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Commuun Paris Runway Show F/W ’11

13 Mar

By Paige Donner

Commuun is one of the few Designer labels showing in Paris regularly who sport an ethical fashion approach. And like their famous colleague (Stella) their front foot is on design with their inspiration derived from nature, a respect they carry forward into their fashion designs from collection to collection.

When asked backstage what is the one constant in their collections, Iku Furudate and Kaito Hori responded that sourcing organic textiles is one of their trademarks for their collections. This year’s runway shows in Paris saw a lot of sheers, material that Commuun often uses in their collections.

Many of the fashion label’s fans at this year’s runway show in Paris held on March 7th agreed that this year’s collection bears witness to the design duo’s maturation and growth into their world-class label. Some of the textiles they used – all organically sourced – included an inversed velvet. The pops of color in the collection, too, are nature inspired and their name has nothing to do with “common” but rather references the concepts of community, communion and communication.

All photos by Paige Donner, Copyright Paige Donner

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All photos by Paige Donner, Copyright Paige Donner

The NY trained, Tokyo originating design duo of Iku Furudate and Kaito Hori launched their label in 2005 which is also when they first began showing in Paris. In 2007 they won the LVMH and Longchamp ANDAM prizes.

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Paige Donner is Founder and Ed. In Chief of Greening Beauty and Greening Hollywood as well as The Green Blog Network.

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Pin Ups At Paris Men’s Fashion Week

23 Jan

by Paige Donner

Men’s Fashion Week, Paris, AW11/12 wrapped up today with a flourish of Pin ups on silk and thin silk from RYNSHU’s “Shabby Rock’n Roll Style” collection at Hotel Le Meurice Sunday afternoon. In a departure from tradition, RYNSHU designer mixed it up, showing both his men’s collection and several pieces from his soon to launch women’s collection. [ the sale of the lady’s collection will be available  from RYNSHU  PARIS shop and other outlets. ]

P. Diddy partied it up at Raf Simons and then cruised in late for Lanvin, held at Palais Tokyo, a show that favored Grafton fedoras, bomber jackets and bow ties – all crowd pleasers. Lulu Gainsbourg and also Oliver Sims of XX (British band) sat in front rows and sported chic Lanvin Tux blazers, looking ready for a red carpet.

Following photos all EHUD AW/’11-’12 Collection

Earlier in the week, EHUD showed in the grittier Marais with a resonant and loyal turnout of Paris’s fashion influencers. The advantage of showing early in the week? top pick of the male models. All of whom were sizzling hot and flirty!

Other highlights: Agnes B. with a Pirate Look and tight leather pants. Louis Vuitton, Issey Miyake, Dior Homme, Bill TornadeQasimi Homme…stay posted for more Men’s Fashion Week AW11/12 Wrap Up on Greening BeautyGreening Paris.

GREEN Challenge: Write/ email in your suggestions on how to take men’s fashion towards green while still staying in the black…

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