For now, we will hone in on Paris; a week full of impeccable style and unavoidable rain. In many cases, the shows were an honest display of the modern woman: putting sex appeal and practicality into comfortable dressing that also tailors to the needs of our planet. A brand that primarily showcased all of this was Stella McCartney — she gave us oversized luxury made for workwear, dinner-wear, party-wear, everything. Just one piece from this collection in your wardrobe could go a long way, which I can imagine was McCartney’s intention. Dior followed in the same climate-conscious vein by working with Paris-based environmental design collective Coloco, who replanted the trees on display at the catwalk in projects around the city.
As fantastic as these efforts may seem, it is important to remain restricted when praising these brands for taking on such basic responsibilities that should have been taken on years ago. At this point, sustainability should be expected in every brand — we should expect sustainability at the same rate that we expect high quality design every season. It’s important to note that things are changing, but the industry is only just beginning to dig itself out of a climate disaster that was largely initiated by the industry itself. There is still a lot of work to do, there is still a far way to go.