Trendy plant-based apparel
In this article, I will be sharing 5 ready-to-wear brands that produce a large selection of trendy, healthy, plant-based apparel in their seasonal fashion collections. Additionally, I will also explain why plant-based fashion fabrics are the future of fashion and ready-to-wear.
Plant-based fabrics are a part of the concept of fashion for health. When we wear plant-based fabrics we become part of the 'fashion for health' trend.
Whether a RTW company uses plant-based fabric, synthetic-based fabric, or animal-based fabric, it is not always about the brand’s fabrics that make fashion consumers purchase their product. I am all about healthy fashion, but if I see a synthetic-based polyester garment that I like, I don’t care that the garment is made out of polyester. I will share it online, I will add it to my Pinterest boards for inspiration, and sometimes I will even buy it and wear it. Fashion is not just about fabrics, it is about design.
However, when I see fashion news, fashion shows, fashion blogs, fashion events, and fashion businesses, I see a lot of polyester fabric. There is so much synthetic apparel on the runway, it is hard to find brands that use cotton and linen predominantly in their collections. So, that is why I am sharing with you 5 RTW brands that produce many plant-based garments, for inspiration.
Plant-based fashion fabrics are trendy + healthy
Plant-based fabrics are trending. Many ready-to-wear brands use organic GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified fabrics and plant-based fabrics.
All fashion consumers, fashion professionals, and the entire fashion industry will eventually wear and produce more and more plant-based fabrics. This is because synthetic fabrics are made from petroleum oil, and petroleum oil is a non-renewable resource. Also, plants are healthier for the skin and body than most synthetic fabrics.
I am not against non-plant fabric materials. I wear all plant, animal, and synthetic fabrics, but I choose to wear plant-based apparel predominantly. This is because I like plant-based fabrics the most, they feel the most comfortable on my body.
I wear some polyester. Polyester coats and polyester jackets, for example. The synthetic garments I wear are ergonomic and loose and they don't stick to my skin. I wear synthetic apparel, most importantly, because I need to stay warm. However, I try to make sure, when I purchase synthetic fabrics they are comfortable to wear and ergonomically designed.
Plant-based ready-to-wear brands inspire + influence the fashion industry
When I see ready-to-wear fashion collections, they always keep the dream of fashion alive for me. RTW is a part of the inspiration for my wardrobe and my fashion business, because RTW fashion is high fashion.
RTW brands have a great sense of style and a great sense of culture. Their collections are highly creative. The designers of RTW brands are the masterminds at design. They are the fashion visionaries that keep fashion powerful. Great design is what makes ready-to-wear brands influential to fashion people, fashion professionals, and fashion consumers.
Ready-to-wear brands are a part of the major global fashion weeks. Part of the reason why people get so inspired and influenced by RTW is because of the fashion shows-- the fashion show themes, runway music, fashion models, hair, makeup, the lighting, the catwalk, and most importantly-- the fashions.
Runway, ready-to-wear brands are so exciting and inspiring-- the fast fashion, contemporary, high street, and economy market levels of the fashion industry are influenced by them.
When more and more RTW brands design and produce plant-based apparel made with cotton and linen, more of the economy brands, fast-fashion retailers, and contemporary brands will be influenced by them and will produce more plant-based apparel.
What makes RTW brands the most inspiring, for me personally, is when I see a designer garment made from cotton, linen, bamboo, ramie, or other plant-based fabrics. A fashion design is even more advanced, and futuristic when synthetic materials are not used in the design, and plant-based materials are used.
For example, the automobile industry has advanced its vehicles. Take the hybrid vehicles that use part electricity, vs. the regular vehicles that use 100% gasoline. Hybrid vehicles are more advanced and futuristic and this is because they use less toxic gasoline. When I see a vinyl fabric dress on the runway, I always wish that toxic vinyl fabric was made from bioplastic-- a plant-based synthetic fabric material, and not made from petroleum oil.
5 RTW brands + their trendy look
Ready-to-wear is conscious fashion because it is not fast fashion. Their garments are made to last a long time. There are thousands of innovative, conscious, ready-to-wear brands producing plant-based apparel, but I chose 5 brands that are both high fashion and trendy.
The RTW brands featured below have an evolved style aesthetic that caters to fashion subcultures, that are also part of the global fashion trends. These RTW brands keep up with the trends from all over the world.
I have included a photo of a trendy outfit from their current fashion editorial campaign, and a little information about the RTW brand’s style aesthetic.
Photo Source: Burberry
Burberry is a British luxury fashion house headquartered in London, England. They state that cotton is one of their most-used raw materials in their collections.
Featured garment: Contrast Check Stretch Cotton Tie-waist Shirt Dress
The Burberry look I selected is a dress made with 100% cotton stretch fabric. Their check fabric is one of their signature fabrics. This Burberry dress is clean, minimal, and classic. The fabric print makes it modern, sporty, and a little dressy.
2. JW ANDERSON
Photo Source: JW Anderson
JW Anderson is a British fashion label founded by Jonathan Anderson. He sells internationally like the other RTW brands I am featuring in this article.
Featured garment: A-line Trench Coat
This featured garment is JW Anderson’s a-line trench coat made in 100% cotton fabric. This coat is a beautiful, refined, and sleek piece. The A-line silhouette makes it feminine, sophisticated, and lady-like.
3. LEE MATTHEWS
Photo source: Lee Matthews
Lee Matthews ready-to-wear brand is founded and designed by Lee Matthews. She is an Australian fashion designer and produces her collections in Australia.
Featured garment: Anika Puff Mini dress
This chic + modern Anika cotton dress is made in 100% cotton fabric. Their puff mini dress is slightly bohemian, yet it also has classic and sporty details to the look. I love this dress. It looks comfortable to wear.
3. ROSIE ASSOULIN
Rosie Assoulin is a luxury womenswear label made and based in NYC.
Featured garment: Layered Trench Day Dress
I love their layered trench day dress. This dress has a great cut with a clean, fresh, contemporary look. This dress has a perfect length. This look worn with boots and leggings would look nice, also.
5. RACHEL ANTONOFF
Photo source: Rachel Antonoff
Rachel Antonoff is a New York City-based designer. Her brand
is modern, elegant, and edgy.
Featured garment: THOM Jean 100% cotton twill
I love their cotton twill jeans with their tabloid print. They are bold, edgy, and modern. What is so great about cotton twill fabric: it is a good mid-weight fabric for all seasons.
All of these 5 ready-to-wear brands: Burberry, JW Anderson, Lee Matthews, Rachel Antonoff, and Rosie Assoulin inspire me. It is exciting to look on their site and view their past and recent collections, and see that they support the plant-based textile industry, and they design and produce so much plant-based apparel.
Watching the shows and collections of inspiring ready-to-wear brands that are not only supporting the Earth, but also supporting human health by producing plant-based apparel will help us, and inspire us.
It is challenging to find RTW brands that produce fashion made predominantly with plant-based fashion fabrics. Not every type of garment can be made in 100% plant-based fabric at this point, it will take some time for the fashion industry to produce more plant-based apparel. The fashion industry is currently in transition.
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