How Arab fashion is waking up to sustainability

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Arabian fashion has a new buzzword, and it is not a color or shape– it’s a total modification towards how fashion is produced and consumed. The industry is the world’s second-largest polluter– at the exact same level as the water, energy and chemical markets. It can really be seen as a threat to the world: From the quantity of clothing that wind up in landfills to its greenhouse emissions, the figures are now at record levels and increasing every year.

The great news is that the industry is finally beginning to take responsibility and significant labels are now looking at methods to make their work sustainable. While a couple of European high-end homes have been attempting to resolve this issue for the last 15 years, fast-fashion brand names like Zara have just been seriously taking a look at sustainability for the last year or two. That holds true, too, of regional fashion labels.

At this month’s Fashion Forward Dubai (FFWD), among the area’s major fashion platforms, sustainability was a significant highlight for the very first time. Of the 21 labels revealing, 5– Saudi Arabia’s Sadeem, Roni Helou, Reemami, Farah Wali and Hass Idriss– showed sustainable collections, and it was likewise the focus of a discuss the future of fashion.

Bong Guerrero, CEO and Co-Founder of Fashion Forward Dubai thinks that, in numerous ways, regional style has a natural positioning to sustainability. “Higher quality and timeless style are very important aspects of sustainable style, as are bespoke and vintage fashion,” he says. “All of these are trademarks (of) the area’s style landscape.”

Sustainable fashion is a broad term. It is about more than merely utilizing materials that are eco-friendly, covering all locations of style. Aljawharah Sadeem Abdulaziz Alshehail– creator and designer at Sadeem, who has been creating sustainable collections for three years now– tells Arab News, “When I style, I think about going from cradle to cradle.” That’s a term that crops up frequently when discussing sustainability– meaning that items ought to have the ability to have multiple ‘lives’ (instead of cradle-to-grave, suggesting that, although the item might last a long period of time, it will become junked). Sadeem works only with textile mills that are eco-friendly and she never chooses mass production– making sure that there is no waste. “I do not follow seasons,” she says. “I make clothes that ladies will wish to use for many years.”

At FFWD she presented a collection called “Awaab” (Doors), which she states was inspired by her homeland– “( Saudi Arabia) is a nation moving forward without releasing the past,” she states.

Her styles reflected this. While their style was minimalistic, she used information like embroidery and appliqué as an emphasize. The traditional geometric pattern of Sadu was a recurring feature. “The triangle is something that is so much a part of this area’s style history,” she states.

These were clothes produced the modern-day female, which might be used anywhere, from the boardroom to a dinner celebration. The collection consisted of maxi dresses and lounge-style tops and pants in a combination of red, white and black, ensuring versatility.

” Do not ignore the consumer in this area. She is beginning to understand that sustainable style is (required), and it will become a major part of regional fashion,” says the Saudi-based designer.

Sharjah-based Reema Al-Banna also revealed a sustainable collection at FFWD and is working towards making her label– Reemami– 100 percent sustainable. “It is becoming a trend in the region, and buyers from significant shops in the Middle East now ask you how your produce your clothes,” she states. “We try our finest, but the area is still adjusting to sustainability.”

A lot of the fabrics Al-Banna sources are recycled and she ensures patterns are cut in a method that ensures her materials fully optimized, “And whatever is left over I use to make a hair accessory or something that can be used,” she includes.

Her designs are eccentric. She likes to play with color, pattern and cut, creating for females who like a graphic, strong take on fashion, and for all body types (at FFWD, the Saudi-born model and body-positivity activist Ghaliah Amin strolled for Reemami).

Lebanese designer Roni Helou presented a collection of clothes made from surplus-stock fabrics– and shot the project for his collection at a landfill, to highlight the amount of waste created by the industry. Some of the clothing in his collection served numerous functions– for circumstances a skirt that can be become a t-shirt. Outerwear is his specialty, and a coat from his collection is a genuinely a piece you can use for a life time.

” It has to do with making fashion that leaves a favorable impact,” says the young designer.

The Middle East might still be playing catch up when it concerns sustainable style, however there is no doubt that awareness is growing. The region seems to be getting up to the concept that clothing with a conscience are the method forward for a woman of design. As Guerrero states, “The concentrate on sustainability in style is only set to grow. It’s a virtuous cycle: The more that designers integrate sustainable company practices and consumers react favorably, the more the media will cover this facet of our market.”

He continues: “Sustainability seems to be moving from a ‘nice-to-have’ talking indicate a philosophy of shared worths between designers and their audiences.”