor-length gown with a waterfall-style skirt.
Click here to view images on Italian Vogue.