Greening on the Runway

April 30, 2008 | By Bridget Burns | Entertainment

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Greening is everywhere. I can’t begin to name all of the products and companies that tout eco-sensitivity. Even media outlets as brash as Vice T.V. are focusing on ecological threats while Werner Herzog turns his attention to Antarctica in Encounters at the End of the World , touching upon global warming. Getty Images even has a keyword: “greening” in our creative collection search (results in photo on upper right) . The natural world has played a part in the fashion collections this year, but Australian designers Easton Pearson incorporate nature into their designs with bawdy whimsy.

The Australian fashion design duo showcased their Spring collection at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2008/09 today with a line of punchy fun and modern pieces. The collection mixed opulent fabrics with modest ones, transformed traditional ethnic references into modern shapes and married nature to fashion without seeming self-conscious. Feathers became acid yellow ruffles on a mini skirt and a coral reef life took motion on beaded satin pant ensemble. Platform shoes and bohemian jewelry in neon brights planted the look in the present. The most obvious tie in to nature, and perhaps the most heavyhanded, was in the headpieces worn by models. Beautiful, but mostly unadulterated crowns, headbands and hats made from flora were mated to vivid makeup palettes that verged on face painting to make models read like exotic bird species.

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